Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

After 35+ years of marriage, two wonderful sons, living and working in Australia, Sweden, UK and USA we are now 'just the two of us' plus a very spoilt Shitzu.

Following five years at The Sandhurst Club it is time to downsize. Our criteria - build a new home in a development within ten minutes of John's Sandhurst Golf Club, access to Monash and Eastlink Freeways, all new infrastructure and proposed services, recycled water and no Management Company or Body Corporate Fees.

We invite you to view our journey as we build with Carlisle Homes our 'Savannah 28' at 'The Avenue at Casey', a masterplanned community meeting all our criteria.

Monday, January 31, 2011


Tiling commenced today - a few photos through windows!!

Glazed Porcelain 'Hampton Putty' 
Living Floors, Bathrooms and Shower Walls

Feature Tile will be - Dark Emperador 50mm x 50mm Tumbled 'Rock n Stone'
100mm wide vertical strip to both shower walls
100mm wide vertical strip to the front and top of bath 
300mm high splashback to ensuite double vanity




Thru Front Door Sidelight

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lights are On and Tiling Started


'Electrical Fitoff' was completed yesterday and Power is ON.  So exciting to see lights, switches, dimmers, powerpoints, exhaust fans etc...
Tiler commenced today - prepwork and screeding of shower bases.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day

Hope everyone is enjoying Australia Day.

Tiler was expected today but he obviously decided to enjoy his Public Holiday. 
'Ceiling Batt' men were hard at work before the temperature peaked.....we took the opportunity to sweep the house through (again). 

Pictures of a cleaner kitchen and family room -

Caesarstone 'Cracked Pepper'

Looking to Front Door

Double Doors to Theatre Room

Tiles ready to go!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Shutters etc....


Windows measured today for Plantation Shutters, Timber Venetians and Roller Blinds - good selection and one of a couple of quotes I have arranged.
Electrical 'fitoff' in progress including ducted heating and evaporative cooling controls.
Cornice rectification work completed - ready for painting.
Remainder of downpipes installed - yet to be connected to drains.
Ceiling insulation Batts delivered for installation tomorrow.....and our tiles are delivered, to start tomorrow.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Site Supervisor Meeting

Meeting with SS this morning - 
Clarification on position of some downlights for electrical 'fitoff' today
Opening of corner cabinet in kitchen to be reversed enabling handle to be installed
ABS edging required on kitchen island side panels
Following Quality Assurance Inspection - Two small cornice sections in masterbedroom and study not straight - removed and to be replaced
Small section of front fascia and gutter to be rectified enabling fall to downpipe
Tiler to commence Wednesday

Caesarstone to Kitchen, Bathroom and Ensuite

Caesarstone 'Cracked Pepper' plus undermount sink

Corner cabinet opening to be reversed to install handle

Caesarstone 'Osprey'

Friday, January 21, 2011


SS called this morning - Caesarstone in kitchen, bathroom and ensuite to be installed today......called by after work to find completed including vanity basins and undermount kitchen sink.
House locked - look forward to access again next week.
Great to see Reinsey and Loz who peaked through the windows with me. Fingers crossed for their slab pour next week followed by a trouble free build and successful house sale.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Carlisle Homes Update

SS called this morning - house progress running smoothly.  Electrical 'fitoff' scheduled for Monday with Tiler to follow Wednesday. Caesarstone benchtops probably another week. Bath is installed after tiling.

Ducted Vacuum points fitted with liftup covers today.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Heating and Aircon

Today the aircondtioning unit along with air and heating vents in ceiling were installed.
Cabinet handles and overhead Perspex doors completed, beautiful sheen.  Caesarstone, glass splashback and appliances will finish the kitchen. Bath, and Caesarstone tops needed in Bathroom and Ensuite in readiness for tiling. Anticipate electrical 'fitoff ' by end of week. 


'Lucite Pearlescent Pearl' Overhead Doors

Laundry Cabinet

Ensuite Vanity

Bathroom Vanity

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Handles and Tiramisu

Before setting out this morning in search of colour inspiration in window coverings, cushions etc.. I called my Carlisle CLE to question the whereabouts of our cabinet handles (refer my rant before Xmas). Our handle selection had been discontinued but 'stock' still in Sydney and were to be posted. I wanted reassurance this had not been forgotten.

Janine, a future 'Avenue' neighbour and I organized to meet at house this afternoon and head off for coffee.
Coincidence?  I found cabinet maker fitting the elusive handles.
Great bloke who Janine closely supervised in the Ensuite whilst I beamed to finally see handles. We also had the task of choosing (from an ordinary palette) screw covers for the overhead open cabinets. I had complained of the colour match; this definitely required a woman's touch......thanks for the help Janine. Cabinet maker was also installing overhead 'Perspex Pearlescent Pearl' doors - excellent.
Painting is completed - Beige Royal Quarter with Natural White ceilings looks beautiful.
Templates for Caesarstone benchtops in kitchen, bathroom and ensuite have been picked up.

Me a happy lady and after scrutinizing Janine's bootful of potential tiles and laminates we did a quick pitstop to make sure her land was still there before an Excel and Echo belted towards Berwick for well earned coffee.

Missed you Reinsey - Tonia, just a little too far?

SS Janine - they better be straight

One happy lady

Coffee at last....

and we shared it!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Roof Tiler and Painting Continues.....

Roof Tiler came today to replace any chipped tiles including inspection of final flashing/sealing.  Top colour coat to ridge cap pointing was also finished.
Painting continues with all internal doors re-hung - anticipate completion on Monday.

Front Door

Front Door - Dulux Brood
Final Coat will be Gloss Enamel
Door Handle will be Trilock Leverset in Satin Chrome

Double Doors to Theatre Room

Bedroom 2 - Wardrobe Doors

Beige Royal Quarter

After so much rain followed by sunshine yesterday I was surprised after 5.30 p.m. to find one Painter still hard at work. Tough job coupled with paint fumes and humid conditions.
Progress Inside - 'Natural White' ceiling finished, first coat of 'Beige Royal Quarter' on walls, glossy doors lined up and Painter was busy with woodwork.
Finished Outside - Alfresco and Porch ceilings 'Natural White', Alfresco Beams 'Dune', plus window lintels and garage beam finished.
Excellent workmanship.

Master Bedroom

Alfresco Beams - Dune

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Painting and SS Update

One Painter was mummified spray painting whilst other two worked outside.
SS called, back from Xmas break today - Quality Assurance Inspection, Electrical Fitoff and Tiling once painting is finished.
On completion of this work SS will schedule a PCI date.
Painters were extremely grateful for the 'drinks' I left them today.

Painting metal lintels to match window frames

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Painting Preparation

Tradesmen continue with preparation for painting.
Sanding is completed, house has been swept clean and an excellent job covering and sealing all windows and cabinets with plastic sheets.

Windows and Cabinets covered and sealed with plastic sheets 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Painting crew (2 men and 1 woman) arrived today.
Preparation work in progress - internal doors removed, filling cracks and holes etc...
Also, expansion joints in brickwork filled.

Our Lady Painter - BonBon liked her