The 92.36% completed flooring

We started on the flooring right after the handover. Based on the dates on the pictures, we took about 3 months to get most of the flooring done. 8 months on, it still isn’t quite done because the scotia isn’t finished on some areas of the house XD

Got side-tracked. A LOT.

 Anyway, here’s how it progressed with the flooring:

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L-R: Living area, living area, pantry, scotia

The biggest challenge was the stairs. Couldn’t quite work out how to perfectly fit each plank in with perfectly cut edges without the scotia to hide ugly bits, and also had trouble hiding the grooved edges to get the perfect lines. But we did it. Took a brand new blade to do them all.

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I know the scotia isn’t quite done around the house, but I think I will cross out “3. Laminate flooring in the house” just so I feel like something’s been achieved in the past 8 months XD

 

The in-betweens

The last time you guys saw the plaster boards went up, and before you knew it, I’ve moved in. I can’t believe I’ve been living in the house for over a month already!

So, the in-betweens.

The painting began after the plaster boards went in. Remember the green entrance door? Well, they gave it a white coat, before giving it a final coat of paint.

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Before

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After.
Guess what the final coat colour is going to be!
Colour will be revealed below.

The internal walls were painted too.

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In that meantime, the carpentry happened very quickly.

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Left: Cabinets in the kitchen. Right: Cabinets in butler’s pantry, door leading to future backyard/veggie patch. The backyard is still looking the same, by the way. 😦

The bathrooms had their tiling done, vanities went in, shower roses and toilets installed. Here’s what the ensuite looked like when I managed to sneak in one day:

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Left: Toilet. That erection looking thing is actually the tap to freestanding bath that I will, one day hopefully, buy. Right: shower to the left, vanity to the right.

Soon after, handover happened, and we moved into the house that looked pretty much like this:

20150704_113907Black entrance door! Did you guess it right?

20150704_115333Told ya it’s a tap for the freestanding bath in ensuite.

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Left: Vanity in shared bathroom. Right: Shoe room. I had some of the internal doors painted black too!

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Tada~ Welcome to my humble abode. Lolllll.

After the handover, we spent the first couple of weeks doing some of the flooring and cleaning up the rental house. It was almost a nightmare trying to do all that during the 2 weeks, and I’m really glad we have survived it all, thanks to my 3 trusty musketeers. The house has progressed since then, but that will be a post for another day 🙂

“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?

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!