Gutting Our Home

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Beginning a new building project involves a certain amount of logistical juggling, sometimes it means before one project is completed you need to switch to another task and complete it first. Thus it was when we recently began installing our front windows, preparing to install the second window we realised we needed to switch focus immediately.

 

We had planned to gut a large portion of most of our ‘old house’ after the window installation; half the wall in the foreground, the wall to the right and the walls and ceiling in the room beyond. However we realised it would be easier to remove the gyprock and framing through the window framing instead of waiting until the window was in place.

 

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Words cannot express how exciting it was to see this half wall (from the foreground) go! I’d long wanted it gone but as it was load bearing it couldn’t be removed until the new trusses bought structural changes. Oh happy day!

 

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Building codes certainly weren’t what they are today. The entire roof on this corner was resting on the post PC is lifting, we were rather horrified to discover the beam wasn’t even resting on the top of the post but on a tiny groove only half an inch wide!  The posts went through the floorboards to sit on beams below which means I currently have large holes in my flooring, new challenge is to keep the toddler from ‘posting’ small objects and everyone from twisting ankles.

 

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When gutting the wall to the right we found a former window frame, enabling us to further visualise how the house looked before a previous owner created the front room by filling in the verandah.

 

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Space and light are now created, our former study to the right and our former library to the left, will now become one large library, oh giddy joy!!

 

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With the half wall gone this space is completely opened up, making the rooms spacious and light filled.

 

We are now turning our attention to the new library, the leaning wall framing on the right is to be placed behind the table and gyprock/drywall will completely cover the area you see including the door frame on the left. The entry to the library beyond will be where the bookcase currently is. Plenty of plans percolating as to how this room will look.

Erin

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16 thoughts on “Gutting Our Home

  • February 15, 2016 at 8:36 am
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    I’m enjoying this journey! Thanks for sharing the project and your joy.

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    • March 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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      Cassie
      Glad you’re enjoying the journey along with us 🙂

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:20 pm
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      Going to have lots of light and if we need more we’ll install skylights

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  • February 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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    Wow, this is definitely getting exciting! Can’t wait to see your full progress. What an amazing team effort. 🙂

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm
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      Bec
      Yes the children have been amazing working together, learning many skills for life

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:24 pm
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      Janet,

      It is a challenge, one I cope with better at times than others, generally I do ok.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 11:01 am
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    Omg, how very exciting.
    I love the light and all that space,
    Love the sound of a library
    Have a great weekend x

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:25 pm
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      Sarah

      It is soo spacious, can’t wait to sit and relax and read 🙂

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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      Oh thanks Charlene, and love seeing you here.

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  • February 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm
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    Very exciting but very hard work.

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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      Jelly Bean
      It was hard work, Dad and I are very proud of you for sticking with us and helping. Thank you! {}xx

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:31 pm
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      Alix
      We’ve been owner building for six years now and have done it all ourselves. Except for electrical and plumbing. If you click on the Extensions tab above you can scroll over our journey. We’ve added a huge house onto a tiny one, it’s a huge job 🙂

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