Previously the department said work would be finished in early 2015, later delaying completion until mid year.Commissioned under the former Labor government, the renovation has seen new wiring for the 40 room home, repainting and new carpets, restored heritage features, new bathrooms and dressing rooms, and a new “luggage lift” installed.Asbestos has been removed from the 1927 home, while the entire slate roof has been replaced, heating and cooling system upgraded and new balcony balustrades added.A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s office said there was no announcement of when Mr Abbott would move from the Australian Federal Police Academy in nearby Barton.Mr Abbott has opted to stay in a $110 a night room at the college, shunning a $3000 a week home in nearby Forrest rented during the pre election caretaker period.Contractors finishing inside the house will allow heritage furniture, curtains and artworks owned by the Australiana Fund to be reinstated to the interior. Finance officials told Senate estimates hearings in May they hoped the house would be ready for tenants by the end of June or early July.The government’s tender website shows “asbestos re encapsulation” work completed by Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia cost taxpayers $19,241.20.Project management work by Fyshwick based Ross Petsas Luksza cost $44,550.00 and specialist advice from Ainsworth Heritage consultants cost $59,449.01.Law firm Clayton Utz charged $67,550 for legal advice on the project and removals and storage costs for light fittings and window treatments by Oldfield Removals and Storage cost $22,557.16.A new gutter safety system installed in early 2013 cost taxpayers $81,581.50, while replacement of the 1980s slate roof by Roofing Slate Worx cost $335,314.71.The cost of head contractor Mantenna has been varied to $8.87 million.Mr Abbott has previously said he would lean towards “orthodoxy” and live in the home. Designed by Melbourne architects Oakley and Parkes, prime minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce and his wife Ethel Bruce first moved into the colonial revival style home in May 1927.Originally known as the Prime Minister’s Cottage, the heritage listed property was built by James Taylor, of Sydney, at a cost of 28,000.
Most days, I share videos of Happy sleeping on the couch or chasing down a tennis ball on my Instagram Stories. My family receives frequent Happy updates via text. On holidays, my boyfriend and I squeeze her barrel chested body into seasonal wear (last Halloween, we went as The Peanuts Gang) and take a family photo to share with friends..