Archive for August, 2009

The New Door

Monday, August 31st, 2009

With the wall down, it was time for the door to go in. So here it is in all its glory. Next job is to add the plaster board to the walls. Hooray.Cavity Sliding doorCavity Sliding DoorCaity Sliding Door

The New Floor

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Had a quiet week from the renovation. Just a little bit of wall removal and adding a new floor board into the gap left by the old wall. Coming along nicely I reckon.

New floor board


The wall removal – Part II

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

This morning was spent at Mitre 10 with a little bit of shopping. Finally found the door cavity to suit the house after three failed trips to Bunnings.  But the sales guy a Mitre 10 was extremely helpful Рespecially since he said he was going through exactly the same thing as us (Renovating a kitchen in a 50 year old house).

So today was a little bit of a big spend day:

1 x Sliding door cavity kit

1 x 190 x 45 x 3600 mm beam

1 x 90 x 45 x 2700 mm beam

1 x Reciprocating saw

1 x Spirit Level

1 x Square

1 x Chisel

Any way for the work we got completed today – especially with help from Neil – Couldn’t have made the first circular saw cuts in the studs without him. We didn’t get as much done as I hoped we would have but still ample time to get it finished. Pictures speak thousands of words, so here we go: Oh, but we still have to nail that Lintel in place.



Side wall lintel supportLintel corner

Side wall lintel support

Close up of Lintel

Close up of lintel

The wall removal – Part I

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Saturday began with a trip to KitchensUBuild to pay the deposit and sign off on the measurements – so should be 4 weeks to pick up of the new flat pack Kitchen (Oh, did I mention we are assembling it ourselves – with help from Peter of course).

Only probably the 50th issue we have come across so far – I ask Coreen, “Do you think it would be OK to have the free standing oven installed prior to installing the cabinetry around it?” to which she responds “well, law stipulates that you must have access to a tap on the gas line fitted close to the oven. So it may have to go into an adjacent cupboard”

“That is great”, we both think to ourselves as we are walking out of the store. We have pull out drawers on both sides of the oven, and really don’t want to install the gas line through those cupboards. My latest thought is, hopefully given¬† it is free standing the tap can be floor mounted below the oven.

OK, time to see what is behind door number 1. Nothing much more satisfying that a bit of demolition. With help from Neil -the plaster begins to come off. So the rest of Saturday was spent removing plaster and Vacuuming.

Exhaust fan

Dining room wall showing wall plate

Dining room wall

Dining room wall

The load bearing wall

Friday, August 21st, 2009

We decided we would like a cavity sliding door between the kitchen and dining room due to that extra bit of wall you get, plus it looks a little neater when finished. This means prettty much pulling down an entire wall to install the cavity sliding kit.

Now, before we started pulling down the wall, we had to know what sort of load it was bearing. So it was up into the roof to check… Images of roof space

Following the advice from family – it was decided that the roof would need to be braced with a lintel.