Sitting on the fence.

The kitchen at House By The Water has been getting a good work out. Cake for 70 people last weekend and curries for 20 people this weekend. It has been such a pleasure to spend time in the kitchen, chopping, baking, stirring, all the while overlooking the family action going on in the living room and keeping an eye out for the dolphins herding salmon in the canal.  The pinch-me moments continue.

Kitchen time takes from gardening time though, so the landscaping report is rather slim:

  • More dirt shifted.
  • 3 coastal banksias planted.
  • 3 holes chipped in brickwork for step lights.
  • And one day of tiling by the landscapers (sigh).

The Nice Wolf has been wrestling with stone pavers trying to create steps, which has of course involved the purchase of new tools, and is most certainly a labour of love.

While we are outside, new home builders, please tell me about these sticky-out things:

What is going on here?

What is going on here?

I thought they were weep holes.  Maybe they are.  Should they be trimmed?  They look a bit ridiculous.  I should put them on my 6 month maintenance list for the builders….

We are trying to stay focussed on working on the landscaping, though there are a zillion interior distractions.  (Save picture of lovely rug option until later.)  The front fence debate has been going on for quite some time. Railway sleepers versus rendered brick with decorative steel infills.  Railway sleepers are currently in the lead, but before we actually spend any money on it, I thought I’d take one last hypothetical look at both options:

Steel infills.

Steel infills.

Railway sleepers.

Railway sleepers.

*Credit to Trixee at EcoHome Style for the blog title idea.  (Trixee, post pics of your amazing gabion walls soon!)

That out of the way, who can resist dreaming about interiors?  There is so much that could be done at House By The Water, and if I’m honest, so little that needs to be done.  So for the sake of our finances, I’m trying to curb my interiors spending.  It’s rather fortunate that this current resolution was made AFTER the purchase of our new sofa:

Lazio Daybed.

Lazio Daybed from Weylandts.  Real living room.

but somewhat unfortunate that Armadillo and Co’s divine new rug range has been released after my self-imposed ban on interiors spending. Wouldn’t this rug look so good with our new sofa?  It would lighten and soften the room.

Living room mood board.

Future living room.

Aaah!  The butterfly chair, leather ottoman and a new coffee table would be nice too.

 

Fence me in.

My personal favourite and probably the least practical, least useful, most expensive, most difficult to maintain!

My personal favourite and probably the least practical.  Photo from Glamour Drops.

The question of front fencing came up.  Firstly, we want to budget for all our house-related costs and secondly, there was a fleeting thought that we could get council approval for the front fence at the same time as the house.  But, in breaking news, council have already granted planning consent, and I’ve since discovered we don’t need council approval for a front fence unless we want to vary from their standards.   In any case, I spent the past week trawling the web and roaming the streets in search of front fence inspiration.

Here’s the situation:

  • We are going to use the front yard as a back yard.  It will host a little veggie patch, the compost bin and space for the kids to play.  It also has to accommodate the usual driveway and front door access.
  • We are thinking of a fence and gate that keeps the kiddies in and strolling dogs out.
  • I love fence designs that include wood.
  • My husband fears years of his life will be dwindled away maintaining a wood fence.
  • The City of Mandurah has somewhat complicated front fence regulations that I don’t entirely understand.  (I’ll include them in the fine print, just in case any of those engineery or drafty-type people are reading and feel like having a go at explaining the details to me.)
    Probably the best match with the landscaping design planned for the canal side of our house.  This garden is designed and constructed by Tim Davis Landscaping.

    Probably the best match with the landscaping planned for the canal side of our house. This garden is designed and constructed by Tim Davis Landscaping.

    Not wood.  Plain and simple, for showing off the garden.  Photo from

    Not wood. Plain and simple, for showing off the garden. Photo from Factory Direct Fencing.

    A lovely and interesting mix of materials, kept low.  Photo from

    A lovely and interesting mix of materials, kept low. Photo from Patrick Gheorghiu Architectural Design.

    A simple fence, glammed up with a piece of metal art and plants.

    A simple fence, glammed up with a piece of metal art and plants.  The work of Sustainable Garden Design Perth, photo from Houzz.

     

The fine print:

Excerpt from The City of Mandurah’s standards for residential fences:

  • No part of the fence (including footings) is allowed to encroach into the road verge.
  • A front fence that exceeds 750mm in height is not permitted within a 1.5m x 1.5m visual truncation on each side of any driveway where it meets a front boundary. This truncation will not be required provided the driveway and crossover is wider than 6 metres and a footpath is not located within 1.5 metres of the front fence.
  • Any portion of a front fence that is higher than 1.2m must be visually permeable. 
  • The maximum acceptable height of a front fence is 1.8m. Piers/posts (with a maximum dimension of 500 x 500), may be incorporated in the fence up to a maximum height of 2.1m.

And here’s a reminder of how the front of our block will look:

Driveway 4.8 m wide and not much room between the driveway and the neighbour's boundary for the truncated thingermeejig.

Driveway 4.8 m wide and not much room between the driveway and the neighbour’s boundary for the truncated thingermeejig.