Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sneak Peek at our House Renovations

The pergola is getting painted white today
Our builder, Sam Hall, finished up on Thursday afternoon, right before Easter, and today he and his beautiful family move to Byron Bay to live. I'm really sad they are moving away as they have become our friends and my kids adore their kids. However I just feel blessed that we were about to have him build our house as Sam and his family were initially moving to Byron after they finished our neighbours' house (my friend/his parents-in-law) 6 months ago but decided to stay and build our house, something that we will be eternally grateful for.  

We first met Sam when he was renovating his own house and renovating in our street, we started talking to him about our build and were so sad to learn that he was thinking of moving away especially after we saw his professional team renovate our neighbours' house.  We started heading down the path of using another building company but for some reason could never bring ourselves to sign the contract and thank god we didn't because Sam came to us one day and said they were staying in Sydney a while longer and would we be interested in him building our house. I was overjoyed and shook on it then and there. No contracts required.

I have to say it's been a fantastic process with Sam. I have loved pretty much every minute of it, I just can't fault Sam - his workmanship or his pleasant easy going attitude, nothing is a problem for him. It's just been one of the best 6 months of my life working with him. The house is beautiful and highly functional. We didn't use an architect, I did the initial design and plans and then we have pulled together much of the plan and design as we have gone along.

I still have a big list of things to do: 
paint the shed, 
paint the pergola, 
paint the guest room
paint my new studio, 
rip the studio carpet up and decide on floor treatment,
paint the carport
lay carpet in the guest room, 
paint the fireplace and mantel
paint the entertainment cabinetry
hang pictures and mirrors
install shelving in the linen press
install the basketball ring and hoop for my basketball mad family,
find a bed for my daughter
decide on upstairs window coverings (romans or roller blinds?)
get a chandelier fixed and hung
level, top soil and turf the back yard,
blah blah blah the list goes on...

In the mean time I'm just enjoying what has already been finished and feeling very grateful.

Fiona xx


  1. I can imagine how wonderful it all feels. It is really a superb job. What I really like is the total continuation of style and detail, so much that it's difficult to see where the old ends and the new begins. Now that's a truly successful build. Well done everyone. It's been delightful watching the build, and 'feeling' your excitement, Fiona.

    1. thanks Elisabeth, it's been a rally good 6 months and I've learnt heaps of new skills from very masterful tradesmen. I'm really looking forward to applying them in my work with furniture.

  2. I have so enjoyed following your build, the result is just lovely and I am glad you are happy with it.

  3. i have loved following this- your home is AMAZING!

    1. thanks Cassie, I'm so excited to get it all in working order again.

  4. It all looks wonderful. You were so lucky to have a great builder who made the process easier.
    regards Robyn

    1. Hi Robyn
      I just think Sam is fantastic and now consider him a friend. It makes me love the house even more
      Cheers Fiona

  5. Hi Fiona,
    What a beautiful home to showplace your work. I must admit I am a bit green. Well done to all of you
    Regards Patricia

    1. Thanks Patricia – I still have about two more weeks of work to do and then it’ll be finished. But it I so worth it. It’s such a functional house now and very spacious. We are thrilled with the result.


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