Thursday, November 21, 2019

A renovation

Our building has been undergoing huge internal renovations with repainting, recarpeting, a change from the fob unlocking of internal and external doors to card contact and the doors to the carpark levels will be self opening and closing, great when you are loaded with shopping. The cheap and nasty sparkle lights on each floor have been removed, along with the upgraded many LED lamps that replaced halogen lights. There are fewer lights but they are more economical and light where it is needed.

The painters are foreign born and one is smoking hot. I imagine Bulgarian, just for my own fantasies, but I really don't know, perhaps Eastern European at least. I've never seen such professional painters in my life and they are fastidious. Twice we had to leave our door open for five hours on Saturdays as paint dried on our door. While some floors have unpainted doors as residents are overseas for extended periods, fortunately our floor doesn't have any and and all doors have been painted, most twice but some only once, but visually it makes little difference.

This will be the third carpet on the landings since we have been here and we are rather worried about the design, although similar has been used in local Art Hotels. As I type, it is being woven by machines here in Australia.

We love the new paint colours and generally everything else that is being done. Here are a few photos as work is in progress. I will show you the photos of the new in time.




This was the old style of lamps at the lift, still on the ground floor.



The new, later painted the same colour as the walls.


The old LED lamps.


And the new.


No need for extra lighting. Switches blanked off. Pity they weren't removed.


27 comments:

  1. Looks fancy and nice. Pretty painters, eh?

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    1. Yeah Strayer, one was pretty.

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  2. Ooo very nice Andrew and a bonus hot guy too, life is good 😊

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    1. Grace, my goodness how we are paying for it all.

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  3. You certainly do find a lot of guys hot, Andrew.

    I find the weather is very hot!

    It will be great after all the work is done...fresh and clean. :)

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    1. Yeah, I do find hot guys Lee, but then for me most guys are hot.

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  4. During the next round of renovations, those blanked out switches may be needed again, far easier to reconnect than to have to install new wiring and switch plates.
    The weather here today is so cool I almost have goose-bumps.

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    1. River, the weather forecast happened here like it did for you. The temp kept going up until we reached 40 forecast. It is really cold outside now.

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  5. Love that the carpet is Australian made.very rare these days.

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  6. Looking good. Excellent to read that the carpet will be Australian. A hot man, I can never see any!

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    1. Margaret, they must be around in your town. You just have to look and imagine.

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  7. A fresh lick of paint always makes life better.

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    1. Pity it doesn't work for our faces, Cro.

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  8. Nice updates, the recessed lights are much cleaner looking.

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    1. Travel, they are. Generally the spaces are looking less fussy.

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  9. Nicely done, our building is very very 1980s with no hope in sight, but hey rent is cheap.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, perhaps reasonably well built if it was the 80s.

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    2. Cheap rent beats glitz and glamour in my opinion. My rent is cheap and there's nothing at all fancy here.

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  10. We are always in construction mode. Built in 1978,it needs constant maintenance. I must look through my photos to see if I took any of the changes we have experienced over the last seven years.
    Just today they will be coming in to snake the kitchen drains. They are very good at being proactive.
    There is a major capital project planned to be undertaken in the spring.
    I'm so glad I don't have to worry about this stuff like we did when we had a house. I know I pay for it, but that's okay with me.

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    1. Good to hear Jackie. Not that you are going anywhere but it keeps the value of the apartments high.

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  11. I have a fob for my building, too. Back when it was still a key, I could go to a hardware store and have duplicates made for a couple of bucks. Now I have to go through my landlord and it costs me $50!

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    1. Kirk, a replacement one here costs AU$75, so over US$100. You are doing ok.

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  12. It looks great, Andrew.

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    1. Work in progress Sandra, but we are pleased so far.

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  13. Maybe I'm getting old no body around here is very hot unless you count
    my very stunning black neighbour all dressed up in a suit and looking a million dollars.
    Merle..........

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