Building A House

March 6, 2012

Building A Kitchen: Part Three – Completion (almost)

Despite our hectic summer and travels, we’ve managed to finish the last two big lagging parts of the kitchen —  the granite countertops have been installed and Ollie and Bruce have finished the butcher block counter top for the island.   The kitchen is totally awesome.  Here’s the latest photos:   […]
January 9, 2012

Building a Kitchen: Part Two – Installation

Another month has flown by with little time for writing. When I last left off, we were busily prepping the kitchen for installation. In early December, we got the floors all finished with a stain that blended well with the floors in the living room and dining room. Ross Ambler […]
December 4, 2011

Building a Kitchen: Part One – Demolition and Preparation

I have wanted to re-do the Wainui kitchen ever since we bought the house four years ago.  The kitchen, while sizeable, is a summer beach house (bach) kitchen, meaning it is very rudimentary and mainly appropriate for minimal use.    Obviously, we’ve been using it heavily over the past four years […]
January 15, 2011

Heating Installation, Phase 5 (December 2- 22, 2010)

Well, it’s been a long journey back to the heating installation project.   We last left off in, gulp, July, where Team Oamaru had installed the hot water cylinders in the attic and the radiators in the bedrooms.   When Pete and Kat next came up in October, we had them switch […]