WPC: Optimistic update on house renovations.

As some of you may remember, almost two years ago, hubby and I bought a house which was in a very sad state, after standing abandoned for over four years with the roof leaking in many places. It was full of black mold and some of the ceilings were on the floor. After getting a new roof put on in September 2014, hubby almost gutted the whole house, and has been steadily working away at renovating it, almost single handed. He’s filled three large dumpsters with tons of rubble. We did get a company in to rip up all the floor tiles, and also had all the windows replaced with hurricane-proof glass. The rest has been done by my one-man-band-do-it-yourselfer, in between three trips overseas, and a week long visit to meet family in Key West.

The WPC ‘Optimistic’ seems a good opportunity to give you another update on the progress made so far. I know that my blog friend Jude is dying to see some photos. I have to be very patient, as things always take longer than anticipated, but I’m optimistic that one day in the not too distant future, I will look out every day on this view from our lounge window. Unfortunately there’s no alligator, but maybe we could import one, if the two in the lake outside our present home should have babies.

DSCN6763This is my half finished bathroom,

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with a round tub, which I can sit in and look out of the window. It will have steps up to it.

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The shower between the two bathrooms is almost finished and we’ve just ordered the frameless doors, which will be installed in just over a week.

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Hubby’s bathroom is also almost finished. I took this photo a couple of days ago, and all the black and white trim is now in place, so it looks quite different.

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Hubby is very proud of the barrel ceiling in the master bedroom, which took a lot of effort to put up all on his own.

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The bedrooms are at the moment full of boxes of our ‘stuff’ as well as furniture, sent over from South Africa.

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This is going to be my little nook off the bedroom, where I can write and paint.

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The guest bathroom is almost done except for the sliding glass door on the bath and the wall cabinet.

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The front bedroom is finished, except for cleaning up and setting up the bedroom furniture which is still all wrapped up. Window blinds and drapes are in the mail.

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The grand-children’s room is also done except for the furniture, and clearing out the boxes etc..

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One day this will be our outdoor living area, protected by insect screening.

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The large living area is being divided up, and this will take at least another sixty sheets of dry wall. Hubby has already used a hundred sheets for replacing walls and ceilings in the rest of the house.

This will be the dining room, which also has a barrel ceiling like the main bedroom.

DSCN6750The kitchen will be in this area, and it will have a pressed steel ceiling.

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Here will be the laundry room with a door into the garage.

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The family/TV room will sit at the end of this area., and my piano somewhere in between, and the sitting room is off to the left.

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The twenty-four heavy round things, which I carried in after the kerbside delivery, are the bases and tops of the twelve 8ft columns, which will be strategically placed around the living area.  The two of us managed to lift each column onto the wheelbarrow, and wheeled them into the house one by one.

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Hubby’s study will be here, just off the entrance hall.

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There’s still a lot to do, including laying the hard wood flooring, designing and installing the kitchen, and of course lots of painting.

I’m very optimistic that by next summer, I’ll be able to hang a hammock between these two palm trees, and relax. I might even let hubby have a go in it, if he has nothing else to do.

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Windows and clouds from Knightsbridge to Miami

I’m now back in Florida, after our week’s stopover in England, so thought I would combine windows I saw in London, with some pics that I took from our plane window as we came in to land at Miami airport.

The Harrods luxury department store in Knightsbridge, always has really stunning window displays.

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I loved these with the cloud effects.

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A few days later, we were up in the clouds, winging our way back to our Florida home.

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After almost ten hours, I was excited to look out of the window and see that we were almost there.

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Miami seen from above is quite an impressive sight, especially when you know that before long, you’ll be able to get out of that plane and stretch your legs.

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It’s great to be back here, and I’ve finally managed to unpack the cases and do the laundry and grocery shopping. Today we’ll go and have a look at the new roof on our ‘abandoned’ house. Now that the roof is complete and the house is watertight, hubby can get cracking on the inside, which is going to be quite a challenge.

Dawn’s ‘Lingering Look at Windows’ challenge is every Thursday, so do pop over and have a look.

 

 

 

 

WPC: Threes…….A once desirable residence

The Weekly Photo Challenge, this time asks us for a three picture story.

We went to view a house for sale today. It has been abandoned by the owner, and has stood empty for three or four years. The location is wonderful and the house is much bigger than our present one. It has great potential but as you will see from my three photos, it needs rather a lot of work and TLC, as well as a new roof, new ceilings, bathrooms, kitchen and flooring, etc.. You name it, it needs replacing.

This is the front entrance.

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The water leaks have caused some of the ceilings to collapse.

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It does however have a stunning view, so we’re considering what offer to put in.

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