Thursday, May 28, 2009

our dream idea

Okay, so as you can probably tell, we are excited. So here is the proof of the excitement that we have for our house :D.

These are just a few ideas of what we have planned for our home. Let me know what you think.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

we have a loo :)

Yes, you heard correctly, we have a port-a-loo. I never thought that I would be so excited in my whole life to see it. But it's something new, and that's exciting. I thought that I would take some photo's for you to see. Our land ends where the retaining wall finishes. People keep dumping their rubbish on it and I am sick of it but what can you do. You can see from the photo's our view of razorback, but i don't think that we will get much of it when the house behind us is built. You never know though :D.

Monday, May 25, 2009

our inside

...and here are some of our inside choices. We have gone with the neutral colours inside the home. This way we can add colour with accessories and furniture and is easy to change if we get sick of it. We have gone with white ceilings, skirtings, architraves and doors and kidskin walls throughout. For the colours on the wall I was looking for something in the same tone but with a bit more pink in it, but had trouble finding one that I liked. This should look good as well and it's not too much of a yellowy tone, which is important to me.

For the kitchen we decided on Linen for the caesarstone - it's pretty subtle as Mark doesn't like the look of the ones with the pebbles in it - , laminex white polyurethane with the gloss pencil edge and cappuccino for the glass splashback. It should go nicely with the white bifold window Mark is making for that area.

For the bathrooms, we chose white cupboards and stipple seal for the benchtop. I am a little nervous about the colour choice as almost all of the bathrooms I have seen have a light benchtop and dark cupboards, but as we aren't having light tiles on the floor, I didn't want dark on dark. Plus I know that benchtops can get quite dirty very easily. Miss A seemed to think that it would look nice.

The colour for the carpet is the savino range and is called forte. We thought having an in between carpet would be a good option for both light and dark stains.

We haven't had our tile appointment yet and am a bit anxious to get them picked. I hope that there are good colours in the standard range. Will let you know when we have picked what we want.

our outside

Okay, still no news to start building but there is heaps that has happened in our last 5 months.

Here is a picture of our outside colours. There was not much to choose from in the standard range of bricks but we really liked this one. We want to eventually render the top half of the front of the house so we think that silver will go nicely with our colour scheme.

The aluminium was the hardest for us to decide as we both were very passionate (to put it kindly ;D) about the colours that we wanted and neither of us were budging. Mark wanted Anodic Natural Matt and I wanted Pearl White - Mark likes very contemporary looking styles whereas I love the look of modern shabby chic/french provincial (white plantation shutters etc.) -. In the end we compromised with Anodic Off White but when we went to our colour meeting with Miss A and saw the samples together, we realised that it wasn't what we wanted - we hated it. Mark went and got the pearl white sample and put it against the bricks and it looked great. Miss A said that it looked better as well. I was soo happy that I got my pick of windows. I know that we have to be careful with the pearl white as it can look very stark if not done right, but that is why we want to render, and you have to admit, the plantation shutters are going to look great in the master suite.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

no news

Hey everyone!!

Just to let you know that we are still waiting for the letter from the bank in order to start. They (bank) also had a few blonde moments in regards to the paperwork for the FHOG but all is resolved now.

Our wishes to keep the rain away didn't work, it was torrential here all day yesterday. Although I am secretley hoping that it all comes before they start building, I don't really want a downpour when they are trying to pour the slab. But I guess that is the what can happen when you build in the cooler months.

Our peg out it done so I am hoping to get some pics today and put them up for you to see :D

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

future plans

So as you can see from the picture below that there is heaps of room for the pool and huge deck/alfresco area that we have always wanted. It just might take the next 30 years to pay for it :D. Also, as spring farm's streets aren't big in terms of having guests over and parking, Mark and I have decided to also put in a double carport and separate driveway next to the garage. This way when we have our friends over, there will not be such an issue with parking.

As you may already be well aware, my husband is in the glass and aluminium industry but what you may not already know is that he is also a carpenter by trade. This is how we are able to plan and afford such big jobs around the house - no labour costs. It also happens to turn out - even though I am a hairdresser by trade - that I can be a keen apprentice in whatever is needed to be done around the home.

Monday, May 18, 2009

before and after.

I know that my husband, waylow, has explained all of the changes that we have done to the original plan. So here are the before and after plans.

"We are building a prosperity 23, with a lot of modifications. Swapped media and master bedroom, put in the ensuite from the providence 24mkII on display at Elderslie, took out the standard kitchen and put in the one from the esperence with an extra island bench, against an external wall and removed the standard window, I will be supplying and installing a bifold servery window. I will also be supplying and installing frameless glass pivot doors in the WIR and ensuite, also will supply and install a Frameless glass auto entry sliding door into my media room, into a cavity. Used the more for less package to extend my garage by an extra metre, gotta have room for my race car!"
Hey everyone!!

So I guess that there is no better place to start than from the beginning ... My husband and I fell in love with our block of land back in December 2008. We found it in Spring Farm and it fit all of the criteria that we wanted which included it being a large size corner block on the higher side of the street. It was already registered which made it easy and the price had just been dropped by about $35k. How could we refuse such an offer?

So here we are now five months later, and after dropping off the final tender to Miss A at head office, she mentioned to me that with our fingers crossed, we should be able to start building this week :D ... so please don't rain.

We will be taking heaps of photo's and posting them for everyone to see. But in the meantime, wish us luck :D