It only took me about 8 months to write this post but regardless, it was totally needed.
We poured our hearts and souls into this renovation and now that we’re about 65% of the way there, I wanted to document the before and after.
This is especially for the Pengelly family, who grew up in this house for the better half of 40 years. We’ve shown this house a lot of love and it’s reciprocated with many happy memories and a safe haven to come home to each afternoon.
We still have a way to go with the addition of a garage, balustrades and a pool but that’s still a way away while we recover from the emotional and financial trauma associated with such a huge undertaking.
By “huge undertaking”I mean, buying the house without an electrical compliance certificate, replacing said electrics, fighting the council for said certificate, replacing all the plumbing, replacing the roof, all the ceilings, all the fascia boards, all the gutters, refurbish the floors, move walls, break through the floor to open up the basement into a downstairs lounge and guestroom, renovate a garden shed into a massive apartment with lounge area for our helper.
Have a look at the progress in the below pics I took very quickly with my iPhone 6.
We were very pleased to work with Greg Straw of the Fourways Farmer’s Market on the landscaping of our house. Having his own kids, he completely understood Jonah’s need for soccer field/ cricket pitch, golf green and did what he could with the space we had. He chose all indigenous plants and were non-toxic, which gives me such peace of mind when Jonah is ‘hunting dinosaurs’outside.
Back of the House:
The back of the house speaks for itself. We haven’t put up balustrades on the patio yet but we have ordered them. We’re also installing Juliette balconies on the two bedrooms. These are exactly functional but the house was incredibly dark before we created the glass doors. This as allowed for some lovely afternoon sunlight into Jonah’s room and my sewing room.
Previously, this addition hosted 21sts, vow renewals and a host of various celebrations by the Pengelly’s.
We didn’t do a lot to this space as it’s part of the third phase of building, so we mainly cleaned it up and took out the steps to allow for more garden space. We still need to replace the roof, build a bar and toilet and then dig out a lap pool in line with the structure.
Front of the House:
Here we replaced the doors, roof, fascia boards and gutters. And obviously gave it a good lick of paint. We still need to redo the paving here but that’s so far down the list.
The garage is going to be erected where Frankie is but for now, our cars will continue taking a beating out in the open.
This is where the most work took place. We shortened the kitchen to make space for a patio – think morning coffee while we watch Jonah chase the hadidas – but it actually just turned into the perfect place for our veggie boxes with all the sunlight it gets. We also did away with the scullery, pantry, floors, plumbing, electrics and ceilings.
Before, the kitchen and dining room where separated by a wall but we decided on a more open plan space, conducive to family time and a less isolated cooking experience (basically I just wanted my friends and family to be able to drink wine with me while I cooked awful food).So we knocked through the wall behind the cupboard and opened it up.
(Excuse Tom’s ‘handy work’ on the curtain rains. They’re also on the list to be fixed.)
The TV Lounge:
This room still requires some work. We’ve made it functional structurally but decoratively we still have to give it some thought. To be honest, we hardly use this space. We’re usually in the kitchen or our room at night. I think if we prettied it up a bit, we’d be more inclined to use the most comfortable couch in all the world.
In a bid to let more light into the house, the previous owners had cut holes in the walls and filled it with glass bricks. Once we installed the French doors, we didn’t need that addition, so we filled them for a more modern look.
I don’t think anyone enjoys using a bathroom/ toilet that another family has used before, so we made the decision to completely gut the bathroom, move the existing wall out by 10cm and replace all of the plumbing. This didn’t come without it’s challenges but we’re pretty happy with the monochromatic outcome.The screed supplied completely missed the mark with job though. She used a glue instead of a varnish and didn’t match the cream floors with the bath or vanity. She also blocked the shower drain and cause water damage through the floor and adjacent walls. In the end we just decided to tile over it. We’re yet to match the bath and vanity but when we do, it’ll be with the same white subway tiles as we have in the shower. Once we’ve completed phase two of the garage and en suite in the main room, this will become Jonah’s bathroom exclusively. Can’t. Wait.
This is my favourite room in the house. Mainly because Tom gave me full reign decoratively and partly because I painted the walls myself without a scrap of help. Even though I had designed this room perfectly in my head, I forgot one crucial element. Toys. Where in the world do these Pinterest mamas pack their kid’s toys? Totally unrealistic because if you’ve ever lived with a kid you’ll know they can’t find ANYTHING on their own and even when the toys are spread out from one end of the room to the other, you’ll still be summonsed in to find that one lonely hot wheel car that he got 10 months ago. I need to figure out a smart way to store all his bright red and royal blue Spider-Man figurines and Lighting McQueen cars that clash with my colour scheme. Any ideas, mamas?
There’s an entire downstairs area that I we haven’t done much with and until then, I’ll leave that out because it’s nothing to look at really.
But that’s the great thing about renovating, it’s never really done. There’s always something to do and improve. We love that part of the process. Now, if we could just find the inner strength to begin phase two…