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)
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
Welcome to week number 12 of the renovations. We’re very much on the home stretch now and, according to the builder, we should be able to move back into the house by the end of April.
Time for a quick look at progress since the last update:
- enclosure purchased for the outside low voltage lighting and pergola audio. Managed to get a Legrand Atlantic 35430 lockable powder coated steel cabinet. It’s IP66-rated and weighs almost 10kg. The local electrical wholesaler has been trying to sell his three stock units for almost two years. So, instead of paying $357 for it, I paid just $120. TOTAL overkill for the intended application but half the price of an equivalent size polycarbonate unit.
- installation has started on the storage unit wall outside the new bathroom upstairs.
- hot water system partially installed
- locked-in the colour for the poly doors in the kitchen. We’re going with Dulux “Raku” PG2C7 in a gloss finish.
- picked up the light fitting for the front bedroom
- locked-in the colour for the outside feature wall which faces onto the pergola area outside – Taubman’s “Grape Popsicle”.
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
Welcome to the start of week number TEN. Walking inside the house tonight it was obvious we were entering into a new phase of the project. Most of the black plastic protective padding on the floors had been removed – signalling the removal of nasty equipment like drop-saws, tile cutters erc.
Let’s have a look-see:
- TV/monitor ceiling mount in place – I actually gave the builder the wrong target location (too far from wall!) so he had to relocate it.
- glass shower panels installed in both bathrooms
- pedestal basin plumbed-in and installed in downstairs bathroom
- laundry tub plumbed-in and installed
- upstairs toilet partially installed (looks rather complex!)
- two of three glass shelves installed in the storage nook above the bath (there was a third shelf but it was accidentally smashed during installation)
- mortice lock, rebate kit, handles, flush bolt and sealing kit fitted to the French doors in the guest bedroom
Let’s have a look at what’s happening, shall we?
- laundry tub put into place (awaiting plumbing)
- upstairs toilet unboxed and a work in progress
- exhaust fan installed in upstairs bathroom
- new kitchen window in-situ
Also went lamp, ceiling pendant and bathroom accessories shopping.