This week, we’ve moved on with the plumbing. The word “plumber” definitely has made me nervous, what with our past experience. What we were needing at this stage was the rough-in for our ensuite, bathroom and laundry. Partly set up pipes for the kitchen and get the sewer line outside of the house inspected. That … Continue reading Pipe dreams
We were told that the hardest part was the foundation, but once you get that done, the rest is all pretty straight forward. Our main aim was to get concrete poured before Christmas, so I didn’t expect us to get any bricks up until the new year. We decided to once again find bricklayers on … Continue reading Brick by brick
We started off with much optimism, because we were finally going to make a start on the foundations. The initial challenge we had was finding an excavator at a reasonable cost. Being on a tight budget did restrict us and we had to find a way to get what we needed without an arm and … Continue reading “I feel the Earth move, under my feet..”
With our property, we had an old and rotting existing extension that housed the laundry and toilet. Because we are living on site and hiring a portaloo was out of the question (we could be renovating for a while and the hiring cost for one would have been a hefty amount), a challenge we created … Continue reading Asbestos be gone!
Trying to get an approval on your Development Application (DA) is always going to be a lengthy process, but we didn’t realise it would take over a year of waiting. As the months flew, things just didn’t sink in and I thought that we would never make a start on the house. Even the notice … Continue reading Playing the waiting game…
Before digging any holes or knocking down walls, we spent a lot of time researching, going to home expo’s, speaking to people in-the-know, and putting pen to paper. We knew going into this that being in a house over a hundred years old, there might be some hidden surprises. We weren’t planning to knock down … Continue reading Where it all began & the plans we’ve made.
Welcome to our blog about the adventures of building a house extension on your own. You might find some helpful tips if you are going down this road yourself. Disclaimer: I have made mention of the trades that we have hired along the way and have explained what we witnessed and experienced at each job, … Continue reading Growing our Californian Bungalow