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Extension Plans

The plans for our renovations have finally been drawn up ready for submission to Council.

Below are the old and new elevations of the house:

Front View

We’re moving the front door downstairs, next to the garage doors (hidden behind the brick wall in the picture below), with an internal staircase. The main bedroom will be extended by about a metre, and will have the window replaced with sliding glass doors leading out onto the new balcony. The loungeroom will be extended forward about?1.5 metres. A study will be added downstairs under the master bedroom, as well as a bathroom and internal access to the garage.

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Rear View

The bedroom (on the left) will be extended about a metre towards the back of the yard. A large family room will be added where the courtyard is currently. A toilet and laundry will be added as well (on the right in the new picture below). The laundry will have external access to the back yard, with a small covered porch.

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North-East Side View

This view gives a better indication of how large the back room will be, and also how far forward the loungeroom will come. The external staircase will be removed, replaced with internal stairs. A large wrap-around balcony will be added to the front of the house. The kitchen will be moved against the wall, with a new window added for light.

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South-West Side View

This gives a better view of how far the back bedroom will be extended. The middle bedroom will be extended out under the eave to give a little more room. The windows downstairs are for the new bathroom.

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December 15th, 2001

Renovation Plans Are Ready

We got our renovation plans back from the draftsman tonight. They look great – the living area of our house (excluding the garage) will go from 100 square metres to 182 square metres!

Finally somewhere to keep all our crap!

December 13th, 2001

Bathroom Delayed by Management-Labour Dispute

KIAMA, NSW — Contract disputes over the meanings of the words “soon”, “progress”, “free time” and “when I get a chance” are causing further delays to the long-overdue Shower Recess Project at Number Thirty-Eight.

This new development is yet another setback for a project that has been plagued by misfortune since raising initial funding in late 1998.

The first indication of problems became apparent soon after the contract was awarded to the lowest bidder, Darren Collins. Despite a promised immediate start date, it was several months before workmen appeared on site.

Said Collins at the time, “You don’t realise what it takes to prepare for something like this. It takes time to plan out a job of this size. You can’t just go out and buy the stuff you need from a hardware store. Well, you can, but how do you know how much stuff you’ll need?”

Soon after knocking out the first tiles, Collins discovered structural problems in the floor joists below the bathroom. The woodwork had rotted due to water leaking from the cracked shower base. Work was immediately halted over concern for worker safety, and local sub-contractor Adam Vidilini was called in to give expert guidance.

With structural integrity restored, several more tiles in the shower recess were removed. Work was interrupted again when management requested a new kitchen be installed. Further additions to the scope of the contract included a backyard retaining wall, gardens, a paved area and a “bit of a clean-up out in the computer room”. Collins also claims he was made to bring in washing on several occasions and mow the lawns.

Picking at a few of the loose tiles on site today, Collins remarked, “A job like this takes time. I just need a really good day of work, without any other interruptions. And it can’t be a hot day, or a rainy day. I’ve just got to find a bit of free time.”

When asked about several other bathroom projects of similar scale undertaken by friends of management, Collins replied, “Yeah, those jobs might have been done quicker. But at what cost? You can’t get a better quality of work than I’m providing, and certainly not at a lower price. I’m actually losing money on this deal.”

Despite these claims, management has threatened to call in a new contractor on several occasions. Collins has always protested, warning of possible strike action or lockouts if such a situation arose.

Negotiations are expected to recommence this week, and if all goes well work could resume as early as next weekend.

January 21st, 2001

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