Thursday, 18 July 2013

A visit to Bowral for the day - and new house updates!

BUILDING UPDATES!




I have been very quiet on the blogging front!  We have not had the internet for over a week!!!.... Bigpond have almost driven Mr R-I to a mental asylum!  I have been using my iphone as a 'hotspot' which is not really reliable and anyone who blogs will know that reliable internet is essential when uploading photos!  

Anyway - we spent the day in Bowral on Tuesday.   I was delighted with the progress of the house as the roof installation is almost complete!  It's amazing how quickly the roof goes on, once all the box-guttering/flashing etc, is completed.  

It had been raining in Bowral and the site was very wet and soggy.  The good thing about having the roof on is that it allows for work to continue inside in all weather.   Some friends popped in as well to see the progress and we had lunch afterwards at our favourite cafe.   

I have also decided on the floor finishes!  Taking a leap of faith and using tiles in the gallery - which is a 2m wide passage, glass doors on either end,   linking the bedroom area and the kitchen.  It has large windows facing the courtyard and I thought tiles here would be great!  I am using timber and sisal carpet everywhere else - Timber in the kitchen/living and butlers pantry ( except there's no butler!).  


Looking at the back garden from the south facing verandah off the gallery.  That large tree is a Ginko Biloba.  The pool is on the left.  There will be a level change and I plan to contain the levels with knee-high stone wall.

Looking back at the courtyard off the gallery and between the kitchen/living and the bedroom wing.


View from the upstairs landing

Taken a few weeks ago before the roof installation

The wide street


The living room - impossible to see this room as it's a complete mess at the moment!

Looking across the courtyard from a kitchen bi-fold window - not the size seen here as it is above bench height.

Looking across the kitchen/living towards the fireplace.

upstairs bathroom window looking onto a lovely tree (in summer)

The Cupola!

Window of Bedroom 3



Looking at the front door entrance area - between the living room and the study(left)


My tile choice for the gallery

Timber floor

Bedroom 1


I am hoping that photos from now on will be a little more interesting!  Have a great weekend!



17 comments:

  1. I am GREEN with envy. Still no roof here - we've had high winds and rain all week, so no one will go up there (fair enough, but irritating nonetheless). Love your tile choices, I think your kitchen will look stunning. Love the little cupola, the house is looking so good. I'm very excited to see photos of your progress at long last.

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  2. I can just imagine how irritated you are by the lack of progress regarding the roof. I also love the cupola...it's so cute!! I have just lodged a complaint with an Ombudsman - I am hoping the same response will come my way!. Telstra/Bigpond's Complaints department should be re-named Customer Torture department! xx

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  3. Grand designs - where was Kevin? Love the tile choice and the timber! Very excited for you xx ps slow Internet is really the new torture isn't it?

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    1. Thank you and Heidi for loving the tile choices!... The slow internet is definitely torturous and especially when one can do NOTHING about it!!! Hang in there - very impressed that you have done this on your own! Naomi!! xx

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  4. Love it all. Thanks so much for sharing the photos. I've been wondering what you decided with the floor. Beautiful tiles for the gallery and I love the roof line with the differing pitches. Bonita xx

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    1. Thanks very much Bonita!... so glad everyone likes the tiles!... xx

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  5. The house is taking shape! I love to watch the development of a property from start to finish - fascinating. Those floor tiles are beautiful - the colour and pattern are both a great choice.
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    1. Thank you miss b! I did ponder over these tiles for ages, but am now very happy with the choice! Hopefully, the photos will get more interesting too! xx

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  6. So fantastic to finally see pictures of the house after hearing about it in theory. I love the back courtyard, and remember that Ginko tree very well. And the Cupola is adorable. Very excited to see more soon, online and in person. xx

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    1. Thanks Liora - will be great to show you the house! xx

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  7. Love all the house photos. The tiles are lovely and how cute is the cupola?

    Glad it is all going well. The roof would have been a welcome addition.

    xx

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    1. Thanks FW! It was wonderful seeing the roof go on eventually - like Heidi, we were a few weeks behind because of the rain. xx

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  8. Wonderful photos. Great progress. I am a little envious although the gas was connected last week. Love, love, love the tiles and cupola.

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    1. So glad you love the tiles.. they were my first choice months ago - and then there were many others, but I returned back to my original choice! I'm sure that the lovely summer makes it hard to focus on the renovations as the temptation to just enjoy your wonderful garden must be too great! I love the roses you have chosen! xx

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  9. Your neighbors must love watching the progress as much as fellow bloggers!

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    1. We are so lucky having the loveliest neighbours! Nothing is a problem and they are so complimentary about our building team. We will be able to reciprocate next year as they are re-building their house too! Thanks for stopping by! Jenny

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  10. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.

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