Sunday, 2 December 2012

Plaster,Fireplace and Cornice Issues

I am  late in this post as plastering started on Thursday. We were a little nervous about it as it had stormed the night before and the plaster had been sitting in the open doorway of the garage. Hubby took down some coke and doughnuts and the plasterers let him know that it was dry and it had been under black plastic.

While he was there he noticed that our fireplace which was due to have gone in on the Tuesday had not been done, a quick ring and our plumber was in fact on holiday and had it booked to be installed the following Tuesday. Gah! It needed to be installed before plaster and with the plasterers working fast we needed it done asap. He managed to find someone to come and install it on the Wednesday and the plasterers left that area down the bottom til the end. I tell you every new stage I am learning will bring it's own issues, surprises or delights.

We also of course had our insulation put in before the plaster went up but I stupidly assumed that it went into every wall of your house not just external. After reading so many forums and blogs how did I not know this important detail? I didn't necessarily want it in every wall but I would have put some insulation around the powder room and laundry for sound proofing purposes. Oh well live and learn, not much I could do as we completely missed this stage of the house build as hubby was away and I was too buggered at the end of the day to drive out there.

First row of bricking has started and the termite barrier has been done as well.

By Friday afternoon plaster was up. We checked Saturday afternoon and somebody had obviously just finished working as there was water out the front and the plaster joins had been painted over with whatever it is they use. Workers on Saturday, woohoo!

But it wouldn't be a house build without issues right? While there on Saturday my husband wanted to show me the cornices. We paid an over inflated price to upgrade them from standard so we were looking forward to them going up. Hubby pulled a piece out and really until they are painted they are not that impressive yet. We noticed we also had some standard cove cornice and had pulled a piece of that out and that's when we realised something didn't look right. The standard cornice comes in 90mm and our upgraded cornice that we spent a lot of money on was only 75mm. We have high ceilings so we are unsure what this will look like. Looking at Gyprocks website however shows that this particular cornice only comes in this size, we just happened to pick the one that doesn't come in the larger size. Aaargh! Another live and learn moment.

I am also at the moment having a panic about our island bench being too large for the space. We (hubby) widened it and to my eye it is now too wide and will look like a giant whale of a thing you have to walk around especially if somebody is sitting there on a stool, he disagrees. I really hope it's not as bad as I am imagining. I am a panicker and worrier about everything, my poor husband.

So that's what has been happening, will do another post on things that I think are better than expected and things that are not now that plaster is up.

Sitting Room (Craft/my room)

Fireplace without it's front

Rumpus Room looking out to the backyard

Kitchen, Fridge space and doorway to pantry

Kitchen space with doorway leading to our bedroom and Laundrey? I can't remember lol

Delicious little nook outside of sitting room

Ensuite, vanity will sit between those windows - have no idea how I will cover these
as they are tiny but I don't want to lose the light


  1. Hey Tash.. I really don't think the 75mm profile would be any less nicer than the 90mm ones. The gyprock website claims that they are designed for 2.4-2.7m ceilings and if you look at the photos, they look really nice. I am pretty sure that you'll be very happy with your upgrade once they get installed and the walls get painted. Even at 75mm, they look loads prettier than the standard plain 90mm ones.