I’ve not had much time over the last few days to do anything other than renovations.
The last time we did some much needed renovations was 15 years ago, when the driver of the repairs was a very badly leaking patio which the original builders tried twice to fix it, and failed miserably.
I came to the conclusion that if anything, if you want something done properly, then you have to do it yourself.
Then, a look through the house brought to light a great many other problems that over the preceding years.
The list grew:
Rebuild the patio
Completely remove the kitchen and replace it
Completely remove the main bathroom, and replace it
Chang a rather strange split roof in the main bedroom and make a bigger space for the bed
Completely rebuild the walk in wardrobe
Add ducted air conditioning
Replace all the doors, and I mean ALL the doors
Replace all carpeted floors with tiles
Repaint all the walls, doors and windows
Replace the curtains on all windows
That took nearly a year to get done and made a huge difference to the house we owned, making it much more livable.
Needless to say, tens of thousands of dollars later, it was done.
Now, 15 years later, there was a new list:
Build a carport
Refresh and re point the roof tiles
Have the brick exterior rendered, and change colours to black roof and cream walls
Add security shutters to all the windows
Completely re landscape the front garden
Dry wall the exposed interior brick walls, and close in the cathedral roof
Repaint the rooms with a lighter shade, namely Antique White
Repaint all doors and windows.
Renovate the kids bedrooms to now accommodate grandchildren
Replace curtains with Venetian blinds
Scrub the floor tiles, especially the grout
It’s been a long list, and a year or so in the doing, and I’m now down to the final painting, floor scrubbing, and we’re looking at new blinds.
Then I can get back to writing, which I have been missing terribly.