Sunday, 1 April 2012

The pool is in!! Now we can plan the landscaping!!

I need lawn now!! I am so over sweeping, mopping and scrubbing dirt out of the tile grout!.
the start of the digging process

The pool went in last week and we all swam in it a week later. Fibreglass was definitely the way to go for that fast turn around!
We had to get the pool craned over the top of our home which was quite spectacular to watch.
No it is not Mary Poppins, it is our pool!!
Here are some photos.

Steady goes! The pool looked a lot bigger than the hole but it was a perfect fit!
We have just been so busy with sport, work and socialising that updating the blog has just been put to the side so often.

We had major dramas with our phone connection and internet connection which added to the fact that no internet meant no blogging. Anyway, we are finally connected......HOORAY.Telstra was the only provider that could give us internet reception and phone connection. Since then optus works pretty well too. As for mobiles our house is in a black hole, We have absolutely no mobile coverage once we are home. Thank goodness for the telstra work mobile. Mum has lost some bodyshop business with the bad coverage. As she drives to work each day she receives all her texts and messages as she hits Quakers Hill. Not happy jan.

We are getting quotes for the pool paving and have selected travertine pavers for outr finish. We had intended to get glass fencing but with style of the temporary fencing we have decided to go black flat top. I think after seeing all of the dust and dirt that is just forming on our glass outdoor table....Mum would end up in a home if she had to battle keeping the pool fence clean too...hahahaha

More photos from phone to come soon. Just cannot do these from home with the Vodaphone connection...switching providers on Wednesday.

Thursday, 12 January 2012




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Happy New Year!!

Finally we are in! There is still so much to do and lots of unpacking! We got the keys on the 22nd Dec and then moved the furniture and started sleeping here on the 28th. Busiest time of year but great that we had holidays to assist with the “no time” factor.

We are having major issues with internet and phone connection.

Anyway, here are some photos…hope you like

Stay tuned til we get proper communication coverage so we can show you a bit more of what we have.

Over and Out!


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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The end is almost near!! Are you green with envy??

Well we have been given a date today. PCI is next Wednesday with the promise of the keys the following Wednesday 21 December. so exciting yet so daunting so close to the feral season!

So what has occurred since our last post?

The floors downstairs have bee tiled throughout and they look great. They tie the kitchen colours in well.

The tiling before grout plus the paintwork.
The walls and woodwork have all been painted the chosen colour. They look peretty plain but clean and crisp. Ready waiting for some furniture to cover them up! They are a light grey colour with teh white woodwork. All of the electricals have been installed. The downlights (which are all silver so different to the white we expected. They look more expensive too hahaha. The light switches are big with large switch parts which at first was weird to look at. But they are now growing on me and must be a modern selection. We like!!!

There has also been some disease swoop thru the house. Nearly every wall has a coloured piece of sticky tap stuck to it!. We didnt know what all of this was. On closer inspection we now know that these are all of the defaults that the SS has picked up. We were very shocked at how many, but after looking at the smallest tiniest imperfections we are rapt at what is being picked up. Tiny flecks in gyprock, drips in paintwork, dents in woodwork etc.

Since our last post we have had a change of SS. Dad got to meet the new one on monday for a walkthrough. He is very happy with the new guy and he was very helpful answering questions and providing input. He actually spoke too and showed Dad around which was different to the last inspection at the house.

The bathrooms have been finished, the toilets and tastics installed and wardrobe inserts too. There are a few tiling joins that need to be sealed throughoutthe house to provide a neat finish. We are very happy with our colour selections  and just hope that our furniture fits in with the decor as we do not have any money left to buy new stuff except a long awaited leather lounge.

after grouting but befor ea cleanup. Mum is desperate for a CLEAN UP!.

As you know we have gone all out and are getting a pool. We sign the contracts for that tomorrow. We were really hoping to have that up and running by Australia Day, but it is cutting it fine now. shame that we could not get it in before the build when it would have been much easier. We did not know how much over the build would go so we did not wish to over commit!. Turns out Alkira were able to give us great quality and inclusions sowe did not have to splurge much more than the original quoted price. The pool and its build will take up a whole new blog I think. Mum has grand plans and Dad just wants to get wet. The kids want the pool more than the house.

The front portico closer up.

So the highlight of the last week has been the painting of the front portico. It is now it's infamous "Alligator Alley" Green. mum wanted to make a statement and it sure does!. not quite sure on the statement but it is very loud. Dad has stopped laughing and the kids think it looks tops! it does stand out but once the landscaping is in., it will be a great feature.

It is definitely different!!

We are getting quotes for the driveway and just deciding on the shape has been a task in itself. Dad spoke to teh Ponds review panel to discuss if they needed an amended plan with the pool on it now? They said yes (of course) and explained that the driveway we planned plus the extra paving in the pool area now put us over our hard surface quote. Soo we had to reduce it again. We unfortunately or fortunately (We love trees0 have two street trees. one in the road and one on the nature strip. They both affect where we want to put the driveway. The other side of the driveway on the boundary has the water metre. so trying to get a decent shape and size has been difficulat. Oh well, witha double garage finally....we can park the cars in there and not in the driveway anymore anyway.
Over and out!

Boring!! hahaha
 PS I can no longer even comment on OUR BLOG!!!. When I try to sign in to leave commenets it says that my account does not allow it. Any advice would be grateful to rectify as I would love to comment on your builds.

PPS Pravan- yes we do have high ceilings down stairs throughout.It certainly makes it feel airy.Well worth the extra cost!

PPPS The Alkira Kennedy Display home on Fyfe road is up for sale. Check it out!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Our Build is like an Advent Calendar- tiling almost completed.

The splashback, feature tile, ceasar bench and the laminate ALL TOGETHER. Looks much better as a whole.

The feature on the kitchen splashback. This is like a crystal salt texture. Obviously it needs a good clean.

The laundry. Not much else to go in here. We are getting a Robinhood ironing Centre but it will be installed later.

The ensuite showing our feature tile wall. We cannot wait to see this cleaned up. There is a bit of grout and crap in the pearly feature parts so we hope it comes off. They look so pretty when the light hits them. Just need lights.
There has been plenty of tiling and painting going on over the past week. The tilers have completed the  ensuite, laundry, downstairs WC and upstairs WC. The bathroom is yet to be finished with just a few more wall tiles around the shower and the niche PLUS the bath surrounds. Last post Mum was "freaking" about the colour choice for the kitchen. She says it just didnt look right!! That is because it needed the tiled splashback to set it off!. There was a very happy Mum and hence a very happy Dad this week once the splashback was completed. It is still dusty but the general consensus is that it looks GREAT. We may be a bit one eyed Haha. Mum and Dad have missed their calling and are questioning their professions after the tiling results. Just kidding!. The splashback has definitely tied the browns in the bench top so it all blends in.

The fancy tiles in the ensuite looks superb and Dad has a big grin after seeing these. Our neutral floors and walls look nice and tidy. We chose the same floor tile for the niche to reduce the grout and it looking too busy. Pretty sure that the girls and Dad will have the niches so full of shampoo, shower gels and scrubs that you probably will never see the tiles anyway!! One of the benefits of Mum and her Body Shop products!!

The main bathroom. Still needs tiling to be finished. Looking good. Below are the feature tiles again.....just in case you missed how much we like them!!

 So what else has happened?  The laundry tub was installed, all of the woodwork and ceilngs have been painted and completed. The walls have been gone over wherever there was a defective pencil mark detailing an imperfection and the understairs has been fit out with timber and gyprock too. The sparky has been back cutting out holes for the switches. The back fence has been installed too. Thanks to Phil and Bel. That is one thing less to worry about- well only the other two sides to go.

Not sure what comes next? But know that we still need:
  • carpet
  • floor tiles
  • wall painting
  • architraves around the floor
  • taps
  • lights
  • shower screens/mirrors
  • toilets
  • rails and appliances.. then it will be finished?

The stair area with teh first coat of paint on the walls.

The main bathroom. Tiles to bath then we can check it off the list.
Or we may have left a few things off there but who is counting.

The build is like an Advent Calendar now. Hoping that as of December the first we can start the countdown to christmas and the big move.

We have started packing. It is not a pretty sight either. Cannot wait to hear how long before we can get our keys???
To our fellow Blogger Friends. We cannot make comments on anyone elses posts anymore. It is not letting us log in. So we are still watching your posts, but cannot comment on them.
Looking forward to Skypies and Phil and Bels  PCI  dates. Hoping that Nat and Ash settle in soon too. Hopes that the rain stays away so that all the new builds can progress further.
There are too many to list but love seeing who is up to where..and how far we are off your PCI. loving the progress on those after they have moved in too Thigee and Ben!!  :p
Over and out!