Majestic 40 at Gardener's Ridge

building a Wisdom Majestic in North Kellyville

Colour Appointments


Full Steam ahead!

It’s been all go on the house front this week.
Monday             Sign contract
Wednesday      Landscape gardening, Interior & exterior colours, Timpelle Kitchen design
Friday                Air Con

Wednesday was very full on but productive. I had prepared for these meetings with lists of what we wanted, photos of examples and a ‘Look Book’ to give a good idea and feel for what we are aiming for. More importantly double checking the latest tender and plans to ensure it was all there.

A minor setback at the beginning when we realised that they were not using the latest plans. Unfortunately they have sent the wrong plans to all the other suppliers too (kitchen, electrical & air-con). In future I will check at the beginning of any meeting that we are all singing from the same song sheet! I had previously pointed out that they were not always updating the schedule when they were amending the plans but I will make sure they do now.

Landscape Gardening
I had done my homework and drawn out what we wanted and why by dividing the garden into zones and giving a spec for each one plus examples of native plants we like. Bit of the royal ‘we’ there but I did run it past my hubby for power of veto. The landscaper did say he had never had a client so well prepared before…..
Looking forward to receiving the plans but not the quote – probably best enjoyed with a stiff drink.

I did ask that they made sure any design complied with current thoughts on foundation maintenance to protect against potential slab heave. I better read the CSIRO leaflet BTF18 ‘Foundation Maintenance and Footing Performance: A Homeowner’s Guide’ again to make sure we are compliant.

Interior & Exterior Colours
We certainly covered some ground in this meeting. Luckily we had a really knowledgeable consultant who kept us on track.
This is where my stalking of the house I like down the road paid off ( see previous post: If at first you don’t succeed, June 23rd) and thanks to scotturner I had all the info I needed. Turns out a paint colour had been discontinued but our consultant recommended a good alternative. I’m always a bit leery with colours as I have made a few mistakes in my time… so I was very grateful for all her help in this area.
Once we had covered everything I took the opportunity to pick her brains re the Caesarstone benchtop colours. Turns out that she had a background in kitchen design so that was really helpful.

So without further ado

External colours
Main: PGH Cement                                                  Accent: PGH Chocoletto

PGH Cement                                         PGH Chocoletto

Colourbond Roof, garage door,                               Gutters
water tank, downpipes, utility boxes

colourbond paperbark                                              Colourbond Woodland Grey

Trend Windows

Trend window Anodic white

Have you picked up on the theme yet?

I am trying to make this house as solar passive as possible. Note I didn’t say as environmentally friendly as possible since as it’s a large double storey that would be a bit rich. However I have tried to think of BASIX as I go along.

The house orientation on the lot should make the most of the winter sun and hopefully reduce the summer heat. The light colour bricks and roof will help reduce heat build up as will the extra whirlybirds venting the roof. Tiled floors downstairs will be cooler in the summer and are supposed to warm up with the winter sun.
Windows and doors with fly screens and security doors will allow for cross currents of air to help cool down. Hopefully all windows will have pelmets and solar blinds or linings, budget permitting, to help cool down in the summer and keep the warmth in during the winter. We will have ceiling fans in the bedrooms and study, whilst not very elegant to look at, they come into their own on a hot summer’s night.

Our current rental is freezing in the winter so we have upgraded to a complete brick house, handy for the BAL rating too, which comes with good ceiling and wall insulation . Additionally we have added extra internal sound and ‘comfort’ insulation downstairs to warm the place up and stop the chance of echoing with the tiles. I do find it funny that I have bought more cold weather stuff since coming to Australia than I ever had in the UK. I definitely felt like a granny when I bought flannel sheets and an electric blanket but at least I’m warm now 🙂  Cats approved of my purchases too!

I will leave interior colours until my next post as I have rambled on for long enough!


Author: lunar62

Having lived here as a child in the 60's I fell in love with Australia and always hoped to one day be able to visit again. So when the opportunity came to move here with my husband's job we decided nothing ventured nothing gained and decided to go for it even though it was hard to leave our family and friends behind in the UK. So now we're here lock, stock and barrel, children and pets too and embarking on building a new home.

4 thoughts on “Colour Appointments

  1. Hi, I know it’s late in the piece, I’m trying the build a passive house too but looking at your plans the front of the house is west facing with significant glazing and the east is similar. West facing windows will present a significant heat load for the office; master bed and bed 2. East facing windows will bring heat into those rooms in the morning. In the southern hemisphere its about north facing glazing with appropriate shading. I could not see your insulation specs but I would go Roof: 50mm anticon + R4.0 Batts – Wall: R2.5 HD batts + Sarking this will keep you warm in winter. The R2.0 on the internal walls facing the garage is a good idea make sure you put sealing around the garage internal door to top the hot air getting in the house. East, west and north ground floor window would benefit from some post installed shading. Just some thoughts.

    • Hi Rod,
      Thanks for your input. I know we are not ideally placed with so much west glazing but we loved the lot of land and the house design. We did reduce the number of windows in the Master and Study and we plan to use double blinds plus block-out curtains and pelmets. We will see how we get on and maybe go for window tinting if needs be. Bed 2 at the front will be the guest room so not used quite so much.

      As standard we have anticon in the roof but I need to check what thickness plus R3.5 Ceiling insulation and R2.0 exterior wall insulation and sarking. We also had an extra whirlybird put in the roof.
      We have also put in a combination of R2.0 soundscreen wall insulation and R2.0 comfortseal wall insulation in the interior downstairs walls plus R2.5 soundscreen ceiling insulation above the study. Good call on the sealing around the garage door, I’ll put that on our to do list. We were going to add a draught excluder which has the bonus of stopping any uninvited creepy crawlies too. When we moved in our current rental had huge gaps under the doors which let in all sorts of uninvited guests.

      We will look at tweaking the landscaping to help as well, perhaps with a tree in the front but our sewer might nix that idea. We may add a pergola at the rear against the leisure windows if things get too bad.

      We have tried to see what is wrong with our rental and take steps to alleviate it in our new home. I will post an update when we move in on how its working out.

  2. Hi

    You are in a lovely location, we are in Heathcote on the other side of Sydney and our current house is freezing in winter, I was warmer when living in Glasgow! In summer the current house is fine as its very light weight. We are doing a KDRB on a quite steep block. I’m putting a green tint on the east and west windows as this lets in good light but less heat. Good luck with the build I hope everything goes smoothly.

  3. Thanks Rod!

    I remember how cold the Scottish winters are as I went to school in Edinburgh 😊

    I really really hope that our new home will be better than our current rental with the measures we have taken. My friends in the UK can’t believe how cold I get here – I love the 3 in 1 heater lamps in the bathrooms! Last time I had flannel sheets was at my Granny’s in the 60s and now I’ve got them too.

    All the best with your build.

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