Knock knock. Who’s there?

20150523_114809The front door is in! Now I can play knock knock!

Before I go on, I just want to say don’t panic, the door isn’t going to stay green. They are made like this, then you pick the colour you want to be painted on the door. Haha. I think mine’s gonna be grey.

I’m sorry I jumped the gun, because that was quite exciting for me. Here’s a few updates for you!

20150516_150525Plaster boards have gone in!

It is absolutely incredible seeing what goes into making a wall. We’ve seen the timber frames that make the shape of the house. We’ve seen the insulation that went into the walls. (At least I’ve seen it haha. Sorry I haven’t got pictures because it’s always dark by the time I get there!) Now we’ve seen them put the plaster boards up. They put the nails in, they tape the gaps between each board, they patch over the nails and the tape to eventually give it a smooth finish so that they can paint over the wall. I feel like a new mum swooning over my baby, looking at every detail and loving every bit of it. Down to the nails.

20150516_150554Cornices!

I can proudly announce that I have actually measured and cut and put up cornices before. In fact, I’ve made a set of cornices cut in different ways and angles to illustrate what angle to cut in which direction, so that I know if the cornices make an acute angle (like the picture above) or obtuse angle. I didn’t make these ones, but I sure can appreciate how difficult it is for a novice to get the angle right and to finish it without much gap in the corners. My advice is: Get a mitre box. It works wonders! And make sure it allows you to cut through your stuff, not halfway.

20150523_115119Skirtings delivered!

Pardon my excessive use of exclamation marks, but it is quite stimulating to find things happening with the construction all the time. Who needs coffee!!! (Ok I take that back.) I’m hoping that the next time I visit, they would have all the skirtings installed 😀

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Doors delivered!

When I was doing selections for the house, I didn’t know most of what I want to go into the house, but I do know for sure that I wanted white walls and ceiling, to go with black window frames, sliding doors, and doors. The internal doors are usually just normal flush panels, but I decided to go with some simple molding on the doors and have them painted black, hoping to bring out their character / elegance. Can’t remember the door handles I picked, but I hope they are good.

Last but not least, standing on the bottom level, seeing the back view of my entry door. Thanks for visiting everyone!

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“Sneak peak” Part 2

Moving on from the kitchen, today’s tour will be on the areas surrounding the kitchen. Hope you guys aren’t still reeling from my drawing, because you need to brace yourself for the next one now! Before I start, here’s the floor plan to refresh your memory.

Let me present to you – The Butler’s Pantry & The Coffee Bar

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View from Elevation 3 on the floor plan (looking at Meals, WIP, Kitchen from Family).
Click on images to enlarge.

In the previous post, you’ve seen the kitchen with my illustrations on mostly the cabinetry to be installed. Now, not forgetting that, turning just to the left of the kitchen, in that enclosed area, is the butler’s pantry. I know I don’t have a butler, but I don’t careeee I’m gonna call it a butler’s pantry anyway! It isn’t going to be fully enclosed because the entry to the pantry (oooh it rhymes) will not have a door to it, just so that I can dash straight for the fridge when I get hungry lol. Yes, if you are wondering what that is, that is a fridge in the pantry. Along the same wall where the fridge sits, I will be putting in shelves along the entire length of that wall for food storage. It is a pantry after all, of course it’s gotta store food! Across that wall in the same room, I will be having more bench tops and cabinets, as well as a single sink for washing and dirty dishes to hide in when I have guests over. 🙂 I think I’m going to have a lot more storage space than I would ever need! And, at the end of the pantry, is a door that leads to the outside. For what, you say. Well, when I was designing the house, I thought – I’m going to have a veggie patch and it would be quite troublesome walking a long way around the house just to get to the veggie patch to harvest a few veggies for cooking. Why not put a door in the pantry? I gave myself a pat on the back, and drew it into the plan.

You guys may not know this, but my original design was a single storey house, not a split level. Due to the slope of the land, if I had stuck to the original design, my retaining walls would have to be about 2 metres in height at one corner of the house. The view would be stunning I’m sure, peeking above the other houses, but I would have also burnt quite a huge hole in my pocket just to build a retaining wall that high. I did submit that plan to the council. They disagreed and decided that the fencing, as a result of the height, would look absolutely awful. They suggested that I split the house, and I did. With a split level, therefore the need for stairs in the house, and I think it looks absolutely awesome! It has created this little nook just between the pantry and the stairs, and (no points for guessing it right because I wrote it in the picture) that’s where my coffee machine is going to go 🙂 Right in the middle of the house, where the smell can waft through the entire place. I haven’t quite thought about the design, but that’s where the drinks (ahem you know what they are) will be housed too.

In the midst of all that awesome-ness, I will have a dining table that looks like this:

(after some modifications on one of the tables I’ve scored 😀 )

Guess what sneak peak part 3 is going to be?

“Sneak peak” Part 1

Pictures galore, everybody! But I will probably only put up just one for now. :p

I apologise in advance for what seemed more like an attempt to mutilate the photos than annotating them. In order for your reading to be a bit more enjoyable, you have to have a little bit of creativity and visualise something grander than my pre-school drawings. You can refer to the floor plan if that helps you understand what you are looking at.

Let’s start with The Kitchen

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I know people have said that a picture says a thousand words, but mine is probably one of those few that doesn’t say anything. Sorry! Anyway, my favourite bit about the kitchen – the window! I have a thing for big windows, and this is the one window I’m going to depend a lot on to warm up my kitchen / meals / living area on the cold winter days. For those of you wondering, this is the view from Elevation 4 on the floor plan (looking at the Kitchen from the Meals).

What my drawing is supposed to illustrate – Built in cabinetry in an L shape, spanning from the bottom left corner of picture to the back, then turning right and following along the wall where the window is, till it reaches the timber beam where my drawn line ends. I’ve got a freestanding Westinghouse 900mm stove / oven, unlike what I’ve drawn in the picture haha. That squiggly sickle-shaped thing in front of the window is supposed to be the tap, which indicates where the sink is, and where the dishwasher will be too. Of course then there is the kitchen island right in the middle of it all. 🙂

So, picture all that, along with white walls all around, black window frames, black bench tops with white cabinet doors, stainless steel freestanding stove / oven and rangehood, black glossy splashback across the wall where the stove is. And hopefully, some beautiful pendant lights above the kitchen island

Looking out of that gorgeous window, is where I’m going to have my terraced veggie patch. I’ve also designed the butler’s pantry with a door, so that I can go out to the veggie patch to harvest some crop for cooking. Genius idea, no? 😀

Questions are welcomed, and keep your eyes peeled for sneak peak part 2!

 

That special but un-named space in my house

Not everyone around me knows this, but I do have quite a big obsession for beverages. Coffee, tea, alcohol, taiwanese bubble tea, smoothies, etc. Here’s a bit of proof:

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That’s not even including those memberships on the rewards app on my phone!

I wouldn’t call myself a coffee addict, but I must say I do enjoy my coffee to quite a great extent. So, just over a year ago, as all coffee lovers do (I can’t be the only one right??), I saw this one sale, and I HAD TO buy it:

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Now, it would be preposterous if my new home didn’t have a special spot for possibly the most important appliance in the house, so thank God that by accident (you don’t believe me do you? It wasn’t deliberate!), there is a special but un-named space in my house just for my beverages.

Here’s the most updated floor plan, where the split between levels is increased, and I have left the names of the rooms on the map.

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That special spot is nestled between the stairs and the pantry, right in the middle of the house where the brewed coffee can waft into every corner of the house and do its wonders. 😀

It is going to sound a bit too over the top, but this is by far the closest to what I had imagined for that special corner:

Not sure having a blackboard wall is all that practical for a home, but I do know that I am definitely having a coffee corner!