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:
There was a bobcat on site digging parts up – no actual idea what he was doing I’m assuming it’s plumbing related.
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.
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!!!
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!!!
I also met with the tiler in the morning – he seemed great, and I’m still totally in love with my ensuite floor tiles.
On Wednesday the shower hobs were tiled and so was the master ensuite floor – and wow, it looks amazing!!!
The shelving and wardrobe fit out was also done today.
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.
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.
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.
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.