Farmhouse Build Update 18 : Gutter Disaster

Houston we have a problem! Miscommunications are going to happen during any build, and the likelihood increases when the customer changes her mind after pre-start. But it’s no secret that the colour scheme has been keeping me up at night. Literally.

The house design is like a 3-layer sandwich => top/roof, middle/weatherboard cladding, bottom/rendered base:

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The pre-start colour scheme was grey top / white middle / grey bottom. This decision was made because J was worried about the white base getting filthy. BUT we’ve always dreamt of having grey weatherboard with white trims… Who doesn’t right?!

So we told the builder. But in the process of changing the colour scheme officially, the grey fascia went on… argh! I started the stressing again about having to change the colour scheme back to white cladding (insert sad face). We were hoping to see the cladding added to the rendered base so that we could visualise it better and hopefully play with some paint samples!?! But then we got a phone call to say that the gutters went on… double ARGH! Our initial response was great! Progress! But then the confusion set in because the gutters were planned to go on after the cladding. AND the gutters were the wrong colour! What a disaster.

I raced out there to have a look and in the overcast light – they matched. We were thrilled to see progress given that it was forecast to rain for the next few weeks. We felt guilty for changing our minds… awful feeling. Guilt. So we told the builder to leave the fascia and gutter on in the Shale Grey colours. I thought we could just go back to the original colour scheme and be happy.

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But we went to the block on Saturday – a beautifully sunny day. And damn… the colours look different in the sunlight! This is what I’ve been stressing about from the very beginning. Having so many greys – I can’t handle it. I like things to match, and I worried about the fascia and gutters clashing – and then add the grey roller door, and the grey paint colour… Do you hear me? Crazy I know.

See what I mean below? The fascia is a nice cool grey, and the gutters are greige. Enter stress about what the roof colour will look like and how to match a grey paint!?!?!?

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And to make matters worse, the Shale Grey (see paint board sitting on the ground above) matches the fascia on the back of the house (in the sunlight). But not the front of the house (always in shade – see below).

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So I’ve asked the builder to change the gutters (and roof order) to Windspray (right hand side middle paint colour). Fingers and toes crossed for our dream colour scheme.


Farmhouse Build Update 13 : Porch Framework

Not a whole lot to report on this visit. Progress on the timber-work is a lot slower than we saw on the brickwork. The framework for the cladding to go onto, and the huge roof frame is a huge amount for only two men. But we were happy to see the beginnings of the porch framework today.

The porch will add the most character to the wide expanse of the house front. I opted for no verandahs on the house because I want as much light to filter into the rooms as possible. I’m a lover of natural sunlight. It just warms me up mentally as well as physically. So we oriented the house to run East-West. That way (although mum will receive direct morning light into her house), we won’t receive direct light. Just indirect light throughout the year.

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Our front door!! We opted for aluminium frame as it was cheaper than timber. Again, I also wanted as much light flowing in as possible. And we’ve chosen to have cross-bars added to the glass to give that french door look.

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Farmhouse Build Update 3 : Interior Decorating Decisions. Send help!

Pre-start is coming up so now the pressure is on to choose colours for exterior walls, roof, interior cabinets, doors, bench-tops, tiles etc. Let the procrastination begin!!

Just take a look at all of these curtain colour options… I love the idea of double-layer curtains with sheers resting behind heavy linen. The possibilities are endless!!

And I know that curtain colours are not relevant to pre-start, but as an excellent procrastinator I feel the need to have the whole house design/style worked out in my head. It’s possible too, that as an excellent shopper I just can’t help but stop and drool over everything that I have been dreaming about having for years.

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Next stop? Solomon’s flooring for inspiration. My favourite are these vinyl planks by Decoria. Hard-wearing, scratch-proof, water-proof, durable and quiet! They are so much quieter to walk on than timber laminate. I’ve also heard many horror stories about timber laminate scratching and swelling. I’m keen to learn more about this vinyl flooring!!

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We popped past many a tile place, and felt mostly discouraged by the prices. Isla Skye’s favourite place was this one because it had a water fountain… It was p r i c e y!!

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We drooled over farmhouse lighting in Early Settler.

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We tested out bath tubs at Caroma.

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And finally we visited Subiaco Restoration to browse their fireplaces, mantels, and huge range of interior decor options. It is a treasure trove in there for builders/renovators looking to add a modern Hamptons / Farmhouse flair to their home. We will be back!!


Farmhouse Design Inspiration : Display Homes in WA

The hunt was on, and there is nothing more fun than dragging toddlers through display homes for hours/days/weeks. We were looking for an Hamptons / Farmhouse style. We didn’t want open plan, which made our job even harder.

This WA Country Builders Karri Creek Design was our first stop and we fell in love the farmhouse style. I loved the addition of the weatherboard, and the stone fireplace.

This Rural Building Co Marri View display home was also a beautiful design. Too open and lofty for us, but very representative of the Rural Building style. It was beautiful.

We also loved the look of these exteriors. Top left is WA Country Builders Lamont Design. Top right is Summit Homes Orchard Design. Bottom is Plunkett New Hampton Design.

The Plunkett New Hampton interior is a gorgeous mix of hamptons and industrial farmhouse. The base colour palette is typically simple, with pops of colour and wow-feature lighting. ┬áThe addition of the recessed ceilings to separate the living spaces looked brilliant – as did the fireplace. We loved everything about this home, except for the open plan. It looked beautiful but we didn’t find it would function perfectly for us.

E v e n t u a l l y we found our absolute favourite design in the Plunkett North Hampton Design. This house is everything we were looking for. The design is perfect. We’ve lived in a few rentals now and ‘road-tested’ a variety of living spaces. Open plan doesn’t work for us, so this concept of separated living spaces blew our mind. As you can see from the pictures – the kitchen, sitting/dining, and theatre surround the sunken alfresco area. Therefore all spaces can be opened up if we want, or they can function as separate rooms. Most important is that whatever is happening in the kitchen won’t directly impact/annoy the watching of tv in the theatre room, or chillaxing by the fire in the sitting room. And the options to eat inside or outside are both easily accessible.

Now I have to mention the kitchen. The heart of every home. This kitchen grabbed my heart. I know it’s just a design etc. But the subway tiles, the marble island, the settler/shaker profile (had no idea what it was at first), the layout, design, just WOW. The wine rack was also a very unique and stylish design element. And I can’t not mention the scullery / butlers pantry. What’s the difference again? Butlers pantry’s have a sink? Vice versa? Whatever… It’s brilliant! A place to hide the mess? Yes please!! Toppathalist!

The sitting room with huge bookcase AND fireplace?! You had me at bookcase! It did come with a warning though regarding the price tag… but IKEA might be able to hook me up!!?! And speaking of price tags (cough) fireplace (cough). What a whopper of an addition though? I mean, who wants a farmhouse without a place to warm your bones after feeding the pigs in the freezing cold?? Anyone? Didn’t think so!

So?! Design found, whoop! Love, happy, kids relieved… everyone relieved actually. Especially since we’d driven over 2 hours to this display home… twice already. We had to double-check that we loved it, of course. And there just wasn’t anything even close to similar in design or style. So we got the graph paper out and started working out how to transform this perfect design into the double home that we wanted.