So in the last two weeks and we have only seen work on our build for one day. It's Thurday today and am starting work at 4:00, so I am planning on visiting the house beforehand. I do this with absolutely no expectations and am starting to get a little down about the whole experience. I am upset because I feel like we have done something wrong and are being put back in the line as some kind of punishment. I also feel like W were only rushing us through slab and frame stage to get our $100,000 and now that they have it they can slow down a little. I know that it's a business and money is what keeps it running and I know that they must be busy atm, but we thought that there would be some kind of a queue system to keep the wait fair. They have been great so far, so fingers crossed that their reputation continues to be as good as it has been and let's hope that the up's through this experience far outway these down times...cos they suck!!!
Went by our block today and found the brickies have started...Yay!! Although it was dark when I got there, I was amazed at how much I love the colours. I am soo in love with my bricks :D... and they look great with the white windows (don't you think Mark?)
So we did it!!! Mark and I had our tile appointment yesterday, and after an hour and a half travelling time, we finally reached our destination totally unaware of what we were about to get ourselves into.
As we had decided to do timber floors throughout we only had to choose for the porch and wet areas of the house (bathroom, ensuite, laundry and toilet). We thought that we would uncomplicate things by choosing a floor tile for all, a wall tile throughout and a feature tile for the niches in the bathrooms. So as we entered one of the most expensive tile shops in Sydney we realised that the choices were endless, and in my usual fee self, decided I loved the tiles that were $148m2 - with a builders allowance of 22m2. So after Mark resumed his breathing, we decided on a floor tile that was in the standard range :D. Even though it's standard you still have to pay the extra laying charges involved with a 400x400 tile (but don't get my Mr Principle husband into THAT conversation).
Our Wall tiles we decided on are a gloss white rectified porcelain tile with mitred edges up the the height of 1.2 and the Niches -which were the most expensive i might add, but way cheaper that my origianal decision - were a 1.8x1.8 metallic white mosaic tile.
Our Floor tiles we went for a 400x400 Charcoal colour, smooth for the interior and the grip version for the porch.
For the floor wastes, we are hoping to go for the smart waste, which is very fancy, but mark loves them. We are awaiting the okay from DL as we are at frame stage and they are unsure if it is too late for this.
All in all we are happy with our decisions and are now awaiting the final quote, which can take up to 2-3 weeks. Lets all please cross our fingers and hope that they decide not to charge us too much in labour costs.
(below) the photo isn't the best but it's an indication of our colours so far. To the top left is the caesarstone sample, next to it is our inside door and skirting colour (white), under that is the wall colour (kidskin), to the left of that is the window colour (which you can see from the photos), our timber floor colour (stringybark), our carpet colour, and above we have our bathroom laminate (the white is for the cupboards and the stipple seal is for the benchtop).
We got a call from our SS today saying that he hopes the brickies will be here this week. He said that they need to finish off another job before ours can begin. This is the part I am really excited about, getting to see if our colour selecting skills are up to scratch or not. Hope that we like them, it's a little too late now I think ;).
I also thought that I would post a pic of all our samples that we have accumulated over the last 7 months. We still are having trouble getting a sample of our splashback for the kitchen, they seem to think that we are going to take it to another place to get a colour match so we can get it cheaper. We asked Miss A to get on their case but I have the feeling she has forgotten plus I think that she maybe a little busy atm with all of our fellow Wisdomites :D.
Okay chickadees, here are some more photos for your viewing pleasure :D. As you can see from the first pic, Mark has been busy with the kitchen bifold frame. We took out the caesarstone sample on Sunday and it looked great with the pearl white gloss windows. Can't wait to see it all coming together after lock up.
(above) kitchen bifold frame from the inside. (above) kitchen bifold frame from the outside where we want to have a servery and some bar stools so people can sit outside and enjoy the day but still have a chat with me in the kitchen.
(above) our stacker doors that I know that I have shown you and will probably show again :D .. but I love them. Something has already gone over and scratched the paint off the track but we are going to wait until the inspection to say anything.
(above) view from next to the garage where we want the BBQ to be. This whole area we want to be deck.
We have been worried sick about our tile appointment in two weeks time and we weren't sure why. Then we realised yesterday that it was because we didn't really want tiles in the main living areas, we want timber floors. So Mark rang Anita today to find out and we are able to move into our home without tiles - YAY!!! We can also get a credit on the tiles that would've been used. So when we move in we will be able to do the floors ourselves. Lucky I know how to use a secret nailer hey? Here is the colour that we like, it's called Blackbutt.
So I finally got another Sunday off with my gorgeous husband and we decided to go and visit our home on the way to the ponds display homes (trying to get an idea of tile colours for our appointment soon). We were happy with what we saw and are really loving our floor plan too.
(above) our soon to be triple stacker door. (above) our media alcove.
(above) my kitchen with space for our bifold window - made by my darling hubby.
I decided to do some block stalking this morning before work only to find the boys from Wisdom putting up our frame. So I raced back after work to take some happy snaps, lets just say that I got a little excited with the camera :D.
(above) our master suite with three windows. (above) our front door and porch area.
(above) our leisure room and media alcove wall.
(above) the hole for our soon-to-be triple stacker door :).
(above) OUR laundry...honey notice the use of the word OUR!!!
(above) the steps to get up (or down) our big mumma step.
So they have finished all of the form work, sewerage the other day and today they finished the waffle pods and reo. Mark and I went our this afternoon to take some photos. We are now ready for the slab to be poured and are extremely excited to see what will happen in the next few days :D.
(above) our massive drop edge beam.(above) the western side.
EXTERIOR. Roof: Bristile - Shake (Slate) Gutter: Colourbond (Ironstone) Fascia: Colourbond (Surfmist) Eaves: White Smoke Bricks: Austral - Urban One (Silver) Mortar: Flush (Off White) Windows: Aluminium (Pearl White) Front Door: Colour to match Monument Garage: Panel Lift - Contemporary (Surfmist) Driveway: Plain (Charcoal) We want to render parts of the front of the house at a later date. Render Colour: Dulux - Toffee Fingers (for my garage) Dulux: Blind Date (top section of the front of the house)
BATHROOM AND ENSUITE. Vanity Top: Laminex - Natural Finish (Stipple Seal) Cupboard Door: Laminex - Flint Finish (White) Wall Tiles: White Porcelain Rectified 300x600 Niches: Mark is going to put colourback glass in them
INTERNAL PAINT. Ceilings: White Doors, Architraves and Skirtings: Taubmans White Smoke Wall colour : Taubmans - Kid skin
After getting married in March 2009, my brand new husband and I are building our first home together. We are soo excited to be able to share this experience with each other and can't wait to start making new memories after our home is built.....
Now, almost 10 months later, after moving into our home and whilst frantically completing our much needed jobs around the house, I embark on a brand new journey. My health. It seems that the stresses involved in building and the contentment that is attatched to marital bliss has allowed me to let my health and fitness slip by the wayside. My new journey is one of health and wellbeing. Where I may learn more about my passion, nutrition, and maybe lose a few extra kilos in the meantime.