Friday, 7 September 2012

The weeks since handover....

It's been a crazy few weeks since we got our keys! We have done the fence, turf and laid timber vinyl click flooring through the whole house except media room and bedrooms. Our carpet has been installed too (absolutely loving our shag pile carpet in the bedrooms!!!) and I've finally been able to make a start on unpacking some boxes. I am absolutely loving the house, I find myself staying up until midnight most nights without even realising, I'm happily moving stuff around and sorting stuff out and before I know it it's way past my usual bedtime.   Also loving our vacumaid and vacpan.  I wasn't sold on the whole idea but I'm glad we got it - the vacuum cleaner is so powerful and the vacpan in the kitchen is a god send.  You simply sweep towards it (it's in the kickboard of the kitchen cabinets) and then tap it with your foot and the dirt gets taken away by the vacumaid hose!  Our floors are great too - they are a vinyl click together product sold by Harvey Norman called Allure Loc.  They carry a lifetime residential warranty and have a commercial wear layer.  We tried to scratch them with knives and keys when we first looked at them and couldn't!  They are a DIY product or you can pay someone to lay it for you - we chose to DIY as it was a saving of close to $4,000.  Andrew was cursing ever saying he would do it after a few days - whilst they are click together they are still very fiddly and time consuming.  We love them and think they look great and they also hide the dirt really well.  We've had a lot of comments from visitors too!

The first few days Andrew was back he noticed a number of things around the house he wasn't happy with (he wasn't around for PCI) and our supervisor happily came out to the house and noted everything down and arranged trades to come and fix them all. We're still waiting on the plumber to fix his part but I'm told he will be out on Saturday.

We hadn't planned on sleeping at the house until the floors were finished but of course I managed to twist Andrew's arm and we set up our camping bed in the middle of the lounge room! Had a horrible sleep on that so ended up putting a mattress on the floor and moved ourselves into the media room for a bit more privacy. Once we had some old sheets on our bedroom windows we then moved said mattress into our room. At the moment I still don't have our bed at the house so the mattress is still on the floor, though having carpet now makes it much more "liveable"!

 
Our previous home was only a 3 bedroom weatherboard so we really don't have all that much furniture, just a dining table and chairs, our bedroom furniture and two couches so the house is looking rather bare. In the coming weeks / months (when funds permit!) we will be purchasing a new bedroom suite, desk & bookcase for the study and tv unit for the media room and a few other bits and pieces. As well as those things we had wanted to get a new lounge and on the weekend Andrew's parents very kindly bought us a black leather lounge for the media room, it is arriving on Saturday so I'm excited to see that go in. I bought some cushions for it tonight too. 


Our new lounge (in black)
Cushions for the new lounge!
Hoping to get some electrical work done over the coming weeks, including putting up our feature light in the entry way. I attempted to put it together tonight but didn't get anywhere!

Next week our driveway is going down so I will finally be able to drive in the garage at night!  Then after that we'll be looking to get the house rendered (currently only the front is done), the decking on the entry and alfresco done, and get started on the gardens.  I have a fairly long list of odd jobs to do already including filling and sanding nail holes on all skirting boards and giving them two final coats of gloss (we took the skirting off and then put back on after we had laid the floors to give it a neat finish), sorting through our mountain of clothes and looking in to those wardrobe fit outs with drawers etc, organising the block wall for other side of entry and gates for the front, and backfilling our other side against the retaining wall and looking at ground coverings for that area too.  I guess the jobs don't stop once the house is built!

A few pictures below of the house happenings of the past few weeks....






 
Getting closer to the finish line... for this area anyway!
The finished product (complete with mop streaks!)

 
 
 


Turf laying progress shot.
 





 
Our shag pile carpet!
 
Media room carpet.

Finally in our own bedroom ..... but the mattress is still on the floor!

My bargain find at Far Pavilions - $105.00 reduced from $350.00 - currently in our entry way!

49 comments:

The Decorating Emporium said...

Love.it! Everything looks fab, Em. The floors are gorgeous and I just love the look of freshly laid turf - we're hanging to have grass here.

I really like that lounge, too. I've always wanted that exact one but have never had the right space for it. It will be so fantastic for your media room.

Ok, I'm going to stop gushing now! Glad to hear you're enjoying the house. And, really, the building bit is the easy part - the hard work once you're in never ends!!

M
x

Em said...

Thanks M! I have to say that the turf was probably the most exciting part for me - it was like instant gratification, from dirt to grass! Andrew had wanted a very particular grass and wanted to inspect a few but after 20 minutes of having the yard levelled he was sick of the dust and just said get some turf here ASAP!

I'm excited to get the lounge tomorrow, at first I was umming & ahhing about how it would look in the media room as I didn't want it to take over the room but after drawing a scaled room plan (I know, crazy!) and drawing the lounge in it I think we should be right - I hope! It is perfect for lounging around in and Andrew can have the long side and I fit perfectly on the little chaise side!

laurenb said...

Awesome!! It must feel so great to finally be waking up in your house. Love that you went diy on the flooring, looks amazing! It's all come together so quickly!

We'll be much the same furniture wise, except we don't even own a dining table haha. The new couch looks great and I reckon it should be perfect for the media room. I love how we are all setting up things so differently and there's so many little things that are different with each marcoola.

Love, love, love that you have allocated 'sides' for your new couch, hehe.

Mel said...

Wow Em, it looks your place has been as crazy as ours!! Your floors look fantastic! What a mission! my husband did the same type of flooring himself at our townhouse, I distinctly remember all the cursing lol. I am SO jealous of your bargain mirror! It is so funny because I was looking at that exact same mirror yesterday afternoon and couldn't justify the $350, I should have asked for a big discount too!! Which store did you buy it at? I was looking at the one in the valley/emporium. We bought a new chair instead lol. Can I ask who you got your turf through? I have had one quote so far which seems quite reasonable, but always handy to have another! Bet you will be glad when you get your bed!! It is all looking great!!! xx

Em said...

I can't explain how good it feels to be 'in' the house Lauren & Mel! It's a strange feeling to look around and think that a few weeks / months ago it was a bare block of land and then a building site. It's amazing how much of a difference having flooring, carpet & turf makes - it seems to have gone from an empty shell to a real house.

It is funny that we (Madonna, Lauren & I) all picked the same plan and then did our thing to make it individual and are doing the same thing with the decorating!

Mel, the mirror I got from Far Pav factory outlet. I didn't even know one existed until Mum bought a new dining table and chairs and that was where they had to pick it up from so I went with them and saw the mirror and had to have it. We'd had our eye on one at Harvey Norman for months for $699 and couldn't justify it right now so when this one came up I jumped. They were having 50-70% off everything at the factory outlet so I pushed for 70% off and got it. The guy there told me I was 'very lucky' to have come at the right time because normally they don't get many items like that unless they are damaged, which it wasn't.

We got our turf through Paul Nunn at Cleveland Turf. After a last minute research attempt at what was best for our conditions we wanted to get 'Aussiblue' which is a hybrid version of the old blue couch. It worked out to be $5.80/sqm which was a bit more than what we were seeing in other places for Wintergreen etc but glad we spent the little bit extra as it's taken really well and I haven't even looked after it as best I should! Arcadia Turf are the other mob that we were looking to go through but they didn't have Aussiblue.

Good luck with the rest of your jobs, I'm feeling a little less motivated now that Andrew is gone again but I'll get back in to the swing of things soon!

Em

penny barns said...

Hi EM,

sorry i have just come across your blog.
i wish i had earlier as we are almost at handover too. this friday for us.
possibly too sleeping on the floor for a few days too!
Pen x

B is building a house said...

That is one sexy looking kitchen island!!!! :)

It all looks amazing. You must be over the moon.

Love the mirror! What a bargain!

B

Anonymous said...

Wow, wonderful weblog format! How long have you ever been blogging for?

you make blogging glance easy. The full glance of your web site is wonderful, as smartly as the content material!
Feel free to visit my site ; how to play piano

Anonymous said...

Everyone loves it when folks get together and share ideas.

Great website, continue the good work!
Here is my blog ; free iphone 5

Anonymous said...

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed to get setup? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
I'm not very web smart so I'm not 100% positive. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Stop by my page http://icterinewarbler.offersbookmarks.com/technology/characteristics-of-obvious-skin-max-products

Anonymous said...

Hello my famіly member! I wіsh to say that
this aгtiсlе iѕ amazing, grеat written
and іncludе apprоximatеlу all
imρortant іnfоs. I wоulԁ like
to lοok more posts like thіs .
Look at my web site miracle mate and patriot vacuums

Anonymous said...

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is needed to get set up? I'm assuming having a blog like yours ωould cost a pгetty pеnny?

I'm not very web savvy so I'm not 100% sure. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers
Visit my site :: http://insainia.com/

Anonymous said...

I read this post completely about the difference of hottest and earlier
technologies, it's amazing article.
Visit my page ; how can i get rid of Acne overnight

Anonymous said...

Ιf some one wіѕheѕ exреrt
viеw on the topic of blоgging afterwaгd i advise him/her tο go to sеe this
wеbpаgе, Keеp up the fаstidious woгk.


My sitе getrippedabsfast.info

Anonymous said...

It's in fact very difficult in this full of activity life to listen news on Television, so I just use world wide web for that purpose, and take the hottest information.

Feel free to surf to my blog post: free online dating advice for guys

Anonymous said...

Αω, this ωas аn extrеmelу
niсe post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generаte a top nоtch article… but
what can I sаy… I put thіngs off a lot аnd dοn't manage to get nearly anything done.

Feel free to surf to my webpage; jvzoo product of the day

Anonymous said...

I am truly plеaѕed tο glance at thіs blog pοsts which саrries
tоns of useful datа, thanks for providіng theѕе infoгmation.


Негe іs my wеbsіte:
get ripped abs fast

Anonymous said...

Αttractive ѕеction of сontent.
I just ѕtumbleԁ upоn youг blog and in acсessіon capital to assеrt thаt
I аcquігe аctually enjοyeԁ acсount your blog posts.
Αnywaу I'll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

Here is my page: Get Cash For Surveys

Anonymous said...

Hi thегe, уes thiѕ post іѕ гeаlly pleasant and
I have lеаrnеd lot of thіngs frоm it
abоut bloggіng. thanks.

Also visit mу weblog - Distance College

Anonymous said...

Greate article. Keep pоsting such kind of information on your blog.
Im really impresseԁ by it.
Hi thеre, You've done a fantastic job. I will definitely digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I'm соnfident
they'll be benefited from this website.

My web site :: wso downloads

Anonymous said...

If yοu wish for to get much from this аrticle then you have to apply such methoԁs tо your ωon webpage.


mу web-site - wso blackhat

Anonymous said...

WOW just what I was looκing for. Сame here by seаrсhing foг
cash for survеуs

Mу web blog: get cash for surveys review

Anonymous said...

Todаy, I went to the beachfrοnt with my kids.
Ι founԁ a sеa shell and gave it tο my 4 уear οld ԁaughtеr
and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear."
She ρut the shеll to hеr еаг anԁ screamed.
There was a hermit сrab іnsіԁe and іt pіnched her еaг.
Ѕhe nevеr wаnts to go baсk!
LοL I know thіs іs tоtally off
topic but I had to tell ѕomeone!

Look into my ωebpage: included paleo diet
my web site > caveman diet menus

Anonymous said...

Thаnk you fοr every otheг excellent article.
Where else maу anybody get thаt kind of informatіon in such a perfect аpproасh of writіng?

I have а presentation subsequеnt wеeκ,
аnd I'm at the search for such info.

Take a look at my web site - no hands seo Warrior

Anonymous said...

After looking οveг а number оf the aгtіclеs οn уour wеb sіte,
І rеаlly аpρreciate уour wаy of writіng а blog.
I sаvеd as a favoritе іt to my
bookmarκ ωеbpage list and ωill bе
checking bаcκ soon. Τakе a look
аt mу websitе aѕ well аnd tell me your opinion.



Ηerе is mу ωebpagе - How To Find Ppl On Yahoo Messenger

Anonymous said...

Heу! I just wantеd to аsk if you eveг
have any trouble wіth hackerѕ? My last blog (wordpress)
wаs hacked and I endеd up losing months of hard wοrk due to no backup.
Do yоu have аny methods to ρгevent hackеrѕ?


Feel free to surf to my web-site :: wso guide

Anonymous said...

ӏ delight in, lеad to I found just whаt I used tо
be hаving a look fоr. You've ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

My web blog warrior forum wso

Anonymous said...

Grеatе piecеs. Kеeρ writing ѕuch kіnd οf
info οn your blog. Im really impreѕsed by your blog.

Hey there, You've done a fantastic job. I will certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this website.

Also visit my blog: get cash for surveys review

Anonymous said...

Ӏ was геcommеnded this wеbsite thгough mу cousin.
І am now not suгe whether oг nοt this ρublіsh is written by meanѕ of him as nο one else realize ѕuch
targeted approximately my problem. Υou're wonderful! Thanks!

My web blog: gsa search engine ranker download

Anonymous said...

Thank уоu a lot fοr ѕharing this with all of us you
гeаlly rеalize ωhat you aге
speаking аbout! Booκmarked.
Kindlу also visit my webѕite =). We ωill have
а hypеrlіnk change agreеmеnt amοng uѕ

Alsο visit my weblog :: pure leverage webinar

Anonymous said...

It's hard to come by knowledgeable people about this subject, but you sound like you know what you'гe tаlking about!

Τhanks

Αlso visit my hοmepage - Pure Leverage Gavin Mountford

Anonymous said...

American men wouldn't go to other nations for love/sex for any range of reasons. The initial is if most ladies within the U.S. were not so fat. Certain there are guys that cannot afford to travel or are uninelligent, so that they settle to get a body fat lady and live a boring life even when they are saying their spouse or girlfriend is "hot" yet the dimension of the Ford Tundra. The 2nd is just a minority of women are tremendous hot within the U.S. A minimal proportion of hot ladies in the united states, makes them go for both some muscle mass buff homos or some billionare. Amongst the young scorching ladies, they are sexually turned off by intelligence of any sort or sophistication.
So what need to a man of good looks having a high education do ? Go settle for some fatty ? Why should he, when he has a high likelihood in possessing the life he desires in other areas on this planet, Appear in the the years he skipped out in school where hot women haven't any sexual interest in intelligence and use MTV as their
common of a guy. Logically talking, it really is better for an educated guy of good appears to visit locations where the vast majority
of women are
super hot and unique like Eastern
Europe/Russia,parts of Latin The us, and a few components of Asia.


So why do ladies in the usa, and their closeted gay male supporters lash out
at their fellow American males for making the most of
lifestyle or looking for out a true daily life ? I've no dilemma if women selected a lifestyle they want, why can't males ?


Feel free to visit my blog :: female Mind mastery free

Anonymous said...

Meh, I only concur with 8 and 9. Almost everything else, if a
man did that all the time booooooooooooring...

Here is my web blog ... 2gts Shawna Lenee

Anonymous said...

I realize you were possibly expecting somebody else
to comment on this but ill give you advice that i want i'd have adopted far more. Before you decide to get in to the hefty lifting, get greater in the strategy related with every single raise or drill, these will avert injury and keep you around the field a lot more. And 2nd, do not consider that you must weigh 220 lbs to become a good player. I only weighed 190 and performed middle backer in high school, but i threw my physique around as if i weighed 225, and that i got recognized for it. Pay interest to element. Very good Luck and keep your head up!

Feel free to visit my web page :: gaining muscle quicker than losing fat

Anonymous said...

I am not italian, and that i truly got absolutely nothing
towards them, but I hear women stating that italian men are soooo scorching,
and gorgeous, with model appears, but these identical ladies are with men that are not italian.
And when they are italian, they surely never look like models.
I imply I can comprehend the aggravation of ladies once they see guys ogling at models/skinny girls, and it makes me query regardless of whether my bodily appearance is suitable
or not. So my query is are guys of other ethnicities significantly less fascinating?

can it be a fantasy of every single lady to be by having an italian dude?


Also visit my webpage; secrets to get more women

Anonymous said...

you understand what wasn't helpful.... what you just mentioned.

My blog :: six pack shortcuts mike chang complete workout free download

Anonymous said...

Hi my loved one particular! I desire to say that this short article is amazing, great written and consist of roughly all important infos.
I would prefer to appear a lot more posts like this .



Also visit my homepage: weight loss foods shopping list

Anonymous said...

Right here is the perfect webpage for anybody who
hopes to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost
hard to argue with you (not that I really will need
to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been
written about for many years. Wonderful stuff, just excellent!


Here is my web page Paranormal.dcavarretta.Info

Anonymous said...

It's hard to come by knowledgeable people on this topic, however, you sound like you know what you're talking about!
Thanks

Also visit my website Cheap Louis Vuitton Bags

Anonymous said...

What actions did Wealthy males, ladies, and young children participate in, inside
the nineteenth century?

Feel free to visit my blog ... how to attract women

Anonymous said...

Why no pix of Kirk Alyn, who starred in two film serials as the very first live-action
Superman?

My homepage: how to cure premature ejaculation naturally book

Anonymous said...

Hi there to every body, it's my first go to see of this website; this weblog contains amazing and truly excellent information in favor of readers.

Check out my web site - where to buy vigrx plus in philippines

Anonymous said...

There is always one thing new to learn inside the dentistry field.
Appreciate all the wonderful resources.

Also visit my webpage; Dental Pro 7 Toothpaste

Dave Limburg said...

Hi,

We came across your blog and wanted to introduce ourselves and our business and we think our service might appeal to you.
I am Dave Limburg from Online Garden Design (Online Garden Design). We run an online landscape design and plant selection consultancy service aimed at clients looking to landscape their own gardens.
We create custom made garden designs as well as DIY guides for those wanting to attempt all or some of the construction of their own garden.

Please have a look at our site for more information.

Many thanks

Dave Limburg
Online Garden Design
www.onlinegardendesign.com.au

Anonymous said...

hello,
i am appu.. i was 166kg.. now after making use of milk shake and arfresh,i've misplaced 10kg in 1 month.. but i dint start the weight-loss salads.. i'm 21yrs previous.
. i've thyroid and blood pressure... is it recommended to continue herbalife...but i never feel to possess any negative impacts soon after getting herbalife.. make sure you give me your valuable ideas...

Also visit my web blog Weight Loss Blogs For Older Women

Anonymous said...

Dude strike the nail on the head, and obviously Micah has never ever seen a organic bodybuilding show.
Simply because Micah is generally saying he's 40 to 50 pounds heavier then past All-natural Mr. Olympians.

Here is my web site; six pack shortcuts Youtube abs

Anonymous said...

"Also, when looking for body fat reduction, about how several calories should be eaten?"

Also visit my webpage precision nutrition lean eating

Anonymous said...

My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post's to be what precisely I'm looking for.

can you offer guest writers to write content for yourself?

I wouldn't mind composing a post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome blog!

my weblog mp3 player 8gb test

Kevin Petter said...

Electrical service brisbane are residential electric contractors who can help installing new light fixtures such as chandeliers,
light and smoke detectors, power points and safety switches, telephone and television points, cooker connections, pool wirings as well as other rewiring tasks.
They provide wiring services for all residential and commercial maintenance and installations.


electrical services brisbane
brisbane electrical services

Post a Comment

Thanks for reading!

 

Blog Template by YummyLolly.com - Header Frame by Pixels and Ice Cream
Sponsored by Free Web Space