So, all of this building is going to fall just as a newborn enters our family! Crazy I know, but because the build is actually not really going to affect the existing house much at all I am ok with it. I am expecting it to take a while as there will be so much for Dave to do on his own, but he is a worker and when he has a project....!
So, we have been spending some time doing the things inside the house that we can do now before the bub comes along. I want the messy, dusty things done before she arrives and we will have months of the plans being in council waiting for approval. This is a perfect time to get all that we can started and also to keep researching and collecting building materials. We are recycling as much as possible and already there is a bunch of steel, timber, windows and doors that have come to us mostly for free.
One of the big things that we have done is knock a wall down.
It took one day and the difference is amazing. The wall was taken down between the kitchen and sewing room behind it making a new open plan kitchen and living room. Because of my new sewing cupboard I didn't need to dedicate a whole room to my work anymore and I am now able to have what I have always wanted, an open plan kitchen/living. Previously our living room had been at the opposite end of the house from the kitchen which is not that practical considering I spend most of the day there. Jonty would end up one end of the house and I would have to go backwards and forwards all day without being able to always keep an eye on him. Now everything is better, I love the new space and it is much bigger than I thought it would be.
The wall that had to go!
This wall was a structural wall so Dave had to put new supporting beams in the roof so we didn't just take to it with a sledgehammer, but really it was a simple process for a whole lot of change.
We moved the big table that we had in the lounge up to here and now it will be the table where everything is done with heaps of room to spare! I plan on sanding it back and oiling it so it will be a lighter colour but it took ages to just do a little patch so I think that will take a while to get done.
Obviously the plaster still needs patching and over Easter Dave is taking out the kitchen and we are relaying the floorboards in recycled hardwood as at the moment they are all different levels which the rug is kind of hiding. The wall with the windows (in the photo above) will also become glass doors that will open on to the deck when it is built which will open the space up even more. But for the moment, I love it!