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!

Black beauty? Panda? Black box?

Just a few of the nicknames being thrown around to describe the house.





The painters finished up today and I can’t wait to get some turf down to soften the appearance a bit. It’s quite distinctive, not to mention hard to photograph because we are on a ridge. If I try to walk back to get whole house in shot I walk down hill, so it just doesn’t happen.

Less than two weeks to go before pre-hand over meeting. Sparkies finish fitting out Electricals tomorrow and then it’s just plumbing, screens and wardrobes (I think??).

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!).