Tree Change

From the photos below, you will get a real sense of what I mean when I describe our move as a tree change.

This morning I walked up the street a bit to get these shots and it was like seeing the block for the first time again. For the last few months we’ve been so focus and busy on just the house site that I hadn’t paid any attention to the surrounding area. Even though it was overcast and showery, it was still beautiful to look at the landscape and made me remember what drew us to this beautiful spot in the first place.



Admittedly, I had a pang of sadness that it wasn’t a beautifully restored Queenslander sitting perched atop our little block, but I am so grateful to everyone who has contributed their talents to create a unique and funky midcentury inspired home for us. We definitely live in the “lucky country”. It really rocks to have so much freedom and choice. I have no doubt that we will come back to the Queenslander project in the future and find another, equally perfect block!

In case you hadn’t heard (where have you been??), it was my very talented brother-in-law, Simon Hughes of HBE Architects who designed our house to take advantage of the beautiful views and breezes. If you are in need of an experienced and knowledgable architect for your next project, please don’t hesitate to contact me for his details. I can’t wait to share the recent renovations Simon and my sister-in-law, Deanne, have undertaken on a house in Brisbane. All I can say is that it is a truly amazing transformation!


So we have never picked colour scheme stuff before, or anything else to do with building a house for that matter, but seeing all the cabinets go in this week has been quite a relief that we didn’t screw it up.


A couple of months ago, armed with a pintrest board and a mobile phone with a cracked screen, we trotted off the meet with Kerrie at Zente Kitchens to finalise layout and materials. What a gal she is, because I would hate to have a customer like myself…” Kind of like this, but more like this, sorry the screen is cracked.”

I sourced the basins and sink from Reece Plumbing in Caloundra (another example of fabulous customer service) and think the squareness of them all suits perfectly. The cabinets are black and the benchtops are laminate “Carrara Stone”. Who has $35k laying around for real Carrara??!! Not us, but they’ve turned out way better than I expected. I honestly had nightmares about it. There was 70’s lino on my benchtops. It was scary.

The overheads and pantry are white and the handles are funky square upside-down L’s. As with most things we’ve picked, our choices were a bit different to the majority of new homes on the Sunshine Coast (lots of neutrals) so we had a few follow up phone calls and emails about handle positions and the endless fingerprints I’ll be cleaning off black cabinets. Glad we committed, it’s all coming together and looking mighty fine!







Cooking with gas

Ok, the title is slightly deceptive, no actual cooking going on at the house just yet. But things are steaming along nicely! Actual walls appeared this week, as did windows and doors and a bathtub. All the pipes and wires are obviously in place too. External cladding is getting there and we hope that the predicted rain arrives but does to interfere with progress (not asking too much I don’t think!). Everywhere is desperately dry and in need of a good drench. Come on Huey, send it down (at night time!).