Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Long Overdue Update

I know I haven't posted anything for weeks but I just haven't really had the energy. This building business just sucks the life out of you at times. We have had lots happen but at times it still feels like so many little things still to go.

With so many weeks and weeks of rain here it was turning into a giant mud pit out at site, inside and out and I avoided going out there as the mud all through the house was just too much for me to look at. Sometimes I just prefer not to see the "in between" bits of the build, I prefer to just turn up and "taa daa" it's all nicely done.

I had to go back and see that the last thing I posted was our range hood dilemma, after this post I will update you all on what is happening there.

So last update on house was that the kitchen had gone in and all our vanities. We have since had all our taps and basins put in and our caesarstone has gone in...and some of it out haha. The back bench in the kitchen was the wrong thickness and a last minute change to our bathroom vanity must have meant somebody didn't get the memo and they cut the hole for basin in the wrong spot so that went and came too. Shower heads are in too and look very schmick.

Stone cladding was done to the bottom of our pillars at the front, this was delayed by us as we wanted to wait till hubby got home from trip so that we could discuss it. Tiler was able to send us to another house that I had coincidentally had been looking at as it had a similar stone cladding to what I was hoping for. The did a great job with it and I am very happy with how it looks, blends it nicely with our house but just adds a little bit of texture to the outside.

Our cupboards in bathrooms have been changed over to panelled doors and ends to match kitchen and I have only seen pics of these off husband's phone but gosh they look so pretty, worth the extra cost.

Somebody must have been listening to my wishes regarding our carpet choice as I had been hoping that somehow we would have to re pick our carpet and that is exactly what happened. I ended up hating our original pick, don't know what I was thinking. This ended with us spending two days in the carpet store agonising over what to choose. Carpet is so hard to choose as it changes colour depending on the light. Alot of our choices were discontinued (don't know why they had them out in the showroom) and it eventually came down to one choice really. It ended up being an upgrade to the Platinum range at no extra cost, finally a win for us! Just so thankful I got to change, I really dodged that mistake as my original choice was horrible.

The wooden flooring has been laid and I at first thought it was too dark but now I have adjusted and I am happy with it. We thought we were going to need an expansion gap, something I have only just heard of but thankfully that didn't happen.

We are not happy with some of the gaps under our skirting boards and that will be brought up, not sure how that can be fixed without creating more issues?? Not everything goes smoothly does it in building? But it looks pretty ordinary.

Downlights were all put in but not any of our lights as we just are still unsure what is going where so we thought what the hell we'll wait and maybe have to get it done down the track.

After that long post how about the most important thing....Pics!

Antiqua mixer from Restorations Online. Great service we received this the day after we ordered it.  

Cheapie mixer from Bunnings as I didn't fancy the square modern one they were providing us with. You will notice that this is not the round sink I posted in my kitchen selections, somewhere in our contract it was changed to this. Lucky I am happy with it as there was no changing it. Our kitchen sink was also wrong as we ended up with a 11/2 sink set up instead of the full two sinks. We decided to keep it and take the credit for it, I wanted to say something to the ss about how flexible we were as he has been very inflexible to say the least.

Bath that honestly no one will use but it looks pretty

En suite, panelled doors are not on in this shot. We deliberately didn't tile to the ceiling as I wanted to see the grey paint against the white tiles.

Main bathroom

Same Dorf shower head in both bathrooms

Kitchen after floors had been laid and caesarstone on. Extremely happy with how the caesarstone colour works with our cabinet colour, no hint of cream just a hint of grey in the bench top.

Looking into the kitchen as you walk from the front door.

Subway tiling to pantry before it was grouted, all of this is now completed although I haven't seen it yet. Just can't get over how much I love subway tiling.  

Love, love , love the carpet...it came out just the right wheat type natural colouring I wanted. It is 100% wool which didn't matter to us really just wanted the right colour and something that was soft underfoot. It was called Olives.

Stone cladding to front



  1. Catching up with previous posts....I know you've got some completion issues ATM but these pictures look stunning! x KL

    1. Love the timber flooring too Tash. Can you identify it for me? x KL

    2. Thankyou KL sorry for my tardy reply. The flooring is through Carpet Call and I don't know exact name but I think it was the Cezanne range and it was time worn dark brown oak but when it turned up it had a different name on the packet. Hope that helps some.


  2. Hi tash,
    Quick question for you - what are the basin's that you have in your ensuite ?

    I am looking to choose some for our "new" house which is still in the quoting stage :D


  3. Hi Renee, our basins are called Stylus Carboni II. Hope that helps.


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