Friday, July 24, 2009

Not much has happened since the driveway went in.

We have almost finished the tiling of the 3 bathrooms. Poor S comes home worn out from work only to start the tiling almost immediately.
I have been sealing the ground floor grout in the living areas. Almost done! Doing it an hour at a time, is physically manageable. The poor knees are bearing up well.

Have been back at work for 2 weeks now. Unfortunately, that leaves me only 1 weekday where I am able to slot in on-site quotes for blinds, wardrobes, flyscreens.

The blinds have been decided on & ordered. Got on to a great little business in Revesby run by Glen, which was recommended by a fellow Homeone Forum member. The service I got was exceptional & Glen is lovely to deal with. The internet can certainly be a wonderful thing. I got 2 other quotes from companies down here in the Shire & they were ridiculously expensive !! Also, the 3rd company which was recommended by EB & which was a front-runner, never got back to me. They obviously didn't want my business, so I went elsewhere.

The roller blinds should be fitted in 3 weeks. That will be a relief as the paper Redishades are becoming less manageable the more they are used.
This is the translulcent fabric for the ground floor. This allows light in during the day but privacy at night. I just adore this pattern. Our decor is simple & I feel the design will add a bit of interest. Hopefully it won't be too much interest.







I've had 1 measure-up for the fit-out of the wardrobes. Have yet to see the quote. As our wardrobes & WIR are huge, I can see that I will probably fall off my chair when I get it.
Need to get out to the showrooms to check out the competition but until the soccer season is over, that's unlikely. They don't trade on Sundays - what an absolute PAIN!

Flyscreens are booked in for next week - so many bugs getting in. A bit of a worry with summer not too far away.

The main living area around the kitchen is a bit of a bomb site, still. Boxes & boxes. It will be weeks before my wall unit is built & installed to take the contents of those boxes. Until then, the bomb site will remain.

Have been on the lookout for 2 side tables to take my gorgeous lamps in the lounge room. At the moment they're still on the floor. Might take me a while to get them off the floor.



We will shortly have our Interim Occupancy Certificate. Spoke to the certifier & it's all organised. That was a huuge relief, as we'd moved in without it & I was expecting some kind of fine.
Hoping to get the side fence started within a couple of weeks. It will be lovely to feel secure. At the moment our entire block is open to anyone who wants to enter it - not a pleasant feeling.





Also, going to Amber Tiles Sunday to select some kitchen tiles, alfresco & entry tiles & stepping stones while their sale is on! Got to save some money somewhere.

That's it for now...........

Thursday, July 16, 2009

About time!!! Our driveway & front landing are DONE!! We can now get into the house without bringing in the dirt & sand. What a relief.
This is the driveway without sawcuts - nice & clean. You should see it now - both it & the garage door are covered with concrete dust........now for a small downpour.........



and this is the view from our front yard :

Saturday, July 11, 2009

1 week in & the miriad of boxes, big & small, has almost disappeared. Have started arranging & re-arranging our limited furniture to see what fits where. Now realise that there isn't enough furniture to fill the place. We need a sofabed & TV stand for the upstairs room, a couple of armchairs & a side table for the front room & a couple of side tables for our lounge room.

Got one of the 2 final blind company contenders to do an onsite measure & quote. What a shock when I saw his price. Now, I did expect that it would be about $1,500 more than the initial quote, but $4,500 MORE???!!!! It went from $6,200 to $10,800. What a joke! Back to the drawing board......now need to ring around again. Bugger, this is all so time-consuming.
Our Redi-shades are a godsend. Looks like they'll be up for a couple of months, I'd say.

We are still waiting for the driveway to be poured. There have been a couple of hold-ups, due to council, rain, etc.....but we've been promised this Monday. Desperate for it to go in, so that we don't keep traipsing dirt into the house.
Really hoping that the colour is OK. It's one thing choosing from a brochure, but you can have a totally different outcome when it's poured.

The most exciting thing I'm looking forward to is having a custombuilt wall unit made up for our family room. It will handle ALL of our storage : extra pantry, drawers for stationery, suspension files, cutlery, DVDs, serving dishes, boardgames, etc......You name it & it will be in there. The unit will be huge - about 5 metres long.

Steve is tiling our bathrooms. He's tiling all the way up to the cornices. So far it's looking pretty good. Unfortunately, I don't think we saved any money doing it ourselves. The tiler quoted $1000 to finish it off for us. OUCH! But we should have run with that as we figure the tile glue alone is costing us $70o! Lesson learned but too late.
Tomorrow I'm bringing home the 3 bathroom wallvanity units. Once Steve installs them, we can load them up with the still boxed bathroom stuff.

Hoping the concretor will get to the scraping of our block soon, so that we can start laying turf & garden beds. Oh did I mention that apart from laying driveways, he also does retaining walls & does demolition work ?? Multi-talented guy!

I'll try to post some pics after the bathrooms are done. Hopefully, that won't be too long.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Our carpets are in !!!!!! We are so happy with the installation. Particularly with the staircase. Thankyou Cronulla Carpets subbies - great job!

Also, no damage to speak of to our walls & joinery. Woo hoo!!!

Close-up of charcoal & offwhite :


Upstairs hall :


Lounge :


Tricky staircase :