Was it expensive? Yes
Would I do it again? Probably
Matt and I have recently purchased our first home. We’ve got big ideas but little funds to dedicate to major improvements. We just want to update it and put our own stamp on it. I’ve enlisted the help of my brother for the deck and obtained quotes on the things that I think might be above my level of skills.
|I like to use pinterest to get inspired. I wanted to have a black and white pallet then load it up with colour.|
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Matt and I are neither skilled or certified but we are able and willing to help someone who is. Tim gave us a lesson in paving. Which to me looked as simple as making sand smooth and the ploping the paver down….. that as until I actually gave it a go and realised that perhaps only the gifted are belssed with such a talent as being able to pave. Ooooh how I underestimated the agony my body would endure when I picked out my beautiful blustone HEAVY pavers. I laid 32sq meters of the bastards! and shoveled 2 cubic meters of sand for the foundation. Matt found he was great at grinding the pavers to fit around drains and posts and found ourselves to be a functional partnership…. until I got bursitis and my knee blew out! Thankfully when this happened I’d almost finished. here I was thinking I would save money and do the paving myself. Perhaps it wasn’t worth the agony and the few sick days of work due to my knee. I still feel a great sense of achievement about doing ourselves but next time I’ll be paying a landscaper top dollar to do it so I don’t have to…. I’ve learnt my lesson!
THE BLOW OUT!
Towards the end it was apparent we should have allocated more funds. Which bring me to the point of BUDGET! Have a figure in your head that you’d like to spend with each area… then double it! That will be more realistic. We wanted to simply replace benchtops in our kitchen but didn’t realise that meant ripping tiles off the wall, adding a splashback and re-tiling after re-gyprocking! Then we discovered that the oven seals were shot and had seared the laminate cupboard doors… time for a new oven, which involved a sparky and the cabinet maker to re-fit it.
|My Poor Kangaroo Paw in the middle was struggling in the pot I left it in, then once planted was under stress. It needed a trim. I’m growing leafy greens as well. now that’s convenience food!|
|I swear I only needed a few bits and pieces….but I couldn’t help myself at Ikea! Love their range right now! www.ikea.com.au|
All Rounders – www.q1projects.com.au Matt 0423 073 177
Plumber – www.pureplumbingandsolar.com.au Jeff: 0419 313 724
Electrician – Dave 0419178345
Painter – Gary, Lee and Shay at APD 0409 069 641
Tiler – Ryan from Pantelilca Tiling 0432 809 366
Stonemason (bench tops) – www.mwsmasonry.com.au Matt: 0422 444 973
Cabinet Maker – Ken and Joel at BRC 0411 884 881
Carpenter – Tim 0417 348 463
Inside Out magazine
Real Living Magazine
Bunnings (Harware and Gardening)
Appliances online (Kitchen)
Urban Tile Market (Capalaba)
Wood Stock www.woodstocktimber.com.au
David Jones (luxaflex)
Myer (random homewares and light retail therapy)
Centenary Landscaping supplies (sand)
Pillow talk (home wares and linens)
Ikea (furniture, home wares and linens)
Urban outfitters (deck furniture and homwares)
Ebay (old stuff to DIY)
Zenith Home and Garden www.homegardendecor.com.au (planter boxes)