After nearly a year and a half of renovation and building, and a few weeks of frantic activity, we have finally settled into the new house. We are discovering all those things that were either buried in the move or have been packed away in boxes for the duration – it’s a wonderful discovery of how much you don’t need after all with the Op shops around us being blessed with a number of items that we obviously couldn’t part with 18 months ago but have now discovered otherwise.
The week before the move was filled with activity. At one stage we had plumbers, tilers and painters all working around each other; it’s amazing what a deadline can do to get things moving.
We started moving in over the Easter long weekend, giving ourselves a good week and a half to move everything and clean. This allowed us time to prepare the Queenslander ready for the new tenants.
The week leading up to Easter saw the installation of wardrobes and laundry glass sliding doors, the return of the tilers to finish off the kitchen, laundry and office kitchenette splash-backs, plus the return of the plumbers to complete the exterior sewerage and water connections and pipework. By 5pm on the Thursday the place was looking more like a house and less like a building site. It wasn’t until the following day, after we had moved beds and most of the other furniture across, that we realised that there still was no hot water connected – well at least the toilets flushed… Thankfully we still had access to the Queenslander for showers for the following week as the plumbers didn’t return until the next Friday.
During the week leading up to Easter we also had carpet installed throughout the upstairs bedrooms and living area. It is divine; we can even make carpet angels in it the pile is so long and plush. It is the first time we have had a quality carpet installed in a home and I’m really enjoying the feel underfoot.
The week after Easter saw the installation of the glass balustrading panels to the stairwell and the rear balcony. I breathed a sigh of relief once this was done as I don’t do heights very well. Along with improving the safety aspect it also looks great. It is finished with an aluminium capping which also provides a discreet handrail.
Since the shift, we have been cleaning and organising things. We are still waiting on the installation of the glass shower screens; thankfully we have been able to improvise and are using a plastic curtain in one of the bathrooms temporarily.
Like anyone building on a budget, we will have to wait and save up for some of the other finishing features. That’s ok, it was a great feeling to finally move in. After almost a lifetime of travelling around and living in different places, we are hopeful that this will be one of our last moves. At least it is a lovely base to come home to between my work trips anyway.