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BrettBuilt
Junior Contributor

Our renovation diary

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Hi all,  new to this group, but wanted a place to consolidate all the info, photos and our "trials and tribulations" related to our slowly progressing renovation project. This is a self-renovation meaning I am either doing all the work myself, or in the intrests of time, assisting various builders, electricians, plumbers or other trades that I have, or will engage, to complete the work.

 

The house is an old two-storey 70's pole home on the Brisbane Water at Point Clare (NSW, Central Coast). The orginal Pole house was converted many moons ago into the two-story configuration that exists today.  My wife and I (and 3 kids) purchased the house about 13 years ago and we have lived in it largely unchanged since then - but it is now getting very tired, despite the hours of maintence and just needs updating.

 

So far I have renovated 3 bedrooms by ripping up carpet, coating the quite nice Cypress Pine floor boards, replacing all the skirts and achitraves and repairing walls and painiting.  We have also installed a large deck (with a builder involved) from the second storey and installed a pool.  I will post some photos of those completed tasks and then provide a schedule of the projects upcoming and share details and photos of those as we go.

 

Big jobs, so this discussion may go on for quite a while....

 

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Our Renovation Diary

Welcome to Workshop @BrettBuilt. We're thrilled to have you join us and are excited about sharing your renovation journey with you. We're sure that you'll get plenty of helpful advice and inspiration from other members along the way.

 

In addition to your diary updates, feel free to hit the Start a discussion button if you ever hit a snag and need help with anything. And please let me know if you ever need a hand getting the most from the site or have any feedback about how we can improve Workshop for you.

 

Looking forward to seeing how your renovation project progresses in the coming weeks and months.

 

Thanks,

 

Jason

 

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BrettBuilt
Junior Contributor

Re: Our Renovation Diary

Yous said "Looking forward to seeing how your renovation project progresses in the coming weeks and months."  Haha, could be years...

Allan72
Junior Contributor

Re: Our Renovation Diary

Hey @BrettBuilt. Looking forward to tracking your progress. Would like to see your before and after shots. Enjoy. Allan72 

BrettBuilt
Junior Contributor

Re: Our Renovation Diary

Thanks. Will starting putting some pics up in the day or so. Here is a small job I did over the last couple of days. 319FE998-0464-4F9F-B56B-038C7D96F382.jpeg

Before and after. Replaced the grandma tiles in the toilet. Bathroom makeover next. 

BrettBuilt
Junior Contributor

Re: Our Renovation Diary

Well I moved my efforts from the toilet to the bathroom. Based on the toilet I thought I could knock this over pretty quickly. I was wrong. Not sure why the tile glue in the toilet was so different to that in the bathroom but it was clear early on that the glue was the same stuff they use to stick the heat tiles on the Space Shuttle. Maybe I can get them off if I cut the tiles up a bit!E7E7722D-3375-471E-8994-A57EF1BABD17.jpegCutting the up didn’t work. Move to plan C

 So the only thing left was to cut the tiles out along with the underlying wall. D7A830C7-524A-45CA-BE2B-EED9E8AAD175.jpegTiles gone, but so is the wall.

 So replaced the wall!

 

A2A7869D-836E-4C80-A832-F2280E64C407.jpegWall replaced

 

5B007D23-20EC-435A-AFBC-F0670FF154FF.jpegTiles added to the new wall!

 

2905E483-EE71-484B-AFF0-E207EE41AC37.jpegSuccess
A bit more effort required, but the end result looks ok. Just have to refurb the grout on the floor, install new vanity, shower screen, towel rails etc, paint and it’s done.  Unfortunately the shower screen won’t be delivered until 15 Jan. Oh well, it will give me time to get the rest of the bathroom tasks done.

47535EF8-EEC1-4D64-BC75-A02F9BEBC747.jpegHere is the original bathroom.

I will add an after photo when completed  

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Our Renovation Diary

Hi @BrettBuilt,

 

Hope all is well. Just wondering how your renovation work is progressing? Are you hard at it or taking a break at the moment?

 

Jason

 

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Prawns
Established Contributor

Re: Our Renovation Diary

Looks great Tiling is somthing Ive not been game to try yet - you did a great job I hope mine turns out half as good when i eventually get into the bathroom here

BrettBuilt
Junior Contributor

Re: Our Renovation Diary

Thank you. It was a bit of effort but just replacing the trim tiles has given it a more contemporary feel. Almost finished the room, with the shower screen coming next week.  I will put photos up once I’m done. 

BrettBuilt
Junior Contributor

Re: Our Renovation Diary

No break, still hard it it. Have replaced all the trim tiles, regrouped the floor tiles, installed a floating vanity and related plumbing, replaced a few cracked tiles and installed towel rails etc. etc..  Shower screen coming next week and once installed it wii be complete. I will post photos when done.IMG_4187.jpegRemove old trim tiles and ceramic towle rail and soap holders etc..IMG_4198.jpegTrim tiles installed - very fidly work. Will go for a different type of tile next time!IMG_3998.jpegThe sheets came like this so I had to slice them upIMG_4200.jpegReplaced the towel rails, soap holders etc with a few spare tiles I had on hand (lucky!)IMG_4206.jpegRemoved the old shower screen and set up up a temp shower IMG_4215.jpegDid a bit of fixing and waterproofing to finish the shower area. Replaced the old drain as wellIMG_4219.jpegAll tiles now in place IMG_4222.jpegRemover the old vanity - 15 years of eewww!IMG_4227.jpegHad to remove the floor pipe and have it come out of the wallIMG_4230.jpegHad to cut out the wall in the opposite room to get to relocate the pipeIMG_4233.jpegPipe in IMG_4237.jpegPipe and floor pipe done - No the new vanityIMG_4240.jpegReplaced the bath and floor wastes while I had access to the crawl space between the floors - Fun job NOT!IMG_4277.jpegNew Vanity done IMG_4284.jpegNew towel rail done IMG_4278.jpegNew shower head IMG_4285.jpegGlass shelf added as wellIMG_4296.jpegAnd a Towel rackIMG_4343.jpegNeeded a rest on Xmas day! A jug of Sangria and watching Grand Designs on TVIMG_4323.jpegGo a garden shed for Xmas - Build that on Boxing Day - Man it was a hot day.IMG_4420.jpegThe shower screen came today - An hour later and we have a shower IMG_4414.jpegJust need to give the bathroom a really good clean and paint the door and trims and it's all done. About $3500 all up. Next up is the hall floors, replace trims/skirts and paint. Then I move to the big kithen, dining and lounge build downstairs.

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