Majestic 40 at Gardener's Ridge

building a Wisdom Majestic in North Kellyville


Splish Splash

I’ll be having a bath 🙂

This week saw the bathrooms being kitted out with tubs, loos and taps. Unfortunately you will have to take my word for it as we are well and truly locked out now.

How do I know it has been done? Well I’m a regular Miss Marple. The garage door was open and the main floor tiles had been delivered:

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The boxes for all the sanitary ware that were in the garage are now in the rubbish pile along with a discarded shower frame.

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We were able to get in as the front door was wide open when we went to look at the landscaping.

So hot off the press:

Powder room with loo, shower rails and tap:

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Hmm looks like someone has already christened it 😦

Kitchen with Caroma Quatro tap:

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Main bathroom with loo and Caroma Stylus Newbury bath:

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Standard Prestige bath spout:

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En-suite with free standing Caroma Aura 1600 bath & same spout:

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From a different angle:

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En-suite toilet:

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I love these Caroma loos! Quality toilets with a china cistern and soft close lid. Can’t wait to say goodbye to the cheap plastic cisterns and even worse seats in the rental (see below):

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Bathroom switches complete with labels!:

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I am so looking forward to having a bath once more, I really miss it. We do have a bath in the current rental but it is a huuuge spa bath. It is so big it is ridiculous, there are actually two seats inside it, it takes ages to fill and I dread to think how much water it actually consumes.

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[I won’t miss cleaning those stapled on sheer swags or wooden venetian blinds either ]

I have used the spa bath once and it just felt weird, I felt like Billy No Mates, it is definitely a bath made for two. At least there is a ledge all the way round to rest a glass of bubbles on it if you do share 🙂

So I may have gone the other way. The en-suite came with a spa size bath (no bubbles that would be an upgrade) and initially I swapped it for a standard sized bath the same as the one in the bathroom. Then I thought ‘What the heck!’ and upgraded it to a stand alone bath, the Caroma Aura 1600.

Now after mentioning it last week on my blog different friends have inquired as to whether it is – ahem – a suitable size for each of us. Did I try it out in the shop etc?

Well I have to admit to just looking at it on the web and thinking that’ll do! We did try a stand alone bath in a holiday rental and I thought this one looked like that so job done!

I also have to admit that just as hubby has his coffee machine I have annexed that bath as mine 🙂

It will be my treat, my little haven of peace and tranquillity … hopefully!

Not a lot else has happened on site this week apart from the gyprockers doing the Butler’s bulkhead and other bits and pieces . Electrical looks complete with the stair footlights in:

Split level ground floor:

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Hopefully stop anyone coming home late from falling down the step in the dark.

Staircase footlights:

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For those of you interested in the internet provisions and NBN here is the NBN enclosure with an 8-Port Cat 6 Patch Panel. Not that I know what it is that was copied straight from the End Panel, I just need it to work!  It is sealed at the moment so we can’t see how neat it is inside (hopefully) or whether it is a mess of spaghetti wires.

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Unfortunately the tilers didn’t make it this week but are booked in for next week instead. Next week also sees the Master wardrobes, the WIP and the cloak cupboard being fitted out with fancy shelving and the painters finishing.

Two months today is Christmas Eve and roughly seven weeks to go until Wisdom shut down for the Christmas holidays and we hope to be in before then. Our SS has said we will be in ‘Well before then’ so now I am keen to get a provisional date for our Practical Completion Inspection (PCI). Once you’ve had a successful PCI it is normally two weeks until you get handover and your keys. Therefore we need our PCI pdq 🙂

What’s left to do?

  • Main floor tiling
  • Internal Painting 2nd & 3rd coats
  • Exterior lower paintwork
  • Shower screens & mirrors
  • Towel rails and toilet roll holders
  • Master, WIP, cloak fit outs
  • Kitchen & Butler’s splashback
  • Driveway
  • Balcony balustrading
  • Air con grills
  • Door furniture
  • Fly screens & doors
  • Carpet

What’s done but needs fixed?

  • Rain garden
  • Bed 3 & 4 wire robes
  • En-suite WC tiling
  • Balcony door double glazed

p.s in case I came across a bit harsh about the rental here’s something I will definitely miss until I can replicate it. A great drying area complete with Hills Hoist Drymaster 42 🙂

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Hey ho, hey ho, it’s off to tile we go ….


Wednesday I popped by the site in the hope of catching the tilers at work. I wanted to ask them to leave any left over tiles behind for repairs in case we have any accidents down the line. Turns out they do anyway 🙂

Not one, not two but four tilers hard at work. All the wet area floors were laid and they were about a quarter of the way up the walls. I had a sneak peek in the powder room and was really pleased with what I could see.

They have taken care to match up the floor tile joins with the walls and from what I can tell, before it’s all cleaned up, it looks top notch to me.

There were rather a lot of tiles piled up waiting to be laid. As standard Wisdom include:

  • Full height tiling to two walls only of Bathroom and Ensuite (main visible walls)
  • Decorative tiled shower niches to all shower recesses

We’ve gone for full height tiling throughout hence the small mountain of tiles. Less painting in years to come and more protection from any Moby Dick’s splashing around!

I decided to go pretty neutral in the bathrooms and add ‘pops’ of colour with towels and a few accent pieces. Wisdom include a small amount of accent tiling with most people choosing to tile the niches or put a vertical strip on the wall of the shower. I’ve gone for a horizontal strip below the mirror on the vanities instead.

We’ve chosen from the standard tile range throughout except for the accent tile in the powder and ensuite. There we went for a real marble mosaic that was later discontinued. We reselected a marble ‘finger’ instead so I was a bit worried to see a sheet of diamonds waiting to be laid.

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At least they hadn’t been put up yet! I beetled back to Di Lorenzo and checked the codes on the signed paperwork against the showroom tile book and they were correct – phew! Just a miss pick which will hopefully get sorted quickly.

Friday the site supervisor kindly let me into the house to measure up with the curtain company. No tilers present so I was able to have a good look at the tiling without disturbing them. Really, really pleased 🙂

OK less talk more photos!

It was a bit of an overcast day so the lighting isn’t too fantastic in these photos.

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Powder room: in cream – note the high window with obscured glass instead of the standard vertical window in clear glass!

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Laundry: Shades of grey 🙂 note the tiled waste in the LHS corner, harder for the creepy crawlies to come visit!

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Main Bathroom: White with pale grey marble effect

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Main Bathroom: shower with niche

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En-suite : in cream (same tile as Powder Room)

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En-suite WC: Coving to come off to allow for full height tiling

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En-suite shower

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En-suite: future home of my free standing bath 🙂

Stop press! Caesarstone benchtops due to be fitted this Tuesday.


Internal fit out

Last week was very productive with all the internal cabinetry installed and the benchtops measured up for the Caesarstone.

First up was the kitchen and Butler’s Pantry:

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Followed by the waterproofing of the wet areas and installation of cabinetry:

waterproof 3 Collage


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Plus the shelving for the media alcove in bedroom 5/ upstairs media room:

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And the shelving for the feature pop out master bed head wall:

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The tiler started on Saturday, after the waterproofing inspection, by screeding the wet areas and the front porch:

screed Collage

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Also last week the understairs cupboard was gyprocked and the gas connected to the mains.

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Meanwhile back at the rental we had a visitor  🙂

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Kookaburra on the Hill’s Hoist

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Luckily for us Di Lorenzo tiles is just down the road so we have been able to keep dropping in to try and choose what we would like.

We found it pretty easy to choose wall tiles in the Wisdom Prestige range but floor tiles were harder.

I would have to say that the majority of show homes are displayed with upgraded floors so that sets your expectations higher. The ones which have always caught our eyes are the large porcelain tiles – surprise, surprise. Having read different horror stories about how much extra they can cost – $$$ – we asked for two quotes, one for porcelain and one for a standard smaller tile.

The 600 x 600mm porcelain tiles actually came back less than we thought compared to some I’ve heard of so we are pleased.

Hence for the main living areas downstairs we’ve decided on:

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Shown with the Laminex Espresso Ligna silk, white polyurethane silk & Caesarstone Emperadoro



Here’s a natty plan my hubby drew up after my last post.


White splashback tile 250x500mm (slightly textured) with Laminex Chalky Teak cupboard & Caesarstone Night Sky benchtop samples

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Floor tile is a standard 450 x 450 graphite with marble effect. No photo because my camera was playing up 😦


Main Bathroom

Pale grey marble is the theme.


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Standard wall & accent tiles for the boys but upgraded with floor to ceiling tiles. The walls will be plain with one row of the accent tile running under the full width mirror over the vanity.

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Vanity & benchtop:

Laminex Chalky Teak             Caesarstone Night Sky


Powder room & En-suite

Rich creams and browns

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Standard wall and floor tiles but upgraded with floor to ceiling tiles.

The walls will be plain with two rows of a marble mosaic feature tile to run under the full width mirror above the vanity like so:


Feature strip by vanity

I can’t remember which blog I saw this on ages ago but I liked it!


Vanity & benchtop:

Laminex Oyster Linea       Caesarstone Night Sky



Laundry and Bathrooms

aka ‘the wet areas’.

These were also chosen at the Timpelle kitchen meeting.

Something I forgot to mention previously was that it is an upgrade to have a two-tone kitchen with Wisdom. It is also standard that all wet area benchtops and vanities be the same colour. Having splurged on the upgrade to Supernatural Caesarstone for the breakfast bar we were happy to stick to one standard colour for the wet area benchtops. However we did a small upgrade to Lamiwood from the standard Laminex vanities and have different colours between the different areas.


The laundry is a decent size even after we shaved off a bit to extend the Butler’s Pantry. As standard it comes with a built-in laminated Laundry unit with a stainless steel drop in tub and 20mm Caesarstone top.

We are putting in a broom cupboard with shelves inside at one end and the Laundry unit with a double cupboard over it at the other end with an extended benchtop between. There will be a hanging rail between the broom cupboard and overhead cupboards for ironing. At home we had a Sheila Maid which was so useful, so the rail will be my version of it.

sheila maid Sheila Maid

The washing machine and tumble dryer will be under the bench plus there will be an extractor fan as well. We plan to have the classic Australian Hills Hoist Rotary Dryer outside as I like to line dry most of the time. Having just seen the price of it ($500+) it could well become our garden feature too! Think I’ll train the security cameras on that instead of the doors! I’ll forgo the package with 100 pegs as well – I’m OCD enough about hanging the washing out as it is – each item must have the same  type of peg. Not quite as bad as my sister where they have to colour match too….


I forgot to mention that I love the Aussie design feature of bulkheads over the overhead cupboards. They eliminate the gap between cupboard top and ceiling and stop the need to clean all the dust and grease build up. However I did eventually get wise in the UK and lined the top with newspaper that could be replaced regularly. That is one instance where it pays to be vertically challenged – you can stand on the benchtop and clean the top of the cupboards!

For the Laundry and Main Bathroom:

Vanities in Lamiwood

Laminex Chalky Teak

Benchtop in

Caesarstone Night Sky


For the Powder Room and En-Suite:

Vanities in Lamiwood

Laminex Oyster Linea

Benchtop in

Caesarstone Night Sky