THE CON­STRUC­TION DI­ARY

Real Living (Australia) - - HOMES -

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.

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