House Reno Update

Well, my piano arrived yesterday, and almost right on time. Hubby had made a sterling effort over the weekend to get the wood flooring down in that area, and on Sunday evening we unwrapped the carpet which we’d shipped all the way from South Africa. His parents bought it for us about 25 years ago when they came to visit, and it still looks almost like new.


When the piano guys arrived, they had to move it out of the way to tip up the piano and fit the legs on.


Soon it was done and put in place under the domed ceiling which hubby had so laboriously crafted and painted.




The underneath of the chandelier, which came in many pieces and took half a day to assemble. There are fifteen candle-lamps in it.


I was quite surprised at how long the piano is. It’s 7 ft, but didn’t look so big in the store.


Today, hubby is finishing off the floor in the kitchen and in a few days we’ll be able to put the refrigerator and dishwasher in place. All the painting is done, and the cupboards and granite tops are in, so I’ll soon be able to start unpacking boxes, and in a few days we’ll have a working kitchen


The dining room is still unfinished, but is next on the ‘to do’ list.


The TV room, sitting room and study just need the floor done, and there’s still all the skirting boards to put in and the pillars to paint and a few other finishing touches.


Here are some of the rooms which he finished before we moved in. Those of you who’ve been following me over the past couple of years, may remember what the ‘abandoned’ house was like when we bought it. It’s been a long journey from this , but the end is in sight.

Apart from the new roof, doors and windows, the work has all been done by one pair of very hardworking hands. Hats off to hubby.

Hope you’re all having a great Tuesday. Now I’m going to feed the worker.




The Big Reveal…….Ta-Dah!

I won’t keep you waiting any longer to know why I’m so excited about my Saturday purchase. Here’s my new ‘baby’.


When we sold our house in February and moved into this unfinished ‘renovator’s nightmare’, I couldn’t of course bring my piano with me, so I asked the guy we bought it from, to take it on consignment and sell it for me.  I had never felt any affinity with that piano as I had to the one I’d owned back in South Africa,  which our daughter now has and absolutely loves.


This piano had been my beautiful and faithful friend for over thirty years, and had given timid me the confidence to go out and perform in many different venues, such as hotels, restaurants, parties in private homes, and also for weddings and funerals.  It was on this piano that I composed songs for school concerts, practising endlessly to improve my playing. It had been with me through two house moves, adjusting well to living at the coast in air-conditioning, after fifteen years at high altitude in Johannesburg.  When we left South Africa, I was really sad to have to part with it, but I was comforted in the knowledge that it would still be in the family and would encourage our daughter to play again now that her children are grown up and she has more time on hr hands.


I asked my piano guy Roger to keep a look out for a black Yamaha G5, and on Friday he called to say that he had one in excellent condition for me to look at. It had been bought some years ago by a family who thought that their daughter was going to be a concert pianist. Their dream for her didn’t materialise as she lost interest, but they kept the piano anyway because it looked good in their home. When they decided to move to a smaller house, they had to sell, and Roger who had had been tuning it for years, was asked to sell it for them. Now it’s mine to enjoy, or at least it will be once hubby has finished with all the dust and mess. Yesterday he finished dry-walling the domed ceiling under which the piano will sit. Now it just has to be spackled and painted, and we need to buy a chandelier to hang in the centre.


The kitchen cabinets arrived  yesterday evening in huge flat packs, so there’s all that to do, not to mention the painting of walls and ceilings,  and the wooden floors to put down. I know it will still be a while until I can take delivery of my new baby, but it’s my shining light at the end of the tunnel.


I think I must get my whip out and speed up the proceedings, although I do believe hubby is pedalling as fast as he can, and I have to remember that he too needs to eat and sleep.

Happy Tuesday to you all.  Not one of you guessed what my exciting purchase was, so no prizes to give out. I’ll have to eat all the chocolate myself. 🙂


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.