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Reno recap, week #10

A busy week is behind us, with turf-lifters, trenchers and various power tools including circular saws, grinders and drills all in concert with a LOT of hammering.

The new septic tank and pump was connected to the seep-away field and tilers completed the first guest room bathroom. Our roofing contractors were on site making good the existing single-story roof and the vertical weatherboard cladding on the new build was completed just in time for more wet weather.

A strip of lawn has been lifted at the front of the house to deepen the garden beds surrounding the veranda and in preparation for Daniel of Vista Landscapes and Stonework ( to install a pathway, the first of our landscaping jobs to kick off.

We selected and ordered all light fixtures for the new build this week from Restoration Hardware, including pendant downlights for the kitchen and dining areas, uplighters to highlight the exposed trusses throughout the space, wall washers for the built-in bookcases, external lights for the French doors and laundry room door, as well as guest room wall sconces and bathroom lighting.

Kitchen appliances have been delivered to our cabinet maker Don’s workshop in Kirrawee, where our kitchen cabinetry is taking shape; Don paid a visit to check-measure the dimensions of the kitchen space as well as the butler’s pantry, now that the internal wall frames, plumbing and electrical feeds are in place. We’re kitted-out with 760cm wide double wall ovens, a mix of modular induction and gas hobs, two dishwashers (one for the butler’s pantry) and side-by-side refrigerator/freezers and wine storage by Liebherr. To ensure compliance with council requirements for the planned Bed & Breakfast, we have two kitchen sinks (one for food prep, the second for washing up), another sink in the mudroom and a fourth in the butler’s pantry! Having spent the past few months cooking on a single hob in the sunroom and washing dishes in the bathtub, our new kitchen can’t come soon enough.

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