which flows out to a small deck on the right:
Below is what will become the kids’ playroom.
This shows the view into what will be the kitchen. (Plus the bathroom, toilet, laundry and bedroom behind it, since everything is so very…. open… at present. Ha!)
Here’s that open-plan living room with some gyprock on the walls. In the centre is what will become our TV nook. You may not be able to notice from this picture, but we opted for high ceilings throughout the house. It makes all the areas feel so much more spacious.
Below you can see the opening into the playroom. In the design stage, I was adamant that I wanted a floor-plan with a playroom adjacent to the kitchen/ dining area so I could supervise the kids while fixing our 5 meals and snacks a day and cleaning up the kitchen. (Anyone else with little kids who knows what I mean…?)
We had a rumpus room at our last house, but because it was downstairs, it barely got used. The kids want to be where I am. Therefore, we ended up with most of our toys stored in the lounge room – something I definitely wanted to steer clear of this time! I couldn’t find exactly what I was after in the builder’s standard portfolio of floor plans, so I chose to draw up my own.
Here we have one of the kids’ bedrooms:
This is the bathroom. We chose to continue the timber flooring into the bathrooms and laundry instead of tiling them. I also wanted to incorporate VJ panelling (tongue and groove) on the lower part of the walls to create a bit of a beachy feel.
Things were also starting to shape up outside by this stage. You may notice the house is on stumps. This was a cost decision. I desperately wanted timber floors, but it’s very expensive to install a floating timber floor when you build slab-on-ground. On the other hand, it’s quite cost-effective to do timber floors when the house is on stumps. Using this method, it worked out at the same price it would have been to tile throughout. Sold!
And lastly, here’s a view of that back deck going on…
I had planned to share some near-completion shots in this post as well, but Blogger had a tantrum about me sharing 400 photos and 4000 words in a single post*. Therefore, I’ve split my uber-long post in half, and you’ll have to wait on the edge of your seat for Part Two.
I can’t wait to show you the inside of our house so you can see how it all turned out!
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Wishing you a house full of sunshine!
*I may sometimes be prone to slight exaggeration. It is entirely possible.