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Howdy,

Thanks for following my blog Lot 271, all about our new house build. You’ve probably noticed there’s not much action happening here. That’s because we are busy planning the build of our next new home.

So, I though you might like to know about, and where you can follow all the action! Over on Instagram this time:

New builder, double block, bigger home and budget!



Yep, we couldn’t wait to do it all again. This time I’m documenting it all on Instagram.
So if you’re interest in seeing what we do this time, click on the link above and follow Lot 136!
See you over there.
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On Monday night we had a visit from a professional photographer. He came to take the final photos of our house now it is furnished, and all the Christmas decorations are down. We were extremely lucky to have an amazing night, clear skies and a beautiful sunset. He waited until dusk to get the lighting just right (as you will see). Look out for the colours in the sky in the bedroom shot – they are real… no photo-shopping going on there! Enough said… here are the final photos of our house, now we’ve moved in:

I’ve had feedback that a slideshow would be great, so I have inserted one below, or you can view them individually with descriptions even further below…

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The front…

Front entry, hallway and feature garden…

Study nook and stairs to back section…

Front living room…

Powder room…

Bathroom…

Kitchen & Dining…

Kitchen and front entrance…

Internal deck…

Family room…

Dining, kitchen and family…

Dining and Family…

Ensuite…

Master bedroom…

Back deck overlooking the golf course…

Back deck and family room…

Rear of the house…

We’ve just said goodbye to four adults and three children who came to visit for an Australia Day BBQ, and stayed the night – the house is designed perfectly for entertaining, overnight guests and children (especially the lawn out the back for running them until they’re exhausted!!)  – we couldn’t be happier, thanks Michael, Matt and Chloe from Pivot Homes.

You can also view my Pinterest Board where I collated all my inspiration for the house styling and decorating. Most of the things in the board ended up in the house, the rest will be added slowly!

If you would like the details about any of the finishes in the house you can read about all that in the Colour Selection (Specifications) post.

Cheers,

Bernice

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As promised I have pulled together a final house walk-through. I know I have posted heaps of photos already, but they don’t give you a good feel of space and layout.

Speaking of layout, here’s the house plan to refresh your memory while you’re watching it…

I have also included some of the other movies I made along the way, it’s lovely to see where it all started (well, it is for me anyway!).

From start to frame stage…

The back raised section – frame stage…

The fixing stage…

The Final house walk-through…

Pivot will be taking some professional photos of the furnished house in the new year (when all the Christmas decorations are down). I’ll be sure to load them up when I have a copy of them.

Have a Merry Christmas, and a New Year celebration with a few Wooo Hooo’s thrown in there (we will be!)!

Cheers,

Bernice

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We’ve been in two weeks now. I worked like a maniac to unpack everything in the first week (no lingering boxes in this household!). We’ve hosted two dinners and I’ve had mothers group (with 7 babies) over here… you’d probably agree that we’ve definitely christened the place in our first few weeks.

We’ve been going through the normal new house things like:
– re-arranging which drawers and cupboards we want things in,
– working out which switches turn on which lights,
– testing out the cieling fans and air-con,
– working out the best place for the dog kennel (with a view of the golf course, or a view of us inside!!)

I did take some photos of the place all clean and fresh before we moved all our stuff in… so here are those photos:

Standing at the front door looking towards the back of the house…

The front living room, looking to the street…

The front living room looking out ont the internal courtyard…

Looking across the hallway to the study nook…

Study nook, leading to the laundry…

Bathroom…

Powder room and toilet…

Bedroom 4 (Heidi’s room)…

Bedroom 3…

Kitchen…

Pantry…

Looking across the dining area to the family room…

Looking towards the front of the house, across the family room…

Looking across the family room to the dining room…

Looking across the family room towards the back of the house…

Master bedroom…

Ensuite…

Master robes…

I’m working on a video walk-through that gives a much more accurate ‘feel’ of the house. I should have that up in a day or so.

Loving the space and light…. it puts me in a good mood every morning!

Cheers,

Bernice

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This is it, the long-awaited day has arrived. We have a final inspection tonight then we’re handed the keys to our new home.

The song ‘This is it’ by Dannii Minogue has been running through my head all morning… here’s a little sample of the high quality pop music Dannii produced in the 90’s to give you a taste of the mood I’m in:

To give you an update on what’s been happening inside for the last 2 months here are some photos…

The painter has done an AMAZING job both inside and out. We loved that he really thought about what he was doing, and offered suggestions for better ways to use the colours and different strengths to improve the way it would look…

The electrician has installed all the lighting, power points, fans, external lights etc. Adding the pendant lights above the dining table has really finished that area, and created a feeling of intimacy…

The tiling and plumbing is completed, and looks great with the shiny porcelain tiles and the goose-neck taps. We chose to run the rectangular floor tile lengthwise along the bathroom, then continue with that line up the wall – creating a line for the eye to follow.

Bathroom (you are looking at where the free-standing bath will go)

Powder room and toilet

Laundry…

Ensuite…

The floorboards have been polished, and the carpet is down in the bedrooms and living room.

I will follow with a video walk-through I will take during our handover tonight, and some final shots before we move in, and then after. I still have a few more posts to write about the window furnishings (being installed next week), contract variations and some general tips when building. In the meantime we will be busy moving in!

Cheers,

Bernice

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A quick visual update for you. While all of this is going on inside, the landscaping is taking shape outside… more to come over the next week:

The painter is working very hard inside to complete all the internal painting…

The painter has painted all the wardrobe/cupboard doors so they match the wall colour…

The final coat is on the walls…

The waterproofing was done for the tiler, and the tiling has commenced in the bathrooms. I am heading down today to get some progress shots of the tiling…

And a few weeks ago the kitchen bench top (caesarstone – ginger) was installed. We chose to under-mount the sink for ease of cleaning the bench top, and being able to wipe straight into the sink. We also requested channels to be made in the stone to create a drying area on the benchtop…

At this stage we are about 6 weeks away…. exciting!

Cheers,

Bernice
www.heybernice.com

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As I mentioned in the previous post, at this stage of building a lot of aspects rely on other tradespeople completing their work before the next one in line can start. Before the landscaping could start the driveway needed to be poured. The driveway and crossover are now done, and the early stages of the landscaping have also started. We have commenced the landscaping now to give the plants the best chance to establish roots before the summer comes.

We decided on exposed aggregate for the driveway (the colour we chose is called Promontory Bianco).

Before deciding we looked at heaps of driveways, and considered using crushed and compacted rock/stone. One of the things that put us off the stone driveway was that we had floorboards inside, and the stones would get caught in shoes and scratch/dent the floorboards. The other consideration was that the rain would create channels in the crushed rock as it runs off the driveway during a downpour. Also, there were only about two other driveways at the Sands that had used it – we figured that was telling us something!

We also considered embedded sleepers – it looks great, but again needs to be set into crushed stone:

We drove around the area looking at all the driveways trying to decide what colour we liked, and also what would compliment the house well:

We didn’t want the driveway to be too grey, but also didn’t want it too sandy coloured. It didn’t need to be a feature of the design, we wanted it to blend in. The next step was to visit the concrete supplier (luckily they were nearby) and view all their colours side by side to help us decide. We chose Promontory Bianco that had a good mix of light and dark:

The process to end up with exposed aggregate was quite interesting. Below is a photo after the concrete had been poured, it just looks like smooth, grey concrete. They then sprayed sugar and water over the top, this stops the top setting. When the rest has dried, that layer is then washed off to reveal the exposed stones…

Concrete poured…

Spraying with sugar and water…

Left with the exposed stones after washing (not sealed yet)…

Sealing the driveway…

The finished driveway has come up looking like this after sealing, bringing out the colours of the stones.:

The crossover colour is standard, and set by The Sands…

We are really happy with the driveway colour and finish, it looks great with the exterior house colours. The company we used is called Cormack Concreting (0408 994 043). The builders arranged it all for us, and added the cost in as a variation to the contract price.

Since the driveway has been completed the early stages of the landscaping has begun…

Meanwhile the painter is working hard indoors to finish to allow the tiler to start, I’m looking forward to seeing his work inside.

Cheers,

Bernice
www.heybernice.com

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