Day 204 – Flooring in

Happy day 200 to us.  This build has flown. It was just the other day I was celebrating a slab, or 100 days. Here we are at 200 days and we are nearing the finish line.2014-04-30 08.20.01

The builder’s toilet has been removed from the front yard. It is funny the small things you notice. I can now see the size of our front yard a little more now that the site has had a clean as well.

We managed to move the house forward 1 metre more than the old house was and this is the first time I’ve been able to see the front yard area.  It is a neat and tidy space that gives us a front yard of around 5 metres.

The builder has kindly left me 8 pallets of our bricks that will hopefully be useful for all the hard landscaping I have in mind.  Now the only catch –  I need to move them and hand stack them as they are potentially in the way of the landscaping!2014-04-30 07.59.34

Internally the site has been cleaned and all rubble removed. The protective seals are off the windows so daylight now floods in. The frosting is now on all the required windows.

The tapware and all wet areas are finished off; taps, mirrors, baths, showers and screens.

The balcony has been tiled – complete with drains for too much rain and balustrades.

The wardrobe doors and mirrors are in. All robes have hanging racks and shelves. The pantry has its shelves. We are missing some shelves in the pantry that  have got lost in the final paperwork. We have an email trail for them, but we just need to work with M to see if we can buy them and get them installed. If not, we’ll hunt down the provider and install them ourselves later.

And the bamboo floors have been installed!  They are bamboo champagne. We are floorboard people. Floating floors are not to our personal taste. We love the sound a floorboard makes when you stomp, stomp, stomp.  So we started out on hardwood floors but the cost was out there. I think we were getting close to $200 per sqm once you covered laying, materials, sanding, coating.

Also, Metricon don’t offer hardwood floors so we decided that chunky bamboo would be the next best thing. Note: you can do the floor after handover, but that was way too much work for us, and most people for that matter. Also, you then get handed all the skirtings to put up yourself! No thanks!

Bamboo is as tough as nails and durable as all get out- just don’t leave it wet!  It doesn’t like dust and sand which seems to sandpaper it very quickly out of shape. Looks like it will be a shoe free house

Bamboo can also be sanded three or four times during its life. It can also be patched and coated again.  There are also lots of products that can be applied to hide any scratches that may occur. Double win!

Bamboo has come a long way from the weaves of the past. Today, bamboo flooring is made from compressed bamboo. It has tonnes of pressure put on it to create a really strong brick. It feel heavy in the hand and it is around 14mm thick.

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These are what we call UFOs or Metricon lights. Basically you are buying the light fitting. We will replace all of these with our own lighting fixtures down the track.

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The next steps for finalising the house are carpet upstairs and the all important certificate of occupancy is booked for next week.

It is finally starting to look and feel like a house; a house that has taken four years of dreaming, hoping and working towards. Sure we’ve had our ups and downs but this house of bricks and concrete and glass is no compound or dwelling. It is house that will be loved and will very soon be filled with fun, laughter and memories.


Day 137 – Plastering, cabinets, staircase!

Today was site visit day. It was a very big day for us to see the plaster complete, staircase and carcasses all in.  Around 365 days ago we sat in Studio M and chose our house colours of matchbox sized samples. What would these samples look like en mass? Had our taste changed?

From the moment I entered the house I was greeted by the space and proportions that Metricon are famous for; everything felt generous in proportion. The extra high ceilings, wider corridors, taller doorways, all gave as sense of space. The house was light filled and had a beautiful warmth to it, even though it has a long way to go. Okay enough of me, lets see some pictures!

Staircase with feature window and hand rails in. This will eventually have a feature hanging pendant. We are thinking of staining the wood a dark colour.2014-02-22 14.28.25

This is the kitchen reveal. Very early days, but we love it already. The stone template is on the island and is being cut as I type. It is a very super piece of stone and will require 6 blokes to move it! The gaps you can see are for a dishwater and two ovens. Yes, we have gone with two small ovens instead of one big one. Same price, but we felt it gave us more cooking options.

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I love under staircases. This cavity is even more important as it will eventually be a wine cellar. I did a quick calculation and reckon it is good for some 2000 bottles. That is plenty of room!

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Powder room continuing the wooden theme of the kitchen next door.

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Family bathroom cabinets. This is a gorgeous laminate. It will go really well with the saltbush tiles (i hope!). It has a lovely texture to it and very fine stripe.

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Ensure with feature window where a free standing bath will one day live. We have gone with a more aggressive tiger stripe on our cabinets in here to jazz up the bathroom which has a stark white tile wall.

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Super solid front door. Tiffany green. Lovely. Just kidding. We are going with a dark front door in namadji.

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Another shot of the kitchen because I can; and I’m saving you from the other 100 I took!

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View down the hallway to the front door. We have some doors at the end of the hallway to create an air lock to keep the heat in.

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Master bedroom with the balcony stacker doors. This room is huge. I’m thinking to taking up indoor soccer as a result.

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Bedroom windows (facade of house). We added another window (right hand side) as this look out to the beach. You can see the sea from this window which is very exciting. It is also where the robes are so I haven’t yet figured out if the neighbours like nudity – or more specifically – mine!

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So next we have stone benches going in, firebox (!), painters to start next week, then flooring and tiling the weeks after that. Hopefully I’ll be able to do another picture bomb in 14 days or so. The last batch of cladding arrived too, so the front of the house will be done (they ran out of cladding at the factory!)