A Little House Update

Reuben in the Ceiling

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:

Hot Water System

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:

New Hot Water System

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!

Poppy in the Celing

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.

Katie x

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21 Responses to “A Little House Update”

  1. Milynn April 19, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    POPPY! You are too cute! I also can’t believe the difference in the size of the two hot water systems.

  2. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur April 19, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    If ever Poppy needs another home give me an email!! She’s SO cute! Glad to hear you got that hot water system sorted!
    Moving in does take a while, especially when you’re planning renovating at the same time. Hope you don’t get too cold during winter!
    Sarah x

    • Katie
      Katie April 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      Ha! Never! She is THE cutest. And she’s aaaaaaaaall mine! 😉

  3. Meg April 19, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Hi Katie and Reuben, lovely to see some house pics but sorry to hear of your heating and plumbing woes . . . lucky you have your fluffy pets to snuggle with during these crisp autumn evenings! This tip won’t be helpful to you guys as you’ve already purchased your house, but before we purchased our old weatherboard we had a building inspector go over it and give us a report. From memory (this was 8 years ago) it was about $300, but it was money very well spent . . . he went inside every room, in the ceiling and outside and under the house. He listed absolutely everything that was ‘wrong’ with the place – including un-level floors and missing purlins in the ceiling. It helped us make a decision regarding the purchase . . . maybe this might help others keen to buy and renovate . . . best wishes to you both.

    • Katie
      Katie April 19, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Meg! We did actually get a building inspection (and a pest inspection) before we bought our house, but they seem to have focused mainly on the structural integrity of the house. We just never even thought to check if the oven, heater and hot water system worked (which on reflection was pretty silly of us!) but even if we had, I don’t think it would have changed anything. We still would have bought our old house. But I totally agree with your advice about getting an inspection before you buy. It’s a must! 🙂

  4. Christie April 19, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    That’s not much fun but reality bites and it’s good to hear the balance of both the good and the bad sometimes and keep it real….hope you are fairing ok today I saw the temps for Ballarat last night and snow overnight at Falls Creek…..hope you get that gas heater real soon!

  5. Mary April 19, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Oh my gosh, that last picture is so cute! And I really like the first one as well. <3

  6. Molly April 19, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    There are always ups and downs with renovating. Hehe Poppy is so cute, cats seem to get in every little nook and cranny of a house!


  7. Michelle Clement April 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Aw, man! What a pain!! 🙁 We are currently in a basement suite, and the furnace didn’t work at alllll lats winter – it was horrible! I literally wore all my clothes at all times inside! Maybe you can invest in a little space heater if it gets too cold? $50 and we sat beside that thing all the time…it did us good until the furnace finally roared back to life. Good luck with everything!

    • Katie
      Katie April 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      We do have a tiny electric heater somewhere… We will definitely have to dig it out if things get desperate. So glad to hear your furnace got fixed! 🙂

  8. Zara April 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Cats always seem to discover these sorts of spots.
    All these sorts of unexpected costs seem to come at once. and yes i can see these take priority over the more fun things like new furniture and decorating.

  9. The Life of Clare April 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Looks like you’re taking good time to do things, I think it’s good to take your time, and do things to your wishes.

  10. Mary April 20, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    Awww that last picture is too adorable!!! Crazy kittys!

    — Mary

  11. Kathy April 20, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    You will love the gas hot water system I had one in my last house and of course the size of the new one vs the old one is great. When you buy a house there will always be things that need replacing and that’s just a fact of life. I had to pay $1800 for a new hot water system last year and it is a hard pill to swallow but we all need hot water and we just have to do those things which are fun or visually appealing like painting, curtains etc. Baby steps and you have many years to get your house the way you want it. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  12. Ali April 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    GREAT photographs Katie, I just laughed & laughed at Reuben’s legs ( sorry, they are really nice legs !! ). We have the same water system as your new one & it is really wonderful, you never run out & it is economical too. It does not really matter where your bed is as long as it is comfortable, the more hardship, the more you will appreciate every improvement you make. Dear Poppy, you captured her at the best moment ! Katie, open your Etsy shop, you are VERY clever. I bought a heated THROW ( not an electric blanket ) last year in Big W, it was quite cheap & I used it all Winter when sitting crafting or whatever, hardly used the heater at all 🙂 xx

    • Katie
      Katie April 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      Yes, it’s great not having to worry about running out of hot water! Such a novelty after years of living in houses with ancient/teeny tiny systems. And the energy efficiency is obviously wonderful too. I think I really must invest in one of those heated throws! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  13. Ravs April 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    I just love the photo of the hot water system! Brought back so many memories, as my parents worked for the SEC, which stopped being the SEC sometime in the 90’s.
    I thought that reverse cycle air conditioners were meant to be pretty efficient heaters?
    Nevermind – think of all the excuses for op-shopping for crocheted granny rugs, quilts & throws, and for knitting or crocheting slippers, scarves, hats and fingerless gloves!

  14. Cassandra April 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    That photo of Poppy is so funny….. booo to all the extra expenses, but you won’t know yourself with that lovely new gas hot water heater! We would have had one like that, but we don’t have natural gas here, only LPG bottles, and they are mega expensive! Hope you get your heater soon, Bendigo can be pretty brutal in winter, woolies and all! Happy to sponsor it via your ETSY SHOP hint hint……

    • Katie
      Katie April 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

      I’m so glad we have natural gas here. And I promise to open the Etsy shop soon! Thank you so much for your support 🙂

  15. Cookie April 23, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    So sorry for the “house woes”, owning has it’s ups and downs, but in the end… 🙂 Poppys pic is adorable!. Reubs needs to start knitting/crocheting blankies for your winter…they (I find) are the warmest blankets EVER! I pick them up at thrift store all the time!

  16. John April 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    The joys of renovating. Go to repair one thing, and find something else that needs replacing/repairing.
    Great pics of Reubens legs dangling from the ceiling, and of Poppy looking down. Made me smile 🙂

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