Job – convert a derelict cottage into a livable weekender on a minimal budget for a client who has recently bought in the area and is considering relocating to Bundanoon permanently down the track but is not ready to invest in a full home build yet.
I get to work on some surprising homes. This one is partly an old rail carriage – that has been patched over with various forms of cladding (including asbestos) over the past few decades and become sadly neglected in more recent years. The new owners want to improve its life and make it a comfortable weekender while they scope the area as a potential place to move in the future.
In the above picture, we are removing the corrugated iron that has been nailed to the carriage end. You can see the rounded carriage roof – covered by a SIP roof and the timber planking. It was originally clad with two layers of timber with a layer of felt insulation (about 6mm of felt sandwiched between two sheets of tarred paper). Unfortunately, the termites have had a go at the planks and some are in very poor condition.
The above pictures show the renovation in its final stages. New Colourbond cladding has been joined to original sections of colourbond that are still in good condition. The original chimney (above left) formed much of the charm that the clients wanted to keep and highlight as a feature of their little home away from home.
The final stage of the project was to add a small deck off the north facing side of the cottage, with a wind and privacy screen on the western side.
In order to save on budget, as well as to add a little of their own touch, the client has chosen to paint the deck and screen themselves. So, with the help of a little rewiring and a few lighting fixes by Grosvenor Electrical, our work here is done.