April 20, 2012

The Next Project.

One of the oldest buildings on The Farm is The Shearers' Quarters.  It and the shearing shed are the oldest remaining buildings we have.  The Quarters are very run down and have got to the stage that we either have to knock them down or fix them up.  So we have decided to fix them up.

It is going to be a slow process as we are planning to fit it in between other farm jobs and mainly use building materials we have salvaged when we have pulled down old sheds.  We have lots of old wood and tin sheets in storage.

Run down old quarters - bit spooky really

The general plan is to extend the verandah around the whole building to help protect it from the weather (and, dare I say it, hold it together and stabilise things a bit).

My favourite thing about these old quarters is the fact that they are clad in heavy jarrah weather boards.  For those non Western Australians amongst you, jarrah is a local timber which is very dark, hard and durable.  It is increasingly difficult to source but a very popular wood in WA, particularly for floor boards.

Verandah - jarrah floor and weather boards

I love the very traditional, simple and honest style of this building.

At the end of the verandah you can see the free standing kitchen which is currently clad in horrible asbestos.  This will all be removed and it will be re-clad in something more attractive and less carcinogenic....

Here is the inside of the kitchen.

Quarters Kitchen - Taking Rustic Cooking To A Whole New Level

This room will be a basic kitchen and living area.  The current plan is to use the completed quarters as a place for family and friends to stay when they visit The Farm so the kitchen will be very simple, just enough to make breakfast and coffee etc.

There will be two bedrooms and a bathroom in the main building.  The current bedrooms need relining but are a very good size.  I imagine they would have slept at least two men in single camp stretchers or up to four in bunks.  Again they need some work but the floor boards and frames are sound.  There are stunning old jarrah skirtings there at present that we will put back in when we finish.

Not Currently Looking Like A Comfy Place To Sleep!

And last but not least there will be a lovely verandah with a view.

View From The Verandah

There are two nice things about this renovation.  First and foremost is the fact that I don't have to live amongst it or move in when it is half finished!  With other renovations I have not been so fortunate...  The second thing is that the man who will help with the building is as excited about it as I am.  So instead of looking at me oddly when I suggest something and then saying "No love, can't do that, way too hard" he is very enthusiastic and thinks we can come up with ways around all the hard bits.  Nothing like a can do attitude.

So there you go - what do you think?  I think it is an old building worth saving.  Even if it takes a while. And once this project is completed I have my eye on another one...

You Can't Have Posh Shearers' Quarters And A Dodgy Shearing Shed.

10 comments:

Lisa said...

How exciting, what a fantastic project. All that jarrah is just going to be beautiful. I'm sure it will end up being sought after accommodation and you will have a never ending stream of guests.

**Anne** said...

Can I be as excited as you are? 'Cos I am! What a wonderful project and what a wonderful old building to be restoring/renovating whatever you like to call it. And all that jarrah...sigh. It's such a beautiful timber, my parents old farmhouse has floorboards made from jarrah.
I'm looking forward to seeing photos during the reno process.
Good luck and thank goodness for happy, enthusiastic and agreeable builders.
Anne xx

Anonymous said...

Loving those weatherboards. I have never seen Jarrah ones before - they are special! Suzx

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh watching with wide eyes. We're looking at a 100 ha property with an old shearer's shed & quarters on it. Sounded glorious on line, not so glam in the flesh. The quarters are nothing special, small & possibly asbestos, certainly unrenovate-able; the shearing shed, i adore, although i'd have to clear all the grass which is as tall as the fences first, terrified of snakes, then tackle it. I was really disappointed it was corrugated iron too, not weather boards, just didn't look how i dreamed.
Have fun with this project, sounds like a big one, but what a reward. Love Posie

Anne@LifeInMudSpatteredBoots said...

I like good simple buildings that were built for a purpose. An exciting project ahead; I'm sure it will look wonderful when it's finished. Who wouldn't want to have a view like that?

Deb said...

I love old buildings. I particularly love shearing sheds and yours is so beautiful.
Jarrah is such a beautiful timber. I managed to get a small amount to make a small bathroom cabinet and I just love it. But not only do you have a beautiful skeleton you have a man with a 'can do' attitude - my favourite kind of man:)
Enjoy...

Bungalowgirl said...

What a wonderful project and such awesome bones to build upon. I love jarrah- my childhood highchair was made of it- still at my mums- and that deep reddish brown is gorgeous. melx

Samantha said...

Wow, what a fabulous project, can't wait to see what you do.x

Emma Steendam said...

SO much potential! And great quarters too, I've seen some doozies! Our quarters where we're working at the moment are really good (part of the appeal of this job) so no complaints here. We will have to pop in and see how your progress is when we get around to your part of the world...don't know when that will be! Still in central west Qld :)

EclectChic said...

Can't wait to see he finished product! We have sharers quarters, cook's quarters and a woolshed which will definitely get a facelift after the homestead is done. I would says ours are as "rustic" as yours were, but oh, the potential!