Friday, 29 January 2016

Sweet home project - Renovation

Finally our tenant moved out last Saturday and now we have access to our unit! The builder started his work from Monday and we’re all excited.

Before the renovation started, we wanted to do something there, so we planned an afternoon tea in the empty house. We invited Paul’s parents and sister Maria, but…the tenant came back to clean the unit on Sunday (maybe he couldn’t finish it on Saturday and thought he’d finish before the agent comes on Monday..) so we had to change our plan – we had our afternoon tea at nearby park.

The last 8 months, we went to see this unit from just the outside so many times… a bit like a stalker… So it’s hard to believe that now we can freely go inside and have a look.

Here is our plan for the renovation.

This is the original floor plan.

And this is the new plan which Maria designed.

We’re super lucky that we’ve got a talented sister helping us! She is doing our project management too, so she takes all the stress off from us and we only need to think about fun staff, like which bathroom vanity we want and so on.. Also she helps us to choose those things too. She’s good at finding the right thing for the right spot!

Renovating is fun but it can be stressful when things don’t work as planned. Maria checks the progress and tells us what we need to decide next. I think it’s good for the builder to have a project manager too, because he doesn’t have to wait for the indecisive client’s decision (it’s all organised by the time he needs it) and doesn’t need to worry about other stuff.

It will take about 6 weeks for this renovation so probably we will move into the new place in March or April. We’re very excited, but at the same time, I started to feel a bit sad about moving out this house where we’re living now. It’s only a three minute walk from Paul’s parents place. We had so many memories since we moved in this place - I had contractions here and Nico grew up here! I even started my own business here.

But I’m sure we will have more memories at our new place. It will be our dream home.

with love,



  1. Jason (リキの)7 February 2016 at 13:04

    Looks great Allie-san. Exciting times ahead.

    1. Thanks Jkun! We'd love to invite you guys when it's all done!

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