The clock is ticking now before our new tenant arrives (mid-April) and there is SO MUCH TO DO. This is not like The Block, where we can shuffle off and shop, spending someone else's money and delivering our builder's instructions over the phone. It's all down to Dan and I (99 percent Dan) and it's a little daunting at this point.
Our freebie kitchen turned up yesterday on a truck.
Of course, because this renovating game is never easy, several parts were missing and broken and we couldn't find a way to make it work. At least we were only out of pocket the cost of the removalists and hopefully we can use some of the pieces elsewhere around the place.
After a frantic session with a chalk and a kitchen planning brochure, we had plotted out a new kitchen design.
We're going to have to buy a new one, which was not something we had budgeted for, but them's the breaks. At the end of the day, it's probably better to buy something that will fit nicely in the house if we plan to make renting it a long-term proposition.
The floors have been a pleasant surprise. We thought we'd be replacing a lot of rotten boards from the kitchen and bathroom, only to discover they're all in great condition. They really built things to last back in the day.
We've had family and friends here helping out over the weekend, pulling up staples from the timber floors and cleaning and watching Lucinda while we frantically called tradies and planned and stressed.
The plus side of punishing ourselves to get the little house finished is, of course, when it's done it's done. And producing an income. We have promised then we'll take a few weeks off to go and relax. I can't wait, personally.