Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Place to Call Home

House progress is going great at the moment! Settlement date is now set for the end of next week, though it maybe change a little bit if anything gets held up. Really all that is left to do is have the carpets installed, painting finished, electrical finished, shower/door screens installed, plumbing finished and deck finished off. And most of that is pretty close to being done!

I couldn’t be happier with how all of our colours have turned out. It’s pretty hard to get everything matching perfectly from little colour samples but we’re both pretty happy with the outcome. It’s a nice, bright and airy house, which is exactly what we’ve both wanted all along!

On the weekend just gone, we spent almost every waking moment at the house painting. Our team of Jeffrey, myself, my parents and Jeff’s parents managed to get a HUGE amount done! We’re very proud of ourselves and it even looks great. The main reason that we managed to get so much done was because of a friend of ours lending us his spray gun! We are very blessed!

So come Christmas holidays (just under 3 weeks) we should be moving into our brand new, first ever house! We’ve got all our furniture ordered and our fridge/freezer and washing machine is all ready to be delivered. Today we spend the afternoon wandering around bunnings looking at things we still need (and things we don’t need). We bought some door mats and picked out a few other bits and bobs to buy later!

We are two very happy people, all ready to move into our first EVER house! Now I’m off to continue the exciting packing! Wooooo!

Snuggles enjoying her first walk on our deck!

My most favourite part of the house! Isn't it lovely?

Our tiles! At first we were disappointed because they put the wrong ones in, now we love them!

Running water at last!

Coffee for the hard working painters!

Preparing to start our painting weekend!

Hard working painter

Another hard working painter!

Following instruction to start using the spray gun!

Jeffrey spraying the bedroom.

Painting is messy business!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Decision Making

Are you a good decision maker? I’m not, if I have to make a decision I like a good solid week to think, research, talk, think some more and totally change my mind a thousand times. In fact, I’d go as far as saying, I hate making decisions!

No one tells you just how many decisions there is to make when your building a house. It sounds like common sense but you don’t expect there to be quite so many! Today alone we had to make decisions on, exterior paint, deck paint, cupboards, lounge chair colour, shape, size, outdoor setting, railings and I’m sure there was more. My brain is seriously frazzled and I think it might take a few months after this house is finished to regain my sanity and feel okay about making decisions.

Probably the worst part is having to make choices so quickly and hope they are the correct ones. Once the house is painted there is no way I’m shelling out more money to re-paint it if we don’t like it!

So that’s how everything is going at the moment. We are really very close to the end now and things are crazy. Our deck started getting build today along with tiling, bathroom and painting. We start painting the inside in just over a week as well!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hand Over

We found out this week that our hand over date for the house has been set for 28th November, which is just over 3 weeks time from now! Of course this is if everything goes to plan with the builder and delivery of everything. I’m thinking it will be a little bit longer than that because we still have to paint the house.
Today I got to have another walk through and the plastering is finished, flooring has been laid and the interior doors are on. It’s looking more and more like a house each time I see it. The undercoat of paint has now gone on the outside and we’re having some test colours painted next week so we can choose an exterior colour.

The really exciting stuff happens next week as they are installing the kitchen, tiling the whole house and starting the deck. I cannot wait to see these things finished! Also tomorrow, Mum and Dad are taking Jeffrey and I down to Ikea to look at furniture. We’re pretty sure of what we are going to get but are looking at Ikea for ideas. On Sunday we will hopefully be ordering all of our furniture! Seriously so excited about that! I’m pretty sure Jeff is even more excited than I am haha!

And finally, this week I started packing our stuff ready for the new house. Not the day to day things we use but all of our house things that I’ve collected over the years! Packing making it all the more real to be honest!