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Homeowners! Did you work on or complete a reno during lockdown?

HouzzAU
3 years ago
last modified: 3 years ago

We want to hear from you!

Please comment below if you worked on a renovation or completed one during lockdown.

Comments (54)

  • Kim Dring
    3 years ago

    I have been more busy than usual with work and juggling some of the home schooling and now school holidays. But husband and I managed to tick some necessary items of the home improvement to do list. I also made time to review several design/building renovation books to plan and understand the bigger renovations for the future.


    Some waterproofing work in our old basement/garage area done. Replaced some plaster board that had been damaged by the previous water issues. Have done some prep work to paint the repaired wall, and hope to have that finished by the end of the week.


    Researched flooring options for garage/basement area and identified some Norsk PVC floor tiles that should make the area much nicer underfoot and more usable as combined garage and exercise space. Should be ordering them soon. Unfortunately the only stockist I could find was on the other side of the country, so a little concerned about potential cost of shipping!


    Rethought layout of some of the rumpus/office area downstairs and think we will improve the use of the space. Chose some new desks but currently out of stock at IKEA, so have to wait for them. Ordered some new chairs to replace the ones that were getting wobbly and literally falling apart.


    And I am glad that we are continuing a long-term and gradual de-cluttering process. Part of the goal to have less to store and improve storage for what we do keep to free up and make better use of the space we currently have.


    Looks chaotic at the moment, so no pretty photos. But reminding myself that we are making progress.

  • Shaun Parsons
    3 years ago

    Sure did! We started our major renovation in January. And it went right through the COVID period. It’s just been completed as we’ve come out of lockdown.

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    3 years ago

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    The above gave us a huge new room to work, play and exercise in during lockdown to keep us ‘out of each other’s hair’ while home working and home learning and to help keep us sane during lockdown for very little money. We ( in Melbourne) are now in a second lockdown so again appreciating the extra space and utility that we were able to achieve very quickly and easily.

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    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    thinking of all those under lockdown and hope you're all keeping safe and well

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  • Kim Dring
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    5 months after my last post. Looking back I am reasonably happy with the progress, given both myself and husband have had some rather frantically busy work loads.


    Norsk flooring ordered and now laid. It is so much nicer in the garage/basement. We also put in some better shelving in the basement.


    Damaged plaster board wall replaced and repainted - I was impressed with how well our local Bunnings was able to match the paint!


    New desks and new rugs, and some rearranging in our downstairs rumpus, office.


    Upgraded some lights from fluro to LED.


    More progress on decluttering.


    We hope to get a big job ticked off the to do list next year. We have some significant work needed in the front yard, including replacing and re configuring retaining walls and driveway. It has been difficult trying to decide on options and get quotes over the last few years. We now have a quote we are happy with. But it is probably going to be several months before the company is available to start work. Hopefully the wait will be worth it.


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    2 years ago

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  • oklouise
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  • oklouise
    2 years ago
    last modified: 2 years ago

    another great list of achievements ... he sounds like a keeper and hope you can both look forward to relaxing together on your lovely new lounge very soon

  • Margaret Barkley
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    Justjan49 wow! Hope the deliveries come through soon. Yep, logistics are a big issue right around the world now I believe.

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    Brindley Architects
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    last modified: 2 years ago

    Just saw this discussion thread and thought I'd add my little project during the 2020 lockdown. Seeing our money sitting doing nothing in the bank and with plenty of space, sitting on 3 acres, we decided to invest in bricks and mortar. Although it's timber frame and metal cladding, cantilevered over a steep slope. It's a free standiong one bedroom granny flat with everything you'd need to live comfortably, now tenanted.













  • oklouise
    2 years ago

    looks very inviting, the cantilever adds an extra level of connection to the surroundings and always glad to see a loo with a view on acreage, congratulations

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    Wild Terrain Designs
    2 years ago
    last modified: 2 years ago

    Bit of saga, but 100% of our renovation in Elsternwick was completed during lock down and from interstate. We couldn't travel to Melbourne due to border closures, and so my only option was to buy tiles etc on line, and via builders auctions. The scope of work was significant, with a rebuild of all floor and wall frames, conversion of garage into a master suite with cathedral ceilings. Some of the problems experienced revolved around drawings and specifications queries. We had a very good builder though, who was able to challenge engineering drawings and ensure that floor structures for the house and attic ended up rock steady. We did go over time for contract completion date, but did not engage the liquidated damages option - we felt this wasn't a good option and would introduce unnecessary hostilities between the builder and us, as the clients. A highly customised renovation included the injection of period features into the 1904 cottage, the ensuite 8nccluded of a highly polished copper bath tub, complemented by Black Titanium Granite, the effect is truly breath taking. The ambience for the house was achieved by adding Velux sky windows and cathedral ceilings internally, together with 2 beautiful decks and over sized doors. The communications during the build were via phone calls and facetime which allowed us to see what was happening on site, and work through issues with the builder.



  • glenda6484
    2 years ago

    Although out lock down wasn’t extensive it gave us a desire to update our 20 year old house. While in lock down we painted 3 bedrooms 7stripped and remodeled 2 bathrooms and 2 toilets. We stripped a tatty sunroom and made into an alfresco area. Stripped an remodeled our kitchen.

  • Jacqueline Marcus
    2 years ago

    Looks fantastic! Well done!

  • Liv Long
    2 years ago

    Ooh yes! Here's one room of the full house reno! ᾒ9

  • 010house
    2 years ago

    Very Nice. @LivLong   Where did you purchase the vanity from if i may ask

  • Liv Longy
    2 years ago

    @010house of course! The manufacturer is Rifco and I bought it from Sydney Taps - it's the Nouveau style in Dulux Tickling but the stone on top is left-over from my kitchen!

  • Deniene Raines
    last year

    Beautiful clean lines, and I always wonder how do you clean under the back of the bath tub? For 45

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    Wild Terrain Designs
    last year

    Hhi Denise Raines, there is good access behind the bath tub to allow cleaning. On the other side, we built curved steps, hugging the bath tub. under these steps was a small area for equipment, with an door on the exterior wall, just to service any future plumbing issues.

  • mary171155
    last year

    We have been building our house for over two years now. The supply chain downturn has made it a nightmare. We are camping on the mezzanine floor of our warehouse so it isn't costing us to wait, but if I had rented a property while building we would be in trouble now. I purchased most of our plumbing supplies early in the build so at least those items have not gone up in price, but many others have. We ordered and paid for a cantilever pool awning in February this year, and it was sent in three lots. The last delivery was two weeks ago. I suspect the company was having a hard time getting it out of China, so not their fault. We had quotes for fly screens/security screens that totalled over $25,000. We had to forgo the security screens in favour of fly screens for most of the house. We had a quote for a large aluminium mesh panel to place on the front left corner of the house which was over $25,000 also. The fencing company got an order wrong and we ended up with the wrong colour louvre panels on the front driveway sliding gates, plus the wrong colour for a fence. We have managed to turn it into a positive by keeping the wrong coloured louvre blades, and they will now be put up vertically on the front corner of the house, instead of the aluminium mesh. They are six metres long, but the house is two stories, so all good. We had to keep the gate panels the same, so the wrong colour will have to be exchanged for the right colour. People are still building houses here, and some of them are going up very fast, so I don't understand why ours has taken so long. We have purchased most of the goods locally, but I suppose the suppliers are having trouble getting them from overseas. I am at the point where I am losing interest in this house, which is a shame because it will be a beautiful house when finished.

  • caron cato
    last year

    Started in June 2020 and completed in December 2021... hard to source timber in the process..

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    last year

    Thanks