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:
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.
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.
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!
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!