Thursday, September 19, 2013

Demolition Derby

It feels a little ironic that, having just had my story published in Slow Magazine, this week has been so endlessly manic.

Dan has had a few days off work to get stuck into some serious renovation work with assistance from a friend. 

This wall with the picture on it was in the firing line, so we could incorporate that area at the end into our lounge/dining area.


This window, sweet though it is, was a little impractical as there was no other way to get between the two halves of the house without going out onto the verandahs. It's being replaced by a set of French doors.


The window frame had this inscribed on the back. There's an old sawmill at Grandchester, a town nearby, and a lot of our timber seems to have been cut there. 


Lu has kept her measuring tape handy for days, copying her Dad.


It's actually come in handy a few times too. 


Where the prop is in the picture below is being reframed and another set of French doors - matching the two further along - will be installed. This has been a recent decision, as I've explained. We were going to run the front door up in here - but the appeal of having a good sized dining/lounge area won out. 


This is the space with the wall and interior window gone and the framing for the two sets of French doors going in. 





It's really hard to convey how lovely the space feels already. It has so much natural light from the new windows, and the sense of space from the high ceilings and large room is wonderful.

So much so, I've decided not to go with the grey pressed metal ceiling I've be thinking of doing, and just stick to a timeless, gloss white.

It's hard to argue against bright, light, wide open spaces.

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  1. amazing how quickly things seem to progress when the walls start coming down and doors installed. you've almost inspired me to finish doing stuff on my old post office too...oh there's that one thing. Willing workforce ;-)

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    1. Yes, that certainly makes a difference ;-)

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  2. Hi - you must be chuffed to see all this work going on. Your place is looking very much like mine at the moment (ie new doorways, new windows, a bit of framing here and there, vjs going in, vjs coming out, etc.) It's so satisfying seeing the spaces come to life isn't it? (Love your article btw) xx

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  3. The new room will look very grand, your house always reminds me of my Grandparent's old house at Spring Hill. Congrats on the magazine spread xx.

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  4. It's all beginning to come together! YAY! x

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  5. Wow, that space is looking fantastic and all those french doors will be beautiful. BTW I am so glad you are doing your pressed metal ceilings white. I almost said something a few posts back about the grey lowering your ceilings but bit my tongue as I am prone to being annoyingly opinionated! Also I suspect the picture you had found was of unpainted pressed metal which is quite shiny whereas a grey paint would be flatter and duller. We have just finished our first white room at Betsy's and it is fantabulously light and amazing. I like breaking the rules so have painted the entire room in semi gloss, even the ceiling and on vj's it bounces the light around - can highly recommend it. mel x

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    1. Mel, you never seem overly opinionated! I have decided anything too trendy - like coloured pressed metal - is out as, frankly, the idea of having to repaint in a few years because grey is out of fashion is so awful...

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  6. It all looks amazing - I can imagine how bright and light it will be. What will you do with the little sitting room? Are the wires in the ceiling for fans? Love the idea of white ceiling.

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    1. Hi Mum! They're for pendant lights. The sitting room will be the entry to the house and will probably also have book shelves and a couple of little chairs. I haven't quite worked it out yet...

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  7. Looks amazing. But what struck me the most is how much Lu has grown up. Farm life must agree with her

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