Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A sneaky walk though...

This afternoon we were able to have a look through the house. I have gone a bit crazy with pictures - sorry! 

This is our lake! It comes complete with tadpoles and frogs, and it is in the front yard!

Lots of fun to be had trying to catch tadpoles.
Brendan has already successfully raised a frog from the batch of tadpoles he caught a few weeks ago! 

We have received word from the builder that our carpet and vinyl timber planks are to be installed on the 15th and 19th of December. Then the house still needs to be cleaned before we can have our 'walk through' with the supervisor (PCI). After that we still need to get the certificate of occupancy, and get the bank to inspect before we can handover that final payment and claim our keys.
so it won't be Christmas in our new house this year - hopefully not too long after!

Front of the house with the panel lift door on.

I wish they would move the bin... can't get a good pic with it there.

The roller door at the back of the garage.

The sliding door into the family room

Solar Hot water unit installed on the roof.

Ensuite shower all tiled - just waiting on the shower screen.

Close up of the feature tiles.

Ensuite vanity.

Laundry bench with tiles done.

Return air - the heating is all installed!

Robe in the nursery. 
Our baby (now 16 months old) has slept in our room since she was born, because there is no room for her to go anywhere else in the shoebox we are renting. She wakes 3-4 times a night, and the easiest and quickest way to get her to go back to sleep is for me to feed her. So, I am absolutely ready for her to have her own room - a long way away from mine!! 

Shower in the bathroom (I love these feature tiles... almost wish I had put them in the ensuite too!)

Vanity in the bathroom

kids toilet

Shelving in the playroom

Walk in robe in one of the kids bedrooms


Alcove in the family room - hope to wallpaper this after handover!

Kitchen cupboards, with cavity for the microwave.

More cupboards, and the sink.

I also went for a walk in our "orchard" this afternoon. I wasn't able to bring myself to break off the fruit that was growing on the trees we planted last autumn - so now we have a few trees with beautiful organic fruit growing on them! 


Santa Rosa plums


Pixie Crunch apples

Fuji apples

Royal Gala apples

Mmmm.... can't wait to pick them! Of course it is only a few growing on each tree.... but I am sure they will taste good! 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The painted house!

It seems like we have been waiting for this stage in our build forever..... oh wait - It has been 2 years since we bought the block, so that's nearly forever, right? 

Today the painters finished painting our house (except for a few touch ups that they come back to do closer to handover).

The render, front door, fretwork, finials, etc. have all been painted!

The kitchen - I have to query the bulkhead, not sure that that is supposed to be the same colour as the walls, I thought it would be ceiling white.
Also the power point for the fridge has been put in the wrong spot... you would think anyone with a bit of sense would see it was supposed to be in the fridge cavity.

Dining area

Walk-in robe in one of the bedrooms


Playroom storage cupboards




Master bedroom

Walk-in robe off the master bedroom

Shelves in the master walk in robe

Another shot of the front of the house

close up of the front door.

Today we got an email from the office. 
(I think it is our first ever progress report from them, that I haven't had to ring to find out about!)

Tomorrow the tilers will be starting!! Woohoo, about time things started happening quickly!

feature tiles in the ensuite - you can't really see it, but the raised ones are gold and sparkly.

feature tiles in the kids bathroom.

We have been told that it usually takes 6 - 8 weeks once the tilers have finished. Since it is only 4 weeks to Christmas, it is highly unlikely we will be in before then. However after the 22nd of December the builders are required to pay us a weekly sum for taking to long. So just maybe they will try really hard to finish on time. If they don't finish before Christmas, hopefully it will be not to long after their holidays. 

Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Fix!

The Fix part of our house is now 'almost' finished! That means that next week we will receive the second last payment invoice! Boy will we be glad to not be paying rent and a mortgage! 

The front door, just needs painting!

After the render was put on. It is still wet, and hasn't been painted yet.

Caleb standing in the doorway of his bedroom's walk-in robe.

The render on the front of the house

Patrick in the master bedroom walk-in robe.

Another shot of our walk-in robe.

Patrick and Charlotte in the walk-in linen cupboard, off the laundry.

The pantry!

Built in cupboards in the playroom.

Walk-in robe in one of the kids rooms.

Looking towards the front door, with master bedroom on the left, and study on the right.

The front of the house, with the render finished.