It’s been a nerve-wracking and daunting five months, but more than anything, it’s been so exciting. Every week we’ve seen fundamental shifts (at times, quite literally!) in the appearance of our house and it really feels like the dream is becoming a reality. It’s been a hectic time, particularly juggling the house, work, kids and study, but so far it’s been worth it. Our build team has been incredibly efficient and we’re so happy with the progress that’s been made. And, while it’s been stressful at times due to the enormity and costliness of the project, it’s easy to see how horrendous the process could have been had we chosen a less efficient and dedicated builder.
We celebrated the half-way point with the team this week, with drinks in our half-finished living room. There are no proper floors, walls or ceilings yet – but we love it!!
This week the cladding advanced further – we’re having chamferboard on every external wall, except for the front top section which we’ve decided to do in VJs with a belt rail, just like the original. The cladding at the back of the house and the undercroft still need doing but I expect that’ll be tackled in the coming week. I’m not sure whether it was the right call to do the VJs only on the top and not the bottom, but I think it’ll look good once it’s painted.
And speaking of painting, we started testing out a few colours this week. The grey on the right is ruled out (too dark), so for now it’s looking like we’ll go with the paler middle one. I’ve tested it on a few other sections of the house this weekend but I’m not entirely convinced. I never wanted a grey house – I always wanted greige…a kind of ‘nothing ‘colour in between beige and grey which I love. It’s versatile enough to go with either travertine or standstone landscaping accents, and there’s a house near where we’re renting that has the perfect shade. Somehow though I’ve been sidetracked down the grey route, so unless I can find the perfect colour at Bunnings today, I think we’ll be having a grey house. With painting kicking off on Wednesday, the pressure is on to finalise those colours ASAP!