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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.




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I feel like we are sprinting to the end at the moment… there’ s a lot to coordinate. I’ve been a bit quiet the last week or so because I’ve been really busy. I’ve (we’ve – can’t forget my husband does do a lot of this with me too) been arranging fencing (side and back), meeting with our landscaper Justin, sanding and re-covering stools and painting chairs (for when we move in), looking at letterboxes, choosing driveway finishes, meeting with Dave who’s doing our window furnishing, and starting to pack our life into boxes for the move… oh, and taking care of Heidi! I am SO glad I am not working when all this needs to be done – where would I find the time??

Before mothers group yesterday I stopped by to check out the fencing that was going up. The coordination and timing of different jobs is quite important at this stage in the build:

– fencing needs to get done before the landscaping starts (so the fencing guy doesn’t ruin the garden, and Justin can do the garden right to the fence-line);

– the ideal time to plant a new garden is now, to give it the best chance of establishing roots before the heat of summer arrives, so we are getting that done before the house is finished;

– driveway ideally needs to be done before the landscaping, so Justin can get all the garden and path levels aligned to the driveway level;

– The stairs from the decks need to be in so Justin can pave/landscape around them;

– The external painting needs to be completed so Dom the painter doesn’t have scaffolding up while Justin needs to landscape (or have to put it up after the landscaping is done).

I must add, the external painting is looking great, but I am going to save photos of that until it is done so you can see it completed. We are very impressed with our painter, he puts a lot of thought into his work, and how the colours should be used, and has come up with some great suggestions for us, and not just following the brief.

The fences

We have used Geelong Fencing supplies to do both our fences (after getting two quotes, these guys came in a little bit cheaper and were recommended to us)

The back fencing needs to follow very strict guidelines according to The Sands Body Corporate, it must be black pool fencing with a wooden bollard in the corner…

We have allowed for a gate in the back fence so we can walk out on to the golf course.

Here’s the work-in-progress on this fence a of yesterday (where the black posts are close together will be the gate)…

An action shot of the posts going in….

The wooden bollard in the corner, and the few meters of pool fence that must run up the side of the house…

The completed back fence…

The side fence must be double sided paling:

Looking across the back garden…

Looking from the back to the front of the house…

Looking from the front to the back of the house…

Hopefully the driveway will be completed in the coming week, allowing for the landscaping to be completed not long after that. Once the painting is finished inside all the other tradespeople can then complete the interior ready for us to move in – Yay!!

More soon, when I can find a spare minute to write.



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