Posts Tagged ‘home improvement’

Boarding the loft

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

So clearly I’ve been busy if the only thing I can think of to post is a couple of images of the process of boarding up our loft.  It’s actually something I’m rather excited about though, as it’s basically my first home improvement project and it seems to have come together quite well.  The first step was install a new loft access ladder (which admittedly was done by our builders, not me).

The new access ladder.

I didn’t take any before photos and I wish I had as it would be nice to show.  I’ve only been able to do about half of the loft as we’re waiting for our new water system to be installed so I can get rid of the massive cistern up there.  I’ll take a few images of what the loft looks like then before I finish up the work.

The boards coming together.

It’s all fairly straight forward.  I added a layer of hard foam insulation over-top of the existing fiberglass stuff, making sure to cut hole and grooves where the power cables jump over to joists.  Then over that go some tongue & groove loft boards from wickes.  They work really well, but have the annoying feature of being 2 centimeters too long so each and every one has to be cut to size (which is even more annoying as I don’t have a power saw).  The black lines are to mark all of the power cables so I don’t accidentally drill into them 🙂

A shot of me looking rather pleased.

This is the first half of the loft finished, Danni took a shot of me while standing in the loft hatch.  You can see it’s not that big, and it looks even smaller now that it’s filled with stuff, but it’s such a savior to have for all of the rubbish we insist on keeping instead of just getting rid of.  We’re looking forward to getting it all finished up so that everything is easily accessible and we can move around a bit.

Kitchen Renovation

Monday, March 25th, 2013

So we took possession of our new home in mid February. It’s quite a small, two floor, two bedroom house but we both really like it. It definitely needed a bit of an internal face-lift though, sporting its late 80’s decor and finishings. Here is a ‘time lapse’ of our kitchen reno; commentary is in the image comments.

The original shot of our living room and kitchen.

Day one: Demo Day

Skimming the walls, cabinets arrive.

Busy day installing the cabinets

The floor is going down, some of the appliances are going in.

Dishwasher installed, ceiling & walls primed, extractor fan installed and some wiring pulled.

Not much obvious change here.

The tile is starting to go in and the track lighting has arrived (including a few holes in the ceiling)

More tile work and some boxing in of the waste water pipes.

It's starting to look like a kitchen! Underfloor heating has been installed and floor laid over top of that.

A peek around the corner a the fridge and my 2 favourite additions: the washer & dryer!

Inside the kitchen.

You can see our wine rack at the end of the counter top.

One of our pull-out shelves. The sink is acutally black and matches the counter top, it's just really dusty here.

Another space saving pull out.

The finished kitchen!

And another more arial view.

We also redid the living room at the same time.  It basically involved lying new floor and a lot of painting.

Next up is the bathroom!