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?




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.


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


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


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