WPC: Admiration for hubby’s creativity

The Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Admiration’ invites us to depict something or someone that we admire. As many followers of this blog know, we bought an abandoned house a couple of years ago, and actually moved into it at the end of February. I know some of you are curious to know how the renovations are going, as except for the new roof and all new windows, hubby is doing everything himself.


The whole of the interior needed to be stripped out, as the house had been standing empty for about four years with the roof leaking in many places. The ceilings had begun to fall in and the not so ‘dry’ wall was full of black mold.


Hubby got rid of all the nasties, and filled three large dumpsters with the damaged ceiling and walls, plus flooring and bathroom and kitchen fittings. So far we now have three bedrooms, three bathrooms and the laundry completed, and what a transformation. My bathroom which used to look like this;


is now unrecognizable.


I really love my amazing Japanese soaking tub.


His adjoining bathroom has also undergone a transformation from this


to this.


The shower room is accessible from both our bathrooms.


The living area is still under construction, but we’re starting to see ‘the wood for the trees’ as it were. All the framing is done for the walls and ceilings.


Entrance hall

Hubby had planned on buying a kit for the domed ceiling, but when he came to place the order, found that for some unexplained reason, the company doesn’t deliver to Florida. Not a problem though; he just bought the plywood and made it up himself. I really admire the fact that when he sets his mind on something, he is never thwarted and can always make a plan.


Working on constructing a domed ceiling which will be over my piano.

Here is the barrel ceiling he created in the main bedroom. There will be another one in the dining room.


The TV/family room will have a decorative metal-panelled centre.


Frame for metal tray ceiling in TV/family room.

The kitchen will also have a similar feature.


Base for the metal tray ceiling in the kitchen.

I keep joking about not having a kitchen, (Those of you with a sharp eye, might have spotted a fridge/freezer standing in the entrance hall), but I know that before too long, that will also be completed. The one he did in our previous house was gorgeous, and the new owners are delighted with it.



He does everything himself, from construction to plumbing, electrics, tiling, painting, a/c ducting, etc.. I am full of admiration for his creativity, tenacity and sheer energy to just get on and do what he’s set his mind to do. Now I must go and do my bit and sweep some more sawdust.

Hope you all have a great Tuesday.

151 comments on “WPC: Admiration for hubby’s creativity

  1. Your hubby is a keeper – as you well know. LOL
    He has created masterpieces all through your new home. I remember the disastrous ruins it was in. You were both brave to take on this project. Isn’t it wonderful to see the fruits of your labors coming to life. Congratulations as you continue to create more masterpieces throughout the home.
    Isadora 😎
    p.s. I meant to mention in another post that I too spend time with my hubby as we worked together for years and as we near almost total retirement feel we enjoy our time together best of all. 😍

  2. Mr C has done an incredible job as I knew he would! Enjoy your home Sylvia, so much better when you’re put in the work and created your living space the way you want it to be. πŸ™‚

  3. What gorgeous work to date! Your husband is quite talented. I’d keep sweeping and cleaning up behind him too with these results! Thank you for sharing, Sylvia. I know you can’t wait til it’s done, but wow what a stunner it will be when it is. πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful construction and I am in awe of your husband’s ability to get it done. I survived building a home and it’s no small task! Good luck and I can’t wait to see the finished product! πŸ™‚

  5. Wow. What a gift your husband obviously has (and how smart were you to snap him up! LOL). You’re going to have one gorgeous home and I think your husband should be having his own TV show now to show others how it’s done! My goodness is he talented!

  6. ma il tuo geniale maritino Γ¨ forse un architetto? hai una casa veramente deliziosa e ora capisco anche perchΓ© devi sempre spazzare segatura ha ha! ma soprattutto sono stata curiosa di conoscere il tuo osservatorio speciale sul tuo zoo speciale : la tua stanza da bagno πŸ™‚
    complimenti cara

  7. Wow! Oh Sylvia, you know how long I’ve been waiting for this update, lol! Your hubby is truly amazing and to be greatly admired indeed for his tenacity, creativity, hard work and and incredible skills. Did he do this as a business before he retired? Actually, has he retired? πŸ˜‰ How beautiful is your new home, all the extra special touches and so unique. And as for your Japanese soaking tub? Say no more! Thanks for sharing these photos Sylvia, looking forward to further updates as and when! πŸ™‚ xx

    • Well he’s been working on it for almost18 months, but during that time, we had to go back to SA twice, once for my mom’s birthday in May and then again for her memorial service in September. We also went to England for Christmas, so he’s had lots of interruptions. πŸ™‚

  8. Oh, Sylvia – he is just fantastic! Talented and hard working, innovative – and what a creative eye and mind…I must say I admire him greatly as well. But surely he could not have managed all this without your help. You are a winning team, the two of you!

  9. As others have mentioned here your husband is extraordinarily talented! What a leap of faith you both took in seeing through the ruin of this poor home…but then again I guess you knew what he was capable of creating. Thanks for generously sharing this.

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