Saturday, July 9, 2011

Extreme alfresco

I am so grateful for all of this beautiful winter sunshine we've had lately, because my poor little house is currently without roof or CEILINGS! Not a thing between the floorboards and the open sky. We are taking alfresco living to the extreme ... it's just how we roll here on the Sunshine Coast!

I don't suppose I'm fooling anyone with these flippant comments - clearly I'm trying to hide the fact that I am a wee bit stressed about the house being so exposed right now. Honestly if it started raining I would be tempted to go around to the house with a car load of umbrellas and tarps to protect it.

I haven't even taken any photos this week (an unprecedented occurence), I think because I'm not sure I want reminders of this stage of the renovation. But honesty will win out and I know I will be around there taking photos in the morning - if only so that I can be amazed by the "before and afters" when the roof is finally raised again.

So much of the house seems to have been removed recently that we have started to wonder this week why we bought it in the first place. I think some of those comments from concerned friends, family and even the odd stranger have come back to haunt us. So many people think that we should have just built a brand new replica Qlder from scratch. But that wouldn't have been the point for us - we so wanted the history, and the authenticity and charm of an older home.

And we are reminding each other that most of the materials that have been taken down will be recycled back in if at all possible (all of the ceiling vjs will be re-used on the walls of the new rooms), so really it is just a temporary stage of the house looking bare and open.

I have a feeling this will be a big week of progress at the house - fingers crossed!

x M


  1. You have done the right thing something with history is better and is what I would prefer if zi had the choice,Hope the weather stays good we have been lucky lately,

  2. I agree with Nelly, a replica just never has the same soul as an old house. You MUST get some photos of the old girl without her sun bonnet! Maybe try and get a shot with some interior vj's and some sky- that would be one to frame and hang when she is complete and beautiful. melx