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Project House: Update

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A lot has happened since I first launched Project: House back in January and I realise it’s time I gave you an update.

Progress in January was slow as heavy snows impeded any work on the house itself. Much time was spent poring over Pinterest and interior design magazines such as Country Living for inspiration. We printed off drafts of the plans and set to working finding contractors. We will be managing the overall project ourselves and will complete some of the work, in particular the interior décor, but we need professionals for the roofing, construction, windows, plumbing and electricity.

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When the snow finally melted in early March work started in earnest on the renovations. First up were the windows and glass doors. We are adding two large glass doors to the front of the house to take advantage of the fantastic views and the light afforded by the southerly aspect. Adding these doors meant cutting through 40 cm concrete walls. The guys who were installing the windows broke their jackhammer on the first day and refused to complete the work, forcing Arūnas to source a higher calibre jackhammer and complete the task himself. He wasn’t the better for it for several days! Once the doors were installed he agreed that it was worth the effort – the light now floods into the house giving it a warm and spacious feel.

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Next to start were the roofers. The old asbestos tiles were removed and the timbers beneath replaced. We chose new tiles that were as similar as possible to the original to preserve the look of the house. I really love the colour – rich, but not too bright. The roofers also installed the Velux windows and constructed the timber frame for the conservatory. We changed the angle of the conservatory roof to facilitate the Velux window on the first floor. This window will form the centrepiece for a new seating area on the landing offering views out over the countryside.

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While the exterior walls on the ground floor are constructed of concrete the upstairs walls are timber and not very efficient and keeping out the severe winter temperature or retaining precious heat. Rather than rebuild these walls we are adding thick insulation and covering this with timber cladding. While the roofers worked on the insulation Arūnas was hard at work painting the wooden boards. We tried to pick a colour as close as possible to the colour of the roof tiles. It still needs another coat, to which we may add an extra hint of red, but I absolutely love the overall effect. The wood gives the house a warm and cosy feel and is very much the country, homestead look I had in mind.

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The same wood cladding has been used on the sides of the conservatory. I very much like the contrast in direction, with the boards on the main house being fitted horizontally and those on the conservatory being fitted vertically. We will probably mimic these vertical boards on the interior of the conservatory roof once all the insulation has been completed.

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The glass for the conservatory windows has been ordered. There will be a large 2.5 metre pane the in centre at the front and a massive 3 metre patio door on the east (right) side. As you can see from the photo the walls of the conservatory are very low so this will be a gloriously bright space with virtually uninterrupted vistas in every direction.

Back in February I made a video of the interior of the house. The video was really more for ourselves as a diary of the changes so I never shared it. I have now added it to YouTube. If you want a good giggle at my TV manner go on and take a peek!

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24 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great pics June and lovely to see your progress.
    Makes me wish that I could have blogged when renovating houses in the UK – I would have loved it.


    April 12, 2014
    • Ooh, Lorna – I wish you had blogged about those renovations. They’d be such a good reference now!


      April 12, 2014
  2. Wow, it looks great! And your on-screen endeavours are so much more professional than mine 😉

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    April 8, 2014
  3. Love this post, sis. Touch of Anika Rice about you in the video! When I think how excited I feel about your house I realise you must be beside yourself! Keep the progress reports coming.


    April 6, 2014
    • That’s so funny! I had to play a video of Anika for Arūnas as he’d never heard of her and we both laughed as we could see what you meant! It is pretty exciting – I just can’t wait for it to be ready!


      April 6, 2014
  4. Hi June! Just wanted to thank you for stopping by the homestead over at stand upon grace! Looks like you guys are working hard building your homestead and your dreams! We plan on some remodeling this summer as well, but still have several feet of snow on the ground now! oh well, gives us time to dream! 🙂 Stop on by for another visit some time!
    Blessings~ Wendy


    April 5, 2014
    • Thanks Wendy! Hope your snow clears soon so you can get a start on your remodelling!


      April 6, 2014
  5. Gosh, you’ve done so much work in such a time. The cladding is beautiful, and that looks like mighty impressive insulation you’ve put in! Can you believe it when we did our renovations we had exactly the same jack-hammer experience on our bathroom window!!!


    April 5, 2014
    • Thanks Margaret. It really is moving quite quickly now – hopefully it will keep going at that pace. The insulation is thicker than I imagined but it can get down to minus 25 Celsius here in winter and we want the house to be as energy efficient as possible so it needs to be as thick as possible. I can’t believe you had the same jackhammer woes – that’s gas!


      April 6, 2014
      • -25 is damned cold! Oh the stories I could tell about our renovations…..


        April 6, 2014
  6. impressive, seems renovations are really on to full speed 🙂 I almost can’t believe this is the same house!


    April 5, 2014
    • I can hardly believe it myself, Asta! I can’t wait to get started on the inside.


      April 5, 2014
  7. Now I’m totally exhausted…


    April 5, 2014
    • 🙂 I think you deserve some cake!


      April 5, 2014
      • You’ve probably made some already 😉


        April 5, 2014
      • Indeed. Sticky toffee pudding with hot fudge sauce. Yum!


        April 5, 2014

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