We're putting down roots!
At the ripe old age of 45 we have decided we have finally found somewhere we want to put down roots, here in regional Victoria 😊 and we're going to be building a house!
We managed to find land, in the larger town we've been living near for the last year or so, which had everything we wanted, including a nearby park (over the back fence 😊) and land which allowed us to have a decent sized garden, which is no mean trick when developers are selling new plots of land with covenants requiring that the house take up 80% of the land! Our garden is really only allowed because, as you can see in the photo above, the block is oddly shaped and on a corner, so there isn't enough room for a second house (and they want some prettiness on the corners). So, at last, after spending my childhood measuring and planting up the gardens of my mother's landscape architecture clients, I will have my own garden to design and play in.
A few weeks ago, we went into our builders' design room and chose colours and fittings etc. I have to say choosing the colour scheme for a whole house is both exciting and daunting. It's so hard to know if it will work on the giant canvas that is a 2 storey house! I'm hoping the whole scheme we've chosen has a kind of warm, neutral serenity which, outside, will be a backdrop for the garden I'm planning with lots of colour, and which, inside, I can brighten up with splashes of colour as the weaving muse strikes - my dining chairs are the same cherry red ones we bought in Japan.
This first pic is of the external colours (not including the grey they are sitting on):
The following are the choices for the main downstairs flooring, cabinetry, splashback & kitchen bench stone. There weren't alot of choices outside of the nordic blonde look - which is lovely but wouldn't suit our mostly dark wood furniture (particularly or bookshelves!)
And finally, the bathroom floor tiles, cabinetry and bench stone.
The land won't be ready to build till December, so it still doesn't quite feel real, as the street doesn't exist yet 😂 but the developer is experienced, as are the builders we've chosen (@homebuyerscentrevic ) so I have faith 😂. Still, it was difficult to find reviews of them with the kind of detail I wanted, so I'll be blogging about the experience once the building starts, in hope I can fill that niche for those who come after - as I did when I was living in Japan and struggled to find information useful for an expat wife who wasn't an English teacher or in her twenties! For now, though, still 10 months to plan the garden 😁