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  • Simon Milner

Reno recap, week #11

This week marked our one year anniversary at Terragong, and what a great year it’s been; a new home, a new community, lots of new friends made and of course a renovation project well underway!

We kicked-off last week with a visit from Kiama Council inspectors, giving us the tick of approval on the new septic system installation – everything has been completed to their satisfaction, so in a couple of weeks’ time we’ll be able to decommission the old system and crank up the new as we connect the new build plumbing.

The focus of work this week was on interior fitout. Most exciting of all was the installation of insulation throughout the house – both new build and existing. We opted for a special acoustic noise-baffling insulation (the grey and white one in the pictures) for any walls adjoining guest bedrooms. The effect was almost instantaneous – warm at last!

The ceiling lining boards of finger-jointed tongue and groove pine were installed over the course of three days, as well as the walls of the new laundry and guest bathroom number two. We opted for this finish as it is in keeping with the walls of the existing single storey containing the guest rooms and butler’s pantry. The Velux skylights have been delivered to site and await installation next week. With the ceiling lining boards in place, the visual impact of the exposed trusses is now apparent and very striking.

And just to prove that Spring has indeed arrived, in the gardens the port wine magnolia has bloomed with gusto, the wisteria is covered in buds, the spring bulbs we’ve planted are all in flower and the garden beds surrounding the veranda have had a spurt of growth, with many in flower.

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