Wash day blues no more

The old idea was to have an outside laundry, away from the main house. We've decided to return to that idea with our laundry on the rear deck.

The old idea was to have an outside laundry, away from the main house. We’ve decided to return to that idea with our laundry on the rear deck.

I have a laundry! Well, I have the space built for the laundry and two doors to close it off. The fixings are still to come.

When we were initially talking to the architect who drew up the plans for the renovation, we were all scratching our heads trying to work out how to fit everything into the small footprint of the original house. As I pondered and walked around the neighbourhood (my favourite thinking activity), I noticed that some people had put their laundries on the rear verandah. I had a chat to the architect and he decided that we could tuck the laundry underneath the outside stairs. It meant filling in the side of the verandah to make a water tight room, but the result, as I looked at it today, is fantastic. We have a neat little laundry space that doesn’t impinge on our inside living areas. I think a few other benefits will become apparent, such as a quieter living area, with no noisy washing machines or driers competing with music or the television (when I allow it to go on) and lower risk of water leaks inside. If anything overflows in this laundry, it should drain out through the verandah flooring.

 

The tiles have been laid in the upstairs bathroom. It's starting to look more like a bathroom, yay!

The tiles have been laid in the upstairs bathroom. It’s starting to look more like a bathroom, yay!

Other changes include the laying of the majority of the tiles. I’ve been told they are looking at starting the grouting on Monday. We chose to go with a light grey coloured grout, easier to hide any dirt. The bathrooms look so much different, lighter and brighter with shiny tiles all around. We have gone for the same tiles on the wall and floors on the advice of the designer at the tile store. The only deviation from this are the tiles on the small front verandah. This area is likely to get wet from the rain so we chose external, anti-slip tiles to prevent accidents.

 

From the laundry photo, you can see that the outside stairs have been installed – well, sort of. They are there, but not bolted down. The builder has left them loose to allow the painter to access the weatherboards easier. I considered it very thoughtful of him, until he told me he was using the painter on the weekend, at his place! Definitely a ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ moment. It is good to see them all playing nicely together though. The front landing has also gone in, which will make it easier to get in and out the front door and hopefully that means the front steps will be added next week.

 

I like it when you see tradesmen doing a proper job. Here the painter is filling in the nail holes with putty in preparation for the undercoat.

I like it when you see tradesmen doing a proper job. Here the painter is filling in the nail holes with putty in preparation for the undercoat.

The undercoat goes on

The undercoat goes on

The painter started late this week.  A cancelled job meant he could start a bit earlier with the prep work for our house. He started by puttying up all the nail holes and giving the boards a light sand. He applied the undercoat next, all the while assuring me that this was not the finished colour! It starts to pull the two levels together though and I can imagine how nice it will look once the painting is completed. Unfortunately, the morning rain meant no paint work today, but he will be back next week. Well, I hope so… my builder says the weekend job they’re doing at his house will be paid at ‘mates rates’ and that usually means a slab (of beer) is involved. If they are both late to work on Monday, I’ll know why!

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