1. I’m so glad I checked out the “Cocoflip” pendant replicas. At $300 (versus $1500 for the real thing) – I had to consider them. They looked great from 2 metres away, but then as I got close I noticed that there was no join between the “ash” top and the “aluminium” bottom. So I reached out to see how it was done and realised that the whole thing was painted tin. If I’d been fooled online and had the replicas delivered I would have been so disappointed.
2. A sad moment at Myaree Ceramics…. the oil-blue tiles that I had coveted to replace our discontinued splash back tile, have also been discontinued. No time for crying. There were a number of good options that were close to my original grey subway tile selection.
How about that white “painted brick” tile (bottom right)? Very clever. Possibly not in keeping with House By The Water’s style. Here’s my selection:
I’m going to have it laid vertically for a modern touch.
Next, I needed to reselect floor tiles for the laundry and powder room. The laundry was easy. I’m keeping it simple. A matt grey tile. The powder room, however, is a little room where it may not cost much to experiment with something a bit “out there”.
Here the Caesarstone bench top in clamshell and the floor tile seem to clash but in reality they looked good together. The tiles actually come in 4 different prints (of which we’d use 3) so the tiler will have to puzzle it together. Hmmmm? That could be unpopular. I’m waiting for the costs of laying this tile to be confirmed before I commit.
3. Next stop, a meeting with the owner of “Well Built Landscape Construction” (WBLC) to discuss our front yard plans. I give Nick 10 out of 10 for keeping his overheads low, with our meeting taking place in McDonalds! WBLC gave me the best quote for a cobblestone driveway and have produced some stylish home landscaping. We discussed the driveway and our front fence and gate. I begged him to help me decide whether to go with vertical wood or steel infills and render for the front fence. He would have humoured me with either option, but my sensibilities and his have pushed me towards steel infills. WBLC will provide a quote to kick-start our front yard, leaving the garden preparation for us to do at our leisure.
4. At Nick’s suggestion, I went to Water Garden Warehouse to study steel infills for our front fence. They supply my favourite steel infill pattern – the “wattle”.
I photographed steel art featuring this pattern a year ago at Home Base because I loved it. It’s still my favourite.
We need to choose a finish. Powder coated is smart (no rust stains dripping down the rendered wall), but the rusty steel and Corten options have a more organic look.
5. And just because it’s right next door to Water Garden Warehouse, I had a browse in Eco Outdoor. Our cobblestones will come from here and I always love their outdoor furniture, though it’s usually over-priced. Currently they have a sale on so their outdoor sofas are closer to the realms of possibility. It’s a good place for alfresco inspiration. They have some tempting heavy linens for making cushions and a great vertical garden.
6. I popped into to say hi to my “Construction Liaison” at Webb and Brown-Neaves’ office. It’s always nice to put a face to a name. Emma took the time to explain to me a proposed change to the width of our “gutter fascia” that despite my best attempts to understand, by studying the drawings, I still could not fathom. I have been assured that the change is purely cosmetic.
So that’s it. All else for the remainder of our house construction must be done remotely. The next time I visit Western Australia will be for the “practical completion inspection”. But you know, I’ll be hovering around in the mean time, one way or another!