I started this blog mainly with the intent of keeping overseas friends up to date with my renovations. I also hoped I may along the way inspire people with my ideas and before and after pictures. I have always had an eye for detail and loved all design things, houses, cafes, interiors, colours, you name it, it all inspires me.
Although this blog has metamorphosed into something more around my visits to places around the city, I hope to keep my renovation diary here for you all to see and enjoy along with my fascination with Auckland’s changing face….
The “Plan” – Ground Floor
So the plans are finally finished and council approved. You’ll see from our plans, the house will have larger rooms that flow into each other a heck of alot better than they currently do.
Our quotes are in and we have realised to complete this renovation in one go will cost a great deal more than expected (I know this happens to 99% of the population right?). We have decided to be sensible for once in our lives. With me not working, it would be crazy to go and spend all that money…I know we’ll get it back, but yes, you still have to be able to service the additional borrowing right? We have a commercial building that we are currently in negotiations with tenants to re-sign leases, and until thats all done and dusted, why risk things by stressing ourselves out!
We hope to get the structure of the back half completed by christmas this year. At the moment we have a funny dog leg hallway which we will get straighten out, meaning we need to complete our new bathroom! Yipeee!! Then hopefully we can get the new steel beams up in the back rooms, building the extension, but unfort not my kitchen at this stage.
Doing this is kinda exciting for me, it means I can paint the inside of the back half of the house (and outside) at my leisure once work is complete. I can play around with colours and wallpaper without being rushed to make a decision and then the goal is this time next year the kitchen can go it and the front half of the house can get sorted….
Not a particularly long wait overall really is it??