Final House post!

Posted by Cath Swan |

So I realised I never did put up a final post, so thought I would update with the few photos I have to finish off this building blog.

We have since sold this and moved away due to re-location.  But I do miss our beautiful Porter Davis home and all the work we put into it.

Recently we drove past and were amazed how much the garden had grown, and how much the little shrubs are now big bushes.

We hope to one day again build another home.  It is a very rewarding and exciting experience, and there is something very special about building your own home and seeing your hard work pay off.

We were very happy with Porter Davis and the quality home we were able to build.  And in selling our home the final product really sold itself.

So thank you for visiting my blog and if you are considering building, then all the best!!


I'm back!

Posted by Cath Swan |

After our move I got locked out of my blogger account thanks to an email address change, anyhoo I'm back with some new little updates to our home!

Everything inside our home is going great, although we still have towel racks, toilet roll holders & wall pictures to put up. We're a little apprehensive about stabbing the wall just for our enjoyment! But we will get there!

Inside we also finally got our blinds up. We have white wooden blinds at the front and corner of the house, and white block out roller blinds in all the kids rooms and other windows at the back and side of the house.

Outside things are slowly, very slowly taking shape.

We have a side fence now, and fill has been added to level out the back/side yard. Although we still think we need another load of topsoil fill to make the entire yard at the same level. That will happen in the next few weeks. We also have gates on both sides of the house. It's so nice to have a backyard fenced and have our privacy back! The bricked area is to keep the dog out of the dirt, and basically marks out where our alfresco deck will be.

The driveway is still yet to come, due to other needs and Christmas we have had to put that back until maybe Feb, but are still hoping that will happen then and we can finally park our cars in the garage.

So there is much still to do, and you can tell walking around our estate which homes are owner lived in or rented. The rental yards are all finished, and the home owners yards are all dirt, so we take comfort in our patch of dirt, cause it's all OURS!!


Home Sweet Home!

Posted by Cath Swan |

So, we are finally in our new home!!

We are absolutely ecstatic and loving everything about our home and the area we live in.

We still have a lot of landscaping to start on, boxes still to unpack, not to mention putting pictures up and toilet roll holders and towel racks. It is still early days.

In the next couple of weeks we will see our final fence go up, fill loaded into the back yard, all our blinds will go up and hopefully before Christmas our driveway will go in!

Lots more updates and photos in the following blogs, but I will give you a taste of our house as it is presently!! Thanks for reading!


Settlement day!!!

Posted by Cath Swan |

Well this is just a short post, cause we're right in the middle of moving.... but yes we have settled and the house is ours!!

We are currently moving in amidst painting some feature walls. We had originally put feature walls into the budget for the painters to do, but realised we could save ourselves $1500 doing the painting ourselves! Something we wouldn't have attempted unless we had painted quite a few houses previously.

In the family room we have put a beautiful caramel colour, and in the next couple days we will add a chocolate colour to the rumpus room, which will blend in with our kitchen cupboards. The caramel walls will also go with the caramel splashback in the kitchen.

Our watertank was delivered and connected last week, to keep with our 5 star rating required in the Laurimar Estate.

There is still last minute things to be connected and installed so I will update again later in the week with photos etc.


Final inspection day!!

Posted by Cath Swan |

We had our final appointment with the builder today. Yesterday our house passed inspection from the building inspector, and today we signed off on our house with just a few paint touch ups etc.

The Certificate of Occupancy will now be sent to us from Porter Davis, which we will then send to the bank. The bank then has 5-7 working days to pay Porter Davis and then Settlement happens and we get the keys!!

This will hopefully happen in about 2 weeks. Still a mind-numbingly long wait when we're this close, but really great that it's not too much longer.

Above is with our final render coat finished and all but the left down pipe to be painted. We love the final colour of the render with the white moulding. We're very happy with the final look of the house, which you really don't know if you got right until you see the finished product. :)