Original stone/pug and pine homestead restoration
The roof is now on and Simon is getting the eves up when he has spare time. Doors and windows shouldn't be too far away now. The doors are all made...just waiting for me to paint them.
We are in talks with a builder currently and 'if the God's are willing'... we will be able to reveal stage two to you all soon. Please cross your fingers for us!! :)
Roofing sheets to go on in the next couple of weeks...just need to get a mate to lend a hand. At 7 metre lengths it could get a little tricky on your own!!!
The floor needs to come up very soon and be recovered in natural form slate. It will take longer but in the end it will be worth it I think. This area will be the enclosed veranda for the time being. We will put a barbecue, an outdoor lounge and table, and a slow combustion wood heater to keep guests warm and comfortable on cooler days.
My husband brought in a table, a pew and all the trimmings just to help me visualise some concepts I have in mind for the kitchen. It was a particularly freezing afternoon but my little family and I still managed to polish off the platter before we headed for home. :)
It is almost time for the roof iron. Simon has cut the native pine logs ready to reinstall the entrance wall leading into the dining area.
Sean and Simon are working away through these wintery days and are close to putting on the roof. The pug and pine entry wall is to be built again in the next few weeks too.
The chimney needs building up and all doors and windows still need restoration.
I have begun to decorate of course! I've decided on how the bedroom will look, the style of slow combustion wood fire and the kitchen layout.
I am desperate to tidy up the surrounds and install an eco toilet and shower to allow our guests to have every comfort. These are two comforts previous families never had!
Shepherd's hut to 1 bedroom hut to 3 bedroom house! Can't wait to find out all of this house's history.
Two walls are finished on the outside and Sean is working on the western wall now.
Do you think anyone would pay to stay in the hut section before the pug and pine sections are finished??? Some locals have said they would but I wanted to ask more people before I considered it.
Below is the new window sill waiting to be cut to size.
This engraving on the sandstone is a mystery to us. If anyone has any ideas or how to go about finding out please contact us. There is more writing amongst the white but we can't make it out.
The dinning area is coming along with one wall complete.
First time in a long time there has been a fire in the kitchen. Sean is super happy with the heat it gives out. Three Creeks has a reputation for being cold.
Doorway is fixed! Beautiful.
Homestead's window and doorway almost sorted. Smiles all 'round.
Big chats were had today regarding plans for rest of the building. Sean Ozolins is proving easy to work with as he shares the vision we have for the future of this old gem.
View from atop the kitchen chimney. Three Creeks is green again and our campers are going to enjoy the beautiful new growth.
This old stone wall has been dug out and is ready for new mortar. One of the building's straighter walls!!!
Sean Ozolins and right hand man Simon hard at work on day one. The first priority is to build up the fallen doorway and then work on the upper stonework to enable the roof to be put back on.
Photos taken by Sean Ozolins today showing inside and outside views of the kitchen doorway.
After some delays Sean Ozolins has finally begun work on our beautiful old building at Three Creeks Station. We have set him up in the Shearer's Quarters for the next few months as he transforms the ruin back to a fully functioning home.
We have made another interesting discovery. There are two long mounds of dirt near the creek. We are not sure why they are there. Cellar maybe? If you have any ideas as to what they could be let us know.
Author Amanda Hilder
I'm a mother of two, station owner and operator with my husband Simon and a fulltime teacher,