Where to next you might ask? Well I am here today with my brave pants on to bare all and share where we are headed next with out renovations.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Emily has spent most of Winter sleeping at my parents home, partly because she was too freezing in her little enclosed verandah and partly because she too has been overwhelmed by our renovations. I have missed her terribly overnight and looked forward to collecting her and bringing her home each morning. I think she has quite enjoyed her evening TV watching with her Grandparents so for that I am very grateful.
With our new builder ready to work for us, it is time to begin working on a new bedroom for Emily. The tiny room she currently has used to be Jasper's room and is destined to be returned to a verandah at some stage as it has low ceilings and is boiling hot in summer. We needed to find a permanent and bigger solution for a bedroom for Emily. Being 15 now, she has need for more things and more space in her room. Not having the budget to add on an extension to our tiny home, we needed to work with what we already have available to us.
Enter the outside shed/room - we don't know what it should be called, but from now on it will be called the Garden cottage, that sounds better don't you think. So from the street, this is what you see - the little building at the left of our house.
At this stage this little room, the Garden cottage is just a shell, with a rusty roof and walls made of asbestos. It is in NO way ready to become a bedroom for Emily however this is where we are starting next. We have a team of professionals coming soon to safely remove all of the asbestos (which was very commonly used in houses of our era) and our builder is coming back tomorrow to start putting a new roof, guttering, down pipes, facia etc. It's VERY exciting and I can't wait to see this room transform into the perfect space for my girl.
To properly share this story, I need to show you the whole room, at least the outside for now. I think it will be fun to look back on these before shots when everything is finally finished. So please keep in mind that this is hard for me to show you how old and tumble down our home is.
Here is the side of the soon to be Garden cottage. We are removing all the external walls which will also remove the very old fire place. We are then putting in a set of french door at the right hand end which will hopefully, eventually open onto a nice big deck. (notice my washing machine off to the left, yep, that's my laundry. Isn't it wonderful LOL)
If you stand in our back yard and look back towards the house, this is the other end of Emily's room that you can see. We are planning another set of French door in the centre of this wall with half french doors either side. This will allow beautiful morning light into her room each day and also give her a lovely view of the bush behind our home. (Please excuse the piles of building materials etc, this is pretty standard when you are renovating I think)
So there you have it, our next stage of renovating. While this is all happening, my husband is spending weekends pinning plasterboard in Jasper's room inside the house and also our hallway. It's a very busy season for us and while I must confess I do have my down days (we all do), I am very excited for this next stage. I think we will finally start to see some real progress and I can't begin to tell you how happy that makes me feel. Hopefully I will be back on Friday night with some progress shots from the day. Fingers crossed.