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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

5 Years Of Jarrah Jungle Renovations

I can't believe it's now been 5 years that Mr P and I moved into our very first home together. The shock of living with a man for the first time and the amount of socks I had to wash was one thing, but the love and passion I would have for renovating and decorating our home was really something that took me by surprise!
Thus, the Jarrah Jungle blog was born and it brings me so much happiness to share my home love with you guys.
If I don't say it enough then I'm saying it again .... THANK YOU for coming on this journey with me and showing your support to my blog both here and on Facebook and Instagram I really do appreciate your interest and advice so THANK YOU!
Last year I wrote a complete list of our projects big and small that we've crossed off our to do list in the Jarrah Jungle renovations.
Since that time over the last 12 months we have:

Sometimes I feel disheartened that our projects take longer than planned but because we try to do most of the work ourselves, and work full time jobs, it means our only free time on the weekends is divided between: Having a life - catching up with friends and family - and renovating at home. It has to be an even divide otherwise we will go CRAZY!!

Looking back on all the work we've done so far I'm so proud of what we've achieved with our 5 year plan and we are determined to finish this house hopefully by mid next year.

Then I want to sit back and enjoy the house and all that we've done! The home improvments have made is so much more comfortable and practical to live in, I want to have lots of parties and show it off to friends and family who have been so patient and positive in helping us through our first home renovation.

So what is next on the to do list ..... Well, in the next 12 months we want to: 
  • Finish the laundry and toilet renovation
  • Finish hanging all new internal and external doors and handles throughout 
  • Install timber slats and a gate on the limestone courtyard out the front of the house
  • Landscape the front of the house and the courtyard
  • Measure our backyard and block and start the subdivision process of splitting our block in two
  • Make a decision on whether to sell the back block of land or to build a new home on it
  • Remove the old rusty patio and build a smaller one
  • Remove our old granny flat
  • Build a timber deck leading off the dining room french doors
  • Install new fences around our block

I am really excited about us almost finishing the renovations for the entire inside of the house and now we can turn our attention to finishing off the outside.
We have made the big decision to subdivide our block too (pending Council approval!) and we plan to live in our renovated Jarrah Jungle home at the front of the block and either build a new house at the back or sell the land as is. Up until last year I wanted to sell the block of land but now I've changed my mind and would love to experience building a house - I might have to start a new blog about it!

You can check out my previous posts on the very first year here and last year's here

What will the next 12 months hold for the Jarrah Jungle renovations? I can't wait to find out!

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  1. It's so impressive to see the enthusiasm you guys have tackled making a beautiful home together. My hat goes off to you both! I wish I had an ounce of your commitment and willingness to give it a go. x

    1. Its our first home Bron so maybe the enthusiasm will wear off after this one! We have definately had to be commited, but make sure we stop for some fun in between too :)

  2. Wow your house is looking fantastic, you really ought to be proud of yourselves, building it while working full time! I'm suitable impressed

    1. It has been a lot of work, which is why I look forward to a holiday once a year away from the renos, swapping the paint brush for a cocktail :)

  3. oh wow they are quite the impressive lists, both the done and the to-do list!
    all the best with the subdivision. local council approval can be poo sometimes!

    1. Fingers crossed the council are agreeable to our plans! We've had a garage and limestone fence go through council already so Im prepared for all the forms and to-ing and fro-ing to get it approved!

  4. You two really make such a great team!! It has been fun reading along and can't wait to see what you'll do next!

  5. Love sharing your journey! So many great practical ideas.

  6. Congratulations on your five year anniversary. It's amazing to look back and see how much it has changed since then, your house must think you guys are the best thing that ever happened to it!

    1. Thanks Megan, I get shivvers when I think of how run down everything was when we moved in!


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