Today and yesterday the guys from Lifestyle Building & Maintenance arrived on time and moved quickly to get our two new windows installed. On the Sunday prior we did all we could to prep the rooms, knowing that there would be a lot of dust being created when cutting into bricks. We had black plastic on our kitchen bench and cabinetry, over door frames and on the floor. We boxed up a lot of our kitchenware too. My son has also had to play camping out in the lounge room, with his bedroom out of bounds. Having somewhat dealt with internal demolitions before, we were quite wary of the dust created. However, unless you move everything completely out, you are always going to find dust in the places you least expect.
The guys first worked on the kitchen window. Removed 2 corner wall cabinets and cut bricks to make way for the new window. The old window was measured in metric, whilst the new window imperial, so there was a bit of fiddling around to make things fit. They placed a temporary steel lintel, removed a course of bricks and then slid in a concrete lintel. It was not a method Anthony had known of, so it was a good lesson for him. Kurt our subby was excellent, giving Anthony a lot of valuable pointers along the way as well as some advice for other areas around the house.
After 2 full cleans of the kitchen, we have it back to working order. But as I mentioned before, expect to still have that dust lurking around if you haven’t completely cleared out the room. Unfortunately for our son, he will be on the couch for a few nights yet while we sort out his bedroom. Anthony will be bricking up the internal wall where the old window once was, not to mention cleaning out the dust.
Because Anthony provided some assistance to the sub contractors, brick laying has been put on hold till the weekend. It was a good move however, as it made the whole process of installing the windows a lot quicker, not to mention that it saved us a bit of $$$. I don’t know how many people help out their sub-contractors, but if the sub-contractor you are hiring is fair, they might even shave off some $$$ off your final invoice.
All in all, despite the dust storm that was created, we are really happy with the result. Today we are getting the old airconditioner in our current bedroom decommissioned – hoping there aren’t too many cold nights left. Then once this is done we can get someone in to render the whole house. There aren’t too many courses left to go, but am hoping we can time all of this right.