Not exactly “quick smart”…

Been a while… woops! My bad.

I’ve been asked why there are no pictures of furniture, the simple answer is there is no furniture (well very little, or otherwise not the right furniture). But – what little there is I’ll picture fest for you.

Sorry to have kept you waiting so long:

The kitchen – waiting on pendant lights to be fitted:
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Dining area – waiting for a table (e.t.a. end July) and picture to be hung:
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Living Room – waiting for sofa, chairs and lamp (e.t.a. mid August):
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Theatre – waiting for the telly to be mounted:
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Coffee Shrine:
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Our bedroom – with designer window dressings (e.t.a. on plantation shutters end July)
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Note my “Princess and the Pea” bed. Pregnancy seems to require a minimum of seven pillows it would seem.

Spare bedroom – equally delightful window dressings and wrong coloured bed:
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Nursery – waiting on shelves to be hung:
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Decking – waiting for pool fence (e.t.a. next Tuesday) and paving (e.t.a. unknown):
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At night:
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Our New Home

We’ve moved in!

There’s so much to tell and show you…..

  • finished timber floors
  • carpets
  • air con – finally!
  • nursery ceiling disaster (a present from the air con folk!)
  • timber decking
  • side fence
  • storm drain issue
  • fancy garage flooring

….and of course lots and lots of boxes.

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So I’d best get organised with my photos and get back here quick smart….

More timber beauty

The flooring installation finished yesterday. It’s just so stunning already; once it’s all cleaned and polished I don’t think I’ll be able to take my eyes off it.

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Love it!

We have a quiet week ahead; the builders only have a couple of small things to resolve, the wood just has to acclimatise, the pool electrician may come back to hook up the pump, but apart from that we don’t have anything else scheduled. After last week (with additional air con drama that’s too much to go into just now) I think we rather deserve an easy one.

Poolside

Back as promised to tell the tale of how Tuesday’s key excitement was almost completely overshadowed by the weather and ensuing pool chaos.

The digging was scheduled to start on Monday morning and knowing the ridiculous hardness of the clay soil, we were completely unprepared to see this sight so soon by the end of the day:
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A pool!

So quick.

And so big! (eeeeeek!)

The punchline was slightly less exciting. Perth had a severe weather warning the next day and a forecast of rain for the rest of the week. Not only had the pool people had to dismantle all the storm drainage at the back of the house, but they warned us we’d need to get water in the pool and fast, or else the rain would risk floating the pool, flooding the un-filled hole and generally doing a whole heap of damage. Of course you can’t actually fill a pool full of water until appropriate safety fences are in place… something I had thought we’d have plenty of time to organise.

So Tuesday morning consisted of a frantic set of calls (all by P – my lifesaver) to find a plumber, a temporary pool fence, and get the tap running!
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Success! By the time the storm hit that night, the drainage was reinstated and the pool had about 20cm of water in it. Disaster averted.

However all this was on top of the other big doozy that day. It was only when the guys started pegging out the pool ready for the dig that we discovered the measurements we’d been given and the scale drawing on the council-accepted plan all referred to the inner water-line dimensions and not actually the outside of the pool. It didn’t fit. There was no space left for the pool fence that’s required by regulations to be situated between pool and the french doors… or at least not in a straight line.

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Time to get the pool fence folk back on site to re-plan. We don’t like to do anything the easy way 😉

Today the pump plumbing was installed and the holes all back-filled:
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It’s all starting to come together. We’d best get a move on to think about how we’re going to landscape around it now.

Tomorrow the timber floor people return to finish off initial installation. They’d had to stay away for the last couple of days while the window company were busy fixing the messy, lopsided alfresco door trimmings that the timber will butt alongside. We’re very pleased to report that this and many of the other PCI items have since been fixed and there’s only a couple of minor things left for the builder to do.

Almost a year since construction began, it’s practically done and most exciting of all – we have the keys of course.

Swoon

We were so excited about our timber flooring we actually ordered it while the house was still a block of mud wilderness, long before a single brick was laid, in fact long before we even had planning permission.

Yesterday it was finally delivered:
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And today installation started:
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It’s mucky, un-sanded and un-polished, yet still utterly gorgeous! So worth the wait.
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Installation should be finished by Tuesday and then it’s left to acclimatise for a week or so before being buffed and finished.
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In the meantime, various tradies will also be popping in to finish up all the various PCI items.

If only we could get hold of our illusive air-conditioning suppliers to have that finished up too. Air-con has been by far the worst experience throughout this build, we’ve had to chase them up constantly and the outcome has never yet been satisfactory. They’re certainly top of our list of “things we’d change if we did it all over again” – oh the wisdom of hindsight.

Practically Complete

PCI was on Friday, the very same morning I had to fast for a pregnancy blood test. A pregnant woman without food…. *shudder*! P did warn our poor site supervisor that he may be unfortunate enough to meet the dragon.

There were a number of little things still to be fixed or finished, but thankfully they were just that: “little”. A door handle not straight, paint chips needing re-touching, the hob needs setting, a spot of sealant to do in the laundry, a couple of drains to be capped, etc etc.

Even the bullnose is back on:

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So now it all happens, the bank sends in the valuers, we set up all the utilities and insurance in our names, and just as soon as the bank is happy to pay the final bill, we’ll get the keys!

In the meantime our site supervisor is very kindly letting our timber flooring people in to get started or else they won’t be finished in time for us to move in. I can’t wait to see the spotted gum in situ.