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... 


  1. Wow! You guys have been busy. Love seeing this update! I can't believe you will have a young driver in the family soon too! You are certainly setting your home up for easier living when the kids are older. Fantastic. xx

  2. I think it's looking great.. I'm sure it will look beautiful once it's all finished. I'm looking forward to seeing it! take care, Maryann

  3. Looks great Jenny, painting will make a huge difference to the end product! Keep on soldiering on!!!!

  4. It looks fantastic Jen! You've certainly been busy. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  5. Those rocks were HUGE! Looks amazing Jenny, love the front deck and the stairs.

  6. Wow, lots of work! What a gorgeous outlook you have from the front stairs.

  7. It seems like there has never been an ambitious renovation schedule which was ever completed right on time. The front of the house really needs some good cosmetic work to be sure. I am in agreement with you on the pristine look of poured concrete. The stairs look really good.

  8. Its looking great Jenny. Im wrapped to see an update, love your beautiful home!!!

  9. The exterior looks fantastic Jenny, what a lot of hard work!
    Happy New Year - I hope all your wishes come true in 2014!


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