Friday, September 23, 2016

Bedroom, Kitchen and Al Fresco

This week we had a walk-thru for what the builder calls the Fix out. That means that the all the arcs and skirts are in, cabinets are in along with the stone benches, etc. We know that the tiles have arrived along with the sinks, etc.

We arrived at the site just as our building supervisor did - Clinton has been a delight to work with to this stage and is doing his best for us to be in prior to Christmas, perhaps by the end of November. Time will tell.

Our Supervisor informed us that the painters are working over the weekend to do the base internal coats. The rendering on the brickwork is almost completed.  So!!! That now means we have another progress payment. Let's let the photos tell the story.

The Supervisor arrived at the same time as us. I like someone who runs on time.
Sue discusses the continuing processes with Clinton our Supervisor in our Bedroom. The alcove where Sue is standing will be a space for a 1 & 1/2 seater so she can read a book and look into the front of the garden.
We actually enter our bedroom via a personal foyer where we thought we might add personal wall hangings of family. The bedroom is to the left and the en-suite to the right.
I took this photo from our walk in robe and dressing room. It looks out to the en-suite.
The en-suite cabinets have double basins so that we can clean our teeth at the same time  - why would you???
Stone tops cover the cabinets.
Our shower recess will consist of a 200cm x 180cm glass sheet - no closing door.. a small recess in the shower wall will hold those shampoos, conditioners, etc.
The kitchen cabinets and island bench are now installed with the stone-tops. Sue is very pleased.
Looking good.
We are now looking over Sue's island bench - to the left is the dining area with 3 sliding doors opening to the Alfresco area. The other two doors also slide open from the family area to the outside.
The Butler's pantry as explained earlier is where I do the clean-up after Sue's mess in the kitchen.
Shhhh - don't tell her I said that.
Sliding doors open to our Alfresco. Can't wait to entertain friends during the coming summer out in this area. It overlooks the private parklands behind our block. 
Although the L-Shaped Alfresco looks a bit untidy at the moment, the area will be poured with concrete and later tiled by myself with large non-slip possibly charcoal tiles. Something we need to discuss. There will also be two ceiling fans installed to move the air on those hot nights.
Have to say that we are now becoming very excited with the prospect of being in late November as we have our son Andrew visiting from Belgium, my father spending Christmas with us and Sue's American relatives arriving. We can't wait to share our wonderful area with them.


  1. It's looking great! Maybe one day I'll get down under and come visit!

    1. Sue and I would very much like a visit from you. There will always be a guest room for you. Its a great foodie area we live in.

  2. I'll bet that you are getting ever more excited with each visit. It all looks super.

    1. The prospect of us moving in is now seeming like reality Gaynor.

  3. Always ask your relatives to live in the countries you want to visit. Cheaper accommodation, free food, convenient transport and excellent local tourist advice.

    Of course you will want to open your house for return hospitality every year. We have found that most people don't mind sleeping on lilos from the end of the academic year (mid Dec) until after New Years Day holiday.

  4. I have a second kitchen where all the messy dishes, etc, get parked up, waiting for me to get round to washing them up. Unfortunately this is a one woman operation so I can honestly say that there is never a time when all the washing up is done! Not to worry, the front kitchen stays free of too much mess, and that's the main thing!

    1. Rule in our house - Cook doesn't wash up. I'm also being trained as the "Sue-chef". That means that in my retirement, I am being trained in prep as well. I may just go back to work Vera!!!!!

  5. Wow I am struggling to keep up with all your building operations now it is going so fast. It looks fantastic and I know how much you are going to enjoy it once you move in. Take care you two, all the best from us both xx

    1. D & N, When will you visit us - we owe you an overnight stay (or more) if ever in Australia.


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