Day 15: Beautiful walk on West Coast Wilderness Trail for Mother’s Day with wife, daughter, and mum! Frame ceiling in west bedroom.


Day 16: Removed hearth below floor line from old fireplace in south bedroom for access to front end of house for insulation and plumbing. Started on laundry, pulled up floorboards.


Day 17: Replaced a couple piles in laundry, leveled floor.


Day 18: Replaced joists and bearer in laundry. Sprung a leak in very old pipe.  No water for the day.


Day 19: Replaced a few rotten studs. No water for most of the day.


Day 20: Moved all laundry appliances to bathroom. Plumber came.  We have water again but washer not working. 100 more days to go.


Day 21: Tree planting and tidy up outside. Fixed problem with washer.

Week 4


Day 22: Chop up kindling. Got rid of more bricks: Someone wanted old bricks to make a pizza oven. Happy they went to a good home.


Day 23: Laid plastic and installed insulation under two bedrooms.


Day 24: Laid plastic and installed insulation under third bedroom and living room. Fixed sink… oops.  While under house discovered the kitchen sink drain/pipe didn’t connect so sink was draining onto ground under house.  Had been wondering why it was so wet under the house.


Day 25: VERY SORE. Feeling a need to do casual work for awhile. Tried to fix printer. Bought new printer. Tidy up construction zone a bit. Arrange replacement weatherboards.


Day 26: Replaced window in west bedroom. Prep west bedroom for GIB. Replace window in laundry. Arrange installation of fireplace.


Day 27: Move bedroom from lounge into north bedroom. Sent wife to Nelson to pick up D/G windows. Remove hearth below joists. Remove door in living room. Remove firepit outside Arranged tounge/grove flooring. Got cement mixer.


Day 28: Dug out bamboo roots. Lowered old fireplace to ground level. Fixed a couple piles. Dug big sandpit on west side of house.

Week 5


Day 29: Acquired large Rimu beams from friend.


Day 30: Frame up ceilings in west bedroom and living room. Change kitchen around. Still pondering kitchen. Drove to Hari Hari for timber.


Day 31: Frame flue space in living room. Install insulation and GIB ceilings in lounge and west bedroom.


Day 32: Patch floor in living room where fireplace used to be. Arrange plumber. Frame up hearth for new fireplace. Timber from Nelson arrived.


Day 33: Poured cement for new hearth. Picked up new fireplace from Mitre 10.


Day 34/35: Heaps of family in town and wife very sick equals not much time to work but plenty of time to ponder next steps.