Over the last few weeks as dust has settled and we've come to the realisation that this is actually happening (yikes!) we've started to gather inspiration and ideas for Barry House. Something we've been talking about is adding a second storey to reduce the footprint of the house which will leave as much private outdoor space as possible. We've been using Pinterest which is a great tool for collecting inspo for home projects. You can check out our Pinterest here. We've also done some research into the surrounding area and the history of the home. Barry House has a rich history and many family memories were made there. It's one of the things that drew us to the property. I just had such a wonderful vibe despite it's decrepit state.
We visited Barry House a few weeks ago and collected the treasures inside that were still in tact. We found a gorgeous glassware cabinet which we thought had yellow glass but upon cleaning discovered it is actually clear! We also discovered the missing piece of iron fretwork for the verandah which means we can put all the original fretwork all back together. Another discovery we made was a pile of Hoffman bricks in the backyard from Hoffman Patent Brick & Tile Company (more commonly known as Hoffman's), a brick company across the road that operated for more than 100 years. All of these findings just makes the property even more special to us.
The timeline of the project has been a hot debate in the office. Vicky, our eternal optimist and master of getting sh*t done thinks we can smash the project out and have it ready for Christmas 2020. Ben, our realist and master of setting attainable, achievable goals thinks it's going to take a while longer. We are lucky to have the expertise and knowledge of a Master Builder. One of the best ways to save time on a project is to have someone who can offer advice to help you move your project forward as efficiently as possible. It's early days for Barry House, only time will tell!