Friday, November 30, 2007

First supplier visits

So we had some 'homework' from our architect: go and see the concrete floor people and go see the wooden floor people.
Both of which we did today.
Concrete floors. What a myriad of colours, what a myriad of stone mixes that can go into the concrete. Not to mention levels of polish. What a choice.
Wooden floors... well how many species of trees are there? What level of quality in each species (less details to full character). And how wide would you like the boards to be: 80mm, 108mm, 130mm???
Decisions, decisions. And this isn't even the nitty gritty details as yet (ie. what sort of door handles would we prefer?).
Ye gads!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Meeting 5

Wow. The preliminary report with the surveyor came up with a few issues, so we sat down and worked through them: mainly overlooking and privacy issues. Fingers crossed that we have done enough for it to pass through council as smoothly as possible.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Meeting 4

Preliminary construction drawings have begun, as our report for consent has been prepared to go to council, in relation to extending the party wall more than is usually accepted. This could be our first hurdle, particularly if our neighbour is not happy with the proposal.
Other than that, things are moving along.
Our next big hurdle is the Christmas break: will council even get to go over our report for consent before the holidays? Not likely.
So then the shit may hit the fan next year... we shall see...

Saturday, November 3, 2007


We sprung a small leak in the lounge room ceiling!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Garden

So our architect organised a landscape architect to pop 'round to see our garden.
What do we want?
Something low-maintenance, drought resistant, dog-friendly and inviting.
Not a cottage garden (as neither of us have a green thumb). We will concentrate on the back as that is the place that is going to have the most work done, and it will need to marry well with the new renovation/extension. The front can be a work in progress. Plus we're not 100% sure about the crossover and whether that will happen or not. A driveway will impact a lot on the design of the front so we thought it best that we prioritise the rear.
They'll get back to us with a rough sketch of ideas, seeing as we had no clear vision ourselves (except that I don't want any water features).