One of my requirements for buying a house was no (outside) stairs. Of course in Bergen, where every dwelling is on the face of a mountain this is a rather difficult requirement to meet indeed.
Access to our new house was via some stairs. Nothing too serious. But enough to make getting in and out with a stroller rather difficult without tipping out the baby.
The stairs had to go.
And so, we embarked on our first renovation project, acutely aware of the looming deadline.
It wouldn’t be easy.
We didn’t have access to Kumeu hardware supplies and building advice, didn’t own any power tools, and didn’t have a car (our drivers licenses are invalid here – something to do with driving on the wrong side of the road, and NZ not being part of the EU).
The first step was to do a quick sketch of what we wanted.
So far, so good.
Next came the measurements, and more detailed architectural drawings. We would need to design everything up front, work out exactly what timber we required, and then find a building supplier to cut it to the necessary lengths.
Brian handed me the shopping list, and after he went to work, I waddled down to the nearest building supply company, to put in the order.
A colleague picked up and delivered the pre-cut timber, and Brian wasted no time getting into action. Being relegated to no bending or lifting, I took on the role of documenter.
Over two evenings after work, Brian finished the ramp. We ended up with only one piece of decking timber short, which I picked up the following day (much to the ongoing bemusement of the timber supply company).
Our next project will now be to utilize the timber we have left over (due to over-engineering), and build some planter boxes for our deck in anticipation of summer.