Week 14

This week the main tiling has been completed with just our bedroom flooring to be installed. Our tiles look fantastic with grout and I am please with our choice to pick matching grout rather than contrasting. 

This week our ceasorstone benchtops were also installed along with our  kitchen sink! We decided to go an undermount sink and it looks great! I am so pleased that my partner nagged for us to change it from standard. Finally looking like less of a hollow shell and hopefully we are on that homestretch! 

Our front exterior has also been rendered and I’m loving the Ticking Black charcoal shade immensely! 

The lighting and heating has also been fitted off. We are unable to test it as our electricity has yet to be connected to the house. We had a delay getting electricity to our stage release, but with the street lights working at least we won’t be running a house off a generator… 


Week 13 – Getting Laid…

This week was visually productive! We received our tile delivery, had our walls and eves painted and the tiles began to get laid. Midweek I also had a quick walk through of our home. With my internal wall paint colour it was pot luck. We chose on the day of colour selection and I was naive enough to think white is white. So our walls are white! Haha, at least it makes our home look bigger, perhaps cooler? It is very close to the ceiling white! At least this confirms that our window dressings will not be white! Currently we have been looking at black/charcoal blockout blinds with a few sheers, maybe shutters in the main bathroom but nothing has been locked in. I do think we need this locked in ASAP considering that we could be in- in a month or so! It’s ok temp blinds will do! I am happy with our choice now, our furniture is black and woody so that will add warmth plus, there’s always a ‘threw for yur carch!’ (Prue, Kath and Kim) I think it will look ‘absorootly greyshsh!’ Ok, I better stop the Kath and Kim now! 

Tiles are looking great with tradies working  both on Saturday and Sunday. These shots show no grout just yet! I guess that will happen next week! I am very pleased with our colour choices, I was quite hesitant with our ensuite because we strayed from the grey/black/white tone.. but it works! 

Week 12 – Blinded by the White! 

Painter has been in prepared the house with plastic all over our cabinetry ready to go! 

Our ceiling has had its two coats of Boutique White and our walls have had two coats with the third to be after the tiling in case of any marks. I have read some botchy paint jobs however, we have been so impressed by our hand working painter working even over the weekend to ensure the house is dry and ready for the next step! Our doors are nice and glossy and the enamel on our archetraves too. Now it has really taken shape and starting to look like our home! Looking at the chosen paint, we chose Watyl White and whilst it is on the ‘cooler’ side of the colour spectrum (probably sitting as close to stark white as possible! Oops..) I think it will go well with our home and furnishings. To be honest, it was a gamble picking our wall colour at colour selection as all we both knew is we wanted some form of white just not too close to beige or with a yellow undertone, a year later, we realise it’s perhaps not the best shade for a home.. it’s just paint, we can fix that after our son draws on the walls! 

After a week tossing between what type of window dressing colour we would go, black or white, the painted walls have confirmed that we stick to black or a darker colour to break the white in the home and give each room a nice soft contrast. 

We have had some quick estimates for blinds and sheers the past week and with a toddler, we have decided that blockout textured blinds would be more suitable limiting sheers in the master bedroom and one in our main living area to cover the stacker door. But, we will see! 

Our splashback would also need a tint as it’s hazardous to have a blind over a stove and we may refrain from blinds in the bathroom, toilet and ensuite as we have obscured glass in those areas yet not confirmed. Maybe shutter in the bathroom? We have a beautiful bathroom window but we can away dress it later or perhaps just put a sheer?  

Decisions decisions! 

Sofa in Week 11

This past week the brickie has completed our brickwork, painter has come to prepare the walls for painting, a sweep and clear of the house has also been done and lots of blue scribble on our walls. I’m not too sure what that is for to be honest but so far things are looking great! 

This week we also went furniture shopping around Hoppers Crossing, DFO Essendon and at South Warf and locked in our big furnishings for our bedroom, living and dining area. My iPhone is now fully loaded with snapshots of bedroom suites, couches and tables and sofas and sofas oh and did I say sofas?  SO FA…r it has been extremely difficult to purchase a sofa which shows quality and value for money without being bicast, bonded or fake. I have done my research and it’s amazing how much bullshit a salesman will spin to convince you that they have ‘genuine leather’. 

Here are some snaps of the home and furniture. We have decided to wait to purchase the electrical stuf such as washing machine, fridge, TV in order to hopefully take advantage of stocktake sales! 

Week 10

Monday to Thursday 


Internal Doors installed


More brickwork completed 


Cabinetry delivered and positioned in the rooms accordingly. Carpenter was also in during our after hours visit and it was lovely meeting him. He was working on our skirting. 


Our cabinetry has been installed! Excited to see the kitchen fixed together and amazed at how quickly it has taken shape. It’s also been awesome to see the kitchen in full scale! We had slight variations from the display home and opted out of the butlers pantry and replaced the theatre room with an outdoor living area so our space was a little compromised, plus the display was a tiny bit bigger. Still, very impressed and pleased with the open living area we have chosen. I’ve got a craving to get our couches organised (especially with the 12 week average wait for them to be delivered) so the kitchen has helped map out our meals and couch plots. 

So much to think about again with furnishing, I feel like this will be harder than our colour selection as we have so many options that go with our neutral colour scheme! Lots to think about with little left as spare! 

Week 9

Cornices have been completed. We have square set corners in the entry and living areas and kept the bedrooms and remainder of the house with standard cornices. I was worried that they would shrink the appearance of each room but as our ceilings are 2.7m high I don’t feel like it has closed in any spaces, especially the bedrooms. 

Brickie and labourer have also been on site working hard and consistent with laying the bricks. 

It’s the Easter long weekend so we all deserve a well earnt break! Also great to see the care over the long weekend- our two doors that enter the house were both locked. It’s the little things that show that bit more care and we are greatful so far for the work by Boutique Homes. 

Week 8- Let’s get Plastered! 


We had our insulation installed in the walls today. 


Our plaster and bricks got delivered! 


It was time for us to get plastered! I did think bricks would go before plaster but after seeing the plaster boards delivered prior to the bricks it was cleat that plaster was the next step! 


The completion of plaster and commencement of brickwork! The plasterers worked into the late evening to complete the job in two full days.


Only saw one brickie on site today during the daily drive by. A bit more progress on the brickwork too, curious as to whether he is a one man band or a part of a team. Either way, looks great so far. I am happy with our brick choice even if it was Cat. 1 I feel it will contrast well!