Bits and Pieces

It has been ages since I posted and I think I officially have the title of worlds worst blogger! but I will try and be a little bit more consistent with the posts ( I know I say that every month or so).

Everything from now is the fun stuff, all the decorating and bits and pieces but there is still sooo much to go as far as the interior, so I will post a couple of pics of what I have done so far but some are not total rooms as we have ordered furniture and are waiting on some new pieces to finish off the main living area.

On a rather exciting note, we had some professional photos taken of our Kitchen and laundry and these are being published this month in Country Home Ideas magazine! Its nice to think that it was nice enough to end up in a magazine as there were times that I doubted my design choices. Let me know what you think….

Kitchen, finished design

Kitchen, finished design with Ikea bar stools and Otava pendants

kitchen island baskets Byholma from Ikea

Kitchen island baskets Byholma from Ikea

Butler sink, dishwasher in island end opposite

Butler sink, dishwasher in island end opposite

Byholma baskets from Ikea

Byholma baskets from Ikea

Laundry sink - Ikea

Laundry sink – Ikea

Finished Laundry

Finished Laundry

Kitchen Buffet - clock from Freedom furniture

Kitchen Buffet – clock from Freedom furniture

Stairwell picture gallery, hall table - Hemnes by Ikea

Stairwell picture gallery, hall table – Hemnes by Ikea

Fireplace - gas Rinnai sapphire

Fireplace – gas Rinnai sapphire

Almost weather tight

It seems to be ages since my last post so apologies for those of you following.
Things have been absolutely powering along lately with trades everywhere.

We have a roof now and a good looking one at that. The roof was something we had agonized over for ages, light or dark, tile or tin. Finally we decided on a dark roof in colorbond monument in a trimdeck profile. We had decided that if we went for tin we wanted something to look similar to the profiles that are used in American houses and after seeing a house in City Beach that is being built by Talbot Le Page Design  we decided to go in that direction as it looks amazing.

New Roof

New Roof

Trimdeck roof in Monument

Trimdeck roof in Monument

Roof and gutter detail

Roof and gutter detail

Talbot and Josh from Talbot Le Page Design have been helping us out with suggesting tradies and getting quotes and a wealth of knowledge in the building industry, without them we would have been stuck a few times as owner builders having limited access to tradies etc but these guys have certainly lightened the load.

The R9WA guys have been pulling long hours installing our windows and getting us to lock up, we are still thrilled with the product and now its weather tight you can begin to see the thermal properties working.

We have had so much rain in the last week but which hasn’t helped but we now have started the cladding on the outside, which is exciting but along with that came the decision on external paint colour, I will talk about that in a separate post because that is a long topic 🙂

Cladding started

Cladding started

Gable Vents

Gable Vents

dining room french doors

dining room french doors

The very sexy double glazed windows are installed. They are white but most still have the protective tape on and havent got the trim details attached but are still really nice. The fly screens are retractable and roll back into the sides of the windows and will be concealed by a white facia panel.

kitchen window

kitchen window

Kitchen window with retractable screen

Kitchen window with retractable screen

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upstairs sitting room window

upstairs sitting room window

internal roof and air con install

internal roof and air con install

Kitchens and Bathrooms

This what I consider the fun stuff. Tile selections and door profile decisions are my idea fun.
We have engaged The Kitchen Factory Malaga to make the kitchen and bathroom cabinets as I saw some of their previous work in a kitchen magazine and after meeting with them had a good feeling.

I must say that tiles were a major drama trying to fit what I had in my minds eye with what was available at tile shops around Perth, it wasn’t impossible but the selection available tends to be more on the modern side. We have settled on Prestige Tiles in Osborne Parkas we dealt with them in the past and they always do us a good deal.

There are a few things I wanted in this house that aren’t yet that popular or readily available in Australia.
Bathroom wall sconces was one of these things, I had to order mine from the U.S. and they will have to have some re-wiring of some sort doing to them by the sparky.
We are also going for a dado height wall panelling in some of the bathrooms and this has caused more than a few raised eyebrows when we try to explain the look we are going for to people.

Below are a few photo’s of some of the looks that we trying to achieve, the kitchen is almost exactly what we are having and the bathroom ones are just so you can get an idea of the style we are going for.

Tile selection

Tile selection

Bathroom wall sconces from the U.S.

Bathroom wall sconces from the U.S.

Hamptons style kitchen in black and white

Hamptons style kitchen in black and white

Shaker style kitchen cabinets

Shaker style kitchen cabinets

Hamptons style kitchen cabinets

Hamptons style kitchen cabinets

Bathroom wall sconces either side of mirror

Bathroom wall sconces either side of mirror

Picture of bathroom wall panelling

Picture of bathroom wall panelling

Style of bathroom we like for second bathroom

Style of bathroom we like for second bathroom