Updates on re-drafts from engineers

Ermagarddddd I got the re-draft back from the builder! They have raised the ceiling as requested, and it is not going to cost me a hand and a foot! Phew! They have increased the set down from 860mm to 1200mm, so it’s another step on the stairs. Almost a double storey house isn’t it 😛

Only other issue is that they have raised the level of the windows as a result of that, so I got to ask them to lengthen the windows. Who doesn’t want a bigger window? 😉 I’m really hoping this is the last thing I am going to change before re-submission.

Can’t wait to get them sent straight back into council!


Home is where the hearth is

The waiting bores me, and there is nothing better to kill boredom than to dream about how I am going to put my furniture into the house. And I have also been contemplating on whether I should put a fireplace in, where I could put it, and whether I should get a woodfire or gas fireplace.

To solve the problem, I did a scan of the house plan and erased all the annoying lines so that I can doodle on it.

For the record, this house is designed by yours truly, and professionally drafted into existence by the drafters and engineers by the building company 😀 And here’s the floor plan without the confusing engineering lines:

Houseplan for doodle-page-001

I’m sorry I erased all the labels that tell you what rooms they are because I wanted to be able to draw furniture in them :X As mentioned in an earlier post, the house had to be a split-level, which you can see it is where the 860mm set down is.

I did a bit of research on the dimensions of common furniture like the couch and TV cabinet to give myself a bit of an idea of how much space I have. I drew them onto the plan, and it fitted just right in the living area.

Definitely no space to put that fireplace anywhere in the living area I guess.

So I moved on to the meals area. I have a conference table that I have salvaged, in a really good condition, except I did not like the colour very much. After doing a bit of research on baluster tables, I found this piece of gorgeous furniture:

Oh yeah that’s what my table shall look like baby!!!

I figured that I might have a bit of space between the living area and the meals area for a fireplace that looks like that:

Or, I might make a faux wall that extends out from the master ensuite wall to make a bit of a space between the faux wall and the alfresco for a bit of a reading nook. ANDDDD have the fireplace in that wall. It’s still a bit too early for all that I guess, but it’s fun dreaming about it!


Stairway to heaven

The time has come for me to do the design selections for the balustrades. Nooooooooo.. I haven’t done any research on that yet!!!

So, the builder has given me a few options which I need to pick from, for the handrail and the balustrades. Thank God for Google and internet, or I wouldn’t have got that worked out within a week.

I decided to do without the handrail, because I have pretty wide stairs (about 1400mm) and that allows me to do shelving against the wall like this:

In a house with a few people living in it, you can never have enough storage, can you?

As for the balustrades, the options available that don’t cost me any more money are pretty boring. I can’t work in peace, thinking that I am going to have ugly stairs going down to my awesome open plan kitchen/meals/living area. So I did the search for basic balustrades to see what I can do about the boring balustrade posts. This is what I found:

I am planning to have dark laminate flooring, so painting the handrail on the balustrade posts to match the floor would be perfect! It wouldn’t have grooves like the one in the picture, but I guess that will do for now. Another project to add to the Projects list!

2nd submission to council

So, I received an email from the builder about a week ago to say that the plans have been amended and they have been sent into council.

Hooray!!! I really hope that the council will approve it soon so the construction can start!


Wait. I didn’t recall signing anything to approve the amended plans. I didn’t even get to ask if I could raise the ceiling to the back half of the house!

So I thought, maybe I will let it go this time round, I need to get the construction started soon.

Throughout the entire week, almost every single person who asked me about the progress of my house asked if I was going to have a raised ceiling. And my answer each time was no. Absolute torture! And their responses are the same – you should do it!

Yes I know I should, but what can I do now that it’s been sent in to council? I was almost going to let it go, but I decided to pop into the display home today just to have a quick chat with the consultant. I am really glad I did it, because after a chat with the consultant, she reassured me that I can get a re-draft for the ceilings to be raised!

That has put me in a really good mood today. I hope all goes well with the redrafting!