It’s been a while since we posted anything about our house and a few people have asked about it recently, so I thought it was time we posted a quick update. Things have been pretty quiet on the renovating front. We’re still sleeping on the living room floor and living out of boxes! We’ve made peace with the fact it’s going to take us quite some time to get everything we want to do done. As we’ve mentioned before, when we moved in we discovered our oven and gas heater were both completely dead. We also noticed the hot water pressure was really low. Then, during a storm, the ceiling in the hallway started to leak! We assumed it was a problem with the roof (and panicked, just a little) but when Reubs climbed up into the ceiling to check it out he discovered this:
Our ancient hot water system was completely rusted out and leaking through the ceiling. It also ran on an old fashioned gravity fed system, which explained why the water pressure was so bad. It took us a ridiculously long time to lock down a plumber, but a guy finally came and replaced our hot water system a couple of weeks ago. We opted for a gas instantaneous system, which was the most energy efficent option, and now it looks like this:
Much better! Aside from replacing the hot water system we haven’t done a much else on the house since we moved in, as we’ve been pinching pennies to pay our plumber and save for a new oven and heater. We hope to scrape the money for a new gas heater together soon, because now that temperatures are starting to drop, the prospect of a winter without heating is looking a bit grim! Thankfully the air conditioner in our living room does have a reverse cycle function, so if we get really desperate we have that option, but it’s such an energy sucker we’ll do our very best to avoid using it. I forsee the use of many layers, socks and blankets in the coming months!
Reubs has some time off work at the end of next week so we hope to get lots of painting done in that time. We’ll be sure to share some photos of our progress then. Oh, and I just had to post this picture! Reuben isn’t the only one who’s been up in the ceiling. Poppy discovered the hole above the shower (where there was once an extractor fan) and has had a lovely time frolicking in the cobwebs. Silly girl.