House assemblage so far

July 7, 2015

After so many months waiting to get started, it’s crazy how fast things are happening now. This house has appeared! Although I think it’ll feel like things slow down once we get to lock-up & all the work moves inside.

We have a frame, and windows, and doorframes. The wrapping is on, and plumbing is going in. The bricks are going up. Plain red on the facade – which will be covered in render – and the light-orangey-tan that we chose elsewhere. (Basically, I hate bricks. Bricks are ugly. I refused to spend money on upgrading to nice pale non-bricky-ish bricks, so I tried to pick the least-offensive option from the category 1 range on offer. Hence orangey-tan.)

We have a real open plan kitchen/dining/living at the back of the house:

house in july - dining room

This is the dining area. Sliding doors lead out to the covered alfresco area & our slice of backyard. We don’t have a massive yard – but we’re surrounded by parks, sports fields, a golf course, the river & paths. Our idea is to deck the alfresco when we do the landscaping, & extend the decking out somewhat too.

house in july - living area

Kitchen is on the left – those pipes sticking out of the ground are for the sink in the island bench. Narrow window gives us a little bit of natural light in the kitchen. I may live to regret that window, seeing as it is a splashback & will probably require lots of cleaning. Past the kitchen is the living area. We would’ve loved to put a fireplace in against that wall but couldn’t justify the cost.

house in july - kitchen

Looking from the living area back to the kitchen. Straight down the hallway to the front door. The wheelbarrow is where our fridge space is, plus some cabinets & a built-in microwave. To its right is the door into the pantry. I cannibalised pantry space to put a massive laundry in – another decision I might one day regret!

house in july - master bedroom

Master bedroom, upstairs at the front of the house. Felt a bit like a treehouse, all open to the elements up there.

I’ll do a post soon with our floorplan & how we modified it to suit us. I can’t wait to see it come to life over the next few months!


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