Thanks for popping by!

Welcome!  I see a lot of new faces here in our little online home as a result of being linked to Rhonda's blog - thanks so much for popping by, and it's lovely to have you here!  Thankyou to all those that have commented, its lovely to "meet" you and I do hope some of you will share a little of your story here too.  Grab a cuppa and a comfy chair, and feel free to have a good poke around.

Part of our story is that we are half way through renovating our little old stone cottage which we bought in cash after many years of hard work.  It was, and still is a complete renovators delight.  I will link to a couple of posts that show some of the progress, but there are plenty more in my archives.

Before
Early days of renovating
Lounge
Boys room
Kitchen demolition
Demolishing the lean-too


The kitchen as it is now....But probably tidier!

Currently the old lean too out the back which was beyond repair has been demolished, we have a new slab down, the framing done and the new roof on.  The renovations have reached a kind of standstill for a while as we have been saving money for the next stage. 

But I’m excited to share that FINALLY we will be starting the next stage of renovations – no more outdoor bathroom and loo.  Can you just imagine that?!  Such absolute luxury!

Next week we will be calculating the materials we need, putting in the order for the cladding, the gyprock and beginning to plan bathrooms and so forth.  So, for those that love renovations, in the coming couple of months there will be plenty of progress shots to share here as we continue to workout how to maintain the character of the old while building the new! (And maintain a level of sanity through the madness.)

Much love,
Emma
xx


 

22 comments

  1. Yay for an indoor loo, especially with the weather we've been having! We will hopefully be renovating our bathroom soon, we looked at tiles today, exciting and hard to choose!

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    1. oh how exciting! I am torn over neutral for the saleability of it after or something I really love....I think something pretty neutral is the way to go - but next house I will be doing for me. There are some beautiful patterned tiles out there - paired with a beautiful, simple subway tile and it looks amazing!

      xx

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  2. Looking forward to following your progress Emma. Such an exciting time for you all.
    Kylie

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  3. We've been following you with interest as our weekender will eventually become our retirement home. Updating, adding extras and reorganising the interior, as well as cost planning, is a WIP. Thankfully the council here is very helpful re advice. We like seeing your progress :).

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    1. Oh good luck with yours. :)

      The price difference for similar items can vary immensely from place to place. Though so can quality. It can be a tricky path to navigate can't it?

      Xx

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  4. I have fond memories of our outside loo when I was a boy....big green frogs in the bowl :-)

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    1. Ack! I love frogs. 🐸 But not in the loo......I went to a friends farm once and they lived in their toilets and drains....I flushed every time before I sat down. 😳

      Xx

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    2. Oh yeah! I don't remember frogs in the outdoor loo when I was a pre-schooler, but we do have wallum froglets occasionally come inside and take up residence in our toilet cistern during the summer months. They are so tiny and so very loud.

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  5. My husband and I purchased a "fixer upper" 6 years ago and did everything cash, we moved in without running water and then had only cold water for many months. It does make you appreciate the little things!! Good Luck - anxious to watch the progress!

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    1. Oh, having running water in the kitchen was a luxury! Mine was only gone for a month or so. It was more then enough for me!

      I bet it is so rewarding now seeing and getting to enjoy you have done.
      Xx

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  6. It will be lovely to read along here as you do your renovating, Emma. We are not renovating, but we have spent the weekend preparing our house for washing down and rejuvenating our decking. Meg:)

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  7. g'day! just took me 2 pages to catch up! your blog is looking wonderful & so is your house!
    am having renovations here as well, atm having a bit of a problem finding a sparky to come out here but have stopped looking for now as have to save up more money before i can get one anyway.
    love seeing the progress of your renovations & can't wait to see more photos.
    thanx for sharing

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  8. Oh Emma how wonderful for you. Every step in the renovations is another feather in yours and Grants caps. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

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  9. Hi Emma, Your place looks great. Congratulations. I have a 1940's fixer upper cottage, so I know how it is. I have paid cash for all of the repairs and upgrades, too. I know what you mean about the tile. I chose pink 1950's speckled tile for my bathroom. I found it at a retro place in Hollywood. It's fabulous. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos.

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    1. Yes, I have seen your beautiful oven and fridge! Just lovely!
      xx

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  10. Emma, I love your old new stove. Is it a wood burner? Reminds me of times in my childhood when I stayed with my Aunt and Uncle on their remote NZ farm and they had an old aga, to heat the house, cook the meals and warm up the old "mis mothered cold lamb" before mothering it up again.

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    1. The one in the kitchen is a 1930's electric oven, that was here in the kitchen when we bought the place.

      The one in the brick fire place is a little old wood oven, similar to the one which was there when we bought it. The original was all rusted out beyond repair.

      They are lovely, though the electric is a little temperamental and slow to cook on!

      xx

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  11. I've been having a bit of a read through Emma, looking forward to seeing what you do next. I love Adelaide and the old stone cottages. There is something so English about them. My husband is from Adelaide, so we visit often. Good Luck with the next stage!

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    1. There is isn't there? Some of the old areas are just so pretty. :)

      xx

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  12. Hello Emma! Your blog is just lovely and on a day when I feel very tired I have had a wonderful sit and read. I just wanted to say how wonderful the comfy chair in your kitchen is! It just makes so much sense to me to have such a place for the kids to pull up and chat (I have 3 as well). I'm happily borrowing your idea! Kitchen's really are the heart of the home!
    I'll be back!
    Amelia x

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