2015 – The year of the house

I’m very excited about 2015.  It’s the year we’re going to have a house. I feel spoiled rotten to be able to say that.

We are going to go from this:


“Plate high” in December.


to this:


The grand plan for “House by the Water”. Image by Tim Davies Landscaping.

It’s not just about having walls and a roof of our own, it’s about having a home where we can stay put a while and develop roots.  I’m excited that my children will be able to have that as they approach their teenage years.

But before I get too sentimental, let me tell you about activity on our house in December.

  • The bricklayers reached “plate high”, meaning that the ground floor brickwork is complete.
  • The laundry and powder room floor tiles and splash back tiles that I selected almost one year ago have been discontinued.  I’m embracing the reselection process as an opportunity!  (There’s potential for a third blog post about splash backs, going for a blogging world record.)
  • The oven and microwave I selected are also discontinued, but happily not much brain power was required to accept their replacements.
  • I received our first “construction schedule”.  I’m very pleased with this, mostly because it gives me a good idea about all the tasks that need to be done and the order, but also because it matches my idea of timing for the house to be complete.  Readers who picked early October in the Guess the handover date competition, it’s looking good for you!
  • I purchased our fireplace and it arrived it Perth, bringing with it my first taste of the hassles associated with “owner-supplied items”.  The vendor will only store it for 60 days, but the builders will not have the house ready for it until later.  Problem 1:  storage.  Problem 2: getting it to the building site once the builders are ready.  Problem 3:  neither the vendor nor our builders will install it.  Problem 4:  amateur hack trying to co-ordinate multiple parties from afar.  (That’s me.)

And on a fluffier note, I’m still basking in the sunshine that was our holiday to Peru.  Every moment was fascinating. It was such a surprise to not only be blown away by amazing views, but also by the freshness and colour of everyday life, especially in the rural areas.  The people were friendly and the food was healthy, innovative and delicious.  It’s hard to fathom that an existence so different to our life in Brazil lies within the same continent.  My girls had a marvellous time purchasing cheap textile gifts from the markets and we bought a beautiful throw and a floor rug to remember the local alpacas and talented weavers.


12 thoughts on “2015 – The year of the house

  1. May says:

    Happy New Year to you and all he family Jo. 2015 is going to be very exciting for you. We can’t wait to see your beautiful home, it will be awesome no doubt after all the hard yards you have put into its making!!!

  2. trixee says:

    Happy new year and amen to a finished house! Peru is on my bucket list, it sounds like you had an amazing time!

    Your build seems to be running so smoothly. Aside from discontinued items, but it’s an opportunity to do some fine-tuning, right? Happy new year!

  3. Happy New Year – great to see the progress. Can sympathise re discontinued products and particularly the hassle of ‘owner supplied’ – we had similar issues but was worth it in the end – do persevere!

  4. We spent a few days up the central coast and both hubby and I were dreaming about having our own house by the water. We love the sound of waves and the smell of the ocean! Joh you’re building our dream home😄

    So looking forward to watching your beautiful house come to life. Exciting year ahead!

  5. Happy new year Jo – it will be an exciting one for you!
    It sounds like WBN are getting stuck in and making good progress.
    i think we might have to add Peru to our bucket list 🙂

  6. Happy new year Jo! Looks like the house is right on track. Sorry to hear a few of your choices have been discontinued, how fustrating! My inlaws lived in Peru for a year … they loved it but were a little less keen on the native dish (guinea pig). I write a bit about the Dakar rally, so have done a bit of research on the South American landscapes. It’s on the bucket list to visit one day.

  7. Bruna Evans says:

    Photos of Peru wonderful! The people & colour remind me of our trip to Mexico. Glad you all had such a fab time.

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