Getting close…

So back to work after letting the cat out of the bag with the property becoming Island Life Backpackers’ Hostel. It’s been a couple of weeks of getting lots of little jobs out of the way. Well let’s start with something fun.
I have been looking for a pool table to go in the bar for a while now and I finally found one. It also made me get my ass in gear and connect all the lights up in the pool room.

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It’s pretty tough finding certain things here, prices are very high even for used items so sometimes it takes a while to find what you are looking for. One thing I didn’t really think about was actually getting the pool table back to the hostel.

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Well of course the one I bought was on the second floor of someone’s house. It was a struggle but manage to get it back safely.
The next on the list was the main stairs which I had not anything to since I started the place. It took me a while to decide what to go for but finally decided on granite composite steps and will add some decorative tiles to the front of the steps.

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It’s the only place in the house now that isn’t painted. I also installed it on the front steps as well. Looks pretty good and is strong.
Next up was the outdoor kitchen… I had been meaning to tile it for a long time and finally got around to it. I am really starting to dislike tile work and grouting – I am typing this with two fingers due to all the cuts on my fingertips! But hey another job ticked off the list.

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A couple posts ago I had been putting an overflow pipe and drains in the garden. Well the drains are in and it’s all covered with gravel now so you cannot see them. It works a charm – rainy season has just started and in the last few days we have had ALOT of rain – I cannot remember the last time it rained so it is just as well really. So even after an hour downpour there was no build-up of water at the bottom of the garden – task complete!

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I have been tripping over doors that I have been meaning to hang for a while now so while in the mood of finishing of jobs I have started to hang them. I have 15 sitting in a pile but I am about halfway through now…

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Obviously I still need to paint them but the hard part is out of the way at least. It’s not as easy as you would think – in the Colonial house I don’t think I have a square wall or door way so there’s a bit of adjustment here and there needed.

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It was Katherine’s birthday last week and I when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday it was to get the outdoor hot tub working – well cold tub, Jacuzzi whatever you want to call it.
The only problem was that the pump and filter was still in the box, I hadn’t filled the hot tub, bought the blower or even connected power to the pool house yet…

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So it was a bit of a rush but finally got it all connected and up and running. I have to say I am impressed – all works and looks great. Only problem is that now I have a soak at lunchtime and do not want to get out and get back to work!

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Katherine’s birthday was awesome, we had around 30 people in the hostel and all went well – all good comments even when the place isn’t finished. It gives me that extra bit of motivation to get over the finish line.
Well that’s about all for this post, I have set a soft opening date for 1st July 2014 so it is going to be a tough 6 weeks ahead. But I think I can do it. One of my priorities is installing an electric security fence around the perimeter of the property – I have been meaning to do it for a while now so that is next on my list. Until next time…