This week on-site we saw the installation of our stair balustrade. As you can see the balustrade starts at the first landing, meaning the bottom 3 steps spill out into the room. This really fits the 1930s style of the house, and is how it probably would have been if it were two stories originally.
Midweek the painters came in and covered everything in plastic, so that the walls and ceilings could be sprayed with undercoat. Our ceiling batten detail meant that there were joins all over the ceiling that needed to be filled. Using 'no more gaps' would have to be one of our least favourite renovating jobs, so we're glad that someone else had to do it! Now that the ceilings have had a coat of paint we think they are looking fantastic - the detail is visible but it's not shouting for attention.
The exterior is moving along too. The bottom half of our columns were rendered and are ready for painting. The footing for our carport was dug out and concreted. The carport is going at the front left of the house, and we opted for a carport because we like the look, and it frees up valuable internal living space that would otherwise have been eaten up by a double garage.
This weekend was the deadline for choosing our pool finishes. The cost-effective porcelain tiles we chose for the pool surround slab have a top surface colour, meaning they were not suitable for the coping tile (the edge of the pool) as you would see the edge of the tile and the layers of colour through it. So, we had to use something different. We opted for a granite coping tile (as per the picture) and then a mosaic waterline tile (that covers the top foot of the internal pool wall.
Once the painting is finished we are expecting the floors will quickly follow - and then the kitchen! The kitchen is currently sitting on the deck under a tarp, so hopefully it has survived the storms this weekend!