Majestic 40 at Gardener's Ridge

building a Wisdom Majestic in North Kellyville

Frames in progress


The chippies started the framing last Tuesday and they are powering ahead. Weather stopped play on Friday but they hope to be finished on Wednesday.

Here’s where they were up to at the weekend:

framing photos 240515 Collage


This was the first time we have stepped on the slab and entered the house. A momentous occasion to be sure, I almost thought of asking to be carried over the threshold but didn’t want to wreck hubby’s back 🙂

This is where we begin to see if what we have planned and altered actually works or not. I’m pleased to say so far so good!  The main changes downstairs are:

  • Split level
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Butler’s Pantry
  • Under stairs cupboard

Well the split level has given us extremely high ceilings, at 3m they are up in the stratosphere for me at 1.58m  🙂  I certainly won’t be changing any light bulbs or painting any ceilings. The gas fireplace position looks great and the under stairs cupboard looks huge – at least the door into it does.

The area I was most keen to see was the Butler’s Pantry as we had redesigned it. The standard Majestic Butler’s Pantry is a very large walk in pantry (WIP) with ‘U’ shaped shelves and double doors from the kitchen:

standard Butler's

I haven’t seen a standard WIP in any of the show homes as they are always upgraded with kitchen units etc and look great.

By making our Butler’s bigger we could mirror the look of the kitchen and keep a WIP in it. On the LHS there is now a window with base and wall units to match the kitchen and space for an additional fridge freezer. On the RHS there is a WIP behind two feature doors.


final pantry

I’m pleased to say it looks like it has translated well into reality from the plans.

Kitchen Butler's Collage




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.

11 thoughts on “Frames in progress

  1. Love the 3m high ceilings! LED lights all the way so no need to replace them for a loooooong time. I really like your modified butlers. I think reducing the size of the walk in pantry is smart and definitely adding the door there is clever to hide the mess. Isn’t it amazing how much they get done in the space of a couple of days? You’re also lucky you didn’t have the long wait from slab till frames. We had to endure the 28+ days of Xmas shutdown before we had any framing action. Looking fantastic Dea!

    • Thanks Sheilzy,
      I really hope the LED lights live up to their hype and last a long time. There’s only one light that isn’t a downlighter there, I think, and that’s a feature light above the dining table.
      I’ve just bought a Dyson stick that should reach the cobwebs on the coving with the help of a stool 🙂

  2. Wow, moving on at a fair old pace now, better start thinking of a housewarming pressie and looking at flights!
    You haven’t mentiond if the double doors of the WIP element of the butlers pantry feature an automatic “tada”, or will one have to provide their own sound effects when opening (with a flourish, of course)

  3. Wow Dea its coming on great; don’t forget to send me an email when you know your plans for visiting the UK. Tom is still in Cairns, Katie goes home tonight 😦 xx

  4. Hi Lunar,
    I haven’t checked your blog for awhile. So happy to see all the progress, your house will be done before you know it! Very clever having an independent inspector. Do you mind me asking for some more details about this?
    Our progress is very slow! Just signing construction this weekend, after almost 7 months since we submitted the tender! Oh well our land registration was delayed anyway so I guess it will all balance out.
    Can’t wait to see more photos!

    • Hi Laurie,
      I feel for you, Admin takes so long when you just want to be building. So far we are very pleased with our build progress. Next up it will be brickies, we’ll see how long the wait for them is.
      We have gone with Houspect (1300 258 789) for our independent inspectors. We went for the package of 5 inspections and if you pay for them all together you get a discount. You choose how many you want and they try and use the same inspector each time to ensure continuity.
      I’ll be posting more photos now we are at the exciting stage.
      Good luck with your admin!

  5. Congratulations! My biggest regret is not including a bigger pantry/scullery type thing, too late now though. Hopefully we will manage. I do love the framing phase, looks great!

    • Thanks trixee!
      Our roof trusses are nothing compared to the complexity of yours 🙂
      I took my youngest son (21 next week 🙂 ) up yesterday and he laughed when he saw the size of the pantry. He said it could have been a small bedroom.
      We saw one of our neighbours extended garage with workshop and thought what a good idea that was but you have to draw the line somewhere. Or do we put it on the list for the next build ….

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