Well, I managed to load my old pictures of our last place before the renovations. They definitely tell the complete story! (A picture telling a thousand words of course.) In the photo above, shot from the right hand side, the wall containing the window on the right is the only part of the original facade remaining. Photographed from the left, it is the furthest window, below.
|The pony tail plant was transplanted successfully to the rear garden|
This concrete slab was excavated and the garage, gym and workshop built under whilst a new lounge room and covered patio was built on top at this level.
|Ground floor gym on move - out day.|
|Outdoor entertaining patio over garage. We had some great parties here!|
Below is the original kitchen and family room. We widened this room, moving the wall on the right 1200 mm and adding wide doors to connect with a rear courtyard.
The old lounge (below). The brick wall was demolished and this whole side of the house pushed back, giving us another 1200 mm depth for the walk in pantry behind the kitchen. The laundry remained in the same spot, the door shifted 600 mm left and we decided to get rid of the dirt floor! Hooray!
|My old pantry. I LOVED every 4 metres of her! This was my favourite part in the home!|
|One of the few areas structurally remaining of the original cottage, it went through a pretty transformation (below). Aaah... much better!|
The other end of the lounge room (above) became our stairwell (below)
That little bit of wall, bordering the stairs, was transformed / redecorated every week or so! (And no the porcelain doll is not my decor style -she was unearthed, re-loved and re-packed up till...?)
The only bathroom in the house on purchase. We renovated this before we moved in! Clever!!!
These are the photographs of the pool when we purchased the property. Looking back... my God we were brave! It was a labour of love to transform (not to mention a money pit) but we LOVED our private resort at the end! (And so did the kids, their friends, our friends, extended family,the neighbours......)
The back of the property when we purchased it (above) and when we finished it (below)
|Our own piece of paradise off the main bedroom.|
And to finish off, thanks have to go to our smallest tradie, (born and raised on site) for a job well done!