Sunday, December 30, 2012

Kitchen

Well, the kitchen has been the big transformation. I bought this off eBay as a second hand kitchen last year. Took it apart with Dad & transported it to the house where it sat in the shed for about 8 months.
Now with new solid timber bench tops, a few new cupboards, butler sink, some new handles and some great people to help me put it all together, this is what it looks like. A big kitchen with 12 meters of bench space. All the old doors fit great & just need a touch up at some stage.

- $700 for old kitchen
- $800 on some new cupboards
- $1,300 for new bench tops
- $200 for handles & hinges
- Some sweat, blood and swearing

= $3,000 for a great kitchen

Might take a little more effort but would be over $30,000 if we had someone do it. I Love it!

Slowly Putting It Together
Kitchen Left / Laundry Right

An Almost Finished, Functional Kitchen

Kitchen Finished in June 2015

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sitting & Dinning

Awesome furniture and these areas are now finished. Great view from dinning table to out door area we also finished with BBQ, Seating and Fire Pit.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Bathroom

The Bathroom is now done. Looks great with the travertine tiles and restored vanity. Great to sit in the bath and soak up the views over the valley. Many more nights here I'm sure.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Its Been a Long Time!

Its been along time from when we started. Allot has happened. From my last post many moons ago, we have had the following happen;

- Our worm farm (sewage) put into operation.
- The last of the lights and power hooked up.
- Our Bathroom tiles laid, then pulled up then laid again (They did not get the fall right).
- Kitchen going in well, looks a mess but at least its all there.
- I had my first hot shower down there, good after a big days work!
- Back area is underway and hope to be soaking in the sunsets soon.
- All the painting has been done.
- Carpets going in next week.

Heading down mid December to finish off. Not to long to go. Just finish off the kitchen. Put everything in the bathrooms and then relax.

I CAN'T WAIT.

Been a long road and good to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm hoping my next entry will be of the finished rooms. Fingers X



 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

AAMI for Strawbale House Insurance

I thought this part was going to be hard. Was trying not to think about it but it had to be done. But one call to AAMI and 5 minutes later and our strawbale house was fully covered. I could not believe it. They were really easy to deal with and did not even make a deal about our house being Strawbale. Thanks AAMI, your help has had a massive load off my mind.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Solar Hot Water

We had the plumber come in and install our solar hot water and connect up the cold water too. Be good to know that the the next time we go down we might be able to have a shower or go to the toilet!

The solar water in an Evacuated Tube System which collects the suns heat better than a flat system because the tubes in the system create a better surface area.

Ahh the simple pleasures.



More Painting

We did some touch up work on the skirting boards around the straw bale walls before the painter started. Chris from Chris Simos Painting & Decorating is a great bloke and did an amazing job painting all the ceilings in the house, our eaves, skirting and walls down the hallway. Looks amazing.

Thanks Chris!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Poo Pipes

We had Greg Cameron from Merimbula Plumbing Services in to start the install of our new sewage system. Had all the pipes laid which had a bit of work involved. Greg just made it look easy. Next step - Install the tank!




Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Our New Sewage System

We are just about to have delivery of our new sewage system. I can't wait after Biolytix failed us so miserably. 

Thanks to Tony at Wormsmart, (03) 59665613, for helping us out so very quickly with his very advanced system.

The Wormsmart System works so much better than the Biolytix System as it also separates Grey and Black Water as well. Still uses worms as the main medium for breaking down solids too.

We already have our plumber, Greg Cameron, doing the ground work and the system should be getting delivered by the end of the week for install. Will keep you filled in with all the details and photos along the way.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New Fire Place

We have also had our fire place installed as well. It works great and looks amazing. We used recycled bricks on the base, then got the fire place surround that I had salvaged from me Grandfathers place. Secured some mini-orb tin behind it and then in goes the fire place. Makes the place nice and cozy now. Not like we don't have acres & acres of timber to burn.


Thanks to Darren for Heatworks for all the work installing the fire place! Looks amazing.


Grandfathers Old Fire Surround

Recycled Bricks Down

Monday, June 4, 2012

We Have Light

Mel's Uncle Frank came down to install our light fittings and power outlets this weekend. Its amazing to see the lights going in. Stops us living in the dark ages too having to use torches and running out extension cords so we can see. Thanks Frank.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More Tiles

We had our tiler come and put in our Travertine Tiles in our bathroom. They look just as good as the slate tiles in the main areas, they look amazing! Just have to seal them and we can start both bathrooms final fit out with screens, taps & accessories ready to go in.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tiles & More

Mel went down to seal the tiles last week. They look amazing and just pop with this great glow to them now.

I came down after and we positioned our bath and floor taps and framed up the rear step to hide the tap base and pipes to them. As well as starting on some outside area stuff, stepping stones and sandy base.

Next week we have the waterproofing happening. Michael Deenen from Wet-Seal coming in to water proof our wet areas.

Then the tiler putting in our new travertine tiles in both bathrooms. Can't wait to see them.

We also have the last of our internal walls getting re-rendered too.

Our Kitchen is going to be going in too with a bit of persuasion.

Lights and sockets going in.

And hopefully by the end of the month a new fire place and solar hot water system will be in place.

Bath & Taps in Position
Lots going on. Standby for a busy month!!! 
Sealed Slate Tiles

New Paved Area, Sand Base & Stepping Stones

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Tiles Are Down

From dirty floors to such an awesome floor covering.

Thanks to Alan Grey Tiling in Merimbula for such a great & quick job at laying our slate tiles. Looks amazing. I know who we will be using in the bathroom!

Thanks Alan


Before
After

Monday, March 12, 2012

Finishing Touches

Mum, Dad & I Went down on the weekend to put in all the skirting boards, door jambs & Architraves. We were there for about 2 days but got what we needed done for the tiler to start laying our slate. I think the jambs and architraves really make an impact.


Hall Way
Single Door Frame




Looking Down Hall

Mum also gave our window sills a nice new coat from the walls being touched up but you can see the impact they have and the view is beautiful.
Great Views
The Nice Summer Glow