He came in like a wrecking ball.

Here is an update on the house renovation. Hubby has been having a smashing time all on his own there, ripping up carpets, pulling out bathroom fittings, and destroying rotted kitchen cupboards. If you compare this gallery with the previous pics, it will give you an idea of how much work he’s done in the past week.

The dumpster was gone when hubby arrived there early this morning. Another one will be coming tomorrow, as next week, we have a team with a special machine, coming to rip up all the floor tiles. The old baths and wash basins can also go in the new one, as they were too heavy for the other. Today hubby is busy taking out all the damaged dry wall. He seems to be really enjoying himself, especially as he doesn’t have to worry about the mess and dust and clean up at the end of each day. So far, he’s done everything by himself. The friends we went out for dinner with last night, think this is amazing, as they tend to get someone in just to change a plug. Hope you enjoyed my update. More to come in a week or so.

123 comments on “He came in like a wrecking ball.

  1. Full of admiration for hubby!!! I remember the amazing work he did on your kitchen. Have no doubt this will be a spectacular transformation. Good luck to you both πŸ™‚

  2. The house we live in was previously rented out to students. My husband and son gutted and refurbished it in three months, between exchange of contract and completion of the sale. It looked like your house as it is in the photos, so what I’m saying is that there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

    • Thanks, Sarah. The problem with this house is that the roof had been leaking in 5 places for 4 years, so the rain had been coming down in waterfalls through the ceilings, and a lot the dry wall has black mold, so has be replaced. We’re also going to replace all the skirtings, windows and doors and extend the living area. It’s a big house, 350 sq m, so will take quite a long time.

  3. Your hubby is a hero! He’s doing a great job (and I’m glad he left a toilet there – they always come in handy) πŸ˜‰ I love these shots, they remind me of the RUC before we redid the interior. Well done! πŸ˜€

  4. I can’t believe how much he has done. OK I like ripping out, it’s often the easiest and fastest part, and it looks like you’ve done loads, but he really has worked hard. I thought that strange feature wall in the living area looked loopy, glad it’s gone.

    He puts us to shame at more than ten years older 😦

    Here’s our last piffling venture. Mind you it was hard work. All I did was bag up. There’s a later post, but it’s imported from blogger so pix are rotated 😦

    http://roughseasinthemed.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/out-with-the-old/

    Here’s the blogger version, which works better for the later post

    http://itchyfeetatforty.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

    • Thanks, Kate. Yes, he’s done amazingly well in a short time. He just keeps going there every day, and comes back absolutely filthy. Good job he’s got a few sets of working clothes. Your comment went in my trash, but I rescued it. Visited both your posts. The new cooker looks great, and I can’t believe how many bags of rubble you had to dispose of. 😯

      • The cooker is class (now four years old) and yes, such a small amount of something to knock out, and too too many bags though. I couldn’t believe either. We still haven’t tackled the brick sink unit …

  5. Wow, hubby sure is the man. I wonder which is easier to break down, the dry wall partitioning I see there or the bricks we have here. Either of them is a major job though. Well done to hubby, ad πŸ™‚

  6. well there is no way I’m telling my hubby what yours has been doing. He’ll either be sulking because he’d like to have a go, or he’ll be on the first plane over to help!

  7. ommammiamia! era da tempo che mancavo e ti ritrovo nella nuova casa, con tutto sottosopra! ha ha ha, mia cara…quanto lavoro ancora! ma quando si fa con amore la fatica Γ¨ lieve!
    un abbraccio molto affettuoso e mille auguri perchΓ© tutto vada al proprio posto :-9

  8. Wow, I am amazed by your husband did this by himself. These pictures reminded me of a couple of years back when I help torn out the walls etc. for Habitat for Humanity. It was a hard work even with many people then sharing the work together.

  9. As you said, the ripping out’s fun,it’s the cleaning up that’s a drag, so I must say I’m very impressed with hubby’s clean up after round one! I hope you’ve bought a good supply of face masks and goggles now he’s moving to the scaffold πŸ™‚

    • Yes, he was really excited to get the dumpster delivered and then to chuck all the stuff in. He’s having fun. Yes, he does wear a mask, because of the mold. “Moving to the scaffold” sounds ominous. Sounds like the French Revolution. 😯

      • Ha ha πŸ™‚ Does a bit, doesn’t it? In my case more like an aged monkey, clambering up and down … but I’m sure he’s having fun – I’m having fun imagining the work he’s doing. Good luck to you both. πŸ™‚

  10. I just keep imagining what a palace it’s going to be when it’s finished, Ad! (as do you, I’m sure) It’s a big space, isn’t it? I feel sure you’ll need my company when it’s done. (smile)

  11. This is “reality blogging” with Sylvia. I am loving this.Stay tuned for the next
    episode. πŸ™‚ Yes, keep us updated. Your husband has a stout back and am glad he’s enjoying it. The outcome will be awesome.

  12. OMP! What fun. I could have helped. This snout is a most powerful weapon my friend! XOXO – Bacon
    P.S. Can’t wait to see the finished look.
    P.S.S. Can we borrow your hubby. Mom wants to do a little remodel here at the Hotel Thompson. πŸ™‚

  13. Good grief! Should I say “No comment” or “the man is partially insane” or “he has a slave driving wife”. But it must be really nice being able to re-do a house like that from scratch after one has removed the itch!

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