Majestic 40 at Gardener's Ridge

building a Wisdom Majestic in North Kellyville

Onwards and upwards


A nice surprise when we went to look at the house today – we have a staircase!

Stairs Collage

No more ladders thankfully.

We have gone for the standard staircase which is gloss painted. Initially we upgraded to have the same staircase as the show home but when we had to change to the split level design this was one of the items we deleted to offset the cost.

We have added an under stairs cupboard as you can never have too much storage and it looks like there will be a lot more space than I first thought. The door is huge and I can walk upright in it a fair way. Mind you that’s not saying much as I’m vertically challenged. 🙂

The gyprocking has been completed and so too has the coving or cornice as it is called here. We have gone for the standard cornice, architrave and skirting. From the brochure it is a decorative ‘Tempo’ cornice, decorative half splayed 90mm high skirting and 67mm wide architraves. It didn’t occur to me to change the sizing of it when we raised the ceilings to keep it all in proportion but probably only an interior decorator would notice. For those of you who have a keen sense of proportion you can find a definitive list here:

The only areas that don’t seem to have it are the kitchen with the dropped ceiling and the hall and media room as both of those have coffered ceilings. What is a coffered ceiling I hear you ask? A coffer, in architecture, is a series of sunken panels in a ceiling. This is what it is like in the Majestic 40 show home at One Minto:

Gardener's Ridge 079

They seem to have got a bit carried away and put coving in the garage and walk in pantry too.

Next week sees the start of the internal fit out with doors and architraving and waterproofing the wet areas plus the garage door being fitted. Then I think we will be at lock out and no more sneaky peaks around the build.


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.

8 thoughts on “Onwards and upwards

  1. Wow lunar62! It’s coming along nicely. We are also building the majestic, due to begin next year, so I’ve loved updates and photos. Keep them coming

    • Thanks kristen! Glad you like my blog. I followed a few Wisdom builds and found them helpful especially when we were deciding on what we wanted. I still look at their timelines to see what is next for us and when we might hopefully finish.

  2. Now you’re getting to the exciting stage! Your build is coming along nicely, seems to be fast from where I’m sitting! I found it amusing when they put cornices in our garage too, it’s something that you don’t really think about but there you go. Thanks for the link to skirting heights, our ceilings are 2.7m so I guess we need to get the bigger skirtings too.

    • We had a few weeks wait for the lower roofs but we are happy with the speed of the build now. As you say we are at the exciting stage now where it starts to look like a real house. I shall be popping up a lot to see what is being done – roll on the 14th when the kitchen gets fitted 🙂

  3. The staircase is lovely!

    • Thank you Johanne. I like the mini landing on it. I wondered if it would be at the right level to let the cats look out the window but they’ll just have to settle for laying in the sunbeams instead.
      Hopefully as its a good width it will make getting the furniture upstairs easier!

  4. Hi Johanne, let me translate that for you… after we move in we will buy or build a custom piece of furniture so that the cats can sleep on a carpeted platform on the landing, raised to the level of the window, so that they soak up the sunbeams and keep an eye on outdoors by merely lifting one eyelid. Hang on … make that two custom pieces of furniture so that they don’t fight about being top cat. When I grow up I want to be a cat living in lunar62’s loving care and protection. It’s not a bad life…. hubby 😉

  5. Ha ha! It’s important to give your guard cat an effective watch post. There will be cats at our place too, but I’m afraid I did not consider them in our design phase!

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