Post build

As you can imagine it takes much longer than a couple of weeks to move in to your own home and have everything just how you like it!

Since my last post I have purchased and set up my big office desk from Mocka Australia, had a bit of a Freedom Frenzy and purchased and installed our kitchen pendant lighting, filled the pantry with the essentials and down to a smaller weekly shop (Thank God!!!) and felt much more settled into our new home.

Today we got our front door and window splashback tinted. For the front we opted for frosted as apparently thats the only way no one can really see in. As for the window, you can't see inside the house from outside but you can see everything from the inside whilst a bit of our sun is also blocked. Finally I can take down the cardboard so I can cook in piece without seeing the tradies next door.

I have also spent some time setting up my design business and putting together business cards and most importantly a business plan. I have done the odd couple of jobs however I have decided to first get everything set up in my mind, office space, online and on paper so that I can approach each task effectively.

Now it's time to organise all our manuals, warranties and invoices before anything goes missing. I found an awesome folder at non other than Kmart and I will certainly take advantage of that $10 I spent and put it into good use. I have had multiple shops at Kmart and splurged under $40 for cushions! I can NEVER justify the ridiculous pricing of some furnishing shops. Ooh and by the way, not loving all the bills scattered on my desk waiting to be paid. Ehh, the joys of adulting.

I think there will definitely be a decline in my blog posts now that the build has completed but do stay with @twentythreesquares on Instagram as I update that much more often!




Two weeks in

It’s been a busy first two weeks in our brand new home! Since handover we have,

  • Had our appliances installed
  • Connected the heating
  • Furniture delivered
  • Blinds installed
  • Attempted to unpack
  • Slowly filled up my pantry 
  • Had the back fence put up
  • Driveway prepared and poured
  • Juggled extra shifts in with work
  • Created more space in our walk in robe
  • Internet connected 
  • Mailbox installed

There is still so much to do, we will get around to it slowly as we are in no rush! A home takes time and memories to build its character after all! 

Week 19! Handover!!! 

Monday morning, we received THE CALL! Handover is all good to go so we could make an appointment to go down to the Boutique Homes office and collect the keys that day!

We made an afternoon pick up just because it was easiest to schedule with work. So excited and a tad early we were greeted by the lovely reception staff who marked our arrival and even gave our little boy some attention with colouring pencils and a new book! As you know, kids rarely sit still especially under 3! Our client liaison was ready and we met her face to face for the first time after communicating over the phone/email since February. Nikita was lovely, we were given our Boutique Homes box full of certificates, keys and information for our new home along with a run through.
Then the race back trying to avoid traffic to open the front door! Our goal for the day was to just give the house a good clean! At the front door we took a few family photos with the keys and as a family. We then open the front door… ok we tried and it wouldn’t open. A bit baffled, checked the keys again and it was ours, but it wouldn’t open. We laughed! This was probably our only major hiccup so far so I rushed around the back of the house and got in through the sliding door as that key was fine! Everything else worked smoothly. We opted not to have our appliances or hot water installed until after handover as we wanted a slower move in. So I wasn’t concerned at all. The next day, a locksmith was organised. It just made for a memorable ‘grand opening’ of our home and a great video!
We gave the house a great clean from top to toe and rested for the night. The next day we had many trips too and from Mum’s house migrating our stuff.

It took us under 20 weeks of construction and although it did seem relatively quick, in our developing estate you can see the difference in quality from other volume builders. Seeing our build progress definitely gave us confidence in our choice of builder for our family home.
Stay tuned for updates on styling and furnishing our home!

Week 18 – The Final Countdown 


This week we had our New Home Presentation re-inspection. Our very little check list was completed and we signed off! Now the waiting game for the bank to send out their inspector and proceed with our final payment to Boutique Homes! 

We also had our measure up with 3A Blinds. After scaling the western suburbs from Melton to Williamstown to Werribee we loved the price, knowledge and customer service of the sales assistant and measure up guy!  So far they have been absolutely wonderful and with a quick turnover time and some great reviews I wasn’t hesitant at all! We have found their pricing affordable and we were even able to add in plantation shutters to the bathroom. We do want to add sheers however this company only specialises in blinds so we will wait a bit until everything else is finalised and install sheers later. We opted for Cat 3 Onyx blockout. I debated whether or not to go just a flat colour or to have a textured look. We agreed on textured as it will give our room a little more character.


I received a call from the bank construction loans department advising me that their inspector has gone to the property and we are all good to make our last payment. 


I have been calling around to organise connections and deliveries all day!

Money has since come out of our account but may take until next Monday to clear. So we are looking at hand over then HOPEFULLY!!! Eeek! So excited! 

Week 17- New Home Presentation!

This week we had Our New Home Presentation! I put the question out to everyone as to ‘what to look for’ but in simple words- look for everything on everything! We had our New Home Presentation on Friday and it was quite exciting and relieving to know that their independent inspector gave our build quite a good rating in comparison to the mean. 

The house was given a ‘builders clean’ also known as a super rough clean. I would have preferred to be a bit cleaner so that I could touch surfaces such as the benchtop and not pick up layers of dirt/dust of which I may have transferred a little bit to the wall when trying to work out if the wall was dirty, or needed another paint. Anyway, our main notice was that cupboard doors (pantry and linen) didn’t hold shut. (Missing that little magnetic click in bit, under the sinks there was a bit of a leak, (pipes needed tightening) and most obviously, paintwork and rough fit offs of handles. A little annoyed that the fit off of the toilet roll holder was so rough and clumsy, looked like I was trying to install it and didn’t know what to do. I feel like more plaster behind it was ripped off. It wouldn’t bother me so much but if you think about it, if someone is having a difficult poop, they are going to be staring around at the little toilet room for a while. 

As for the paintwork, the bedrooms and laundry was quite good but the main living space walls coped a battering during the tiling especially. Also the paint seemed so thin, I will commend the painter though for the almost drip-free paint, however, most of the blue tape was for paint which is a sign of relief in my books. I know there have been so many people with worse of paint jobs. If my structure is fine and everything in working order I can sacrifice just the paint. 

After this meeting I then organised with the bank out final payment, as it was minimal to fix, I didn’t see much of an issue. 

We will hopefully sign off on Tuesday! 

Week 16 and we welcome June! 

The month of June! This month would have to be the most exciting, nerve wrecking, expensive and rewarding month of this year.

Our home is nearly complete! Our New Home Presentation is still set for the third week of this month (no date specified)! We will most likely be handed the keys either end of June or first half of July! It has felt like such a quick build, especially because the land took so long to title and finances took months to get right from and the build having very little visible issues made it fly by! 

This week our laminate floorboards, showerscreen and final tape ware have all been installed. Our walls and chosen front door have also been painted. We have officially been locked out which looks like our home has been given a clean and mop! I really hope they were gentle with that clean! I think we are mainly waiting for the electricity to be connected to the house along with an independent inspection. Exciting times now! We have gone back to getting quotes for blinds, locked in our necessary purchases and I just need to organise the fencing and driveway as my final urgency too. 

Week 15 – In da Tub! 

Temporary fence down from our block and up for our future neighbours. Our selected front door was also installed this week and I love it! Still green but looks great! This week we also saw the plumbing fit off of tapware and showerheads. Our bathtub has left the walk in robe and made its way to the main bathroom too this week. 

Also noticed that our island cabinetry was installed in reverse order, which wasn’t much of an issue until we were advised that the power point for the island bench would have to be moved as there are drawers where it was going to be installed… apparently not possible… hoping it’s not an eyesore I will keep it on the hallway side as it would be impractical to delete this item. It confuses me as to the attention to detail neglected by the tradies. We have been impressed with the first few stages but I think after lock up the faults become more visual. I’m sure this will be rectified anyway. It’s just annoying seeing a toilet roll installation so poor and a rough approach to the installation of the sorts. 

I’m sure these bits will be rectified, just annoyed that I wasn’t looking for faults and my eyes were immediately drawn to these easily preventable imperfections. 

We also have our garage door and our toilets hehe and our mirrors! Also excited to see our bedroom flooring take place sometime soon! I feel as that, along with the final coat of paint will make our home visually complete with just minor fixes hopefully before our final walk through.