Renovation- Week 5

Monday, 29 July 2013

Week 5 and we're still alive...  only just.  It has been a huge week!  Hubby M camped out in Master H's room packing what seems to be a never-ending supply of remaining items in the house and continued searching for a property for us to rent until October. 

My time away with Mum in Emerald was cut short due to illness. My poor sister became critically ill and was hospitalised. Her three children came to stay at Mum's making it a very full house. Then I also became unwell and decided it was time to head home.  Fortunately Hubby M had found that a family friend was away on holidays and happy to rent out his house immediately. Hubby M flew to Emerald on Saturday morning and drove us home on Sunday. Seeing the amazing progress on the house instantly lifted my spirit and gave me the energy to move in to our new temporary home that night. Here are some pictures. Please excuse the poor quality. I'm limited to the iPhone and iPad for photography and blogging at the moment!

Old balustrades removed to make way for new ones

Sleep out wall lining stripped. This will be the ensuite and walk-through robe. 

Sleep out ply wall lining stripped showing us that the two side doors were in fact once windows by the sill check outs in the studs. No paint on the VJ's or rafters is an interesting find.

Wall framing for the end of the ensuite. 

Roof trusses delivered. 

Hip roof taking shape. 
Three days from truss delivery to finished roof including new roof and gutters to the entire house!

The view from under the roof trusses. Insulation blanket to the underside of the roof sheeting and ceiling bats should keep things cool. Some of the AC duct temporarily located in in the ceiling before the roof sheeting went on.

New zincalume roof with 'monument' coloured gutters and gable roll. 

Balustrades demolished and insulation blanket under the roof sheeting. 

Robe wall and ensuite wall. 

Miss O's bedroom wall and door removed to open up the bedroom into the old hallway. 
The wall with the window will also be removed to extend what will become our master bedroom out into the verandah area. 

Our bedroom door removed and the centre hall marked out. 

The centre hall will cut through our current bedroom. 
The view from what will be our new front entrance. 

Partially demolished wardrobe from our bedroom. 
This will become Miss O's bedroom. 

Let's hope for a week of good health and that we settle quickly in to our new home. I'm exhausted!


  1. Wow, I can't believe you already have an entire new roof installed! We're still not quite out of the ground yet:( At least the rain can't hold you up anymore. It's amazing how things like temp. accomm. just falls into place when you need it - it's the Universe. Hope you are all feeling better. xx

    1. Thanks Caroline. Finding a house to rent certainly was a blessing! And we are on the mend. :)

  2. Looks like great progress,it will all come together quickly now the roof is on. Hope you are feeling much better.

    1. Thank you Simmone! There is no stopping us now. I'm not sure that I can keep up with the pace of this renovation!

  3. Wow that's amazing progress, and I hope everyone's health is on the mend.

    I found a book last week called 'The Queensland House' (and did a post on our blog about it), and it said that in the early early early days, a lot of the time the VJs weren't painted just oiled. Maybe that section is a snapshot of time gone by before it was enclosed and the remaining area was painted? Interesting find though.

    Cheers, Col

    1. Thanks Col. I checked out your post and added your blog to my list. I've got to get my hands on that book!

  4. Goodness, what a lot of drama you poor thing. Hope your sister is ok and you are on the mend. Your house is coming along beautifully, what a relief for you to have the roof on with this erratic weather. Whenever you are feeling rubbish just look at those progress shots to give you a boost. I have been up late tonight painting my pantry, woohoo! mel x

    1. Thanks Mel. The progress really is great. I visited the house yesterday and got so excited to see it all taking shape. Good luck with your painting. Have you settled on your colours?


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