Thursday’s Special: Restoration

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

I’m not sure that strictly speaking renovation is restoration but once we had ripped the back of the house off we certainly had to restore it to a house with walls. We’d finished our time at the shop and at this point we had worked out that the hours we had worked both in Vanuatu and at the store, working on the assumption that a working day is 8 hours, we’d worked me, into my seventies and Roger into his eighties so we felt entitled despite our relatively young age to retire.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Goal oriented people can’t retire we discovered so we set to being builder’s labourers for a builder friend who helped us renovate (restore) this little cottage on the river in Gloucester. We both went up to Taree and did the Owner/Builder course and Roger set himself up as the owner/builder on this project. (I was it for the house we built after this).

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Our first task was to remove the verandah and back walls of the house and pull out the interior.  We were putting a huge verandah out the back with a large area underneath for entertaining.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

We used metal poles to avoid problems with termites. We added rooms and an enclosed verandah on the left side.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Neither of us are good with heights so Rob enlisted the help of another mate for the high jobs.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Carrying in the gyprock was hairy as it was a frosty winter morning and the ice made walking the plank slippery to say the least.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

It takes shape.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Mungo and Jerry my two faithful companions at the time liked to help as I had the back-breaking task of nailing the flooring.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

We were so proud of our completed project and we had learnt so many tricks of the trade that we decided our next project would be to build a house from scratch — this time though we would not need a builder.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In response to Thursday’s Special  I really recommend Paula’s response to her guest challenger   (who did a post on the restoration of Seaton Delaval Hall.) Fascinating and true restoration.

Paula posted about the Zagreb cathedral and included a youtube of organ playing in the most beautiful building so if you’ve time it is well worth a visit.

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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16 Responses to Thursday’s Special: Restoration

  1. Paula says:

    Renovation – restoration I think they might be interchangeable. This looks terrific and as a place I would happily call home.

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  2. restlessjo says:

    You have my deepest admiration, Irene. We watch all the TV series showcasing ‘do-er uppers’ (currently ‘Restoration’ is running on a Wednesday night) and I know that I could not live with the disorganisation and upheaval. Mick is decorating our kitchen right now and that’s enough mayhem for me! 🙂 And what a fine job you’ve done!

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  5. Sherri says:

    What a gorgeous home you built Irene. And you were more than entitled with all the hard work you put in before in Vanuatu. Goal orientated is right…and you went for it and still are, and I love that about you 😀 And I would love to sit on that veranda about now 😉

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  6. Uncle Spike says:

    Proud of you Irene. Whilst we have different stories to tell, it’s lovely to hear about another goal-oriented life-liver yet again achieving what everyone else says cannot be done. Kudos to you both.
    SPIKE

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  7. Great photos of your grand designs.

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  8. Charli Mills says:

    That project turned out beautiful. Walking the plank looked sketchy, especially on a wet and chilly day!

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  9. noelleg44 says:

    Beautiful job, Irene. But so much work and disruption..

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