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Published: February 22nd 2009
This morning it is so lovely to wake up with the sound of the sea washing on the shore and the birds singing in the trees. No sounds of drills or hammers and no tools or paint pots in sight. In the next few days we can enjoy Carnival and maybe do a bit of reading and painting (arty type stuff), and snorkel and hang out on the beach.
We are now officially finished on the house for this year and really really pleased with the results. All the rooms have had a full on Thorley tart up treatment. The only room we did a ‘temporary fix’ on was the kitchen and even that looks good.
Some interesting stats of what was used to renovate the house
300 linear ft of structural pine (4x2)
1000 sq ft of plywood
700 linear ft of decorative pine
29 gallons of paint/varnish
3 interior doors
41 boxes of tiles
14 hand made shutters - each made up of 80 separate pieces of hardwood.
11 Louvre doors - each made up of 66 separate pieces of hardwood
... and it only took 4 months!
Son has done
a great job in the garden. He topped the really high trees so that we now have fantastic views of the Caribbean sea from the front, and from the side of the house. The garden is brighter and more manageable and split into areas, a grass lawn area, a fruit tree area, a flower garden and a kitchen garden plus 2 beautiful pathways meandering through the trees - one from the road coming down to the house and one from the house going down to the bay. Andy made and hung a Mango Lodge sign at the entrance just to top it off.
The Hot shower
Well Kate waited from 2nd November till 16th February very patiently but it was well worth the wait. The bathroom looks like a posh hotel and to celebrate the first hot shower we opened a bottle of sparkly, and even used our new cream fluffy towels, (which had been packed away during building site mode). Wow!!
The furniture is now in pride of place in the lounge and looks right. The cushion covers were made by a local girl who managed to put the zips on the front instead of the
back, but we have just turned them around and lived with it. Hey ho!
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