There are a number of building terms that when renovating you are likely to encounter, some less panic attack inducing than others but most definitely not excluding any of the following; total electrical re-wiring, entire house re-pile and another we experienced this week .... dry rot.
It is to be expected that with any home over 100yrs old there will be some deterioration of original materials. In our case areas on the front verandah decking, small areas around the Bay Windows and the bases of the solid Rimu Corinthian pillars at the front door. The "Rot Doctor" was called in and after a very informative explanation of what is involved with Dry Rot it would seem that we can maintain all of the decorative elements. Modern day techniques can treat rotten timber preventing further damage of period features and ensure future longevity. A positive outcome was that our "Rot" specialist ensured us that given the age of the house the damage was relatively minor.
Painting of the exterior is underway, new windows have arrived and the rear deck and has been constructed. This week the roofing iron goes on and exterior timber weather boards are making an appearance.
On a different note, an old newspaper found in the ceiling dating back to 1979 reveals that a 3 Bdrm home in Westmere can be purchased for a total of $9000 - "Be quick, this will be purchased by the first genuine buyer" - not bad given the average house price in todays terms in Westmere is $1,317,694.00