I’ve been meaning to do this ‘in progress’ post on my home renovation for ages now, but have felt totally demotivated where my alterations are concerned. What I thought would be a fun project, filled with inspiration and collaboration with enthusiastic suppliers, has left me feeling quite disillusioned with the industry in Durban and I’m baffled at the lack of professionalism shown by some contractors.
Over the last 6 months though, I’ve managed to get all the demolition and new dry walling done (bless my father’s cotton socks for putting up with all my shit!), take up the carpets throughout, plumb both, but only fit one bathroom, install new ceilings in the bathrooms, install new & move old electrical points and get my kitchen quotes done.
I moved an aircon unit, installed adsl and waterproofed the new shower area too and am now officially flat broke! But hey, it was always going to be a 2 year project and I’m taking it slow and doing this in baby steps.
Here are some before and after pics of the spare bathroom, lounge/kitchen area and what will eventually be the new main bedroom:
New bath, basin and toilet, white tiled walls and grey floor tiles, no paint on the walls yet and will be doing a full mirror on one wall too – eventually :)
Verandah wall now demolished, making one large room for new bedroom, that steel beam was an absolute bitch to remove! White shutters will be installed in the window (no I don’t want a view of the next door block ;))
Wall between kitchen and lounge now demolished, old sexy butternut kitchen and exposed geyser in background, but that will all soon be gone :)
I was going to do a post on all the crappy suppliers I’ve encountered, but it’ll just spew far too much negative energy forth. So instead of sharing with you who didn’t pitch for appointments, or who moved the goal posts on work they had quoted up front for, I will share the list of suppliers I could not have got to this point without:
Ashcon – Alan Ashe (my dad!) – for alterations and additions – 083 255 5309
Greg Frizelle – for plumbing – 079 150 4964
Pacific Blu – Warren Buckhard – moved my aircon unit – 079 239 5261
Will keep you posted on the kitchen update, all the boring stuff is being done first like plumbing and electrical work, buying appliances next and then I’ll count my pennies to see what’s left over to build the kitchen…
jayne14th July 2012 at 3:08 PM
Looking great, and hope you have a chilled weekend!x
coelho12th July 2012 at 4:49 PM
Looking amazing x
Vamp6th July 2012 at 2:11 PM
Hey, it’s looking fab!! Will be worth it all in the end, just you wait and see :) Can’t wait to see more pics x x x
Debra6th July 2012 at 8:23 AM
Love what you doing and can understand your fustration from experience! Giving yourself a good time period is best because it takes the loads off your emotions and brain, not to mention pocket! Keep on swimming- its amazing what you’ve accomplished thus far! xx
Sarah P-J5th July 2012 at 8:20 PM
Hi Ashe! This post spoke to me. I am also a girl-about-Durban, also in the process of renovations, and also slightly downhearted at the process. I’ve managed so far to knock down some walls, and take out a bathroom so that the kitchen are is now gorgeously huge and open plan, but have really struggled to find a kitchen “fitter” who (a) pitches for appointments; (b) shows SOME enthusiasm at the project at hand; and (c) works within a vaguely realistic budget. But I know the end result will be worth it all…
Simone H.5th July 2012 at 7:38 PM
Chin up dear, steps not staircases, it’ll be a white wonderland when you’re done :)
Candice Mac Nicol5th July 2012 at 3:54 PM
Well done!!! It’s looking amazing :) take it easy, it’ll take time but I know you’ll make it beautiful!