Vanities, internal stairs, balustrades, front wall footings – lots ticked off the ‘to-do list’!

Another week down, another week closer to moving in! Every day has seen the house progress in leaps and bounds. We’re definitely at the fun end of the build now. As exciting as things like insulation and framing are, the pretty stuff wins hands down!



The week kicked off well with vanity installation on Tuesday. The Designer Kitchens team installed the vanities in the main bathroom, ensuite and downstairs bathroom and it’s looking great. I love the door profile we went with – it’s perfect. It’s got two ridges in it – so not too austere and clinical like the one ridge versions, and not too over-the-top ‘country’ – which is what I think of the more ornate ones. As small as our ensuite and downstairs bathroom are, now that the vanities are in I actually feel more comfortable with their size – they look as though they’ll be perfectly serviceable, even if we won’t have the luxury of ample floor space.

Small downstairs bathroom vanity insitu!
Small downstairs bathroom vanity insitu!

The internal stairs took a few days to sort out, but we’re really happy with them too. The detail in the newel posts and balustrading is perfect and I’m looking forward to seeing it all dolled up in white gloss.

Internal staircase - upper level balustrades and decorative newel post
Internal staircase – upper level balustrades and decorative newel post
Internal stairs leading from the garage to the bottom level of the house
Internal stairs leading from the garage to the bottom level of the house
Internal stairs - from the bottom up!
Internal stairs – from the bottom up!

Thursday saw a huge crew on site with the pouring of our concrete footings for the front retaining wall. There were a few issues with our landscape plans, but thankfully Matt – our builder – spotted them and has changed them up to make sure it all works nicely. We’re going for a stepped rendered block wall across the front, topped with bullnose grey travertine capping tiles, and finished off with white picket palings. The capping tiles are a bit of a splurge and totally unnecessary. However, we’re hoping it’ll just give an extra visual dimension to the front, in keeping with the detail present across the rest of the house facade. 

Comparing our 'Tranquil Retreat' house colour to Beaumont Tiles' travertine - looks like a good match!
Comparing our ‘Tranquil Retreat’ house colour to Beaumont Tiles’ travertine – looks like a good match!

One of the most exciting things this week was the delivery of our cast aluminium lace balustrades, which arrived at 6.30am on Friday. The builders worked super fast to get it all installed straight away, and by lunch time it was done – amazing! It looked sooo good – just how I’d imagined.  We’re a little way off getting our butterfly stairs, but once they’re in it’ll be good to get the lace measured up for those too. Those – and the batwing doors up the top of the stairs – will finish it off beautifully. 

Lovely, lovely, lovely lacework!
Lovely, lovely, lovely lacework!

Next week is another huge week. Friday morning saw the delivery of all our remaining custom joinery – our kitchen, outdoor kitchen, TV entertainment unit, built in bookcase, walk in robe fit out and mini-mudroom drawer. Installation kicks off Monday and I’m so pumped about seeing the kitchen especially. The parts are looking fantastic!

One component of the huge joinery delivery. This is part of the kitchen.
One component of the huge joinery delivery. This is part of the kitchen.

Our blockwork for the front should be done next week too, as should most of our boundary/perimeter fencing. I’ve looked at the weather report though and it’s not looking particularly good…so fingers crossed that doesn’t stall things too much.

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