06 March 2013

The promised bathroom round up

Finally! I had the bathroom in a respectable state today and remembered to get out the camera for some photos. The laundry, well, this is an exercise in reality blogging not picture perfect blogging!

We love our new bathroom, it took about 5 months from start to complete finish and was out of action for about 4 of those 5 months. The cost ended up being around $22000, a little more than we expected but still much less than quoted ($40,000+)!

The toilet is separate to the bathroom, so, no, the we did not have to go 5 months without one!

We did everything except the asbestos removal, plumbing and electricity. When I say 'we', once J arrived two months into the process I bowed out and A did the rest of the job. We did have assistance over a couple of weekends from keen parents and my sister which certainly helped move the process along.

So without further ado, here are the pictures.

Bathroom before...

Bathroom after...

Bathroom - the reality!

Laundry before...

Laundry after

So there you go. Quick explanation - the original bathroom and laundry were next to each other going down the hallway and the laundry had a door to the backyard. We took out the wall between both rooms and created a European laundry in the hallway. This stopped the waste of space that was the walkway in the laundry and gave us more space to play with in the bathroom design. The bath and half the shower area is in the space that was the laundry. The wet room design worked for us as it is efficient in terms of space and means that J and any future kiddies can splash all they like without wetting the whole room!

Ok, so that's it. Thanks for reading and commenting over the past couple of years. 

Be well xoxo

15 January 2013

Wrapping it up...

When I first started reading blogs I used to be a bit uncomfortable about bloggers who just disappeared. Normal post one day, gone the next. There was, for me, always an element of concern and hope that no dreadful fate had befallen them. This being said, I'm acutely aware that I'm at risk of just dropping out of the blogosphere in the same way!

So here's were I am at. J is now 7 months old! Where did the time go? He is still a terrible sleeper but he's an absolute delight during the day. He's started crawling around the place and getting into EVERYTHING!

Motherhood so far has been the most challenging and all consuming thing I have ever done, I suppose that is to be expected and a good thing.

I have until July off work. I know I'll blink and it'll be here. So, reflected in my lack of posts is my desire to be making the most of this time and that means I am moving on from some things that used to be important to me. This is one of them. Renovations are another. Given this was a blog that I wanted to first and foremost be about the house and renos it makes sense to bring it to a close now.

I know I am yet to show off our beautiful bathroom and I'm going to boast and say it deserves showing off so I'll do that before I shut up shop. I'm also thinking that I'll check out Blurbs 'Blog to Book' function so I can keep this, in hard copy, as a diary of sorts.

I guess that I just wanted to say I'm finishing up here but all is well, wonderful in fact. I just have other things to do. So, thanks for joining me on the journey this blog has recorded over the last couple of years and stay tuned for one final renovation post.

08 November 2012

It only took 3 years!

For the last 3 years, this is what our fence has looked like. A very sad state of affairs! Please excuse the very neglected backyard. As we finally, finally have a shiny, new fence, we can start the backyard landscaping...when we've recovered from the bathroom reno that is!

And here she is...

The best bit about this improvement was that we didn't have to do it! The colour is Deep Ocean and I like that it seems to change colours throughout the day. We went for a darker colour so it fades into the background a bit more where there is greenery.

So, onwards and upwards with the backyard landscaping! It will be a slow and steady process but at least we have a plan in mind already!