First Trip to Mudgee after the exchange of contracts  

23rd July

Tomorrow, Mark and I are going to Mudgee for the day to meet a couple of draughtsmen, the heritage assessor, and the town planner at the Mid-west council. We would like to secure a builder as quickly as possible so when we are ready with approved plans, we can get stuck in immediately.

We have access to the property to measure up rooms, windows, doorways, doors, and fireplace dimensions. We are very excited to see what challenges we have ahead and the potential to turn this very dilapidated house into a beautiful home retaining its original characteristic but internally creating a 21st century home.   At present the house has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, but with an addition to the rear of the house we can create a 4 bedroom, 2 bathrooms home with open plan kitchen living and dinning which will over look the garden with a North facing orientation.

I have created a list of things to do tomorrow so that we don’t forget anything. This is very important because we can’t just pop over to remeasure anything at the house.

The trip will take approx 3 hours so it will be an early start to get the children ready for school and depart by 7am. The girls are quite excited about the prospect of having to be responsible for getting home, doing homework and having dinner which we have prepare tonight.

So it’s to bed early tonight so we can get going in the morning. Very excited!


Finding a Gem

1 August 2017

Yesterday I decided to start looking for things to go in the house, such as fire grates, mantles, chairs, lights etc. Gumtree and Ebay are great websites to source these things, although it takes a lot of time trawling on a regular basis to find the gems.

I was so lucky to find this beautiful Register tiled grate. Originally I thought I would try and find plain cast iron grates as they are cheaper but when I saw this little beauty, I just had to have it. It came out of a 1880’s house in Annandale, Sydney. The owner was very pleased to hear that it was going into a restoration project in the country. It was situated in the front formal room of the house in Annandale, which was always the room used to first greet and impress your guests. The Mantle was grey marble, which has been retained in the house so the next challenge is to clean up the grate and find a mantle that will suit it.