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.


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!?!?!?


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).


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 17 : The Base Is Rendered


A storm is due this afternoon so we headed out the block to see if the renderers have finished yet. It looks like they’re 75% done and not likely to finish. Hopefully the rain doesn’t ruin their hard work!!

The front is finished and looks beautiful!! We are SO excited to see the cladding go on!!

This is mums end of the house, with her sunken afresco in the middle there.


Back side of the house. The dogs love running laps when we take them for a visit.


Still some work to do though, with the base of our alfresco not rendered yet – and I’m pretty certain the whole chimney stack is due to be rendered too.


Watchdog Zoe looking for kangaroos.


Hoping to have pictures of cladding next!!

Farmhouse Build Update 15 : Benji’s Visit

Isla Skye is in pre-primary and they have a class mascot – a teddy bear named Benji. She wanted to show Benji her new bedroom, and we took the opportunity to measure the window frames for curtains etc.


I’m going to hate not being able to potter around when we reach lock-up stage.

The timber posts are installed in our alfresco area. These will be painted white to match the render. How lovely do they look now though…


And the view from our kitchen through the alfresco area!! We are so excited about our sunken alfresco design, complete with huge skylights to let that much-needed natural light into the kitchen.


And I couldn’t resist snapping some photos around the estate, with the grass looking a little greener and the lawnmowers hard at work.



Farmhouse Build Update 14 : My Birthday Party


Easily my favourite birthday! I got spoiled!! J and mum took me into the City for a bit of shopping. I finally snagged myself a Kitchenaid (Whoop!!) on sale (double whoop). I’ve been eyeing these off for y e a r s, and convinced hubby that storing it for 6 months would be a great idea / job done / money saver etc. etc.

And check out the colour!! Antique copper, I think that was the name. Found in David Jones. I’m so excited. I’m a bit of a baking enthusiast and have been plodding along with my cheap mixmaster for 10 years. What a gem. But now I get to play with this!! And get attachments (eep!) like an ice cream churner, and J is super-excited about the meat mincer attachment. Oh the magic this baby is going to make… gosh have I gotten side-tracked LOL.

So we picked up the kids after school, grabbed some cupcakes and candles, and flew straight out to the block for my first birthday party at our new house. Well sort of. We laid out a blanket in the kitchen!


The kids decorated the cupcakes with candles, sung me a song, blew out my candles and we at cupcakes in the kitchen. These memories will be treasured, looking back one day.

Snapped a photo of mum standing in front of her alfresco area.




Today was wonderful, but gosh I can’t wait for next year!!

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.


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.


Farmhouse Build Update 11 : Brickwork


What a sight to come home to!! The brickwork team is huge and we hear that they will be finished in the next day or two. Whoop!

That, up above, is the view of the front on the left / mums end of the house on the right. I can see the brick dado that will have cladding above it. Super excited to see how this feature pops.

Below is a view of the back of the house. Down on ground level, looking up at the house, it’s clear how high our house pad is! That corner of the house is three metres off the ground!!! One the plus side, I can see our fireplace / chimney stack brickwork on the back of the house. Great job guys.