It's a good thing Mick and I work so well together when planning renovations to a house. The vendor of our soon to be new home offered us the opportunity to spend some time up there last weekend and have a good look around again. We systematically worked our way around the property deciding what needed doing and where. We've got floorplans drawn up and and a full page list of things to be done, plus a list of costs.
We have at least two months, or longer if it takes some time to sell our house, to have the new place ready to move in. We're lucky that we won't have to live among the renovations.
We've decided to take down the two old chimneys (left from the original 1850's miners cottage that burnt down 30 years ago), insulate the entire house (goodness knows how the old lady who lived there managed in the middle of Summer or Winter), remove the wall between living room and kitchen area, replaster the kitchen walls (currently painted a deep green gloss over wallpaper!), partition the single bedroom into two smaller ones, carpet the loungeroom and bedrooms, move the stove in the kitchen, install evaporative cooling and a new wood heater, put in a sink and window in the walk in pantry, cut down the tree blocking one of the loungeroom windows, replace the shower screen, cut out a large clump of blackberry (a noxious weed in Australia) and where to fence for the chickens and Coco.
I have a list of shopping to be done : carpet, paint, smoke detectors, exhaust fan, rangehood, shower screen, wood heater, lighting....
We took the key back to the vendor for them to remove the last few belongings and this evening she brought it back to us to keep. With settlement not until Thursday it shows the trusting country spirit.