Monday, June 25, 2012

Paint Schedule

Just getting caught up on this blog after not updating it in a while.

We had our paint schedule drawn up by Ferrari Interiors.

Bernadette there was of great assistance in helping us figure out the main colors.

  • Dulux Limed White - main color on the Ceilings and Walls
  • Feature wall color was Dulux Carriage & Dulux Camel Train
  • Pink feature wall in our daughter's bedroom (Bristol Sandblast)
  • A slight beige was used in some rooms that needed it (where the limed white created too much contrast). 
  • Quarter strength Dulux Royal Beige to blend with the Pink. 
  • Half Dulux Royal Beige in the wardrobes to blend with the limed oak.
  • Floorboards are american oak stained mocha/mink
  • All timber work is stained with Sikkens Cetol HLS20 and Filter 7 (ebony)

wardrobes finished up

Bought these from Ikea - it's a great system from (IKEA) and I am very happy with how the look came out.

The color is a lime washed oak, which matches (in wood grain) our flooring, but not the floor color (it would be too dark otherwise), and the system is flexible in allowing you to reconfigure things with any combination of shelves, rails and drawers that you might need.


First layer of waterproofing is done on the swimming pool decks.

We've used 2 layers of tanking material, 2 coats on each layer. The first coat goes in (twice), then we pour a concrete screed to fall everything toward the drains, and then we tank again.

After that, the sandstone will get laid

Bathroom progress

The bathrooms are almost finished - still some work to do around staining and painting architraves, but the majority of the work is done.


Ceiling: Dulux Limed White
Cabinetry: Laminex Lustrous Elm
Vanities/Toilets: Axa
Tapware: Zuchetti Spin

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Landscaping Plans

We felt that we shouldn't get started on the driveway without a comprehensive landscape plan. The reason for this was twofold - first off, we felt that we should only get the concrete people in once, rather than twice, and it was highly likely we'd need to put some concrete aggregate around the front of the house so that we could have a path to carry the trash & recycle bins around.

Second, we thought if we poured the driveway first, we might get ourselves into trouble, by either not allowing for something we might need in the future, or by bringing in heavy equipment that might be needed to excavate retaining wall foundations, and that heavy equipment could damage the driveway.

After interviewing several landscaping companies, we selected Scott Brown Landscape Design. Scott's company has the advantage of preparing the plans only, or project managing everything end to end.

We weren't ready to commit to doing all the work up front, but we did want a comprehensive plan to work with from the get go, so Scott and Kim have been working on drawing up a set of plans for the past 2 weeks which detail how to treat the exterior.

Below are draft plans.