House renovation update

Do you remember these photos of the abandoned house we bought last year. It had been standing empty for four years, with water pouring through the leaking roof in numerous places every time it rained, and there was black mold everywhere? (I put this gallery in for those who haven’t seen the pics before.)

Some of you have asked recently how the work is going. Hubby has been working on it for about five months now, but we’ve been away a couple of times in that period, and of course have to keep up our social life too. Every window and window frame has now been replaced with vinyl frames and double glazed hurricane proof glass. I love the big panes instead of those little cottage type ones. Now I can see the beautiful view.


All the floor tiles are gone, and will be replaced with real wood flooring. Hubby has single-handedly replaced sixty sheets of dry wall on walls and ceilings, using this nifty gadget for the ceilings.


He’s also put up cornice around the ceilings in every room. This afternoon, he’s going to start putting on the first coat of paint.


This is how our master bedroom looks now, without the moldy carpet and walls. He intends doing a curved ceiling in here, as well as in the lounge area. The space above the dressing rooms and closets will be used to store suitcases etc.. Access to it it gained via the ladder, which pulls down through a trap door. This area will be hidden from view by the new ceiling.


The master bathroom is a his’n’hers, with entrance to the shower from both sides, and I’m having this cute Japanese soaking tub on my side.


The garden is looking much neater now,


and more in keeping with the rest of the street, although there will be more plants added once we move in.


So, there you have it. Lots of work has been done, and there’s still lots more to do. It could take until the end of the year, as we’re going over to England and South Africa in May and June. I’m sure it’s going to take a while to choose tiles, kitchen units and other finishes, and then hubby still has to put them all in, so don’t hold your breath waiting for the next installment. I certainly won’t be.

btw…Hubby really recommends this kind of project if you’re looking to lose some weight. He’s managed to lose about 7kgs (over 15 lbs) since he started, and his almost brand new Levis that he hasn’t been able to get into for ever, now fit very comfortably indeed.Β  Are you inspired?




136 comments on “House renovation update

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  2. Sylvia, you and your husband had so much vision when taking on this project…I don’t think many people would have. I’m enjoying following along on the progress and think your husband is doing an amazing job. Thank you so much for sharing as I find it very interesting.

  3. How beautiful your house has turned out – your husband is a real gem. And about losing weight…I told my husband immediately about this excellent treatment. He hasn’t said Anything yet…

  4. What a wonderful (and useful) man you picked yourself out all those years ago, Ad. I’m still daydreaming about the bird watching you’ll be able to do through that window πŸ™‚

  5. Hubby is definitely a keeper Sylvia ;-D
    Wow … such a transformation already . Such an undertaking is beginning to pay off I can see .. LOVE the tub !

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