There’s a bit of a lull going on. After a thorough check, we signed our 12 pages of variations to the contract. In the end, our variation totalled $30K. Most of that is for the retaining walls. We tried to deal with the majority of our house plan tweaks before signing the contract, while the builder was still in sales mode. (The changes we made pre-contract signing are listed on the House Plans page.) Now Webb and Brown-Neaves will take a couple of weeks to update all our drawings to include the variations we’ve agreed to. I suspect there will be more page signing to look forward to.
In the mean time, my trusty measuring tape and I have been busy. I’ve been mulling over the house plans yet again and measuring up all our furniture to see what is going to fit where. I’ve been taking notice of all the areas with nook potential. It’s a completely lovely past-time.
Nook 1: The dining room.
There is a one metre wide niche in our dining room. It is too small for our antique buffet table. I think it could be the spot for a laptop nook, with a drawer or two to hide the bills. One probably does not usually associate computers with dining rooms, but the reality is that laptops and iPads end up in the main living area. I might aswell plan them a place. In my head, there is a floating desk top and an occasional chair. There is room for a laptop and a vase of flowers, nothing else. I couldn’t find a picture to demonstrate this exact idea. I’m going to start the trend.
Nook 2: The hallway.
Surrounded by stairs and visible from the library, there is a nook in the hallway that is large enough to fit my favourite piece of furniture – a Tasmanian oak buffet table. It will be the perfect place to drop the keys. The landline telephone will be located here.
Nook 3: The hallway (again).
This is more of a niche than a nook, just a 90mm indent in the wall. I’m not sure if it is intended to be for a large painting, or whether it is a remnant of the original house design where a door to the study was located. Anyway, it could house a painting, or it could fit a narrow bench upon which to sit and put on your shoes.
Nook 4: Upstairs living area.
This large nook was designed to be a small library, but we’ve dedicated the entire home theatre to that. In our house it will be more useful as a study/office storage area.
Not enough nooks for you? You can find more on my Pinterest boards: