Renovation diary: Month 2 of the building work

I can hardly believe the title of this post, we are already half way into our four month build schedule! This may sound strange, but despite the chaos and dust, so far it has all felt sort of fun and exciting thanks to a team of awesome builders who have been working with good humour and have kept me in high spirits. 😀

If you missed the recap of the first month, you can catch it here.

WALLS COME DOWN

At the end of the first month, things had just started getting messy inside. I also shared that my old kitchen was filmed just before it was partly knocked out and I have had so many questions about this. I can now tell you that the filming was done by AO.com who I am delighted to be working with on my kitchen and utility project! In addition to shooting the ‘before’, they also set up a GoPro camera so we have captured a time-lapse of the kitchen-dining wall being knocked through and the largest RSJ beam going in. This happened over 2 days but you can see it all condensed down to just one minute in the video below!

I think I have a pretty good idea at last about what I’m doing with my kitchen design, and I can’t wait to share it with you as soon as I am able to!

By the way, if you are looking for a time-lapse camera, I can highly recommend the GoPro camera that we are using, it is super easy to set up and plenty tough enough for a renovation environment! I am not being paid to promote this, I genuinely think they are great little devices for this sort of purpose!

INVISIBLE STEELWORK

We made the decision to hide all the ground floor steels in our ceiling. This required considerable more work and mess than just slotting them below the ceiling, but we feel it will be completely worth it to have one consistent flush ceiling throughout the open plan space.

First Sense Renovation - Steelwork hidden in the ceiling

DUST & CHAOS

I have had many questions about how we are managing to live through this with young children. Yes, it is dusty, and yes, every room is chaotic. Every evening we vacuum and mop the floors, and wipe down the surfaces we need to use. This additional workload for housework is not enjoyable, but is necessary to maintain some semblance of sanity. Even then, the dust comes back on every surface sooner than you can say “where’s the duster?” If you are allergic to dust, I wouldn’t recommend living through an extensive renovation.

The messy clutter is more bothersome for me than the dust. I have tried to keep a system for everything but some things still get misplaced and it is challenging trying to live semi-normally in a much more limited space than what we were used to. Everywhere is cluttered so there is nowhere to really relax. Thank goodness for wine, is all I can say!

KITCHEN SITUATION

We are still using what remains of the kitchen (complete with holes in the floor and ceiling) and batch cooking things like curries, chillis, stews and pasta bakes every weekend so that during the week we can simply heat up home cooked meals. At some point I know we will have to succumb to more takeaways, but we’ll keep cooking as long as we can!

First Sense Renovation - Kitchen situation

WEATHER INSIDE

For a lot of April, the interior has been exposed to the elements. This has been fine during the few days it was sunny and warm…

First Sense Renovation - Blue sky in my house

… but when it turned cold, rainy and windy, it really wasn’t much fun.

Hey ho, we’ve got through it and shouldn’t have the weather coming inside anymore.

NEXT STAGE – ROOFS, DOORS AND WINDOWS, AND YET MORE MESS

The roof structures are now complete, so they will be tiled soon and I will be very happy to see a solid roof throughout the house! The doors and windows are also on order so the house will soon be water tight, yay! But there will be a whole lot more mess to contend with in the coming month with the removal of chimneys, first fix electrics and plumbing, modification of staircases and installation of underfloor heating. Just have to keep smiling, right?! 😬

First Sense Renovation - Front of house - side extension taking shape

Extension ready for roof tiles [front of house view]

First Sense Renovation - back of house - extension shell built

Extension ready for roof tiles [back of house view]

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4 Comments

  1. May 2, 2019 / 12:16 am

    Wow Meera! This is a massive project but I’m sure it all will be worth it at the end. I bet you can’t wait to start decorating and , what’s more important, living in your new home

    • Meera
      Author
      May 3, 2019 / 1:24 pm

      Oh definitely! Really looking forward to life in this home after all the work is done 🙂

  2. May 2, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    WEEEEEEEEEE!!! It’s SO EXCITING!!!! Just look at the crazy pics of your kitchen with no roof!!!!! *covers eyes*

    Did you move some of your stuff into storage?? We’re thinking of moving as much as we can out — and almost ‘camping’ in the house (with as little stuff as we can possibly manage). I remember from before, the dust situation. I can’t bear to have all our lovely stuff ruined. Seeing your pics has just brought home exactly what we’re going to be facing over the next few months!! Eek!!!! bring it on!!!!!!

    CX

    • Meera
      Author
      May 3, 2019 / 3:19 pm

      Haha, we are living in a crazy situation! And things are going to get a lot worse this month, eek! But it’s all temporary, I’m keeping that in mind everyday! Yes, we have moved most of our stuff into storage and have only kept basic necessities with us in the house. I hope all the planning for your project is going well! Can’t wait to see it all unfold 🙂 xx

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