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.

Travel Theme Grey: A Storm Brewing

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is ‘Grey’. Early yesterday evening we were treated to dramatic dark grey skies here in sunny Florida.


As usual, hubby had been working on the abandoned house renovations all day, and when he had got home and showered, we were planning to go out to Home Depot for yet more supplies. Luckily the storm didn’t last long and the skies soon started to clear.


I must do an update on the the house progress. He’s doing a great job, but still so much more to do.

If you have any grey photos to show us, do join Alisa’s Travel Theme this week.


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.  Are you inspired?




Broken, but still Picture-Perfect: for Ailsa’s Travel Theme

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is ‘Broken’. Some things are really photogenic when they’re broken and in ruins, and millions of tourist every year, pay good money to visit them and take endless photos like these.

The Colosseum, one of Italy’s most treasure landmarks, was completed in 80 AD, and has been crumbling for many centuries.


I wonder if the labourers who built it, ever imagined that their efforts would one day look like this.  I’m sure that those unfortunate people who perished here, would be astonished to know that, way in the future, it would be such a popular tourist attraction.


There is so much ‘broken’ stuff in Rome, and I was quite happy to walk my legs off, in order to see as much of it as possible.


Do you also have a love affair with ruined buildings and broken stuff? If so, you may want to join in Ailsa’s challenge this week.

Oh yes, before I go, here’s a dumpster full of broken stuff outside our ‘abandoned house’. This is the second one that hubby has filled! He’s certainly been having a smashing time. 🙂