Well our long weekend was successful in that the big old supporting beam is up, the wall is down and we can finally see the space that we imagined.

The old re-claimed jetty beam looks just perfect in the space.  Grant was amazing to get it up on his own.  it took some careful planning and quite a bit of time, but he did it. 

And its perfect!  By opening the hole up we can suddenly appreciate the height of the ceilings in this part of the house.  You can see out to the back yard and the whole space flows more naturally.  As outdoorsy people, that is so important to us. 


We have finalized our kitchen plan, some dear friends kept me company in the final bits of planning while Grant stayed back and worked, not wanting to loose time on the long weekend.  I also picked up a range hood which should tie in with our vintage oven OK, quite tricky to do!  Its interesting to see how kitchen trends change. 

This week we want to get the wood oven fitted so we can work in the warmth, channels for all the new power to be run and Grant wants to get the ceilings up over the weekend.


I'm looking forward to it being done and life being more normal.  This is a mighty tough season we are in and I must admit it is difficult staying on top of my feelings and not letting myself become too overwhelmed by the mess and the dust.  I feel happy and relaxed in a clean, clear space and this place is not.  Talking to Grant is the key, working on the best plans forward, prayer, time out and focussing on the positives help.    Though not a cure for the reality that is our living space. 

But we are blessed to have a strong healthy family, to be in our little home.  One day soon enough it will be warm, cosy and an escape from the world.  A place of refuge for our family and friends.  Where we can invite people over, care for them and enjoy life together.  Ready to stand for another 100 years. 

Much love,
Emma
xx

 

8 comments

  1. Emma, your hubby is just amazing! It is such a benefit to have him be able to do all that work and not have to pay tradies. One day it will all be finished and I know you are really looking forward to that :-) Hang in there.

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    1. Yes, he is a bit amazing I must say. ;)

      I wont know myself Chel. :)

      xx

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  2. You will look back on it all one day soon, while you're living your wonderful life in the space you and Grant created. Trust me, it will happen. Keep up the faith and relish these times. You two are such a mighty inspiration to so many. Sending you love and praying for your sanity dear Emma. ;) PS come and have cake soon, we're almost back from holidays.

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    1. Cake sounds wonderful, it will be nice to take the kids to the farm and let them explore. :)

      Let me know when your back from holidays and we will book in a date. :)

      xx

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  3. Your new space looks great, it is sooooo cost savings when you can do things yourself, but it also is important to not take risks and end up injured from doing difficult things on your own.......think up a ladder trying to nail cladding on the second level, outside in the wind.
    Hope you will soon be back in the warm.

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    1. It sounds like you have personal experience with that one! eek!

      Grants father is a qualified builder and is able to come down if we ask. Though Grant is happy to do most of it himself at the moment. When it comes to the extension I'm sure he will come down.

      xx

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  4. Just found you on D2E I am Abbeysmum.
    Yes personal experience by the bucket load.....we built our 2 storey 'Beachcomber' house on the coast, garage,laundry and stairs ground level, eveything else 2nd level.
    The only things we couldnt do ourselves was plumbing and electrics but did the labouring part when we could.
    The builder constructing the place next door offered me a job, lol ...he said I worked harder than his men.

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  5. Wow. What a huge difference it is going to be when it's finished. I'm sure you will love it. It is very difficult not to be overwhelmed by all the mess. We still have our bathroom and laundry to rip out yet. Our place was a mess for quite a while especially when the floor in the dining room was pulled up.
    It will be all worth it in the end:)
    Blessings...
    Mel

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