Chris and I sometimes joke that if someone broke into our house they would think the owner was an 86-year-old lady because our furniture is a mix of inherited pieces from both families (including grandparents) and there is absolutely no common theme whatsoever. There are some things we treasure, but there are other things that … More Top 5 interior & homewares shops (June)
One of the things I love about building and renovating is having the opportunity to customise the spaces with built in furniture so that there are cosy nooks to read a book, shelves to display favourite things and closed doors to hide ugly cords and other such paraphernalia. There is one space in our house that the Architect thought was a ‘nothing’ … More What to do with a ‘nothing’ space
So just in case building one house wasn’t enough, we decided to take on another renovation project! The truth is that we needed somewhere to live while our new home was being built, and we have cats which would have made renting tricky. At the same time, there was a good opportunity to buy an … More Exciting new project!
One of the questions I have asked myself often since embarking on building our new home is if the materials we choose are going to stand the test of time or whether the house will be so crammed full of the latest trends that it will look dated before we finish unpacking the new towels. I find it a … More How trendy is too trendy?
If you’ve read my post about deciding to build a house, you will know that we were keen on building an energy efficient home. Canberra has a cool temperate climate, so it gets very hot in Summer and pretty darn cold in Winter! Personally, I’m a Summer lover, so while I appreciate the four distinct … More How to keep warm in Freezing Cold Canberra
One of the luxuries of having a long design process was having plenty of time to think about what the house should be made of and what colours those materials should be. We are building in a suburb that was developed in the early sixties and most of the original houses are brick construction in creams, … More What colour should our house be?
They* always say building is one of the more stressful life events you could partake in, but I like to think that a sizeable chunk of those sleepless nights were experienced before the bulldozer arrived. Anyone who has lived in an old house (and by old, I mean by Canberra standards) will know that houses in the 50’s … More Demo Day and how we got there
Our block is an unusual wedge-shape which means there is a wide street frontage that narrows at the rear. The main reasons we bought there were because of the established gardens, including big oak trees that line either side of the street, and because the back yard faces North, so the living areas could spill out into the garden … More Floor Plan Reveal
Last year I completed my first renovation (hooray!). Being my first house, it was done in stages over a few years, but it was a good entry into project management and design. I also got to work with some talented tradies, some of whom I will definitely be calling on again! What A 3 bedroom ensuite brick … More Renovator Rookie
A friend suggested a little while back (ok, about 2 years back) that I start a blog about building our new house. I think she hoped I would stop talking about it everytime we saw each other thought it would be a fun way to share the progress. I am also hoping I can tap into other … More We’re building a house!