House update

Forever Home

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the house. We’ve had a fair bit going on but not too many decisions being made about the house.

Plans were submitted for DA in November, the way our local Council goes I’d be surprised if we hear back before March 2017.

Normally you wouldn’t have an engineer draw up plans until you’ve receive DA, something our architect has repeatedly told me, but we can’t wait that long and I have the benefit of having an engineer for a husband. So we’ve started designing the house (fingers crossed Council don’t make any changes, but I guess there is a risk).

Our main reason for starting this early is so we can get a jump on the building process. I’d like to get quotes from builders early in the New Year and have someone locked in to start as soon as we receive DA. It also means we can start planning other things in advance, one of the main things is the flooring. As soon as a friend of ours (who will be doing the final engineered drawings) looked at it he recommended a way we can achieve a polished concrete floor. This was the best phone call I’ve had in a while, I felt like Christmas had come early! I’ve been wanting a polished concrete floor for a while but thought it was off the cards as it would be too expensive/difficult. The only problem is now it’s back on the cards i have to change a lot of other things so it doesn’t look too industrial. I think more timber back into the kitchen and some changes to the staircase as well.

Back to the drawing board!

A few staircases I’m loving.

First Concept for our Forever Home

The first concept for our renovation came through over the weekend. We were so excited to see the designs and be able to ‘walk through’ the building with the Graphisoft viewer. Our initial reaction to the first concepts was ‘wow’, we can’t wait to get started on this renovation.

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Ikea Kitchen Hack #1 – Handles

I’m still changing my mind daily about the kitchen (dark, dual tone, scandi/white) but I do think we will go with an Ikea kitchen. Not only because I am still obsessed with how easy the kitchen planner is to use but because with a few simple hacks you’ll never know where the cupboards came from and if there is one things Ikea do well (there are heaps of things but this is the main one!) it’s storage! Continue reading Ikea Kitchen Hack #1 – Handles

Architect Brief

There are a few elements to our brief. Given we’ve renovated before and have had a few months to spend at the house we have a pretty solid brief for what we want from the space, particularly the renovation to the existing home. This should hopefully cut down on the amount of time our architect spends on layout giving him more time to spend on those special architectural features that will turn our home into something special.

I’ve split the brief for our architect into 4 main components;  Continue reading Architect Brief

My biggest renovating mistakes

Renovating mistakes

Oh wow, where do I start with this…We’ve had a few shockers over the years renovating or building new houses.
I remember asking Rob after we’d bought our first house if he even knew anything about tools let alone renovating!! 😂 We’d been together for a few years and watched a few episodes of Better Homes & Gardens and The Block (the original series, filmed in Sydney with Jamie Durie as a host, that’s how old I am!) so totally thought we had this reno thing in the bag. Lucky Rob turned out to be pretty handy, but looking back we made some shocking decisions and took on way too much of the work ourselves (we didn’t get any trades for our first reno!).
Needless to say we learnt a few things over the years, but regardless we still make mistakes with each property. Here are a we of our biggest mistakes (in hindsight some are pretty obvious!):

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