Majestic 40 at Gardener's Ridge

building a Wisdom Majestic in North Kellyville

A Cracking Pace



Not for us this week but the North West Train Link instead – more about that later. First up a progress report on us:

Thursday the tilers came back to work on the wet areas. Hopefully not too much left to do except the all important (correct) accent tiles and grouting.


Space for accent tile above the vanity:

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Alcove for free standing bath:

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Main Bath:

Space for accent tile above the vanity:

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One row of tiles to be laid vertically:

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Friday the bricks were acid washed so that means the exterior painting of the lower eaves and downpipes can go ahead.

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Balcony tiles were laid as well, scaffolding to come down once balcony railings are installed.

No sign of the electrical, air con or plumbing fit off that was scheduled for this week. Probably delayed until after the tiling is complete.

Meanwhile I have had two outings. Tuesday I went to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour and no, I wasn’t going for Justin Bieber’s show 🙂   It was a scorcher of a day! I fancy glamping here for New Years Eve one year so I was checking it out.

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Actually those who know me well will realise that I’d rather rent the Federation apartment available than go glamping in a tent 🙂 I think the last time I was in a tent was in the Lake District back in 1985!

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North West Rail Link

Then Saturday we went for a behind the scenes look at the building of the Sydney Metro Northwest , previously called the North West Rail Link, at the future Castle Hill Train station. Another hot day! We were lucky enough to see Florence, a tunnel boring machine (TBM) in situ. I didn’t recognise Florence as in all the photos you see of the TBMs they are pristine white with logos on. However the paintwork soon disappears once they start working.

Front of TBM Florence at Castle Hill station:

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Rear of TBM Florence at Castle Hill station:

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Castle Hill train link collage

Where we rent we see plenty of lorries transporting the large concrete tunnel sections which are cast at the Bella Vista site. We can also see them building the concrete piers along the Windsor Road from Bella Vista to Rouse Hill for the 4km skytrain viaduct. Completion is early 2019 and at present they are ahead of schedule.


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.

14 thoughts on “A Cracking Pace

  1. Looking good there! Love the length of your shower niche, apparently getting that end-to-end length was too problematic for our builder, for some reason. Your tile selections are great 🙂

    • Thanks trixee. They were generous with their niche sizes. I have some beautiful shell specimens to put in them and will do ‘The Block’ accents of candles and rolled towels for the bath niches 🙂
      I’m death to orchids or I’d put one in too.

  2. Looking good Lunar, always looking forward to your next photos and blogs.
    How did you go with the Cornice on one of the ensuite? Remember the other day I was asking if they took out the cornice/coving for the full height tiling? Who takes it out, the tiler or did the gyprock contractor comeback and remove it?

    • Thanks elo.
      Well, I believe it was the tilers who have removed the en-suite WC cornice and I think it put up a fight! The ceiling looks a bit of a mess now, hopefully they will just pull it down and replace the gyprock. Especially as the gyprockers are working next door 🙂
      I’m not sure quite what they are doing as the tiles look cut too short now but hopefully they will fix it all up this week.

      • Our tilers started screeding today and hopefully the tiles will follow shortly. I was asking the tiler about the cornice and he was telling me to tell the supervisor, as it will look better. I have emailed the supervisor and hopefully will get an answer soon. So from the sounds of it, it seems as our tiler will not remove it unlike yours.

      • I’ll let you know what we end up with – cornice or not. I’ll hopefully check it out today. Exciting times when you see your tiles up, I hope you are pleased with them.

  3. Hi Lunar62, you’re very lucky as you are progressing really, really well (at least compared to us). We are building the Manhattan 36 out in the Upper North Shore. We did our slab on May 7th (just 5 days later than you) and we are still at gyprock stage. Our brickwork took 3 months. It wasn’t funny at all.

    • Hi Eric,
      3 months to complete bricking! Has your SS indicated when they think you will finish?
      They were quick to brick for us but our lower roofs held us up and now the wrong accent tile has added a fortnight. Things did speed up for us once we were gyprocked so fingers crossed it will for you too. Good luck with the rest of your build, how lovely to be up at the Upper North Shore 🙂

      • Hi lunar62, no he cannot commit any dates yet. I’m hoping before the December shutdown but that’s pushing it — then again who know? Good luck to you and your house looks immaculate (we have similar doors and tiles btw).

  4. Looking fab, love your tile choices. Nearly there, do you have a rough date for handover? Btw I can highly recommend glamping on NYE. We did it about 3 years ago and it was amazing experience😄

    • Thanks Sheilzy!
      No date yet but supposed to be well before Christmas. I will try to pin the SS down for a date this week 🙂
      We are always on the lookout for a great place to watch the NYE fireworks from and Cockatoo Island certainly looks good – hot but good. Is that where you did your glamping or can you recommend other spots to view from?

  5. Hi Dea, loving your blog; I can’t believe your new house, it looks awesome! Tom’s now left Australia and is in Thailand. Love to all, Lydia xx

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