This week the exterior of the house gained a bit more Queenslander decoration; the addition of two timber awnings over the front windows. They still need to be kitted out with some iron, but you can start to see how they will look and also how they will shade the windows. The house had a metal window hood on the now upper window when we bought it, however this didn’t seem to suit the house. These new ones are more in keeping with the original style of the home and complement the single skin look I mentioned in last week’s post. Oh, and we didn’t take the old hood to the tip, we put it out on the front nature strip and when I looked out about an hour later it was gone, freecycling at it’s best.
The builders were only here a couple of days this week. Unfortunately they had to wait for materials to turn up, namely the three new side windows for the bedrooms. Thankfully the windows turned up on Friday and they were able to start working on installing them, you can see two of them installed in the above photo. The builders probably didn’t appreciate the muggy weather we are currently experiencing here in Brisbane as they knocked off around 1pm, I don’t blame them. I’m looking forward to that storm they are predicting today.
I was chatting to the painter on Friday about his ideas for the timber staircase – clear water based, satin finish varnish – and we got talking about the amount of work involved in painting an old house. He said he usually doesn’t touch old Queenslanders because of all the work preparing and repairing the VJ boards and filling gaps, and he’s not wrong; there were holes from old wiring to plug, nail and staple holes and plenty of chips in the old timber VJ’s to putty as well as the gaps between the timbers to fill both inside and outside the house.
Then there is also the problem of dealing with lead paint in some of these older houses and the odd bit of asbestos, thankfully not in this house. I’m glad he made an exception for us though, he is doing a fantastic job and the paint finish is transforming the whole look of the place. It now looks clean and inviting with a modern edge. Once I get lights installed I may even be able to take better pictures to be able to show that!
Apart from the painter quietly plugging away at the upstairs of the house, and the tiler returning to complete the final tiling in the wet areas, it was a relatively quiet week. Well that was until Friday, then it seemed like all the trades turned up at once. The builders of course were on site fitting the windows, the concreter was preparing holes and form work for the steps and hot water stand, along with the electrician who was installing fans and light fittings and the glazier fitting the shower screens. Yep, I now have shower screens, no water connection but hey, the screens look good. Plumber booked in for next week.
It looks like we are on track for an Easter completion, although the vinyl floor covering in the main areas won’t be installed till after Easter. I am looking forward to moving back in and enjoying the fruits of someone else’s labour (after physically completing a number of renovations it is so nice to say that).