The ups and downs of renovating a house

…or two

Week 14: FINALLY! (extension is going to happen)

The contractor finally got information from our structural engineer.  And then he ordered the steel support beams.  AND THEY ARRIVED.  Wahoo!

Two of them are partially in place (according to contractor, he needed about his entire crew of 10 men to put it in place as it was not in a place where he could use any mechanical means) and one is in place in the front hall.  There are two more to be put up, but they are smaller beams, and then they will make sure everything is secured.  Wahoo.  The extension can finally be built.

What this means is that we’ll be ready for the kitchen install in about 3 weeks.  So, it’s been put on order for delivery as of today.  I’ll be ordering our 95 square metres of solid wood oak flooring today as well (holy heck that’s a lot of wood – and very expensive stuff too but it’ll be worth it).  And we’ll be able to get the window/door guy out to measure for our bi-folding doors on Friday.  Things are starting to come together!

We should be ready to move in within 6-8 weeks (hopefully).  Not much too place this past week as they want to build the extension and see how the house settles – they can then do a bit of plaster work if cracks appear (normal).  We’ll then be ready for painting, floor laying, and finishing of the bathrooms.

The next few weeks will bring on the big changes.  VERY exciting.


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