Our House By The Water has grown. Three weeks of brickwork has seen the house go from single storey to double. As photos have landed in my inbox each week, I’ve become increasingly excited.
Thank you Mark from Best West Building.
Thanks to new reader and future neighbour, Tracy.
Most of the house is 63 courses high, double brick. That’s a lot of bricks. Work has come to a temporary halt. The feature column on our front facade (that will eventually be clad in stack stone) is 80 courses high. The brickies need an extra “lift” of scaffolding so that they may complete the taller sections of the brickwork. The scaffolders are booked for next week.
In other news, following on from my “I love Linen” post, I won a little competition! Ink and Spindle is a Melbourne based company that print gorgeous Australian-inspired prints on 100% linen, cotton and hemp. You can buy their fabric or ready-made homewares using their existing prints, or you can choose one of their prints and customise it to your own colour way. They have just introduced some new colours and celebrated with a competition. My favourite colour combination proved popular and won me some fabric! One 100% linen Silver Gum doona cover in Bluestone and River Salt on Oatmeal coming up!
Of course, then I had to play with mood boards for the master bedroom, to check that my current front runner for linen curtains (Pottery Barn) and the new fabric will work together.
I’ve had a heavy week on Polyvore, playing with mood boards. It started with the question of linen versus leather for sofas in our living room. Leather is so practical and has my husband’s vote, but I love so many linen sofas. This week a leather sofa that really appealed to me crossed my laptop screen, so I plugged it into Polyvore. These decisions are always multifactorial, so I tested some of my favourite rugs and pieces of aboriginal art too.
Don’t tell, but I spent a whole Friday afternoon doing this! It was blissful.
My conclusions are:
- Artwork and floor rug should be considered together. For example, patterned artwork and patterned rug is a bit too much. Pick one star, then don’t upstage it.
- Either leather or linen couch could work, but both together, hmmm..??
Which living room version do you like the best? Why?
Should linen couches and children occupy the same space?
I’d love to find a really nice, Australian-made, linen sofa with removable/washable covers.
Finally, to some money saving news, for a change! Tracy alerted me to a potential rebate on stamp duty! In Western Australia we pay a lot of money in tax/duty when we buy land. Our “stamp duty” was in excess of $30K! However, residential land is taxed at a slightly lower rate, so if you commence building within 5 years of land purchase you may be eligible for a rebate. For us, it could be worth almost $3000. That’s a
sofa nice little bite off our mortgage. Already I have secured a “Newly Constructed Residential Exemption” from annual land tax, a separate bill of a couple of hundred dollars, by filling in a form and sending the department of finance proof that we’ve commenced construction. As always, there is some fine print, but if you haven’t already investigated these potential savings, it could be worth your while. Now, just to find our original stamp duty document….