OMG! The kitchen is now 95% complete! The cabinet makers have done a great job and we’re totally chuffed with our colour selections. Progress continues on the upstairs hallway storage unit. And they’ve installed the mirror door in the downstairs bathroom/laundry.
The ceramic tiles for the kitchen splashback, which have been on a sloooooow boat from Italy for the last three months, will finally arrive next week some time.
Not much to report today, except:
- ongoing work with kitchen door/panels installation
- the ceiling “spill” lighting was wired up
- first doors installed in upstairs hallway storage unit
- aluminium trim installed in upstairs bathroom doorway (covers the expansion gap between the timber and the tiles)
Big day today!
- the cabinet makers started putting the poly doors on the kitchen
- most of the kitchen appliances now wired-in, including the fridge (a gift from my folks )
- my mate Simon dropped off the television which had been delivered to his house and I excitedly installed when I got home tonight
- the custom (12 metre long!) sheet of translucent roofing for the side walkway was delivered (not yet fully installed)
Saturday, and a quick trip up the freeway to see the folks. While I was there, I asked for Pete’s help with the wall plate cut-outs into the metal insert for the outdoor AV enclosure. Of course, he generously obliged and Pete worked his handyman magic on the challenge. The end result was brilliant.
Pete had also picked me up 20m of grey conduit and lots of elbows, t-pieces etc for running the speaker cable in. His ability to still buy at trade prices saved me more than 30% on retail. Let me say it again – you’re a top bloke, Pete!
A short week, following the four day Easter long weekend, but a long list of items ticked off the list!
- waterproof enclosure for outdoor area audio-visual and low voltage equipment mounted to wall (DIY by me )
- wiring at main switchboard almost complete
- painting now ~85% complete
- light installed above shaving cabinet in downstairs bathroom
- security lighting installed at side of the house and on wall overlooking outdoor area
- second weatherproof power outlet installed in outdoor area below the A/V gear box
- new light fittings installed in dining room and front bedroom
- oven and dishwasher installed
- upstairs toilet finished
- cabinetry finished in upstairs bathroom
- feature wall (brightest purple you will ever see ) painted in outdoor area
- downstairs toilet finished
- spill lighting installed at top of the new storage units upstairs
- bedroom wall (previously water-damaged) repaired and repainted
- floorboard repairs underway
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Tagged dishwasher, electrical, floor, home, lights, outdoor area, oven, painting, renovations, toilet, walls
I didn’t get home until late this evening. It was rather dark and I wasn’t expecting to see a lot. How wrong I was!
- Caesarstone benchtops installed in kitchen
- cooktop partially installed
- LED under-cabinet kitchen lighting installed
- kitchen sink partially installed
- cabinet installed over pedestal basin in bathroom-laundry
- shower rail kit installed in bathroom-laundry
- Caesarstone top installed for upstairs bathroom vanity unit
- light installed above the mirror cabinet in upstairs bathroom
- toilet installed in upstairs bathroom (just needs seat fitted)
- third glass shelf installed in bathroom display nook
- shower rose installed in upstairs bathroom
- all cabinets now in place for the the hallway storage unit
- patching of the new network and antenna connections started in the comms room
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Tagged basin, bathroom, benchtops, Caesarstone, home, kitchen, LED, lights, renovations, sink, toilet
Despite the heavy rain today, the builders and cabinet makers made solid progress again – both inside and outside the house.
- most of the pergola frame, including down the side of the house, completed
- glass and poly doors installed in upstairs bathroom
- light fittings delivered for above the mirrors in the bathrooms
- LED lighting kit delivered for above the main kitchen bench (…and duly tested, of course )
- light fitting delivered for the dining room (see note below)
I would like to thank Beacon Lighting for saving us more than 50% on the cost of this light for the dining room. Bad (read: no) customer service at the Beacon Lighting (Alexandria) store gave me enough time to get all the important markings from their display light fitting and then Google-up this one on eBay. Look familiar? Yup!
Ordered Saturday – while standing inside Beacon – and was delivered today (Wednesday), with an extra $500 left in our bank account.
I’d planned to install a Samsung UA32D5000 in the new kitchen as an upgrade from the current 22inch display.
That was up until Friday when the Panasonic TH-L32E3A (reviewed here)appeared on the amexconnect.com.au website for a paltry $249.00.
The guys had a HUGE day today! As I walked into the dining room this evening the first thing I saw were stacks of draws for the kitchen.
….and then I saw the kitchen itself
….and then I spotted the side pathway
….and then I noticed the outdoor area
…and, well, you get the picture. Lots happened today
- kitchen cabinetry (excluding the doors) installed
- range hood partially installed
- concrete for side path poured
- some of the posts and beams installed for the pergola (it looks huge )
- tiles in upstairs bathroom buffed to remove protective way coating
- repairs to the wall in the back bedroom started (the wall suffered from water damage approximately 12 months ago)
Also, the new refrigerator was delivered today. w00t!
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Tagged back yard, bathroom, cabinets, concrete, draws, home, kitchen, outdoor area, pergola, refrigerator, renovations, side path, walls
Came home to discover an 85% complete deck and a huge timber delivery for the pergola which will cover it. Who0hooo!