THE CONSTRUCTION DIARY
RENOVATING THIS HOME HAD ITS UPS AND DOWNS, BUT LOREN’S ADAPTABLE APPROACH RESULTED IN A TRULY INDIVIDUAL LOOK. SHE TALKS US THROUGH THE DRAMAS AND TRIUMPHS.
Piping up “Work on our backyard was initially delayed due to the discovery of an old Sydney Water access pipe, which had to be left free from blockages. After removing the dirt we were left with a 2m high by 1m wide, cone-shaped pipe sticking up in the middle of the yard.”
Quick thinking “We resolved it by rendering around the pipe and sticking a plant in the top, which can be removed if the council need access to the pipe. It’s quite a feature now.”
More problems “To level out the garden we had to get rid of a lot of dirt and pier all sides of the space. We had to remove dirt via conveyor belts and soon after asbestos was discovered as well as a large concrete slab, which had belonged to the house behind before new land perimeters were drawn up. It felt like setback after setback for a while there.”
Living the dream “I love looking out at the cabana now and we often do a barbecue and throw together a salad. The kids eat then get back in the pool, and we have a couple of beers.”
Boho vibes Macramé curtains from Urban Outfitters add a boho vibe to the living area. The couple bought some copper pipes from Bunnings, left them outside for a few days to develop a patina and used them as curtain rods.