.......they can be a lot of work.
I have lived in a lot of houses (about 25 by memory last count)
Brand spanking new, some where in the middle & the old. So I think I can pretty safely say I know what I like....give me an old house any day.
You know the one's where the heart & soul of the house is held in the walls, where if they could tell tales there would be many to share. Where the floorboards creak one day in one place then another time in a different place. It's almost like some of these houses have minds(ghosts) of there own.The only drawback is that they are a lot of
work maintenance, and this place is just that.
my yard looking like the local council dump shop lol!
So what have we been up to??
Resealing the slab of the house.
Over time the slab has slowly began to leak moisture. If you happened to pick an item up off the floor it was most likely going to feel cool or even damp/wet during the flood season we experienced a while back.
However we have had to wait this long for the extremely dry weather we are having now to dry out the slab right through and therefore the surrounding ground as well. When they concreted under these old hours years ago concrete wasn't like the super blend that they use these days likewise they didn't lay the plastic down under the slab either.
Result...rising damp,moisture etc.
High pressure cleaning the slab before sealing
Seriously though I think it was a ploy by partner & Son to remind me of how much junk we have.
Removing the carpet was
Then waited & waited & waited some more for it to dry. Of course a storm was brewing by this time and everything was dumped out into the yard. We started to prepare for the worse and gather the tarps.
Finally it was dry enough to start applying the sealer, sweeping it in so we could fill any nicks or crevices in the concrete. Letting it dry between coats. Continuing this process three times over.
All sealed and dried AGAIN... and still no storm. Carried everything back in and piled it in the- I don't know where places as I haven't been able to find anything since.
Never mind, it all needs to be transported back out into the yard again when we lay the new carpet.
New carpets will be a while yet though as Steve wants to replace some of the timber trim and we want to repaint.
My daughter painted the orange feature wall(2nd photo) one Easter several years back. She had a lot of fun doing it but I think I'm going to go neutral this time around and open/lighten the place up a bit. Along with a fair bit of de-cluttering and organizing it should look good.
We will be doing it all ourselves through out the year. We normally do this as financial and time constraints allow. It ended up costing us around $150 to do ourselves with some product left over. In comparison a lady I know paid for this to be down and it cost several thousand. Better in our pocket I reckon!
So here starts my year of simplifying, de-cluttering, maintaining and hopefully organizing.
Years ago when the children were young we used this area as a playroom, it has been used as a teenage retreat & as bedrooms for my eldest two when they wanted some independence before moving out.
My office is down there too but since sealing the slab I have moved it upstairs to one of the spare bedrooms(but that's for another post)
Now, to go and sort some of this downstairs STUFF.
Me thinks it would be a good idea to mark a Garage Sale somewhere into the calendar this year.
Interesting to see if I'm sitting here this time next year eating my words? Seems like we're off to a good start though.