The story so far: Scanlicott Renovation 1.0
We are in the process of selling our first house and buying our next. Our first house was filled with many first’s; first dog (Swarley), first Christmas as a married couple, first garden, first Bunning’s expenditure over $1000 and our first taste at renovating.
Ohhhh the renovations and the places we would go. We were both rather novice when it came to renovating. We both work in climate controlled offices and our hands are well moisturised, free from blisters and calluses. You get the picture, manual labour was not our forte. BUT when you want something badly enough and don’t have the money to pay for someone else to do it the only options is blood, sweat and tears.
We got in and gave our first house, a 1970’s post war home a much needed face-lift which it deserved. Prior to our purchase, the house had been a rental for 10 years. It was very tired and run down with holes in the walls, snow falling from the ceiling (re: paint flaking off), the carpet looked like it hadn’t been vacuumed since the 80’s, the jungle (I mean garden) was overgrown and about 4 ute loads of furniture and unmentionables kindly left (read sarcasm) for us to dispose of.
Initially the priority was to remove all traces of paint off the walls and ceilings, puddy holes, sand again and than paint. Within 2 hours of settlement all carpet was ripped up exposing never before polished hardwood timber floors. These were quickly polished post painting. It was amazing how this brightened the house!
Over the next 2.5 years we;
- Fenced the property creating a large private oasis,
- Cleared and rebuilt the gardens,
- Painted the exterior,
- Used Rust-oleum to paint the bathroom tiles, basin and bath tub
- Replaced the kitchen bench top and handles
- Changed the lightening throughout the house
- Man caved downstairs
- Updated the downstairs kitchenette
- Laid over 200m2 of turf and
- Styled the house to our taste
For us the house didn’t need extending or extensive renovations this meant the cost for renovations were mainly for materials as we completed them ourselves.
We didn’t do all the renovations completely ourselves. We had help from uncles and aunts, cousins, parents and friends – we are very lucky to have such a wonderful support network that helped us not just physically but emotionally.
Now as we go through the process of selling our first home we reflect on all the happy memories we were lucky to have and look forward to the new adventure ahead. Although in reflecting on how far we have come with house number 1 it is quiet daunting to think of all that is required for house number 2.
Pat did some quick sums and found out he went to Bunnings on average every 15 days…..due to the amount of work required on house number 2 I am fairly certain this will be halved to every 7 days if not less.
We have included some before and after pictures of Scanlicott Renovations 1.0 for you to view.
x L & P