Farmhouse Build Update 19 : Shale Grey Roof

I’ve been avoiding writing about the roof because the entire situation ended up a huge mess. I made a mistake, and now we have to live with it and make the most of it.


I explained in my last post that due to a miscommunication with the builder, the fascia and gutters were added to the house in the original colour scheme. I was told that the cladding was going up before the gutters, and I would have a chance to play with paint colours before choosing a final gutter and roof colour (preferably Windspray)… But this was wrong. The Shale Grey gutters went on, and I felt pressure from every direction (including myself) to leave them on so that the build wasn’t held up further. Add the matching roof in Shale Grey, and disappointment. We had asked the builder to change the roof colour, but we were too late. It had already been ordered and cut.

I couldn’t visit for a while. J went, and his reaction was disappointment. He thought it looked like zincalume in the rain. I had to work up the courage to go, and I went by myself. Funnily enough, mum was also there when I arrived. It was early so there was dew on sections of the roof – so I saw what J meant by a silvery look when the roof was wet. The sun actually played games all over the house. Each section threw a different grey.

The front view. Grey on the right, white on the left…


From this angle below, the roof looks silver!!


And the back view – the roof looks white!


We were scratching our heads all over again about paint colours, but will wait for the cladding to go on before we work out how to fix this.

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 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.