Second day of demolition and the tradesmen had a beautiful day to complete the job. They told me that the job was not without its excitement, though, when one of them fell through the bathroom floor. This was due to a rotten board giving way, the timber under the concrete that had been laid to level the floor for tiling was a little worse for wear after 90 odd years.
The roof definitely needs to be replaced so we had the roofer out today to give us a quote. It appears that the Decramastic tiles need to be stripped off and the existing battens replaced before the new Colorbond sheeting can be laid. Re-roofing is one of those costs of renovating that an end buyer usually won’t notice, but it will increase the renovation cost significantly. We knew there was a strong possibility that we would have to replace the roof as part of this renovation. As we intend to keep the house as a rental, we will see a long term benefit in decreasing maintenance costs. As with any renovation, it is wise to hope for the best but to expect and budget for the worst!
Of course once everything was open to the elements the biggest storm of the season rolled in late afternoon. Thankfully the old queenslander has timber walls and ceilings so there is minimal water damage. I’ve never seen golf ball-sized hail, glad I wasn’t out riding my bike in it!