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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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We’ve been in a month now, and I have finally found the time to complete the feature garden near the front door. Michael from Pivot suggested we have a low window at the front entrance with a feature garden that we can light-up at night. At the time I had no idea what we were going to put there, but I liked the idea.

We didn’t have this area done by the landscaper because I had spied a huge mexican metal bowl months earlier that I wanted to use there, so we decided to plant it our selves.

I found the pot in my new favourite shop (which I have visited a dozen times in the last six months)  Kyo in Ocean grove.

I spotted this metal bowl and fell in love with it…. you can understand why:

We chose succulents to fill it. Purposely choosing different foliage, heights, colours and shapes, and most of them flower at some stage in the year to keep it interesting.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year…

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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OK, so the garden has been finished for over 2 weeks now… but I’ve also started back at work 2 days a week since then, been busy watering the garden, getting ready for (and having) a garage sale, and packing up the house for the move. I agree, I’ve been a bit slack with the updates, but I simply haven’t had the time!

All I can say is….it’s amazing to see something go from this:

To this…

This post will focus on the outside, then will quickly follow with an update on the inside (which is almost all done too, except the kitchen splash back and shower screens!).

As I have mentioned before we completed the garden before the house was finished so it could establish properly before we get some really hot summer days – those that live locally will know we have had some unseasonal hot weather the last two weeks, resulting in me having to drive down to the house to water every couple of days (with Heidi as chief supervisor).

So here it is, our new garden…

Here are some photos of the progress along the way…

We used Derek Weigall  from Facet Design to do the landscape design and Justin from Pivot Landscaping (0408 517 700) to complete the construction.

We’re thrilled with the outcome, loving the soft curves in the lawn and pathways to counteract the straight lines of the house. We made a few minor changes to the design (once we had seen the house and colour in real life).

  1. Switching Lilydale Topping paths for Rockdale. We thought the light grey of the Lilydale would be too grey against the house colours, so we chose the Rockdale which is a natural, caramel colour adding a bit of warmth to the design.
  2. We then chose concrete pavers that matched the Rockdale, the paver colour we ended up with was Coco.
  3. We removed the black boys from the design, they are slow growers, and to get large ones we would have to pay quite a lot.
  4. We added a feature tree on the courtyard. My husband has always wanted a Japanese Maple as a  feature tree, so I let his dream come true in this house. We placed it in a very protected, shaded spot to avoid the cripsy leaf issues you get in the summer months.

We chose to use tube stock for the plants in most cases (to keep costs down), which meant we lost a few plants in the first week (despite my diligent watering). Considering how many plants used in the garden losing half a dozen is not too bad at all.

Stay tuned for the next post that will detail the final stages of the interior.

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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It’s been another one of those weeks full of surprises, I went to the house not expecting a huge amount to have happened, and was a little overwhelmed…

I ventured to the house to meet the cabinet maker to assist in the positioning of our vanity basins, and was greeted by a huge amount of progress.

– the enormous mound of dirt in the back garden had been spread around the block making the back garden look much bigger, and allowing for a better view of the 7th hole from the house…

– All the privacy screens are up  (along the garage-to-house walkway, outside the second bathroom window, and hiding the clothes line and water tank from the neighbours)…

The screen running the length of the walkway (to the right of the front entrance), the second panel from the right is a gate:

The privacy screens in the service yard to hide the water tank clothes line and garbage bins:

– The front door handle was on!!! Very thrilling….

– The ensuite cabinetry was being installed…

I needed to provide input into the positioning of the beautiful apaiser basins (because the basins are not symmetrical I wanted to make sure they were positioned correctly). For more info about our bathrooms, and the products/colours chosen view this post:

These are these apaiser pebble basins in ‘seed pearl’…

– The powder room and bathroom cabinetry had been installed…

One of the apaiser basins will sit on the bench in both of these rooms:

– The study nook had been completed…

– All the wardrobes were done…

– The pantry shelving was in (will be covered with laminate)…

– The most exciting part was the kitchen, almost complete…

My poor husband misses out on seeing all this progress (unlike me, he goes to work during the week!). He gets to keep up with it all on this blog like you! I must say, being on maternity leave during the build has been really handy, it has given me the flexibility to visit the site when I want  to have a quick look (with permission from the site supervisor) and when any tradespeople need me there.

There’s lots going on at the moment, so keep coming back for updates.

Cheers,

Bernice
www.heybernice.com

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