|corrugated metal to enclose space |
above a stone retaining wall
We will be using corrugated metal siding for some of our enclosures, so we have started the work on that.
|a rather ugly space in back, |
enclosed by thick stone retaining walls
I do not like Ugly Spaces, but with some imagination, it is possible to consider a more attractive space.
|the roof looks low here, but that|
is because the rear of the house is facing a
sharp slope, and property is terraced with
retaining walls. This area is up the steps
seen in previous photo above
Alas, practicality of budget constraints at the moment mean that Laundry v1.0 will be a less glamourous affair. Instead I am reviewing all my sources for clever cleaver ideas that cost Very Little !! Industrial chic, here I come. Furiously, I am scanning all my references for anything functional that is not expensive, that can also be interpreted into cool or chic !! The wall of cabinets is out for now. The front loader machine will be a refresh when top loader can't go on working. We will redeploy an old stainless steel sink and drainer we removed from the original kitchen. (A glimmer of sunshine in this plan will be the sink can get a new tap, as the old one was so grotty and yucky, it fell into a skip bin long ago). So stay tuned for more about the Laundry v 1.0 fit out in a coming up post (and find out what is actually left in the design). All I can say, is it should not be the end of the world, as this story got played out over and over again for our main bathroom renovation, where every lovely idea I had at the ready got brutally dashed by Engineering and Construction Departments, usually due to poor feasibility or some structural thing I had to respect/accept. In the end, it did turn out nicely. Though resembling nothing like any of the ideas I had in various stages of redesign !
There is a door leading to the back side of the house, also a space bounded by retaining walls. We have lots of retaining walls, because the house is built on a slope. They are well constructed, solid, and well engineered too. So we have decided to work with the retaining walls, and use them as perimeters or parts of our structure. The door to the side of the house need replacement. It was not really used much before, so did not have to be super serviceable. But now it will get used. Turns out it was in quite poor condition. This makes it the third door Ian has had to completely fix, pretty much from pieces and put all back together, but better. I suppose we could buy a new door. But the work is now done, it took a couple days. He had to reglaze it and managed to use some old textured glass from an interior door we will not keep. Most importantly, he completely fixed and repaired to good service the original old lock.
|The back area is still a holding area for stuff|
(but way cheaper than storing it off premise !)
restored old door is shown at right, with
glazed light. The Falcon is front and centre !
The photo showing the door is not very impressive and lighting was not my friend when I photographed it. The sculpture you see is The Falcon, perched on its (very heavy) solid sandstone plinth. The Falcon will move when we have finished and decided its home here ! (in our previous home it kept watch and looked out the sunroom window).
I hope to make the next post more aesthetically pleasing ! However, I know from our earlier renovations that this stage is very much about a working construction site and conditions. I may be the Design Director (and Finance and Procurement Departments too, plus the Planning Commissioner), and have input. But Director Engineering and Construction is clearly in charge at this stage !! Still, as I like to do, I will try to find something nice about the view to capture :)