Russian blue cat.

Three Little Pigs and Two Kittens

Small steps happening here.  There are a couple of feline distractions, that I deny were selected for their match with our sofa.

Six months have past since handover and I sent my list of problems into Webb and Brown-Neaves.  Nothing drastic.  They’ll pay me a visit next week to review everything. Hopefully, the fixes will be quick and with minimal time off work required.

We finally got around to our handover with Intelligent Homes who were subcontracted to install our security and communication systems.  Burglars, be warned!  You’ll need ear plugs.

A decent front door arrived (the first one was water stained) and has been varnished.  It’s a bit dark but by the time we install the decorative security screen door, that won’t matter.

The Nice Wolf hung an old front door bell that we’ve been carting around for more than a decade.  It came from our first house.  We took it off to render the 70’s brick and promptly lost the bracket so never rehung it.  I’m very grateful now.

Waterline tiles

Charcoal waterline tiles.

pool tiles

Waterline tiles

The waterline tiles have been laid in our pool and there has been talk of solar versus electric heating.  I can almost believe that we’ll be swimming in this pool come Summer.  I’d better get cracking with the fence painting and planting.

There’s a chance my blog may spontaneously combust this week.  Last year I paid a small amount for “custom design” and no ads, but this year I put the money towards this floor lamp:

Floor lamp.

Irresistible purchase from Barney and Fleur in Bridgetown.

So if this page is looking a bit weird later this week, that’s why.  I shall attempt blog first aid as necessary.

Gallery

How many blog readers does it take to pick a light bulb ?

While we wait for the pre start variations to be priced up, it is fairly quiet on the house planning front.  We’ve had a change in pre-construction consultants and apparently everyone working on our plans is on holidays.  Another week like this one and I’m going to have to go shopping again.  (See Patience and Building.)

Here are a few bits and pieces we’ve been thinking about:

1.  Changing the front door to make the most of a good looking security screen door.  We want a screen door so that we can open up the solid doors and let the breeze through the house.  We like this screen door from Entanglements:  Screen doorWe changed our front door from the door on the left to the door on the right:

Webb and Brown-Neaves’ interior designer recommended glass over a solid door to keep our entry light.  We think it is good advice and it will have the added advantage that we will be able to appreciate the fancy screen door from both inside and outside the house.  I know that some people prefer to be able to hide behind their front door, but a tall front fence, clever lighting and landscaping should be able to prevent sticky-noses from seeing into our house.  Worst case scenario is that we have to install blinds on the inside of the front door.

2.  The number of pendant lights above our kitchen bench.

An attempt at showing the correct scale for kitchen bench, pendant lights (36 cm diameter) and ceiling height.

An attempt at showing the correct relative scale for our kitchen bench, pendant lights (36 cm diameter) and ceiling height.

For a 3 metre long bench, many advise 3 pendants but my favourite pendants for the bench are quite chunky and three doesn’t seem right to me.  So my husband put a life-size picture of the pendants up on our television screen and I got out my trusty measuring tape to get a feel for the bench size.  I had just about decided that two pendants would be OK when some sensible person on the HomeOne Forum reminded me that I also need to consider the light projecting onto the bench in order to achieve consistent lighting across the bench surface instead of strange shadows.  Back to square one.  There are so many variables at play here that I’ve decided to do nothing!  Our lighting plan remains unchanged with 2 pendant lights and my fingers are crossed that the down lights in and around the kitchen will make the question of pendant number aesthetic rather than mathematic.

3.  With recent motivation from various sources, including my own blog post about taking photos of the building process, I’ve decided it’s time to get over my fear of photography.  So far the good pictures on this blog belong to someone else.  I’d like to be able to take photos of our house that I don’t have to apologise for.  Here’s the result of my first practice session.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified folding stool, made in Brazil by Butzke.

When this little baby finds its way to House By The Water it will either be sitting beside the bath, keeping a glass of wine upright, or snuggling next to a comfy sofa waiting for a cup of tea.