Archive for May, 2010

Renovation? More Like Rebuild – Avert Your Eyes Character Lovers…

Hi All. It has been about 6 weeks since my last confession. And boy have I got a lot on the list… So lets recap… Last time we spoke, the IT guy had been getting a blaise with the cladding, the the pump house cottage was all bare bones. We’ll what came next was near heart attack material! The IT guy seriously needs to put a warning sign up on the road so that I can prepare myself on the journey down the 60 steps to the house. ANYWAY! It wasn’t good enough that the cladding came off, the next time I came down to the house this is what I found:

So it seems we are building a brand new house. Confused, so am I, and the neighbours, and everyone in general – except the IT guy! According to him it is perfectly logical that the old structure had to go! There was some mutterings about, standard gib fixings, and different thickness’s of timber and patching and ‘cheaper in the long run’ – which I have completely bought into of course – live by the sledge hammer, die by the sledge hammer!

Anyway, seeing the whole house is being rebuilt, I got into the spirit of things and suggested seeing there was nothing there that we might as well extend it too – this was happily agreed by all – managed to sneak that one in…. Below is my extension, the extent of the extension was limited by the Sunroom – I felt ‘OK’ about the total house demolishion because one ‘original’ part still stood – the little sunroom…

 Unfortunately, this extension, introduced a new factor into the process – roofing – or lack of it. Luckily for us, for the 4 weeks that we were missing a part of the roof the sun shone and shone and shone…. Check out the ‘skylight’:

Everything was ticking along so we went to Otaki beach to pick up some Trademe purchases (bath liner and attic stairs) and to meet Auntie Schell & Uncle T and the Cousins ‘half way’ – here we are in tropical Otaki:

So the demolishion phase had passed, everyone was happy, the IT guy played builder, the other builders swaggered around in singlets and swilled ‘v’ and I tried to visit the ‘broken house’ as little as possible.

The wrap went on – just like christmas – except bigger!

And then before we blew the budget ‘weirdly’ buying far too much stuff ‘spontaneously’ from Placemakers – the weatherboard went up!

So at this point the whole thing was getting a bit surreal. It was not the little rustic cottage anymore, the whole ‘newness’ of the place was sitting a bit uncomfortably. And then the last straw. It was our 5th wedding anniversary in May – and you are meant to give ‘wood’ apparently to celebrate the event. The IT guy organised a candle-lit picnic at the broken house – he said it was suitably ‘woody’. Luckily for him it was too dark for me to see the demolishion of the day…..

You guessed it! Bye bye sunroom! Hey but the sun is still shining, and another ‘lack of roof’ item has been added to the ‘to do’ list. This really was a little bit sad.

BUT! Look! The sunroom is back, better then ever! And the old windows are back, so some character has been restored. Notice the foggy hue to the photo, well 2 days before the roof made it back on the weather turned and just kept on turning and now it has set in all wintery like.

But it wasn’t the worst timing, we got wet for a couple of days and then roof and windows all went in. Now we are basically ‘closed in’ except for a few missing weatherboards. And we even have a front door – but it is locked with no key…. poetic

So nowm once a few more things are finished around the outside, we are onto the inside. This is great! Because we are homeless again in 5 weeks…

So while the IT guys is busy rewiring the inside me and the bubs are going to do more of this:

Till next time! Love from the pump house cottage team….