The “future-proofing” of the house has meant the installation of computer and telephone cabling, television and audiovisual cabling, gas installation, and fire protection. We are still considering upgrading heating, internal intercom and security system. It may also include the restoration of previously used facilities in the house, eg the dumb waiter, coal range, bell pulls, passive ventilation system and fire places. In addition, the service areas of the house required upgrading to more modern standards of hygiene and sanitation, whilst still maintaining and preserving the original fabric of the house. The main kitchen downstairs has now been renovated with new fittings, but maintaining the original timber joinery.
At the front of the house the drainage was inadequate to prevent dampness entering the house. It was necessary to have adequate drainage at the front and along the sides of the house so that water does not pool and seep into the walls and basement. Also we required the Middle Courtville Body Corporate to reroute the stormwater from the roof of their building so that it did not race down the side of and under our house.
We also removed the old wooden ladder at the front of the house and will re-instate the parapet.