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Jason
Community Manager
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Re: From Scratch

Many thanks for the update @Baretta11. Great to see your progress. Good luck with finishing off the bathroom.

 

Jason

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Baretta11
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Re: From Scratch

Hi all,
Further to my last post, house is almost finished with two bedrooms decked out, albeit no carpet yet, just painted flooring for now but it looks and feels quite cosy.

Master bed has some furniture but we are still living in the cottage until we get the skirting boards up and painted.

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Bed 1 with some furniture.JPG

Second bedroom

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Third bedroom

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Main bathrooms is complete including tv cable now too although shown incomplete in the photo

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Spa (2).JPG

Main Shower.JPG

Ensuite complete

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En Suite Shower.JPG

En Suite Toilet.JPG

Kitchen has just gone in, bench tops will wait till next year but have used varnished green tongue flooring for now. Ovens are in situ and just need connecting and hotplates should be ready to pick up tomorrow!! Some safety switches to do once the ovens and hot plates are connected as well as finishing the cornice and painting the bulkheads

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Ovens.JPG

Breakfast Prep Bench.JPG

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Main toilet complete including tiles but first photo was taken before that, second photo shows tiles done.

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Photo's of a few other areas in the home including entry with hall stand and dining area with buffet. Plants next to the hall stand are meant to be in the pool room but dust from sanding was suffocating the plants, so I moved them into a better environment until they can return to their spot. If you look through the window beside the hall stand, one can see the ladders that we were using to stop and sand the pool roof but we have decided to delay any further works in lieu of filling the pool and making the most of it over summer. Will attach pool photo's in a few days, currently filling it with precious drinking water from our storage tanks, the sacrifices that we're making ha-ha!!

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So you can see that the project is almost over, after 10 years it is so exciting to be almost at the end of it all.

Cheers,

Barbara

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Kermit
Trusted Contributor

Re: From Scratch

Congrats @Baretta11, it must be so exciting for you to be so close to the finish line. It's looking great.

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: From Scratch

Hi everyone,
Further to the pictures already on view and having moved in, albeit there are still things to do, I have posted some more photo's showing some rooms complete, some almost finished and others with a little more to go still.

Kitchen is usable with polyurethane flooring as makeshift benches for now, soon to be covered with stainless with cook top and sink splash back also in stainless. Stone bench tops to come in a few years at a further $7000 cost right now, probably $10,000 by the time we can afford it, so the stainless will see us through till then!!

100_3170.JPG100_3171.JPG100_3172.JPG100_3173.JPG100_3174.JPGDining table is solid red gum, although not visible but we had a failure with the first attempt of using liquid glass, too hot a day we think and we just couldn't stop the air bubbles reappearing even after two hours of popping with the blow torch, so the top has gone outside again for a slight re sand and we'll have another go when it's cooler but again, the trusty flooring is our table top for now. Chairs were bought on Ebay for $23 each, fantastic buy, unusual style but cut from a single piece of timber so very strong. They will be painted black eventually but as we plan to use a spray gun, we will wait for cooler temps.

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Next photo is completed office with lovely pure wool carpet.

100_3157.JPGNext photo is the master complete with carpet and sorry just noticed the two firearms still on the ottoman, hubby was attempting to clear the garden of blackbirds ha-ha the three pics show east, north east and south east views.

100_3158.JPG100_3159.JPG100_3160.JPGNext picture is the master bathroom complete with TV to watch a show and relax in the spa!!

100_3163.JPG100_3164.JPGNext photo is the invalid friendly toilet complete with hand basin and hand rail.

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Next three photo's show the lounge, no carpet yet but furniture in place. This room isn't used yet as we still have to get the monster TV!! First pic shows the couch against the laundry wall so east, second pic is due south and third pic slightly south west.

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Next pic is the laundry with makeshift bench once again using the trusty green tongue flooring but at least it will pass for the certificate. Just the laundry cabinetry is over $5,000, special water resistand MDF as I understand it!! Dryer yet to be hung on the wall to the right of the towel rail

100_3165.JPGLast photo's show the en suite as I call it, a small bathroom in our indoor pool room.En Suite Shower.JPGEn Suite Hand Basin.JPGEn Suite Toilet.JPGEn Suite Window.JPGWell there you have it, almost done but done enough to live in and so proud of our achievements after 11 years!!

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Jason
Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: From Scratch

Congratulations Barbara (@Baretta11)

 

It's looking fantastic. You certainly have every right to feel proud of your work and all of your achievements.

 

By the way, I've changed the title of your first post so that community members and visitors looking for new home builds will be more likely to find your fantastic photos and project.  

 

Thanks again for sharing and enjoy the house,

 

Jason

 

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: From Scratch

So fast forward it's now, Sept 2020, we've been in the home almost 2 1/2 years now.

Still a few unfinished projects like hanging some doors and door jams.

Pool room is no further advanced but we'll get there sometime ha-ha

 

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So photo's attached include my completed laundry with stainless benches and splashback.

Our fully refurbished red gum table with liquid glass top.

Finally our red gum island extension.

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MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
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Re: From Scratch

Hi @Baretta11,

 

Many thanks for sharing the update on your amazing build. I trust our members will be interested in seeing what you have achieved over the last year.

 

You've got some really nice finishes there and I am a huge fan of the redgum which you have incorporated.

 

Looking back after living there for 2 1/2 years now is there anything you would have done differently or would have changed?

 

Mitchell

 

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Baretta11
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Re: From Scratch

@MitchellMc 

Hi Mitchel,

Thanks for your reply.

Would I have done anything differently??

Only one thing comes to mind, a very minor thing but as a result of putting one doorway where I put it to make the kitchen layout work, I have restricted myself on the size of a desk I want in my office. I can't go beyond 140cm and I had no idea how hard it would be to find a desk with the features I want that is only that wide but as I said it is really minor ha-ha

Having said that, I couldn't have changed it anyway as I would have impinged on the room next to the office but I will find a desk eventually!!

I've attached an updated drawing of the home and you can see where I have the BIR in the room where the sofa bed is, this is my office and on the other side of the BIR is our fridge so this combination worked perfectly but not so much for a desk on the other side of the door ha-ha
I had also stolen 300mm from the adjacent room to accomodate a doorway into the master that wasn't there before so that didn't help so it is what is is now.

You might say I could put the desk on the wall where the sofa bed is but for the 6 power points I had put on the wall specifically for the desk and all that's needed to run a business like a printer, computer tower, desk lamp, monitor, shredder and heater!!

Other than this, I love everything I've done.

Cheers,

BarbaraUpdated House Plan.jpg

 

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MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: From Scratch

@Baretta11,

 

That's interesting to hear, many thanks for sharing. I think you've done a remarkable job only having one thing you would change out of an entire houses construction. I typically have three-four things I would've changed even on a simple woodworking project. I'm sure many people would be worried they'll make a huge mistake when completing a project of your calibre and I'm sure it is comforting to know it is achievable.

 

I trust there will be a Workshop Pool Party when it's completed?

 

Mitchell

 

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Baretta11
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Re: From Scratch

@MitchellMc 

Hi Mitchell,

Yes I guess I have been lucky to only have one thing I'd like to change.

I think a big plus was that money prevened us from going forward too fast and so there was allot of time, literally years to go over our drawings and measurements and whilst I did make changes along the way, they were minor to me as I wasn't dealing with an onsite builder or crew with a time frame, it was just hubby and I.

We own a farm and built our home just with our own available funds from year to year and it took many years to do it but that coincidentally gave us allot of time to check and double check as it were.

During the frame stage I decided to widen the doorways and take them from 720mm to 770mm I think to memory, I can't remember the door sizes now, I wanted to make sure a wheel chair could fit through and it did't seem to be a big project, so I did that myself.

As for the pool, I am pretty excited about getting it finished sometime in the future, I'll keep the community informed!!

Cheers,

Barbara

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