Renovating the Farmhouse – Part 1

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The Sables has two permanent structures. One is a cottage which is rented and was a converted shed which the owners twice removed used as a dental surgery. It is close to the road and is two rooms with a cement floor and nice little garden.

The other structure is a little more curious. It was the original Farmhouse, sitting on the top of the ridge next to the main road coming in to the property. It gets all the breeze in Summer and has a lovely aspect over to Mt Dangore and across the paddocks. When I took the photo below, I was still wondering if this project was worth it. After seeing the double rainbow on a clear day, the same day I was planning on making up my mind, well, its hard not to be a little superstituous sometimes..

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The problem, you may (if you have particularly sharp eyes) have already been able to tell, is that some key elements of the house are buggered. Specifically, the floors, roof and walls have a few minor issues such as being in a state of total degradation…

But the bones of the house are beautiful old hardwood timbers and the termites, whilst enjoying the stumps, have not been able to progress past the stump caps. The graceful shape of the structure, its weathered timber walls and fat floorboards all scream for improvement and restoration. At least to me they do in any case. There really is a lovely vibe about the house, I don’t know how to describe it, you just feel that good things happened there and people were happy within its four walls. That its history is embedded in the grains of timber and that that history was a good one.

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The first step in any such renovation is planning and there was a lot of discussion as to what to take on first.  We began by reinforcing the structure. We bought a 6m long 250mm C-Section (2mm) and propped this through the centre under the roof to support both the main roof and the secondary roof going over the kitchen. We then removed the rotten side which had received the brunt of the Western summer rain and was basically useless.

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We then framed up the Western Wall and replaced the rotten roof.

The next step is to replace the roof and then put the glazing in and patch up the weatherboard where they have fallen in.

Watch this space!