The Bathroom (Part 3)

On the last blog I reported that I had cut the concrete with the concrete saw that I hired. Since then I have be breaking the concrete out with a mini Kanga Hammer my dad gave me years ago but I never used till now. So far we have struck no problems with the main drain or the basin drain but there might be an issue with the toilet as when I dug down and found the pipe it has an elbow on it facing in the other direction. Ron thinks it’s quite do-able but there is a lot more digging to do before he can prove his theory. Still all is positive so I hope to be putting in the pipes on Thursday so I’ll keep you posted! Facebook Twitter Google+...

Planting Trees

Yesterday I reported that we had planted trees on the property that we had been given but didn’t give any photos of the frangapani’s so I’m putting the photo’s up now. We also have been moving mountains of mulch around the property that we had made from the Wattle and other trees we had removed. In all 26 trees were removed so as you can imagine the pile of mulch is quite large! Hope you like these pics… Facebook Twitter Google+...

The Bathroom (Part 2) The concrete cutting

On Tuesday I picked up the concrete saw from the hire company in Murwillumbah to cut the concrete in the bathroom. We had a long discussion about what type of saw to use because of the dust that would be created. It was decided that a dry electric saw was the best choice as there were no added fumes in a confined space and no water was required. As some of you may know concrete saws, or wet saws, use a large amount of water to keep the blade cool but we have laid solid bamboo in the adjoining room and it would have buckled once subjected to water. So the dry electric saw was the tool of choice. The cutting took about 4 hours and did make a lot of mess but it cut through the concrete with minimum fuss, now all there is to do is get my kanga hammer and break the concrete up. This bathroom is going to be one big wet room so we really only needed one trench. I’ll keep you updated with our progress, stay tuned! Facebook Twitter Google+...

Planting Trees

Recently we were given a Poinciana Tree to plant on our property. These trees are beautiful trees with a flowing canopy that flower in summer with wonderful red flowers. We already have one on the property but gratefully accepted a second as this is one of our favorite trees. Also we had a curry tree that was given to us as a house warming present and have had it acclimatising in the rear garden plus we had some frangapanis. Also our spider lilies have sprouted so I have included some pics of those. This morning we got stuck in and the pics are below. Facebook Twitter Google+...

The new bathroom (Part 1)

So today I started the bathroom in the second rental room today and have realized that whilst exciting, it is a really big job! The first thing to be done is to sort out the drainage for the room. We have decided to make this bathroom disabled friendly whilst still having a very lush finish so we plan to use some clever features and disguises to complete the project. One of the first things we decided was to make it a big wet room and not install a bath. Apart from not being eco friendly, water is a huge issue for us, a bath is also not disable friendly. So we had to turn the room on it’s head to make it special and play up the shower. One of the sad things about losing a parent as you get older is you realize that you have lost a mate. Old George would have loved this challenge but I was being smiled upon when we moved to Stokers because across the road is our new friend Ron, who happens to be a retired plumber and not quite as old as dad. With his help we have managed to sort the drainage out and now the real work begins. Stay tuned to see how the bathroom progresses, Tomorrow the concrete saw arrives! Facebook Twitter Google+...