Before the renovations...

Getting ready for new paint...


O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

THIS IS IT!!  The money has run out (and then some…just waiting on the final invoices) and the house is now as done as it’s going to get (for a while).

We’re VERY pleased with the colour – it’s exactly the jacaranda we talked about.  The small bits of cream (“Surfmist”) trim to match the new gutters and ridge rolls just lifts it that little bit; and the only places we ended up using the charcoal colour were the front and back stairs (well, you wouldn’t paint them cream, would you!)

We’d especially like to thank DARREN BAILEY PAINTING AND DECORATING for the lovely paint work – Darren and his team were professional and helpful and did a great job.

ADRIAN SPIES BUILDING CONTRACTOR and his blokes did a ripper job of replacing the ceiling bearers and putting in  beautiful new ceilings for us.

STEVE KAUTER ELECTRICAL did the new wiring for the lights and the smoke alarm.

And MALONE’S PLUMBING AND ROOFING CONTRACTORS have been wonderful – over the last couple of months we’ve had them doing some big jobs (the roof and gutters and rainwater tank, and fixing up the hot water system) as well as smaller ones (fixing the shower leak and replacing the kitchen taps). Misty and Joel and their team have been brilliant to deal with throughout the many processes – always promptly getting back to us and turning up when they say they will.

Most of all we’d like to thank my amazing parents, who have given us the wonderful gift of a house that is now structurally sound and weatherproof.  It means far more than words could say.

It’s been an exhausting process.  There were tears.  And we are going to enjoy sleeping in for the next few days since we don’t have to keep tradie’s hours!

There are still things that need doing inside – but those can wait.   There’s lots of cleaning up to do – windows that need washing, very fine dust that (hopefully!) will lessen now the big jobs are done, hiring another skip to get rid of all the accumulated rubbish.

But for now – ahhhhhh, it’s DONE!

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