Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Front of house

Our little (or not so little renovation as we have found) hit the five year mark in April this year and alas we are still going - might need to rename my blog.  We can however, see the light at the end of the tunnel and so we turn our attention to the front of the house.  Part of the overall snowball affect you get when renovating is that you can't do this until that is done and so on it goes.. 

The front of the house had rickety stairs which we pulled down in the first year of living here.  It also had bitumen and ugly pavers up to the entrance and a not so attractive carport as well as an awkward slope.  Although we have quite a bit to do, the hard yards are done with just the cosmetics to go and so I thought I would share this stage on my little record keeping blog.  Maybe someone is still out there reading this in the same boat...
Earthworks begin

Bring in the rock breaker - serious rocks!!!

Foundations ready to be poured

Love newly poured cement - if only it stayed looking so clean.

Block work ready for front retaining walls.

Retaining walls in place for garden beds to soften the look at the front and a new car spot added for teenager eager to get learners permit in November.

Ben is adding some stairs to the side for additional access.

Time for the front deck and stairs.  The original stairs used to fall directly from the front door so we added a little deck to make life easier.


View from the top of the stairs

Next will be painting, planting and garden lights.  We will also put down new crazy paving and some sort of stone wall across the front.  Finally the garage will be enclosed and a roller door installed.  Phew, still lots to do...