|The old house - will be reclad and repainted.|
The front entrance with old camellias and potted figs. This will be replaced and squared off to create a new entrance.
|I have heard it described as both the gingerbread house and the Tudor House! Although the real estate marketing described it as Hamptons-style - the jury is out.|
We are replacing this front deck and enclosing it to create a proper entrance with front door.
|The back garden will get a new pool with spacious entertaining deck and cabana, lots of new lawn and landscaping plus the all important play areas for the kids.|
|The old garage, kids' games room and pergola. All going!|
The back of the house. This will be opened up and a full length deck built to replace the current rotten structure.
|Another derelict structure for demolition.|
|The old driveway leading to derelict garage in backyard. We are turning this into a kitchen garden.|
|The kitchen was put in about a year before we bought, so thankfully it's relatively new and modern. The orchid was a |
present from the lovely family who owned it prior to us.
|The "banquet style" dining room|
|Currently the playroom, but it's cold and dark and the only room with a heater/air con.|
|The main living room complete with 60s bar.|
|Notice the light fittings - there's about 30 of them - all destined for Ebay.|
|This was the master bedroom (currently my office, although I need to wear sunnies in the afternoon it's so bright), |
but we are turning it into a library/snug room.
|Sadly the staircase is located in the only north facing room in the house. |
We are moving it to the south side and will use this as a playroom.
|This was the teen retreat, but we are turning it into the main bedroom to be near the kids upstairs.|
|The one and only bathroom for all five bedrooms upstairs, |
will be enlarged for the master ensuite.
|The yellow room will be the guest room.|
|Blue room will be my son's room.|
|This is currently my WIR but will be my daughter's room.|
|Currently my daughter's room, but will become a stairwell and a new family bathroom.|
So as you can see we have our work cut out for us. We have received council approval for our renovation plans and are now finalising costs with our builder. I have been collecting photos, magazines and tear sheets for the past two years for this project and am itching to get started. We are desperate to get underway as we've been feeling a little like we are camping at the moment, as most of our belongings are still in storage, so it's been hard to feel settled in Sydney again after the move.
We are going to rent nearby for the duration, which will save my sanity, although add to the cost of renovation. I can't see how it's possible to stay there with two little kids, although my husband can't see the problem! I told him if he still wants to be married at the end of it, we had best move out!
So, I hope you will join me as we embark on this project and I will keep you posted as the project progresses. Ultimately I'm hoping it might end up looking like this..........