Author Archive for Alex

All that Jazz

Well the MC gig at the Merimbula Jazz Festival went off without a hitch. I was the master of ceremonies at our local RSL club on the Saturday night and our golf club on the Sunday afternoon. The town was abuzz with Jazz fans and most of the venues around town were booked solid. Desiree […]

Some Technical Questions

A few people have asked me about the back end of the Universal Design Renovations Blog. It is built on a WordPress platform and uses a theme called Anaconda. The site is hosted by a company called Hostgator who I would recommend to anyone who is considering starting up a website. Their service is great […]

Making Life Easy

We have had a steady stream of guests into Bimbadeen over the last few weeks. Most of these have been referrals from the Bega Valley Respite Centre. We have had three children with Cerebral Palsy, Colleen, Sarah & Jake and their carers. There have been a lot of compliments about the quality of accommodation and […]

Starting Our Marketing

Now that we have almost finished fitting out Bimbadeen we are starting the marketing process. Initially we will be using online methods which include this blog and various websites to spread the word. We have set up descriptions of Bimbadeen on Australia for All which is a website that bills itself as a one stop […]

Bimbadeen Comes to Life

It has been a couple of hectic months since my last posting. I have been putting the finishing touches on Bimbadeen. I had forgotten how much stuff you need to fully set up a home. We managed to get get all of our furniture last week. A lot of it was flat pack so I […]

Getting the Garden Going

Now that we have all of the structural work finished and we are on site, I can start to concentrate on the outdoor site works. This means the garden and surround. I have struck up friendship with Alan from Woodlands Nursery in Merimbula which is walking distance from Bimbadeen. I will be using Alan for […]

Moving Day

Just prior to Christmas the big day came. We made the move. Packers came in to our unit in Sydney and spent 2 days packing about 50 cubic metres of our belongings. We then had to put the logistics around the move. The removal van would leave Sydney about midday and then travel the 700 […]

In a previous post I noted that I had become a public toilet expert. This was because Desiree and I spend an inordinate amount of time searching out wheel chair friendly toilets when we are out. I used this time to work out what fittings we needed and where they came from. it was not […]

Getting the Deck Finished

When we first started the project we put a lot of focus on the outdoor decks. Harry Sprintz our architect joked that we would become a family of deck dwellers. We do spend a lot of time outdoors in the Aussie sun so having a good deck meant a lot to us. We started by […]

The last few days has seen some serious progress on the back yard. The yard was a bit of a disaster zone. The back corner of the house is right on the 80 metre mark while the boundary of the back fence falls away to the 77 metre line. This is a 3 metre fall […]