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.
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).
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.
We used metal poles to avoid problems with termites. We added rooms and an enclosed verandah on the left side.
Neither of us are good with heights so Rob enlisted the help of another mate for the high jobs.
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.
It takes shape.
Mungo and Jerry my two faithful companions at the time liked to help as I had the back-breaking task of nailing the flooring.
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.
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.