We started our renovation blog
when we purchased our second house in Townsville, Queensland, Australia back in 2005.
Our house is an old traditional miners cottage that was built in about 1870 in the area around Charters Towers, in Outback Queensland, Australia. It was moved to Townsville around the 1930's to it's current location.
The house has seen a lot of renovations over the years, including our current renovations. The renovations that we have undertaken include:
- Raising and restumping the house
- Enclosing under the house
- Adding a garage
- Making an outdoor entertaining area
- Adding window hoods
- Adding Air Conditioning to the House
- Replacing the Bathroom
- New Driveway
- and lots more ...
It is an ongoing project, and we continue to add some small and some large changes to the house.
Renovate Australia Podcast Episode 6
After weighing up for a long time whether to install residential solar power on our house here in South Australia we decided to go ahead and get some quotes on the costs associated with it. To start the process I visited a web-site called SolarQuotes.com.au that my brother in law recommended.
The guy who runs it is Finn Peacock and he seems to be a very up and up kind of guy, who even called my brother in law back on the phone to answer some of his questions!
His web-site will connect you with three different solar providers for quotes... read more at Renovate Australia Posted 11 weeks 1 day ago.
The house was first built as a miner’s cottage around 1870 in Charters Towers during the gold rush. It was a simple 4-room colonial style miner’s pyramid roof style house.
Around the early 20th century (1915 – 1930) the house was moved, most likely by a team of horses, from Charters Towers to Townsville when the gold mines shut down.
We purchased the house in 2005 in Townsville, performed some major renovation and upgrades to the house, and then sold it in 2009 prior to moving to Canada.
My son Caleb is currently learning about the Gold Rushes that have happened in Australian history. It is quite fascinating how much Australia has been influenced through it’s various gold rushes... read more at Renovate Australia Posted 11 weeks 3 days ago.
Recently we purchased a white Ikea Besta Desk with the integrated cable tray under the back of the desk. The tray is great for organising cables and power boards.
I like the way that they cables and everything is hidden under the desk, but I ran into a lot of problems finding a keyboard tray for the desk because of the cable management outlet on the back. The first tray that I tried was the Ikea Summera Pull-out keyboard shelf. It was a good first choice since it’s only $15.00 in Australia, and it’s from the same store I bought the desk from…
The problem I had with the Summera keyboard shelf was the long steel rods coming out the back of the back of the keyboard tray... read more at Renovate Australia Posted 13 weeks 4 days ago.
With Canada Day just around the corner I was wondering about putting up a flag on the house to celebrate... read more at Renovate Australia Posted 23 weeks 6 days ago.
I love this idea if you are limited in available space, but still need a small workstation in your house or apartment. Ikea used to have something similar to this, but even though it seemed to be quite popular, Ikea no longer sells it.
You can pick this up right now in Canada through DealFind for $150.00. If I was still living in Canada it is something I would have considered as a workstation for the kids.
If you want a DIY version of a similar desk then Ana White has some great plans for a flip down wall desk that you can use. She makes it look easy, but I realise that with most of these projects what’s easy for someone else to do, might not be easy for me to do …
Just found this desk available in Australia for $251 over at Overstock.com. I do like it, but not that much!... read more at Renovate Australia Posted 25 weeks 2 days ago.