While we are waiting for the next phase of the build to be completed, I am distracting myself with the finer details. First up is the kitchen and laundry design. We are using the fabulous P&K Joinery since they did such a great job on the ‘urban luxe’ renovation (more photos of that renovation to come). These were some … More New Build Update: Kitchen Design
Slow and steady wins the race, right? I’m not sure the new build is winning any kind of race, however, the frame and trusses are now complete and the bricks have been laid! We are expecting the roof, windows and cladding to be installed over the next few weeks. You may recall in an earlier … More New Build Update: Slow and steady?
It has been the wettest Winter I can remember but I’m pleased to share that there is finally something that resembles a house growing out of the ground! One of the first things we realised as the frame was going up was just how much glazing there will be. So much so, that we decided … More New build update: frames and trusses
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
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
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!