The Sweet Meadow

Renovation Update

interiorsAishe Besim
 
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
— John Heywood
 

It's been about a month since we received planning approval to commence upgrades to the cottage at 640 High Street Echuca. 

To put it bluntly, the space has seen better days. Lots of framework has been built, sections of walls removed, floors cut open, and plumbing and electrical upgrades started. 

 An L-shaped counter will be built to the left of the fireplace which will be the front counter of the cafe. The other side of the fireplace will house a refrigerated dessert display and bench top. 

An L-shaped counter will be built to the left of the fireplace which will be the front counter of the cafe. The other side of the fireplace will house a refrigerated dessert display and bench top. 

Without doubt the most involved upgrade so far has been the installation of a grease trap. Like the name suggests, a grease trap essentially captures the 'grease' (think animal or vegetable fats) and releases the 'clean' water into the sewer line. Because this needs to be installed underground, it has meant a lot of the flooring has been removed to make room to dig connecting pipes from the kitchen sink to the grease trap. 

 Pipes being installed to connect the grease trap to the kitchen sink. Believe it or not this space will be an all abilities toilet in the end!

Pipes being installed to connect the grease trap to the kitchen sink. Believe it or not this space will be an all abilities toilet in the end!

The structural change I'm most excited about is the installation of bifold windows where the front door currently sits. This will open up the whole front section to North and West facing light - happy days! You can see in the image below the space where the window will occupy. 

 The current front doors will be moved to the small section of wall to the left of this image. 

The current front doors will be moved to the small section of wall to the left of this image. 

There are still a few more changes needed outside but all in good time. Every day it gets closer! 

 Proposed architectural plans of the external view by  Brandrick Architects . 

Proposed architectural plans of the external view by Brandrick Architects