Stage 2: Timber frames and roof are up!

I can’t believe that it’s been a month since I last posted! I swear I haven’t been idle (apart from those times when I have been hooked onto superhero TV series Arrow and The Flash). In fact, I have spent a good deal of time helping out with my friend’s bathroom reno, I felt like we could almost team up to go on The Block for a bit of fun haha. I did this post a while back but haven’t had a chance to tidy and post it up :X

I guess time just flew by with the Easter long weekend holidaying, recovering from it all and battling the body’s urge to hibernate as the winter days approach.

In that month when I haven’t been blogging, things have indeed been happening with the construction:

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Feel free to admire my unfinished masterpiece :p Taken with my new awesome Samsung Note 4 ^_^

Timber frames up, roof’s up, even windows and bath tub are in!

I remember a while ago, when I was looking at the concrete slab without all the timber on them, I thought to myself:

Gee, you mean my kitchen is so tiny?

Can I actually fit a washing machine in there?

That room looks like it’s not going to fit much in there.

I hope I don’t get obese ever, I won’t be able to shower in that space!

I can tell you, when I was designing the house, I tried to upsize everything. In my head, I was quite excited that it’s going to be this big space that I’m going to live in. When I saw the slab, I was excited, but a bit disappointed that everything looked small.

And now? I am profoundly amazed at how skewed perspectives can be. With the timber frames up, I can see for myself without trying to imagine how big or small the rooms are going to be. And I must say, I am rather pleased! I know, the ceiling is not up yet, so it may well turn out looking smaller again, but just let me enjoy this moment for awhile ok? Don’t burst my bubble.

Got a few pictures of the internal bits of the house, I can’t wait to put them up! -feeling smug- If I’m that smart, I might even put in a couple of videos of the “house tour” in the next post haha. 🙂 Ta!

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1st attempt at 3D sketching (master bedroom and ensuite)

What I’ve learnt about myself during this house-building process so far: I’m impatient and I hate waiting.

Waiting for the quotes to come back is really killing me and I have been desperately trying to distract myself. And that whole issue with the curtains and trying to visualise my home bugged me so much, that I have resorted to Google Sketchup to try and create a 3D model of my house (and kill time of course).

Yes, I know what all of you are thinking – this girl needs to go to the mental hospital!

I probably spent about 8-10 hours just to draw up the master bedroom and the ensuite, and in the end product annoyed me because it didn’t look a single bit attractive like those 3D interior designs that I see on facebook. Lol.

Since I’ve put in so much effort into it, I think I ought to at least attempt to freak people out with my horrible piece of “art”. So, here goes:

1. Master bedroom

Master bedroom
What it is supposed to look like: A hammerhead-shaped room with dark timber laminate flooring, black aluminium framed windows (I was too exhausted to attempt the creation of curtains). For those of you who are wondering, yes I would be having ceilings in my actual house. There is supposed to be a door on that wall that is facing south that leads into the walk-in-robe, that also leads to the ensuite. Mostly drawn to scale, and even the design of the bed and colour of the sheets are exactly the same as what I have now haha (just missing the bed head). Other pieces of furniture will be put in eventually, but I couldn’t wait to draw up other bits of the house.

2. Ensuite

Ensuite bathroom

What it is supposed to look like: Rectangular bathroom with rectified charcoal floor tiles, gloss white wall tiles. Eventually I would like to install a rain shower (who wouldn’t???), while in the nearer future (like right after the house is built), I am going to install the glass panel for the walk-in shower concept. 🙂 Going to have to put in the freestanding bath myself too, but at least I get to pick what I want at a better price. The wall to the right of the picture is the same wall where the door from the bedroom leading into the walk-in robe will be. And of course there will be a wall between the walk-in robe and the bathroom, and a door in it as well. Anyway I’m really hoping the real deal turns out looking better than my crappy drawings. Here’s what the real bathroom bench top and cabinet doors are supposed to look like:

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I’m almost tempted to put a black chandelier in the middle of the bathroom just for the effect heehee.

 

If you happen to wonder what sort of window frames I am getting for my house, here’s the swatch for it:

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I apologise if anybody’s getting nightmares from this post, I promise I will watch more Sketchup tutorials and level up my drawing skills. 😛 Aaaaaaand sorry for the lengthy post!

Dressing the windows part 1

The whole incident with the bank has made me realise something – I have no idea what I really want with window treatments.

At this stage of home building, I’m not sure any one would have thought about window treatments at all! I knew I wanted curtains, but when people asked what type of curtains I wanted before they could do a quote for me, I was absolutely stumped.

Sheer or blockouts, types of fabrics, tracks or rods….

The first bit I am going to try tackling would be colours. It would have been easier if I already had the house built so I can try imagining the colours that would go with the house. But I don’t, so I have to turn to my trusted resources (google and pinterest) for some help.

Knowing that I am going to have black window frames, white walls and dark timber laminate floors, I typed “black window frames” and looked for pictures showing curtains with the combination that may look similar to my future home. Here’s some of what I’ve found:

Black curtains

White curtains

Black AND white curtains – best of both worlds!

I still cannot decide on the colour, but at least I’ve narrowed that down to just black and white ^_^ As for whether it’s going to be sheer / silk / canvas/ cotton, on tracks / rods, etc, I will leave that for another time.

For those that ever wondered why I am going to go with black window frames, here’s a nice link with pretty pictures that might convince you to go for the same too:
http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2013/04/design-trend-black-window-trim/