Restoration 101 – 6 – final recollections

In my previous post we did a quick tour of our house.  Now I’ll just clarify a few more quirky features (again copied and pasted from my email updates back in 2012) 

Each entrance to the stairs has a door – a sliding glass (oval) door with an ornate glass door knob (could be worth a bit on Trademe when we’re ready to replace the doors with solid ones!); the bathroom basin actually protrudes down into the pantry;  there are two hemispherical glass windows – a trademark of the architect, well-known local (recently deceased) Peter Beaven. Both of these windows we have covered on the inside cos they really are so ugly, but they can be seen from the outside. There are unusual spaces & cupboards here and there, black exposed beams and lovely rimu paneling above one’s head in the lounge. 

Rimu panelling and black beams in downstairs lounge/entranceway.
Rimu panelling and black beams in downstairs lounge/entranceway.

And to continue…

 So far, as I said, windows have been replaced (with temporary second-hand ones) or glass. We will eventually replace them all with double-glazed windows that match to protect us from the snow!  

Temporary windows installed in living area. Yes, they are upside down - it's a man thing!
Temporary windows installed in living area. Yes, they are upside down – it’s a man thing!
This photo shows end window to be replaced, walls strengthened with ply, beams and panels on ceiling and pink/purple/red window on the right.
This photo shows end window to be replaced; walls strengthened with ply; beams and panels on ceiling, and circular window on the right.

Actually, we plan to add a deck extending from the lounge but that will happen after the new kitchen, bathroom, re-gibbing, re-vamp downstairs,………. The lounge walls have been strengthened with ply under the gib & I’m looking at getting that finished (plastered & painted) sooner rather than later so I have somewhere to relax that appears to be “normal”! Jim & Caleb installed a handbasin in the downstairs bathroom-cum-laundry this weekend – one smallish task out of the way. The plan is to work three Saturdays (Sunday is a day of rest at my insistence!) and have the fourth one off, though I’m yet to see if I can hold the man to this!

And here endeth my email accounts so I will now have to resort to my hand-written diaries. As we progress you will see that changes to plans did occur – the first being that we decided to keep the glass doors.  These have been re-hung but there was really no need to replace them and they remain a feature of quirkiness – minus the glass handles!

So, until next time…

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