Where has the time gone? Post Boutique Homes Victoria Build

The end of this week will mark 11 weeks since moving into our new home!!! Can you believe it?  11 weeks during the build felt long, 11 weeks during planning permits felt like a life time and yet 11 weeks in the actual house feels like a blink of the eye.

The list of wants and things to do is still never ending, and I need to remind myself that this project will take a few years.  When we first moved in I found it really overwhelming.  I was emotional and exhausted.  I wanted everything done, and by yesterday!  My gorgeous hubby had to kindly remind me that I needed to enjoy the process, and also remind me that it was going to take a while to do everything.  To be honest – I had pictured a display home in my mind and it just wasn’t.  We had old crappy furniture mixed in with the new (or it will mix once it arrived, but that’s another story) and the shopping list was growing by the day.  I wanted to go and buy everything now, but as our build costs had blown out it had reduced my spending amounts and I had to prioritise.  First world problems hey!

Anyway, now we are in and getting more comfortable – I love the house!  It is everything we imagined and more.  The spaces are working really well and the kids are happy.  I can watch the news while cooking dinner as the kids are busy in the toy room, pottering in their bedrooms or watching the box in the kids retreat upstairs.

The kitchen is by far my favourite area – the huge island bench is fantastic. I love having so much space to cook, and it has quickly become the hub of the home.  The bright white feels fresh and the pops of black give it a modern look.  The pantry is another happy place – I’ve been hanging out to have my organised space and organised it is.  Now I have always had an organised kitchen but now with so much space it is easy for everyone to keep it that way.  I just need some more oxo canisters – love them.  Oh and having the fruit displayed seperately has been great – the kids can reach it and see what we have and are happily picking fruit as their snack.

I also love my walk in robe!!!  I hope to one day fit it out properly, but for now it works.  I can see all my clothes and it makes dressing in the morning so much easier.  The children having walk in robes is great also.  While they don’t appreciate it, I find it easier to put their stuff away and they can see what they have.

We did have some teething issues – blocked pipes was a major one… Insert crap, literally running through the back yard. Yuk!!!  The heater/aircon wasn’t connected properly. The gas on the stove was weak – that was a quick fix – it was a simple kink in the tube.  There are still a few paint spots I’m not completely happy with. The solar hot water was faulty – this took a number of visits before the fault was found. The stone around the sink in the pantry still needs to be trimmed back so the accessories can fit in. The chopping board for the Pete Evans sink in the island bench still needs to be replaced (another pantry one was sent – wrong sink)

Our current battle is with Telstra.  OMG this is painful.  As we are a knockdown re-build council requires us to have underground services.  That is, no overhead cables.  So Telstra need to connect the house under the road, and with all their communications sorted out via overseas workers they just don’t understand the requirements.  They keep telling us it’s connected, but what they see on their computer is the previous house.  I can see the conduit out the front.  So my advice – if you are heading down the knockdown re-build path, start this process early.  It was so simple for the electricity with Jemena – don’t understand the issues with Telstra.  All I know is that I have wasted countless days waiting for them at home to still not solve the issue – and my mobile phone bill is huge with data usage.  Come on Telstra – sort your game out!!!

So I was planning on showing some pictures here, but they won’t load – dam Telstra again!!!  This dongle internet set up is so slow. So in the mean time if you want to see some pictures head on over to Instagram – @donovansdaily.  I have plenty on my page.  Oh and I really will try and blog more.

Has anyone else experienced the pain of their new home not looking the way you planned it in your mind?

 

Driveway Decisions

So now that the house is nearing completion we are having to plan and make decisions for handover.   At the top of the list is the driveway.  And with the drive fairly steep we really need it done straight away.  I also hate the thought of dragging all that dust through the house.  Although – there is a lot of dust across the road anyway.

Hubby and I have been getting quotes for the drive and a path around the dead side of the house.  I drove out to Mentone to look at their samples.  This is what I liked.  I always wanted a light colour but now I’m thinking dark.  The lady said the light colour while looks amazing, is likely to look cream against our white house, and is harder to keep clean.  That was enough to push Hubby towards the dark.  I like the dark, but had always imagined light.

What’s your vote?  Dark or light?

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Leave your vote below – and if you have a house with similar colours be sure to tag me on Instagram – @Donovansdaily

Week 23 – 30; Our Boutique Homes Victoria build. Airlie 38

OMG – I can’t believe I haven’t blogged for 8 WEEKS!!!  I’m so sorry – I don’t actually know how it got to this point.  So be prepared – this is going to be long…

WEEK 23 – Monday 21st December – Sun 27th December 2015:  So this was the week of Christmas.  I didn’t notice anybody on site this week, but I think the door handles were put on.  I also hit the shops on Boxing Day, and ordered a new bed and couch among others things.  I will have to blog about my shopping too.

WEEK 24 – Monday 28th December 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016:  I was away on holidays but I’m pretty certain nothing would have happened this week.

WEEK 25 – Monday 4th January 2016 – Sunday 10th January 2016:  Another week where I’m not sure if anything actually happened.  The stone for all bench tops was booked for Wednesday the 6th, but that didn’t happen.

WEEK 26 – Monday January 11 – Sunday January 17th 2016:  The first week in a long time (or so it felt) that anything actually happened. The plumbing fit off was booked for the Monday, but I didn’t notice anyone on site, or on the Tuesday for that matter.  (There is a possibility that I missed them, but as I live around the corner I drive past often)  On Wednesday I did see the plumber on site.

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We got a loo

The cyclone fence went down and the porta-loo disappeared. A sign of forward moving I think.

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Fence and ports-loo be gone. Love my white house.

On Thursday the bench tops went in – and the kitchen stone in Frosty Carrina is just stunning. I am in love and really can’t wait to use the kitchen.

Frosty Carrina stone bench tops in - love them

Frosty Carrina stone bench tops in – love them

Another view of the new stone benches

Another view of the new stone benches

I was a bit disappointed with the choice of Urban in the bathrooms (excluding our master ensuite) I thought it was grey in colour, but it is really quite brown.  I could almost say I hate it.  I’m a little devo about it, but not much I can do.  I remember at colours planning white everything, but hubby felt I was choosing too much white.  So I compromised with the grey.  As this was a last minute decision I didn’t even think to look up the ceaserstone  website and check a description.  Apparently it says it is a brown – grey colour, our pieces are certainly on the brown not grey side.  Not much we can do (other than change it in a few years if it still annoys me. lol) Hubby thinks I won’t notice so much once we move in.

The Urban stone I don't like

The Urban stone I don’t like

On Friday the shower screens went it – Love them!!!

Shower screen in

Shower screen in

The gas meter also went in this week.  On the Sunday we started building the rain garden. (insert annoyed angry face here.) This is a council requirement, and don’t even start me on it. Boutique have been great in allowing us to start this – but they have too.  It has to be done to get our certificate of occupancy.  If you require Water Sensitive Urban Design features – run to the hills as fast as you can.

rain garden has started

rain garden has started

More raingarden pics

More raingarden pics

WEEK 27 – Monday 18th January – Sunday 24th January 2016:  I was away this week again but from what I could see the privacy film was added to the three back bedrooms, and the mirror sliding doors were added to the robe in the master room.

Privacy film up - bye bye view

Privacy film up – bye bye view

Mirror sliders on robe

Mirror sliders on robe

WEEK 28 – Monday 25th January – Sunday 31st January 2016:  The cleaner was on-site on the Monday, but she wouldn’t let us in. (insert sad face)  I wasn’t expecting anyone to be in on Australia Day (Tuesday) as it’s public holiday – but amazingly there was!!!  The timber floor guys were on site early and pumped it out in a day.  (minus a small section, where they just ran out)  It really changed the space and I love what we chose.  Spotted Gum with matt finish.  Just stunning.

Just a small amount missing

Just a small amount missing

Our stunning Spotted Gum floor

Our stunning Spotted Gum floor

I didn’t see anyone on Wednesday or Thursday.  Friday saw the carpet laid – and I love it.  Could only see through the windows and the excess they left outside as a path over the mud.  There was a bit of rain this week and the house turned into a mud pitt.

Carpet through the window

Carpet through the window

Path of carpet to the house over the mud

Path of carpet to the house over the mud

Up close - love the carpet

Up close – love the carpet

The plumber was also on site this day.

Taps on (not sure if this was actually this week, but an example of the plumbing fit off)

Taps on (not sure if this was actually this week, but an example of the plumbing fit off)

WEEK 29 – Monday 1st February – Sunday 7th February 2016:  Hubby had a meeting with the SS (site supervisor) Thursday saw the splash backs go in – OMG, they have totally completed the kitchen.  It’s amazing how a small piece of black glass has made such a dramatic impact. Love love love the kitchen – have I told you that???

Black splash backs in

Black splash backs in

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Pantry

Pantry

Sadly though my excitement about the splash backs turned to tears when I went upstairs…  We found upstairs flooded.  It wasn’t the whole of upstairs, but enough to shatter me.  Looks as though the air conditioner wasn’t installed properly (how that can happen is beyond me), but water flowed from the void/roof down through the ceiling, down walls, in the linen cupboard and absolutely saturated the brand new carpet, the brand new expensive upgraded carpet. There are water stains on the walls and some paint has bubbled.  It was a our first real hiccup in the whole build.  To look at the positive side – it happened  now, and not once we moved in. (which happened to friends who built with another volume builder)  Needless to say, whoever installed it, or rather failed to install it, is copping that bill.  And we are getting new, new carpet to fix it.

some of the damage

some of the damage

In the linen press

In the linen press

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Friday and Saturday saw the painters back, and my daughter got her pink room – the photo is hard to see due the light, but it’s a beautiful soft pink.

Hard to see, but it's pink.

Hard to see, but it’s pink.

The stairs were stained

The stairs were stained

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The stair stain was one of those decisions in the colour appointment that I hadn’t thought about.  None of the stain options matched the spotted gum so we decided to go a complete contrast rather than try to match it.  The dark stain is lovely, and hopefully it looks ok.

WEEK 30 – Monday 8th February – Sunday 14th (Happy Valentines Day) February 2016 – So the splash backs were booked for Monday, but they were already in – yeah!!!  I saw the plumber there briefly also.  The painters were on site Tuesday.  Didn’t see anyone there on Wednesday.  Thursday I met with the SS to discuss a new problem…  The integrated dishwasher.  As my hubby is very tall he wanted a little more height on the bench tops, so we raised them slightly.  Raising them and having the integrated panel caused a problem… the extra length in the door cover/panel then hits the dishwasher itself and the door can’t open fully – in fact it couldn’t open much at all.  Anyway, I came up with a solution – hopefully it works… I won’t bore you with the details – I’ll wait for a photo – I think that will explain it better.  I really want it integrated!!! I love the look of the panels all matching.  Friday saw Boutique complete their quality assurance (QA).  I’m not sure how it went, but should find out this week.

So this week the new new carpet and underlay should go in, and anything the QA noted should get fixed. We are also hopeful for our walk through at the end of this week, and hopefully keys soon after – OMG, it scares me that this beautiful house might actually be ours soon.  Wow, I can’t wait.

Has anybody else got an update?  Again, I’m so sorry for the delay, i think I kept putting it off as I knew it was going to be a big one…

Week 20 – 22: Our Boutique Homes Victoria Airlie 38 Build

I’ve been a bit slack lately keeping this up to date – the weeks are just flying by, and come Sunday night I just can’t bring myself to turn on the computer.  Thankfully I have been keeping notes on what has been happening for the most part:

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WEEK 20:

There was a bobcat on site digging parts up – no actual idea what he was doing I’m assuming it’s plumbing related.

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Wednesday had the painters on site.  Thursday saw the cabinetry delivered – this was pretty exciting.  Peeking through the windows I saw that the pantry had mostly be done.  No idea if any of the bathrooms were done, and I could see all of the kitchen ready to go.

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Pantry – poor photo through the window

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I’m so excited about the kitchen, you should see our rental, there is no pantry at all so imagine all your cupboards and bench space filled with your groceries.  Not fun – but I’m sure I will appreciate our new kitchen even more when we get it.  On Saturday, the cabinet maker was there so I popped in and said hi – and… the kitchen was done, and… it is AMAZING!!!  It is so perfect and so beautiful.  I had been a little worried that the white gloss will be too glossy, and I was really wishing we had gone with a silk finish… but of course it was too late, so I was nervous… But I love it – It looks fabulous and I can’t wait to cook in it.  The island bench is HUGE – just how I wanted it.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the stone bench tops added, because if it looks good with timber there, it will look sensational with the stone!!!

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Butlers Pantry

Butlers Pantry

Other side of Butlers Pantry

Other side of Butlers Pantry

Kids bathroom

Kids bathroom

4th Bedroom ensuite

4th Bedroom ensuite

Master Ensuite

Master Ensuite

Laundry

Laundry

WEEK 21:

Monday 7th Dec, 2015:  The electrical fit out happened today, and we had a meeting with council to discuss Water Sensitive Urban Design again.  We do need to build the rain garden before we can get the certificate of occupancy, which means we need to build that before we can move in.  (insert sad face and crying)   By Tuesday the electrical fit out was compete… We have light!!!

Let there be light

Let there be light

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A little worried about these under cabinet lights – they are not even.

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I also met with the tiler in the morning – he seemed great, and I’m still totally in love with my ensuite floor tiles.

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On Wednesday the shower hobs were tiled and so was the master ensuite floor – and wow, it looks amazing!!!

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Kids shower

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Kids shower hob with black timber look tiles

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Master shower hob

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Master ensuite bathroom – OMG, those floors, so in love.

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The shelving and wardrobe fit out was also done today.

Downstairs linen press

Downstairs linen press

Upstairs linen press

Upstairs linen press

Master WIR

Master WIR

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Master WIR

Master WIR

Master WIR

On Thursday our new staircase was put in – the wrong one was put in.  We didn’t even fully notice that it was wrong.  I had looked at it and was a little confused how it was going to work.  We have a stained staircase and the one put in was just MDF, but I figured that timber was going over the top or something???  Anyway, the new one looks soooooooo much better.  However it is covered to protect it currently.  On Friday, the staircase was completed and all other floor tiles were completed. I’m loving the dark timber look tiles we picked for these areas.

 

Kids Bathroom

Kids Bathroom

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4th Bedroom Ensuite - 3D tile - the photo doesn't show it's true beauty

4th Bedroom Ensuite – 3D tile – the photo doesn’t show it’s true beauty

Master ensuite bath hob

Master ensuite bath hob

Master Shower

Master Shower

I did make a mistake with the large white tiles, the grout lines don’t match up with the square floor tiles.  It does annoy me, but hopefully I don’t notice it when we move in.  I think the colour consultant should have picked up on this.  Not much we can do – hopefully I just look at the beautiful floor.  The kids won’t notice in their bathroom as it’s only in the shower.

The painters were also on site again.  Don’ think anything happened on Saturday.

WEEK 22:

Monday 14th December, 2015 I saw the painters on site again.  I’m assuming they will be back in the new year to finish off.  I am looking forward to seeing Anastasia’s pink room.  It’s currently still white – so either, they have forgotten to paint it pink, or they do white first then paint it pink at the end? Not sure, but not overly concerned as it’s just paint and easy to ‘fix’ if it has been forgotten.  On Wednesday the garage roller door was put on.  I’m not sure if the back roller door is on too.  I’m very happy with the choice – love it.

Roller door on

Roller door on

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So week 23 is the week of Christmas, so considering that not a whole lot happened last week, I doubt much, if anything will happen next week.  Then it’s shut down time (insert another sad face).  We have been sent an e-mail saying the stone bench tops are booked for January 6th and the Plumbing Fit off for the 11th.  So I’m really hoping that happens and that the house doesn’t slow too much in the new year.  We are sooooooooo close – I’m ready to move in!!!

So I guess it’s time to enjoy Christmas with my family and friends and enjoy the Boxing Day sales, because this year I can actually buy things as our house will actually finish. Yeah!!!  Although, hubby has already given me the ‘Budget talk’ – I really don’t like the “B” word.  So I’m keeping it simple with my shopping list… some new towels and a kettle, pendant lights, and maybe a new bed for us.  I’m pretty sure I’m getting a rain garden, blinds, plantation shutters and a concrete drive for Christmas!!!

Thank you for following our build, and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.  For the first time in a long time, I am actually so excited for the new year and happy for the holidays to pass.  I am really looking forward to moving into our house and making it home.  Oh and so excited to finally feel settled – we will be 6 house moves in 6 years next year and we don’t plan on doing it again anytime soon.  If you are enjoying your first Christmas in your new home I hope it’s everything you imagined.

 

Week 18 & 19: Our Boutique Home. Airlie 38 Blog

So the last two weeks haven’t fully gone to plan, painting was due to be finished but it looks like only one coat has been done.  It’s a bit of a shame, but what can you do (other than continue to stalk and imagine where you will put a couch, a photo or a pendant)

I believe the kitchen and other cabinetry is due for this week (Week 20), so it will be interesting to see if this happens as the painting isn’t finished.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the kitchen.  I’m a little worried about our gloss cabinets – I’m really thinking we should have done a silk finish… not much I can do about it now. Hopefully it looks cool.  It is exactly the same as the Wollert display, and that looked good, so I’m sure it will be fine.  Fingers crossed.

I am going to ring around and start getting some quotes on plantation shutters and extra cabinetry this week.  It’s still hard to believe that the house will actually finish – so I need to stop being in denial and believe it will and get cracking on a few things.

I want to price a built in entertainment unit, with cabinets and drawers.  Also cabinetry for my sewing room, mud room and vanity area.  I think I can already hear the $$$$ clinking to the ground.  Hubby keeps giving me the “prioritise” lecture – that I need to list in order, the things I want done first.  Apparently a drive way and blinds are important – lol.  I thought a nice piece of art would be great and a new couch. ha ha.

Anyway, so my first step is to get an idea on how much things cost – as my list is l-o-n-g!!!

So here’s to a good week with more progress, as Christmas is only 3 weeks away and nothing will happen then. (insert tears. lol)

Oh, and another Boutique is about to start building across the road – it will be interesting to see what design it is…

Week 16 & 17 of our Boutique Homes Victoria Build – Goodbye Ladder, Hello Stairs & Lock Up

Week 16 was extremely quiet – most likely because everyone was watching the race that stops a nation… yep, it was Melbourne Cup Carnival Week.  We are huge Spring Carnival lovers, so we were very busy.  A good distraction from usual stalking of our home!!!  I actually didn’t see anyone on site this week, but in saying that I was busy, so I may have missed someone on site. But, I know lots of trades and they all had extra long weekends too.

Week 17, however was great… I finally got to say goodbye to the ladder (insert clap here). I really hate climbing ladders so I was super excited to climb the stairs.  The staircase was great.  To be honest it was a little different to how I imagined.  I thought there was going to be a flat landing halfway up, but there was another step.  Both the display homes had the flat landing and I was keen for that.  Unfortunately, when I looked over the plans – yes those plans we signed off on, there on that sheet of paper was that extra pesky step I didn’t want.  So there was our first major oversight.  In the end it’s not that major, it’s just not exactly as I had imagined.  The staircase plans are kind of confusing so be sure to check them over.

The staircase window is also standard, which is quite narrow.  I did look at it and think – gosh, maybe we should have upgraded it, but in the end it looks directly into our neighbours unfinished (for 15 years) home – a sight I don’t actually want to see.  So therefore, I’m not going to loose sleep over that.  (plus I have the upgraded ones in the lounge/dining/kitchen which I LOVE!!!)

Week 17 also saw the skirting boards put on (still wish they went after the floorboards – I still hate beading) and the arch’s were finished too (I think).  We also have doors everywhere.  External doors are on, and all sliding doors internally. Yeah!!!  Although my daughter doesn’t like the front door “It’s GREEN mum – it looks yuk”  ha ha.  Can’t wait to see it painted.

Oh and we are at LOCK UP!!!

The locked front door

The locked front door

The internal garage door

The internal garage door

The external laundry door

The external laundry door

That pesky extra step in my staircase - but love the NO ladder

That pesky extra step in my staircase – but love the NO ladder

The stairwell window

The stairwell window

Looking down from the top floor - just a little more plaster to go.

Looking down from the top floor – just a little more plaster to go.

Has anyone else missed something on their plans?

Week 15: Plaster, plaster, plaster: Boutique Homes Victoria

Week 15 was a busy week.  Monday the 26th of October saw the plaster delivered.  Tuesday the insulation was done, yep the whole house I think.  The garage scaffold also came down I am loving the facade even more.  On Wednesday the WHOLE house was plastered.  I didn’t go upstairs (still hate ladders), but I believe the whole place was done. (well maybe a couple of bits and pieces missing, but the bulk was done)  The plaster guys were on site on thursday, friday and saturday also.  The stopping up was done and the cornice was also happening.

Here are some pictures:

Plaster on site

Plaster on site

Insulation

Insulation

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Week 14: Our Boutique Home, Airlie 38

So the scaffold was collected from the nature strip on Monday, and the site looks nice and clean now.  Driving past on Tuesday morning I didn’t notice anyone but on the way home later that night I noticed some simple scaffold around the garage, so I am assuming the remaining roof will be going on this week – and I think we must be officially at lock up???  So exciting.

Scaffold on the garage ready for the remaining roof

Scaffold on the garage ready for the remaining roof

Outdoor Entertainment Area Ideas

My mind often wanders to the outdoor entrainment area…  I have a few ideas of things I would love, some may be to costly and others not practical, and space is certainly a factor – the problem being, there isn’t much of it.  We are blessed to have massive open spaces two doors down and the beautiful Maribyrnong River.  It’s such a gorgeous place to be in Spring and Summer.  As outdoor people, we love going for a run or walk or a bike ride around the river, and the children love nothing more than going to a playground – and we have so many of those to choose from.  Initially we didn’t want to lose so much of our backyard, but we quickly discovered we couldn’t achieve all the indoor areas we wanted and keep the yard.  We figured, with lots of advice from friends with children older than ours, that our kids will quickly grow out of a suburban backyard anyway, and getting the house right, a house that will grow with our changing needs, was far more important.  Especially when we do have all this open land on our doorstep.

We also love to entertain and an important part of our home is the open living,kitchen,dining leading into the alfresco and backyard.  With minimal space I think it is important to get it right.

So here is my wish list – and as I have said it is unlikely that we will achieve this, but a girl’s gotta a dream…  (maybe we can buy the neighbours backyard down the track so we can fit a pool. lol)

  • pool – pretty much impossible given the space and hubby doesn’t want one
  • spa – unlikely also. lol
  • outdoor kitchen, to include ….
  • fridge
  • second oven
  • sink
  • exhaust fan
  • awesome BBQ
  • pizza oven
  • fire pit or fire place (I’m totally loving fire pits at the moment)
  • green plants (that don’t have bugs or insects)
  • blinds to inclose the area when windy or wet
  • lounge suite
  • fan
  • string lights over the open deck
  • an open deck area
  • bench seating
  • some lush green grass
  • low maintenance

Here are some photos of gardens that have caught my eye in recent weeks…

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Love the green grass, with the open deck and fire place in this picture on instagram by Sydney Grand Scapes.

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Also by Sydney Grand Scapes – love the this deck and bench seating.  Also like the contrast stone.

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This image was found on decoholic.org – I love the black, I love the timber and I love the fire.

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I like the timber flooring and the stone feature wall.  It is how I imagine our alfresco extending out to the boundary and having space to the right and left as in this picture.  Photo by:   http://www.butlerdevelopments.com.au/pergolas

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I love the pizza oven, and I think we would actually use it, I love making homemade pizza.  I like how the BBQ is built in along with the fridge.  Image:  unknown – pinterest.

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I like the deck,  built in seating and the water feature could easily be a fire.  I would change the colour of the render on the walls and change up the platens, but the basic design of this could work.  Image: http://gcdecking.com.au/entertainment-areas/

I actually have a huge collection of images on pinterest so check out my page for more ideas and mountains of fire pits…  https://www.pinterest.com/donovanjoanne/

Does anyone have an outdoor fireplace or fire pit?

Do you use it, or do you think you would if you have one?

Week 13: Our Boutique Home, Airlie 38: Scaffold comes down

So I’m a couple of days late in getting this post done – sorry!!!

Week 13 was another busy week.  The electrical rough in was done, the weather boards were completed and painted, and the big deal – the scaffold came down.  The scaffold came down on Saturday and was picked up on Monday of Week 14.

I’m so in love with the facade.  Here are a couple of pics of my White House…

Scaffold down and ready to be collected

Scaffold down and ready to be collected

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Garage roof still to be done - the scaffold was in the way.

Garage roof still to be done – the scaffold was in the way.

Close up of upstairs

Close up of upstairs

Wires, wires and more wires

Wires, wires and more wires

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View of our house from the estate across the road

View of our house from the estate across the road

A long distance view from the new playground across the road

A long distance view from the new playground across the road

Has anyone else built a White House?

Do you love your tin roof?