Week One – Sunday

With the help of a good friend of ours, we head to the house to spend the day finishing up all the things that need to be done to the walls to prepare for the plasterer. There’s several places where drywall (gipsplat) needs to be repaired or placed in the first place. Also, we needed … [Read more…]

Week One – Thursday, Friday and Saturday

I arrive at the house to find a lot of people working, including our contractor’s father, who was in the process of rewiring an outlet. We hadn’t included any electrical work in the planning, but it turns out that once the sink in the bathroom was removed, it was discovered some of the wiring and … [Read more…]

Week One – Wednesday

The plasterer and the intern should start today, while the contractor should remove the bathroom tiles, the kitchen tiles and the upstairs wall. I stop by in the morning and everything is off to a good start. Then there is yet another crisis. To remove the bathroom floor tiles, the contract needed to take out … [Read more…]

Week One – Tuesday

We pack our friends off to the beach for the day and head over to the house. The contractor has arrived. We have the opposite of a problem. The room that lacked insulation turns out to be the coolest room in the house, demonstrated by the dog immediately claiming it as his own to escape … [Read more…]

Week One – Monday

After months and months of waiting and planning, the day of the key handover has finally arrived. We’re now homeowners. Thankfully, we had booked in the contractor months beforehand. We have a planned schedule of three weeks of renovation work to do: replacing the kitchen floors, removing the kitchen, insulating the pantry (bijkeuken), installing an … [Read more…]