Monday, September 29, 2014

Introducing our new butterfly roof house - external shots

We had been house hunting for 7 months non-stop. Looking in an area close enough to the school but the house had to have the special 'something'. We had already made 5 unsuccessful offers on other homes over the 7 months but as the market in this area is so full on we always missed out. 
When I saw this house on the internet on a Friday night and viewing it on the Saturday, we both immediately knew: this is the one! 

The lattice will be removed to reveal the cantilevered corner deck in all it's glory.

It was better than any other house we had seen, such as large rooms, a huge extra room downstairs, flat land but the compromise was that it needed a lot of TLC after having tenants for many years and many owners. We made on offer at 9am Monday morning, stumbled a bit when the results of the building and pest came back, but it was ours 4 weeks after seeing it.  We are so happy to have it, but are doing some things before we move in. Re-roofing, internal painting, floor sanding, a new kitchen and replace the leaking toilet. 

Here are the before shots of our 1960's butterfly roofed house: 

We have removed a piece of unnecessary timber above the car port, this awaiting cleaning up and painting.

The patio has been painted in readiness for the new roof, this is the only external area we will paint for now. The outdoor painting will be done once we move in.

We love the brick breeze wall and the timber feature of the back stairs.

Sadly the back stairs will need to be replaced, but it's pretty far down the list.

Corner deck. We love this bluish grey colour and will keep it very similar.

Left of the front door. Garden to be redone, painting and wood rot to attend to.

Retro path to the hill hoist.

Front of the corner deck, here you can see the piece of timber that we removed. It used to hold a lattice carport/pergola years ago.

The awnings are good for a house with no eaves, but will eventually need to be replaced as they have rusted through.

The back view of our butterfly roof including a commercial size box gutter and rain head.

The opposite end of the house from the corner deck. The bedrooms are also cantilevered.

Some of these photos where taken by me while the tenants lived here, so much of the 'extras' have been since removed.

My next post will be of some of the internal features, then soon, I can start showing 'before and after's' ...  so exciting.