Hello, muscles I’d forgotten I owned.
We’ve had two rather strenuous days. Yesterday we took all the building waste we’ve torn out of the new house and the rubble from demolishing the old porch on the current house to the dump. We’ve saved as much as possible for future use, but you can’t reuse gyprock (drywall), cement sheeting, broken bricks, non-safety glass or rotten timber. It’s the double handling that does it (or triple if you count the actual tearing down): onto the trailer, back off the trailer. We woke this morning feeling most of our muscles and every year of our joint ages. I’m being careful with my back, and the Husband is taking most of the strain, but I’m hitting the hot showers and Panadols hard However, the progress that’s being made is very encouraging, a visible change from day to day. Click on any of the photos to enlarge. Here’s yesterday:
And here’s lunchtime today:
Those dark brown cabinets on the kitchen side will be painted white to match the rest of the kitchen, and the handles will be updated also. They were originally at the top of the wall on the living room side, and have been repurposed for the kitchen. I will keep baskets and tubs, etc, in the spaces underneath.
Today we collected the new kitchen. Much of it is in flat pack, but there’s also the dishwasher, oven, gas cooktop, etc, and none of it is light. Except maybe the handles… Sadly the range hood wasn’t available; out of stock till next week. We also went to the joinery and collected our breakfast bar benchtop, a 2200 x 900mm (86 x 35 inch) butcher block slab of acacia wood which they had joined together edge to edge from two pieces with glue and ‘biscuits’.
In case you were wondering, biscuits are little flat disks of wood which fit into shaped corresponding slots on either side of the join and are glued in place. They’re a slimmer alternative to the dowel pegs known and loved by all assemblers of IKEA furniture. The slab needs oiling with tung oil to bring it back to the original colour you can see in the shot with my scruffy work boots!
Tomorrow’s treat, aching muscles permitting, is painting bedrooms, hopefully finishing one and perhaps starting the second. Actually, I’m rather looking forward to it. I like painting (except for the low bits), and it brings us one step closer to having two rooms ready to move stuff into. First the paint, then the carpets, then the furniture and curtains.
We’ve been hampered by torrential bursts of rain yesterday and today. One thing the rain has shown is how good the drainage is in the new house. Not a drop approached the house or the garage or the shed. Huge gutters and downpipes poured it down off the roof without any overflowing, and into gullies that carried it all away down the slope of the back yard. Nothing came into the property from the road. I think we’re safe from flooding at last.
Meanwhile, back in the sewing room there is forward progress too, but I’ll show you that another day.