Friday, March 12, 2010

yet even closer!!!!

Hope you are all well!! we are getting closer spoke to the site supervisor yesterday and he thinks that we are 3 to 4 weeks - he is going great guns and really good work. Tiling is going to be finished on Monday - really nice tiling guys = happened to be at the house just as they had started and he said are you the owner I have a problem! so I went in and he said he could not align the pebbles by 10mm I said fine as long as they are all aligned which he did - very happy with the result = mind you he had to put more pebbles down oh what a shame. They also delivered the wrong tiles but that got rectified that day = I tried to say they could lay them as they were beautiful porcelain tiles:) but he said they are horrible to clean!
all the door furniture is on all electricals done and tiling finishing on Monday so will try to get more photos and upload then!

I have even managed to go and buy a table in prep for the move = now I just need a place for it!! what do you think??

Monday, February 22, 2010

Update 22 Feb - getting closer

Well today after dropping my son off at school (he got a Principal's award that I am so proud of) I went past the house - my SS was there and had a chat - the painter was going to start today! yay! will try to get in sometime this week to see the colours and take some piccies.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Okay will launch into it - alot of help from David. The red part is the driveway which will be in black concrete bordered with house bricks and a brick emblem in the middle of the expanse. The yellow will be stairs coming down into the house - eventually in sandstone - you will be able to drive over it and either park or reverse into and drive out of the house.

The yellowy green behind the garage will be plain concrete which we can drive through on to wash cars hide trailers/ hang washing/play basketball. The green at back of house will be rough concrete which we will tile in similar tiles as inside.

The blue lines are wooden retaining walls 70 cm high with steps from either side of the alfresco.

on the top of the blue line are going to be Capital pear trees spaced two metres apart to provide shade and "dappled light" (david's words) in summer and allow sun in in winter. At the bottom of the garden we will plant bamboo that is on the other side of the fence to give a good thick screen in time.

Down the length of the house will be the kids play area (so I can see them through the pantry window) - not that I don't trust them at all!

In the future we are thinking of a pool in the back left corner which we would make level with the second retaining wall - in the future - this may be a long time off!

We will also retain to the left hand fence and use an actual screen.

This will keep me busy for a while at least!

The front will be bordered by hedges and mass plantings in the garden beds.

Work in progress!!

More!! pic fest!

Well it has been a busy couple of weeks we went from lock up to fix in a week which means all skirting boards architraves and kitchen bathroom cabinets are in really happy with the colours! - are you ready for this we are getting paint this week - it does not look like he will slow up - so just before Easter is looking good - what a birthday present that would be!!! anyway enough talk let the piccies speak for themselves!

Sorry one other note - I got david from outdoor creations (a landscape architect) to come out to give us some ideas for our landscaping with our budget - he was absolutely fantastic so to all not having a clue about landscaping he is definately the man to go to! will try to upload a dodgy picture of what we might do.

study with skirtings and architraves the garden will be English with a hedge up the top so you will not see the road.

our guest bedroom/ main bedroom when kids get older downstairs.

downstairs ensuite - the cupboards are a matt brown it looks like there are streaks but that is just dust!

our upstairs bedroom /future one of the girls when they are old enough to fight it out we know when we will move downstairs!

upstairs bathroom - have pointed out that there is no glazing which means we can see the neighbours and this is not allowed - they are going to fix.

Ciaras bedroom

Graces bedroom/future guest room - heaven help those guests!

downstairs powder room - loving it!

kitchen -wow what a benchtop all 110 cms of it!

pic withe the moulding on it and start of roof - should be finished in the next couple of days.

another kitchen shot

My sons view the best in the house

bit out of wack - this is the deck outside our bedroom upstairs.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Such a Slacker heaps of work!!!

upstairs games room
my sons first day at school and his first walk up the stairs to see his room - so excited!!

doors that will be through the house

skirting and architraves

harry potters under the stairs (lucky we have no nephews! Yet:)

Bricking complete - have heaps of bricks left over to do a bbq or steps or something!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Day 94 Update - Sunday

Went to the block no plaster so we decided to put more batts that they had left in the ceiling - garage bricking is finished and carpenter has been putting up decking in the upstairs balcony. We found one window would not shut and then discovered the reason was it was so badly mangled - on our list to replace - guess my weekly call tommorow will cover this!
I hated putting batts in! makes you very itchy - we wore protective clothing - I am still itchy!! we have decided to go with black concrete with brick border and a sunken brick decorative bit in the middle since it is a large driveway.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Having to Move

Not much fun - but we are moving to my parents as the real estate agent has told us the landlords are selling - don't particulary want to have to go through that again so we have organised a pod (fabulous things they are) and we are starting our packing tommorow - best get to bed its going to be a big day!!!

Movement this week

SS has come back from leave and met with him onsite on Monday! he agreed with all the issues we had and had them fixed on Tuesday! he has had a busy week - us on Monday, Bricks cleaned on Tuesday, eaves painted Wednesday, scaffolding down Thursday and today plaster! on Saturday he was too full to eat - sorry that is the catapillar story! and I bet all you want is pictures! here they are: does not look like this will work - our SS gave the heating people the chance to fix - they have said it will work -we will see!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

update photos bricks

11 Jan Bricks are looking good!!

Bricking Started

4 Dec 09 Brickies have started -- was not too sure of the colour when I saw the bricks on the pallets but am loving the colour now!


2 Dec 09 Downstairs wrapping is on, some windows and bricks have arrived. Also the front doors -- they are not the colour by the way!! they will be cream!!

Roof Roof!

26 Nov
A team of 5 guys in two days did our roof - good job no probs!


The frame was completed in two days! not bad for a two storey home! The only problem is that there were quite a few studs that did not butt up properly - we are still trying to get these fixed (in one spot there are three pieces of wood on top of each other - but not one of them is secured properly! also note clean site!

Nearly at lockup

Gee I know I am slack! but it takes time to do these blogs. After getting a very fast start out of the blocks we are nearly at plaster stage. There seems to be a few issues ducting/venting to outside/ electricals plumbing etc that need to be fixed prior to plastering. Plastering was to happen on th 11 Jan but was pushed back to 19 Jan but still things need to be rectified so will need to be pushed back further. Looking at getting a landscaper architect in to give us a plan to have to work to later - we have no idea! and since we have a few challenges in that department we thought it would be a good idea. Christmas has been very quiet but we went past on Boxing Day and lo and behold the brickies were there! they have now started on the garage so not long until the outside will be done.