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  • Simon Milner

Reno recap, weeks #16 & 17

A combined update, with two weekly recaps wrapped into a single post as week 16 felt like watching paint dry. Actually week 16 was all about watching paint dry, with our painters doing a meticulous job of filling, sanding, undercoating and top-coating the new build kitchen, living and dining space interiors, laundry room, mudroom bathroom and the first guest room bathroom - as well as the external window frames, door trims and screen doors.

After the relative peace and quiet of painting, activity and noise levels ramped back up in week #17. Red worked his magic hand-carving a new door tread to bridge the gap between new build and old, as well as new treads for the bedroom doors. It was exciting reinstalling the door hardware which had been sent off to K9 Locksmiths in Sydney – each of the restored locks was returned with an individual set of keys as well as two master keys, hand carved from blanks sourced in Tasmania.

Mid last week the kitchen cabinetry arrived on the back of Don’s truck from his workshop in Kirrawee, and the first two days of an estimated four day installation commenced, with fine-shaping and fitting of carcasses. Appliances were delivered, including the rather massive 760cm wide double wall oven unit (which took four of us to manoeuvre into the kitchen!). As well as completing all the connections required to power up the appliances, electricians Graham and Zac commenced installing light fixtures throughout bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and hallway.

The swimming pool build kicked off during the week, with excavation and piling completed in less than two days, reinforcing rods delivered and the concrete pour scheduled for the coming week. The finished dimensions for the pool are 4m x 10m, and 1.8m at its deepest point.

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