The battle has just begun.

So yesterday we go our keys! And so commenced our deep clean: stage one. It was pretty gross. Less said, the better. It’s so wonderful to actually be in the house, we can deal with the dirt.

Day 2: Paul came to tell us everything that was wrong, and everything we needed to do to fix it. Queue impromptu demo.

Paul vs the tile
Paul vs the tile
Teamwork is fun
Teamwork is fun

Paul’s first question coming into the house was “Are you going to be replacing the counter tops?” which we took as a not-so-subtle suggestion that we should replace the counter tops. Although they aren’t the greatest, we didn’t plan on replacing them just yet, but after speaking to mum today, we thought that we should get a quote.

We decided after discussing the carpet situation to just rip it up and replace it with some really nice laminate (because everything smelled of cat pee). We had originally decided that we’d have to do something with the flooring, and after seeing Jeff’s colleague’s new house we decided that laminate was an option, rather than putting in new carpets throughout the whole house (which would be better for my allergies anyway).

Commencing Operation: Carpet Removal.

Jeff vs the carpet
Jeff vs the carpet

The battle was hard-fought,

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but eventually we won.

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There are still some skirmishes to be fought,

Alethea vs the carpet staples
Alethea vs the carpet staples

We took a quick break so we could bring you the devastation in the backyard:

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Most of you already know about our catastrophic failure of the septic system. This is what happens when you don’t take care of your septic system. Let this be a lesson. Backyard = nightmare scenario. We were pretty gutted at the state of the non-existent lawn, but we’re getting a new lawn at some point.

In the meantime, we had a surprise visit from a neighbour, and as a matter of fact, we captured him in the photo above. Did you spot him?

Worth it.
Worth it.



7 thoughts on “The battle has just begun.

  1. It’s all looking great… I’m really excited to see the end result. Good suggestion from Paul – get as much done as u possibly can now is my view. Once in and living there all major works end up being a military operation… Whereas now u have a clear run. Living the update. Xxxx

  2. Oh it is all so exciting, I can’t wait for the next instalment! I am glad you are doing the counter tops now, I think you will be happier to get it done and out of the way in one big strike, rather than having to do it later. I can now understand what you mean’t about the backyard. However, I also remember when Des did his back garden ( all the mud!) but now it looks fab, so don’t worry to much. It also looks like you have very cute neighbours, always a bonus. 😉 keep up the good work x

  3. You could always raise funds for the house by letting out the Back Garden to a WW1 re-enactment society , all that mud will make them feel quite at home !!

  4. One rabbit did that to the garden!i suggest your first purchase is a hunting rifle.

  5. I thought I left a reply but it has disappeared… Anyways, just said that it doesn’t look like you guys are wasting any time! And not to burn out too quickly. Make sure you ask for help. You have a lot of offers on the table 🙂

    • Thanks, Jill. We’ll definitely be recruiting help at some point. At the moment we’re kinda playing things by ear and don’t really know what we’re doing from one thing to the next. We thought we had a plan going in, but the first few things we’ve done so far was rip up the carpet and kitchen countertop, but that wasn’t even in the plan at the beginning. You and Joel will probably be hearing from us once we sort out our timeline 🙂

  6. I’ve done a floor or two if you guys need a hand.

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