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.
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
Main: PGH Cement Accent: PGH Chocoletto
Colourbond Roof, garage door, Gutters
water tank, downpipes, utility boxes
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!