Monday, May 03, 2010

Loungeroom progress

Hooray! A little update on the house repairs!

Having borrowed a hardy cement mixer, combined with the heavy metal balls from the mill (near where Marty is working), we can now make some lovely lime mortar. I'm finding a mixture of 1:1.5 (lime:sand) is making the best mix so far. It's so easy, I can make mortar all on my own! :)

I've been able to fix a few holes in the walls and even gave a little render a go. Today's effort was patching up a very bad spot. The wall literally moves when pressed and when I cleaned the area, bricks pretty much fell out! I took them out carefully and vacuumed out the mess.

The whole thing made me feel quite nervous! So, you can see how relieved I was when I finally finished, and it looks pretty good.

There was a smaller "hole" on the other side of the fireplace that we'd repaired earlier in the week. It's starting to look a little like a loungeroom!

Plenty more work to be done yet, I know, but the cold is being kept out a bit more, and we're a few steps closer to getting a floor in. I'll keep you updated!


  1. How clever you are ! This home will give you great satisfaction, I just can see you snoozing in your arm chair beside a glowing fire in winter. Congratulations

  2. Well done. You will have a roaring fire quicker than you think.


  3. You amaze me with all that you can do. I am looking forward to when the lounge room is done.
    Love from Mom

  4. Good to hear you blogging again. I love hearing about the progress of your cottage rejuvenation!

  5. Read your blog from start to finish last night. You are doing and have done a great job. I look forward to see what the future brings for you both. Good luck. It is so refreshing to see young people doing something so rewarding.