103/366: planning the extension 1991

In 1991, Australia was in the midst of a recession. Unemployment was at an all time high. We needed more space in our 15 square home, now complete with two children and two cats.

I had resigned from teaching to focus on my family, and thus was able to access some of my superannuation. Quotes for the planned 4 1/2 square extension to be done professionally ranged from high $30’s to mid $40,000.

With my husband’s tradesman background and his brilliant planning ability, we set out to do the extension as owner-builders. Because of the economic climate, we were able to attain some of the best craftsmen around, for reasonable fees. In fact, we did so well that we completed the three-room extension for under $18,000.

Needless to say, the garden was a worksite for some time before we were able to tackle it again, but the extra space inside was well worth any inconvenience.


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