As the frame, of the renovation I am doing for my sister, begins to resemble the form of a house I am feeling an immense amount of excitement and honestly a bucket load of relief! The ideas that had rested in my mind and 3D model for over a year are now starting to make more sense as they land on site. The dimensions are correct and the feel of the spaces are being realised with every new timber addition.

(Images above) Along the Eastern Boundary the vacant openings that are waiting for windows are, at this stage, my favourite element. The view from each is rich in colour and texture as it frames the landscape even more immaculately than planned. They settle almost like painted sceneries. Β From the study you can see the Manchurian Pear tree change hues through the seasons, the ensuite view frames the silver birches greying trunks and the master suite/rumpus has the image of Black Hill behind. All rest neatly above the fence line almost transporting the rooms away from the neighbourhood.

I am also relieved to see how the new addition is affixing to the existing structure. My brother in laws main brief was to be contemporary yet respect the old Victorian House’s aesthetic. This we hope to achieve through continuing the timber weatherboards and timber double hung windows.

Being my first built project it is an interesting and surreal experience watching the lines on my plans become form and spaces within the site. I am also enjoying the fact that this extension is for people I know, and it is a place I will spend a lot of time in. (Which is also fairly daunting!). Its cute chatting to my little nieces at each step of the way – from them having the perfect slab for riding their bikes on to now having a giant maze/cubby house to play in. I hope it is just as exciting when complete.

Finally I will share some of my hopes and aspirations for the interior component of this design. From the type of bathroom joinery (custom oak veneer cabinetry with designed finger pulls), hexagon bathroom feature tiles, concrete vanity benchtops and shadow box shelving. I will hopefully go into more detail once that stage of the build begins.

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  1. April 5, 2012

    I always find going on site a bit scary. Will it be what I envisioned in my mind? Has the builder followed what I’ve drawn? Will I regret any of my decisions? Good to know it’s going well so far! Can’t wait to see more!

    • April 5, 2012

      Thanks Ella!

      Yeah this was the first time I went to site and didn’t freak out…I found the slab pour the most stressful… I was surprisingly very relaxed and enjoying the experience this time.

      “Going well so far” hehe I imagine there will be more daunting times ahead but at least the main spatial feeling is right – now its just the fixtures and fittings I need to focus on to keep my excitement and satisfaction going! πŸ™‚

  2. Rachel #
    April 5, 2012

    Looking great!

    • April 5, 2012

      Thanks Rachel! Can’t wait until it has walls and a roof – although at the rate they are building at it won’t be too far off!


  3. Jacinta #
    April 5, 2012

    We are so excited!! Small correction: Black Hill, not Brown Hill πŸ™‚

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