Sunday, November 24, 2013


Yes, it was a big week. But I think the next 2 weeks will be even busier.

After we realised the recesses in the wet areas were larger than the 300x600mm tile it was supposed to accommodate, there was some last minute villa-filling to the recesses and another visit from the water proofer. Our tiler started on Tuesday and by Saturday afternoon the charcoal tiles were down in the bathroom and ensuite and 3/4 of the white wall tiles were up in the ensuite.  The tiler's attention to detail shone through when we inspected the mitre cuts on the recess and the 90 degree corner wall. Very pleasing!  Then we realised that the white tiles that had been delivered and placed on the walls were in fact my choice No 2!  Yes, the tile shop had given me a tile sample of my 2 favourite white tiles with the wrong codes on the back, hence the order went through on the wrong tile.  With everything going on, it did not occur to me to put the sample agains the delivered tile. But, alas, tile choice No 2 actually looks quite good!  Will require a different grout colour as it is not stark white.  And off to the powdercoater to coat angles to match the tile for the bathroom, as a result of the joins on our raking wall and raking window.

New barges and strapping are on the front facade, and the only eaves remaining are on the eastern side now.  The fiddly bits are coming together.

Borer came and we now have underground power cables.

Electrician has been on site and connected our underground electricity and did the cut outs for upstairs.

Plasterers still have a final few things to do.

And after much deliberation, we gave notice at our rental.  So we really will be in by christmas.

Royal Oak was delivered and I spent Saturday afternoon looking through the variations and choosing the pieces for our floating shelves in the boys' bedrooms, the entertainment unit and the bathroom vanity shelf.  There are real deep toned ones as well as lighter with distinct oak character, which I love.

Still trying to get the last of the light fittings.  I did manage a visit to Ross Gardam and his studio on Monday to look at his Oak pendants - natural oak and stained black oak - one for the kitchen.  

Once the kitchen is in I will decide.  The pendants are really lovely.

And it has rained lots and lots, so the mud is through the house again.

We've rented a storage box nearby, so we are carting boxes away already, to take the pressure off on that final weekend.

Managed to get to The Design Files Open House in Hawthorn on Sat for a quick peek, and some inspiration!  The Dulux dog of Victoria, called Violet, was there! How funny.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


The plasterers continued this week and finished upstairs.  T giggled watching one of the plasterers on his stilts trowelling the ceiling. It was pretty funny to watch.

The bathrooms were finished, in time for the waterproofer on Thursday.

Tiles arrived to site. Charcoal for the floor, matt white for the walls.

All ready for the tiler to start tomorrow morning. A few minor problems, but I am hoping they get ironed out tomorrow.

Sashless windows were installed and look lovely.

Yarra Water arrived to site for the 4th time this month and finally were able to cut off the old 15mm line and put a new direct 20mm line from our water meter to the pipe in the middle of the road.  Yes, there was a digger, yes they made a big mess, yes, the road is very uneven now.  But we now have water pressure.

The front porch deck was completed and the rear deck is nearly done.

I stained some battons for our gate charcoal to match our cladding.

The boys and I re-planted our veggie patch so that there is some semblance of a back garden when we move in shortly!

Renderer finally came back to do the final coat on our boundary walls = colour chosen by neighbours. And yes, he ordered the wrong colour, and yes it is fluoro green, and yes the neighbours aren't happy.  He said he would come back and sort it out the following day.  No show.  Trying to keep everyone relatively happy is no easy feat. Hmmm.

I think Week 21 might be a big one.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


The black cladding was finished on the upper rear level, once the plaster had been passed up and into the window space. Sashless Aneeta windows will now go in next week (where you can see ply sheet, upstairs and downstairs).  I am pleased with how the black timber 'cave' envelopes the playroom.  Another coat of charcoal stain will shortly be applied.

Gyprocking continued.  Sheets are all up now.  Skylight over the stairs looks even better now!  Eaves under porch, verandah and western side are mostly up.  

More work was completed on the facade. 

Schedule for remaining trades now finalised and booked in, so let's see how the tight timeframe goes until xmas.  

I ordered BrightGreen LED downlights this week, there was a great special.  Just trying to finalised kitchen pendant and bedside pendants, all within a tight budget!

The boys were 'helping' out:

Upper hall:

Rear open plan entertainment area:

Sunday, November 3, 2013


We entered another phase this week. Gyprocking has commenced!  Upstairs is done (initial part, flushing etc not yet).  I really like the P50 detail, very neat, contemporary.  Builder has installed door jambs with special P50 detail in timber jamb for hard to reach places that would not have been do-able with a P50 steel detail like the rest of the house.  Nice attention to detail.

Cypress decking for deck arrived, plus 40x40 cypress battons for front 'picket' fence.  I will stain the battons charcoal to match the upper level cladding.  We put one coat of clear wood preservative on the timber decking, took a while between rain showers on Sunday, but had some helping hands.  I have used Quantum products for all the staining, and it has been really good.  The Frencham Cypress cladding, decking and battons are really lovely.

We took up concrete path for us and neighbours (don't ask) and got rid of it in skips this morning at 6.30am.  Fence quote accepted, so hopefully that goes in on western side next week sometime.  All takes time to sort out and organise all these little bits and pieces (and to 'liaise' with 'interested' parties).

Given that deck will go down shortly (and be covered up) I went with my landscape architect (who is just giving us some guidance when I feel like we need it - would have loved an 'full service' but budget didn't stretch that far!) to Kilby Trees and selected a Gingko Biloba and a Golden Robinia (to hide back neighbours).  We've planted the Gingko in the deck, and the builder will deck around it with a 150-180mm round cutout.  I am really pleased with how it looks.  Don't ask how I got it from the nursery to the house (T was enveloped in branches in the back seat!).

Check measure happened with cabinet maker and my great designer friend.  Tinkered with a few aspects in laundry (managed to fit in hanging rail below upper cupboards if we lift bottom melamine by 100mm but keep cupboard front low to hide it) and hallway linen (to fit vaccuum and winter coats).

Gas meter was relocated this week, actually was an easier process than I anticipated.  And after getting the run around with Telstra etc, I called out a private firm to re-connect our old 'lead in' phone line to our new phone line from our house.  Who would have thought some simple things could be so painful. Still waiting on water authority to fix our very small pipe going out from our water meter.  They have been 3 times, and dug up the road and everything.  Hmmmm.

Trying to sort out wall tiles for one wall of the powder room.  I am tending towards a charcoal hex 110mm tile, to offset oak floors and black Astra Walker tap ware.

View from back glazing.  You can see how the Golden Robinia will grow to hide the rear neighbour.  It is also planted to get a glimpse of the vibrant green leaves as you walk down the hallway to the rear.

P50 skirt detail.  P50 timber door jamb detail.

W's bedroom all gyprocked.

Cypress decking with clear coating, drying in our bedroom!

Gingko in rear deck. Beautiful leaves.