Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A New Phase

This weekend, we start renovating again and I have the usual pre-renovation excitement, which rapidly deteriorates into renovation frustration as the weeks pass by.

We last downed tools in August 2009, after completing the huge back deck just before our wedding in September.

This is what it looked like just before we got the walls at the end up. It looks much the same now, only with couches and odds and ends scattered around it.

Deck 1-2 copy

Dan and I have developed a renovation pattern in the 4.5 years we've been working on this house.

We generally avoid doing serious work on the house for six months of the year, when the tropical climate here makes doing much of anything quite unpleasant.

As winter creeps up, we plan the next phase, then Dan works like a demon to get it done by August.

I am not generally allowed to participate with much manual labour, owing to the fact that my handiwork is generally sloppy, half-hearted and has to be re-done by Dan afterwards.

He's a perfectionist. I'm not.

Instead, I handle the house work, cooking, gardening and chores that we usually share.

Come September, we're thoroughly sick of living in a construction site and are ready to down tools again for another six to eight months and slow down again.

Hopefully, this will be our last phase of renovating this house. We need to paint the exterior, we need to landscape the gardens and we need to paint and tile the downstairs interior.

Then, we plan to put it on the market and move on.

I have come to love this house since the back deck went on, but I'm really excited to be done with it, sell it and start a new phase of our lives.


  1. Renovating in Brisbane during summer is not fun. Sounds like you will be really busy this winter though! That deck is fantastic by the way.

  2. that sounds like a good plan...I don't like working when it's too hot because then it's just difficult and no fun.
    I also don't like doing certain work when it's too cold to open windows and you need air -- for instance if your painting a room.



  3. So, this is your winter coming up, right. June, July, and August? I find it so strange when I read Australian blogs, being that my summer is approaching.
    Our work in the house is similar, but different. Hubby does all work, because he knows how to, is strong, knows where all the tools are, and - it gets done (but sometimes a bit on the sloppy side). Me, I'm the perfectionist painting carefully around edges, just to have my husband putting a second layer of paint on and just slobbers it over my perfect, sharp edges. Time waisted. So, I usually stay away from the work. I do the little stuff that I can do without him, stain deck furniture etc.

    So, what will you do with the blog after you sell?

    You cracked me up with your comment about vertical gardens. I'm the same way, can barely handle what I have, but still want more.
    Right now I'm filled with "I wants" but don't really have the money to materialize any of it. But that's what dreams are for.

    Have a great one!


  4. wow, what a life! good for you guys, it looks great from what i see here :)


  5. Renovating sure is fun, but stressful! I just came across your blog :)Hope the renovating is smooth sailing!


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