Saturday, November 1, 2014


Well I am very excited. The kitchen now as all the necessary working parts to be called a kitchen. The instantaneous gas unit was installed, sink connected and tap put in. Love it. We sometimes forget it is there and walk to the old kitchen. It is nice. Still lots of little finishing jobs to be done in the room but it is now the heart of the home and wonderful.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oven, benches, fans, carpet, cooktop, septic... etc.

Wow it has been too long... ok here is a visual diary of the last three months... roughly... don't have a photo of the edging work I had to do around all the collar ties. I have to admit I was really burnt out after the kitchen went in, too many decisions. So I have spent a bit of time over the last couple of months with the family, which I have long neglected. It has been great. The only thing left in the kitchen is to connect up the tap and hot water... The heart of the home is almost done.

The oven is in.... 
Our first roast!

The first time Heather used the oven..
Bulk head 90% done... I used the old weather boards again.. I really love it. 
Ridiculously expensive german countertop oil... amazing stuff.
Bench top number 1...
Well they did warn us that the glue would turn your hands black... took over a week for it to disappear. 
Done and in
Island bench top. I had huonvalley timber make it. It is 1.2m x 2.2m and 65mm think solid oak. It weighs a ton. 
Installed... with induction top installed. Love the island bench. 

I would like to proudly introduce you to my fans. It only took 12 months for them to arrive but they work fantastic. 

Thanks to the first plumber I needed to install a second septic tank.

Huon plumbing were great. Matthew didn't even mind Brigham helping him. 
Definitely a good reason to dance!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Kitchen takes shape!

Hello as you all know that it has been a nightmare with the tilers so I went timber instead! I was confident to be able to install it myself and probably save some money in doing so. A big thanks to Stan Watson for making time to sand my floors on short notice even though I did go with water based polyurethane instead of his much loved oil based : )  

It was a sticky messy job. I used a 6mm notched trowel to lay the glue down. But not matter how much you tired, it got everywhere. 
Thanks Stan
I even let him do the first sealing coat. Man it was nice watching someone else work on my house for once. 
Three coats later vuola! 
We stayed of it for three days to help it cure. It is Tas Oak and I love how it is a bit darker than the roof. I am a bit worried about having too much timber in the room.... I had planned to install the timber bench tops and bulk head too.... hmmm we will see..... 
Girls said it remind them of a ballroom, so they had to dance on it. 
The kitchen arrived. Thanks Ezikit! Angus was an amazing help for the two days it took to assemble all of the carcasses. 

The oven! 11 layers of bubble wrap and another wooden box protecting more bubble wrap and styrofoam!
The kitchen tentatively in place waiting for me to adjust and screw it in. 

Didn't take long for the kids to move into the place.... 
 Hmmm working around them might be a bit difficult.
Needless to say we are very very very very very very very excited about the whole thing. Finally the heart of the home is coming together!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It has arrived!!!

Well finally the oven and kitchen arrived today. Didn't take a photo of the kitchen but I was amazed at how quick the oven arrived and how well packaged. I ordered it from Deluxe Appliances online. They are based in Hungary and sell goods to Australia at UK prices. They work out really cheap for expensive ovens. I purchased a nice AEG oven. The amazing thing is that I ordered it last Thursday night.... so in 4 business days it was FedEx'ed to my front door from Hungary! Amazing! More amazing was how well it was packed.... below is a picture of the oven we haven't opened yet but there was a second smaller mystery package with it which we did unwrap.... 

They mystery package
Wrapped 9 times in bubble wrap! about 9 metres all up!
A 19mm thick wooded box screwed shut... 
More bubble wrap!
For baking trays and racks! Wow!