21 March 2013

Renovation Stations!

Ready? Set? Go!

Well, I'm ready, but I'm not quite set, and tomorrow will be all GO! With the upcoming Addition to our family in August, Hayden and I have finally gotten our Renovation Action Plan ready to go. Our house is a great wee house - well-built, warm, perfectly positioned for the sun, low maintenance. In other words, just right for us. Apart from one thing: the bathroom/s layout. If you'll bear with my quickly Paint-sketched drawing, this is our current house plan (minus the rest of the house, like bedroom 3, lounge, kitchen etc):


You see the spread out bathroom, toilet and shower? Then there's the hot water cupboard and the laundry. Our plan is to consolidate/condense the bathroom space a bit, find a new hot water solution and use the newly created space for a (small) bedroom - Baby's room! (One day to become the office.) This is the (to scale and much tidier) plan:



The idea is to plumb a new shower over where the existing bath is (yay for new, shiny tapware!), therefore eliminating the need for a separate shower space. (Space-Saving Method #1.) Next, the hot water cylinder gets moved, either to a different cupboard on the other side of the hallway, the ceiling space or outside (gas Infinity-type style). (Space-Saving Method #2.) The laundry then becomes a bit smaller and encompasses the part of the hallway that goes to the back door, effectively becoming a walk-through space. (Space-Saving Method #3.) You can see in the plan above that these newly-created spaces then become the new bedroom!

It will be on the small side - about 2.2m x 2.3m - but big enough for a cot and a feeding chair, one day a single bed, eventually a office desk/sewing room (can't wait!!) and sometimes a double airbed for our guests. We've done it this way to save on costs. This won't be our 'forever house' - it's too small for 4 teenagers! (A scary thought!) If we were on a bigger section out of town a little we would be totally re-jigging the whole house - it has so much potential! But alas, we are not, so we choose to do a good job on only the things we NEED from our lovely wee home while we are here.

So, work begins tomorrow with the moving of the circuit board - a little frustratingly, it is on a wall the needs to go! Today's job has been clearing my backlog of washing, including soaking the nappies overnight, to clear it out so our poor electrician (a very good friend from church, thankfully) doesn't have to wade through our dirty laundry to do his job! Then the building work begins on Saturday - handy to have an ex-carpenter for a father-in-law!

Do you have any tips for renovations? Bathroom design schemes? Tips for staying sane? (Renovation-related or otherwise.)

14 comments:

  1. That's exciting!Love the diagrams! Hope it goes well..

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  2. oh exciting, I love reno's but to be honest I am a total novice - I have to ask my hubby to make sure my ideas will actually work. Sounds like you have a sweet plan going on, what will you do for a shower in the swap stage?
    Exciting for shiny new tapware!!
    Have fun! - oh and take lots of before/during/after photos!!

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    1. The plan is to take the 'old' (current) shower out last - so we do the laundry first (and hot water) then the bathroom, with the bedroom last so that things should only be out of action for the least possible time!

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  3. the is super exciting....I love change. we did rather a major renovation not long after we moved into our place - it will take longer than everyone thinks - that's what I learnt but for us it has been marvelous - totally changed the way we live in the house

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  4. My advice is to take LOTS of photos before! its really cool to look back over them after you have done. Also, when you knock out the wall stuff cloth nappies or towels under all your bedroom doors. Basically ALL the doors that can be kept shut, shut them and stuff them to keep the dust and contained as possable. Lastly enjoy it! its a fun and exciting process. Oh and as someone has already said, it will take lots longer then everyone thinks, that's just the way these things work.

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    1. Oooh, that's a good tip Josella!

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    2. We shut the doors and tacked old sheets to hang over the doors as an additional dust screen!! Oh... and don't worry about doing any housework until its all over!!!

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  5. Hey Jess, it looks good. What about making it two stories that way you can stay there and fit all those teenagers!?

    Rona

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    1. That's what we'd do if we had more space on our section - if we did that here we'd be looking into 5 different houses!

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    2. Oops i forgot about being in town lol. Your right it would not be so good!!

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  6. Looks great. I've come for a visit via Dee's blog and realise I know who you are (not is creepy way)- I met you at soccer last year a few times- I'm a school mum. Nice to see your blog. It looks lovely. I'll come back again. Cx

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  7. WOW! EXCITING!!!! And just before the new baby!

    Hope it all goes well! x

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  8. It looks great! We've done a few renovations and though it is a process that needs some patience, you forget all that once you are living in your fresh new space. Have a lovely Easter :)

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  9. I'm glad you limit the bathroom, toilet and shower part. It's actually a bit wasteful of space, unless, of course, if you have a vast house area. Since those function closely to each other, it wouldn't be wrong or insanitary to put them in one room. Now the house is definitely ready for the newest addition to the family with the new room you're able to produce. :)

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