Blank canvas

When the time came to bid the old house adieu, I had good intentions to do a time-lapse video of the demolition works. I reckon it would have been fascinating to watch the house knocked down in very quick fashion. But life got in the way so unfortunately I have no time-lapse footage to share. Boohoo!

What I do have is the next best thing… here’s an animated gif of some ‘before and after’ shots! Pretty cool and I have to thank Trixee for the idea 🙂

Bye bye old house!

Bye bye old house!

So, goodbye old dame. And hooray for the blank canvas that is patiently waiting for Metricon to turn into our dream home! 

Demolition Time

Five months after buying the house, it’s now time to get this knockdown show on the road. How freaking exciting!!!

We were lucky to have found a tenant who only wanted a short term lease. He moved in straight after settlement and moved out last Friday – a week before the demolition contractor starts work.

So, after the school run on Friday afternoon, I made a quick dash to the real estate agent to pick up the keys. With three excited girls in tow, we finally had a good proper walkthrough around the house. I wanted a record of the old house before it makes way for the new dream home. I can’t wait for the transformation to begin. Playing the waiting game has been agonising especially during this last bit of admin.

Lounge room with a feature wood fireplace

Lounge room with a feature wood fireplace

Jury is out on the choice of colours

Jury is out on the choice of colours

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Custom built BBQ

Custom built BBQ

Outdoor room - perfect place to enjoy the great view of the fruit trees

Outdoor room – perfect place to enjoy the great view of the fruit trees

As I mentioned in this post, we have an abundance of fruit trees in the garden. We took home a basket full of oranges and I made a couple of batches of orange and poppy seed muffins and freshly squeezed orange juice. Yum!!!

Organic oranges - the best!

Organic oranges – the best!

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We also took a stroll around the neighbourhood and met the neighbours as we had to give them notice at least 7 days before demolition starts. We have wonderful and friendly neighbours and we fell in love with our street even more. It really felt like home!!!

Landscape Plans

You know that saying ‘when it rains, it pours‘? Well after weeks of not much real action, it has been a busy week on the admin front. We signed off on the demolition quote after much deliberation on the contractor to hire and a bit of haggling over the fine print. And as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, our file is also now with the Metricon design team working on preparing all the plans, drawings and reports required for council submission. One of these reports is a landscape plan showing the proposed hard and soft landscape works and planting schedules including proposed planting location, species, heights and spreads.

Landscape Plans

Landscape Plans

Nick and I had our initial landscape consultation with Emily from OutThere Landscapes and Design to discuss our ideas for the front and rear garden. If first impressions are anything to go by then we are in very capable hands. Emily was not only knowledgeable about the ins and outs of our local council requirements but she was so easy to talk to and shared a lot of common aesthetic. We left the meeting confident and happy that she fully understood our vision.

So what is ‘the brief‘ I hear you ask? Nick and I are no green thumbs so we are going for something practical that looks attractive but requires very little upkeep. We want a relaxing space for our family to enjoy and a child-friendly backyard where our kids could run around and play to their hearts content.

We also want a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living spaces by putting in decking that wraps around the whole back section of the house. The bucket list is brimming with nice-to-have’s that at this point are heavily dependent on how well we stick to the budget. One on the wish list is the in-ground concrete pool that we would love to build before the new house but is now on the wait list after handover.

Here are some of the ideas for the front garden

Front fencing with slats

Front fencing with slats to give the house some definition

Paved pathway to the front door

Paved pathway to the front door

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Timber decking around the portico

For the back garden, I envision a lush weed-resistant lawn worthy of a world class golf course with low maintenance perimeter plants. I’m also dreaming of an outdoor entertainer’s delight with built-in barbecue and an inviting oasis to put our feet up and enjoy a glass of chardy.

My idea of a perfect outdoor living space

My idea of a perfect outdoor living space

Dream pool

Dream pool

Collage of beautiful images for the side garden

Collage of beautiful images for the side garden

I can’t wait to see our vision for the exterior reflected in Emily’s landscape plan. It’s so good to be ticking things off the to-do list! Baby steps…