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A Money Pit

Renovation #7

A Sow’s Ear into a Silk Purse

WEEK 5 – HALF WAY…MAYBE?

I'm sitting on my front steps on a stormy summer evening. There are two weeks left of what has been a joyous year and as it draws to a close, I'm excited about the new one racing towards me.  And I'm already 5 weeks into my project; one that's been like no other...

WEEK 4 – A MAKEOVER

I think I've ended the week about 3kgs lighter. Summer's hit with a vengeance, the last three days 35, 40 and 39 with tropical humidity. Dripping with sweat I feel and look like one of Dali's melting clocks. After some quality time with my new best friend - Youtube -...

WEEK 3 – STILL RE-STUMPING

Friday's WTF? txt seems to have hit the mark. Cue a flurry of reassuring responses from the boss and by early Monday, a cast of thousands were working flat out. By Wednesday old piers out, holes dug, new concrete piers hung, floor levels taken and house realigned....

WEEK 2 – RE-STUMPING

Second week......first disaster.  Who'd have thought there is a job worse than plumbing with plumbers up to their elbows in turds, but yes there is. And the winner is.....re-stumping. Mammoth tree trunks dug in below 600mm, little room to move under the house, so hand...

WEEK 1 – CARPETS AND GARDENS

In the absence of any meaningful work, with the help of my trusty apprentices, I busied myself removing the carpet. It's gone. And so has my back. With carpet in every room - who does that nowdays? - rolling and dragging it was hard work and at the end I couldn't...

FUN STARTS NOW

It's a dark day when banks can't get it together to settle a contract on time, but there we have it, so following a week's delay, today, filled with excitement, I finallly unlocked the door to my new home. Unlock, yes. Unopen, no. Courtesy of a pressing need for...