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!
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.
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!
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!
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…
… 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?! 😬
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