Firstly.....say hi to Banks, our official site dog...he is only 6 months old and gorgeous. Pierre and he get along like a house on fire, they are like two naughty children....
Well it's begun and OMG the stuff that's being ripped out!!!!
A skip is a must! At this stage, we are up to number 2. Here is a tip....SHOP AROUND... the price variations went from $455.00 to $960.00 for the exact same size bin. Some even charge for extra weight (hidden charge) a lot don't tell you this up front so beware.
By the way did I mention my favourite part of all ...... MESS!
For a neat freak like me, all I want to do is constantly pick up the mess and sweep.
Sold...sold ...sold and sold.
These are just some of the things that I put on Gumtree. People come and pick it up/dismantle, you save on room in the skip, builder doesn't have to do anything with it and the stuff all goes to a good home. Some things we have given away like the kitchen cabinets. Again saving us money and not having to pay the builder to demolish. I have met some lovely D.I.Yers, they certainly love to have a chat and tell you all about their projects.
Meet Alex our builder! So important to have a good one and we are just ecstatic that we have one of those. COMMUNICATION how important is this when dealing with your builder. Alex will always check with us if things aren't quite going to plan and then we work around it. Always have a plan B! We have learnt over the years that being flexible when building is so important. Alex is also a very organised person and that's because he is a list writer...just like me. A male list writer who would have thought. ;)
It's amazing how you forget what are in those brown boxes that you ordered 2 months ago. I write on all of them in big black letters, group them by trade, so when that trade arrives it's all ready to go. Don't waste their time! They are busy people.
Be prepared for lots of little surprises....like this one under a wardrobe!
Garden needs a reno also....more of that in another post.
As we packed up after another huge day........my heart skipped a beat seeing our beautiful old chimney silhouetted against the sky.
- COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR BUILDER - SO IMPORTANT.
- TALK TO OTHER CLIENTS THAT THE BUILDER HAS DONE WORK FOR - SEE THE WORK DONE PREVIOUSLY.
- BE CLEAR TO YOUR TRADESPEOPLE ON WHAT WILL ACTUALLY BE PROVIDED. DON'T ASSUME! I GIVE ALL MY TRADES A SCOPE OF WORKS OUTLINING EACH COMPONENT.
ELECTRICIAN – SCOPE OF WORKS
LOUNGE AND KITCHEN AREA
REMOVE ALL EXISTING LIGHTING AND INSTALL X 9 (NINE) NEW
DOWNLIGHTS ON DIMMERS
EAST ELEVATION –
MOVE RIGHT HAND POWER POINT TO CORNER.
REMOVE LEFT POWER POINT
SOUTH ELEVATION –
LOWER EXISTING POWER POINT
WIRE TV (AERIAL) TO THE BRICK CHIMNEY AREA.
REMOVE LAUNDRY LIGHT SWITCH (SOUTH ELEVATION)
REMOVE POWER POINT (WEST ELEVATION)
REMOVE ROUND WALL LIGHT (WEST ELEVATION)
REMOVE X 2 FANS AND OLD CONTROLLERS AND INSTALL X 1 NEW FAN AND CONTROLLER
And it goes on....... elevations are important because that's how trades understand where things go or are to be removed.
- BE FLEXIBLE, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE REALLY QUICK DECISIONS. ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B.
- TRY NOT TO KILL EACH OTHER....ONLY JOKING...WHEN DOING A RENO IT CAN BE VERY STRESSFUL AND YOU GET PRETTY DAMN TIRED.
- SELL OR GIVE AWAY STUFF.... YOU WILL SAVE AND MAKE MONEY TOO.
- ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS
Anyone out there renovating or building? I would love to hear your stories.