One week until Stage 2!

It’s official – Stage 2 will begin in a week’s time: May 11.

IMG_1224 - 2015-04-27 at 11-12-27This build will be much smaller than Stage 1. The top floor bathroom will be ripped out and replaced. When we moved in, this was the most modern part of the house and we used this bathroom for the first year we lived here.

IMG_1228 - 2015-04-27 at 11-12-58The creepy top floor cupboard will be lined and plastered, turning it into a great storage space.

IMG_1219 - 2015-04-27 at 10-23-16The guest room will get a new window. And a good clear out- it needs to ready for my friend Lisa who will be visiting from Australia in nine weeks’ time. I love a challenge.


This porch at the back (this is an old photo) will be filled in and converted into a downstairs toilet.

IMG_2680 - 2013-06-11 at 17-08-20The coal store will be converted into a utility/laundry room.

IMG_2682 - 2013-06-11 at 17-08-28Lots to happen in there – new floors, walls, ceilings, a skylight…

IMG_2681 - 2013-06-11 at 17-08-25The space still smells of coal from years gone by. This is where the colony of butterflies hibernated two winters ago.

IMG_2267 - 2014-05-19 at 16-38-23We already knocked through into the coal store during the last build, as pictured above. We couldn’t afford to complete it all then so this new doorway was boarded over, ready for this next stage. We also brought the services into the space last time – water, electricity and heating are ready to go, so that will make things much easier.

We are also going to get as much decorating done as possible – the guest room, the two top-floor bedrooms, the top bathroom, the new utility room and toilet…plus all the hallways and stairs need painting…more carpet, blinds, the list goes on. We will need to see how far our budget will stretch.

IMG_5301 - 2015-02-18 at 11-44-42The front garden will also get a basic makeover so the house looks decent from the street.

IMG_1242 - 2015-04-28 at 13-41-44Last week we had a CCTV drain survey. Things look fairly good and we’ll be able to connect up the new toilet and utility room to the drains without a problem.

IMG_1241 - 2015-04-28 at 13-39-18The inspection chamber for the drains. Not looking bad for 110 years old.

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We also discovered that the downpipe at the front of the house is clear right down into the drains, which means that the mystery of the small damp spot by the front door remains. We’ll get to the bottom of it! My theory is that the giant silver birch in the front garden that we cut down is no longer drinking water from the garden, which in turn is saturating the ground and causing the damp spot. The tree also sheltered the front garden from wind and rain so I think that the front of the house is now more open to the elements, which isn’t helping matters, especially as that area needs some repointing of the mortar. Inside the house there is evidence that this has happened before as there is a small patch of plaster repair in the lounge that I discovered last year when I stripped the wallpaper. The damp-proofer is coming back next week to take a look. We are also hoping that the removal of all the crazy paving in the front garden will allow the ground to dry out a bit too.

IMG_1247 - 2015-04-28 at 14-17-23The drain surveyor and I also had a good look at the Edwardian cistern, which collects rainwater from the roof at the back of the house.

IMG_1249 - 2015-04-28 at 14-18-04On the bottom left of this photo you can see the pipe that used to be connected to a hand pump used to draw water from the cistern.

IMG_1250 - 2015-04-28 at 14-18-08The two pipes you can see on the bottom right are the inlets from the downpipes and gutters.

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Now for an animal update. The other night at dusk Ruby was staring intently out of the back door – she had spotted the first spring hedgehog! Our garden is so unkempt it has wildlife, which is a great excuse to just leave it as it is.

IMG_1235 - 2015-04-28 at 09-37-31Some cat photos. Ruby in a box.

IMG_1209 - 2015-04-25 at 08-41-31Oliver on the window sill.

IMG_1236 - 2015-04-28 at 12-52-38Rosie.

I will return to daily updates next week!


7 thoughts on “One week until Stage 2!

  1. another wonderful post and at last the reveal of The Portrait (room) In The Attic.
    Cat pics are always a joy but this time I am sad to say the the SERVO-ROD trounced the kitties for me. The pipe colour coordinated with the screen just slays me and I am wondering is there already an Australian franchisee for them.
    The cistern drain is creepier than the thing you said was creepy, and as for pumping water up from it – well that explains how diptheria was a fact of life in the 1930’s.
    Of course the hedgehog is just fabulous and it may behoove one to allow the habitat to remain? or build a spacious coop over the top of him? oh they dig out I suppose.
    re urban wildlife: my friends in Chrystobel Cresc Hawthorn who can see Glenferrie Rd trams from their letterbox, had a fox get their chickens. jeepers.
    Thanks for sharing it all – wishing you and the furmily a smooth swift process.

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