Cabinets and Tiling

It has been fairly manic of late at the house with trades everywhere inside.

We have had tiling happening and also cabinetry going in. The cabinets were full on, the cabinet maker was there from 7am till well after dark trying to get the majority of the cabinets in in one day which was a huge task so the photos that are below of that preliminary install, there is a lot left still be done, with the stone bench tops being templated today. The shade of white we chose for the kitchen is Dulux vivid white.

preliminary kitchen cabinets shaker profile

preliminary kitchen cabinets shaker profile

kitchen cabinets shaker profile

kitchen cabinets shaker profile

ensuite cabinet

Ensuite cabinet

Laundry cabinets

Laundry cabinets

Laundry cabinets corner view

Laundry cabinets corner view

The tilers have been great and haven’t complained once about the amount of brick bond patterns I wanted on the walls of the bathrooms. The have done a brilliant job so far but there is still a fair bit to doing in the way of splashbacks but now we have to wait on the stone which will be a couple of weeks.

Guest ensuite cabinet in Dulux flooded gum half strength

Guest ensuite cabinet in Dulux flooded gum half strength

ensuite shower tiling subway tiles on wall

ensuite shower tiling subway tiles on wall

upstairs bathroom tiling progress

upstairs bathroom tiling progress

The staircase is being started tomorrow, we have opted for a white timber one with just plain square profiles, we hope it will look similar to the one below. The carpenter specializes in restoration work so we are confident it will look brilliant.

wooden_stairs

 

The garage doors were installed and I must admit I had a moment of thinking that they were too beige (being surfmist) but that is the closest to white available. I think what highlights it more is the fact that we are edging the doors in Dulux white on white so it tends to highlight the difference, but I’m hoping that once its all properly painted it will blend in better.

garage doors in surfmist

garage doors in surfmist

scaffolding removed in great room

scaffolding removed in great room

view through to dining room ( with lots of tiles in the way)

view through to dining room ( with lots of tiles in the way)

I wish I could say it’s all smooth sailing at the moment but it’s actually the opposite, at this point in time every delay has a major impact on other trades that follow and there have been a few tense moments (that’s an understatement) on site when different trades are getting under each others feet. I tried to think back to the last couple of times we built with a project builder to see if it was any less stressful getting a someone else build  but it wasn’t. There is still compromise after compromise at this stage because the reality is not everything works how it should and you have to just suck it up.

Floorboards are starting next week, we are having roasted peat which has a lot of dark chocolate tones (see pic below) so I will post some more interesting pictures once it goes down and bench tops go on 🙂

Roasted Peat timber flooring

Roasted Peat timber flooring

External Colour Scheme

We have finally decided on our external colour scheme for the house.
This was not an easy task and one that we were still debating right up until the night before the roof colorbond had to be ordered.

For ages now the house has been (and still is) littered with paint swatches and computer print outs of houses in various colour schemes stuck on the fridge. We finally decided to go with a dark colorbond roof in monument in a trim deck profile as opposed to the usual corrugated profile.

trim deck profile

trim deck profile

colorbond monument

colorbond monument

American colorbond profile

American colorbond profile

That sorted we knew we still wanted white gutters, window surrounds and garage doors. You would think that white would be pretty simple colour to find in gutters and garage doors, WRONG, unfortunately the closest colour to white that colorbond makes is Surfmist which is not white but a very light beige colour. Admittedly it does look white in the sunlight but you would think that with the squillions of dollars a year that colourbond makes they could produce a basic white. The reason for them not doing this is not clear to me, maybe all whites discolour over time, I’m not sure, but again I refer to the squillions they make and wonder why they cant come up with a UV stabilized white. :/ So we had to go with surfmist for the guttering and hopefully the slight difference wont be noticeable. Anyway rant over about surfmist.

Colorbond Surfmist

The second dilemma was the weatherboard colour, after many failed attempts to convince my husband that there is a colour referred to as ‘greige’ which is a warm toned grey we finally decided on Dulux Flooded Gum at 50% strength which we think will look brilliant with the dark roof and white trim around the windows (we hope) below are a couple of pics of schemes that we like.

Dulux Flooded Gum and half strength Flooded Gum

Dulux Flooded Gum and half strength Flooded Gum

Light grey weatherboard

Light grey weatherboard

Greige exterior Colour Scheme

Greige exterior Colour Scheme

Grey weatherboard Hamptons style house

Grey weatherboard Hamptons style house