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.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Final Independent Inspection and Checklist Completion was at 3.00 p.m. together with our Site Supervisor and Carlisle Construction Manager.

'New Home Presentation' was excellent, painters in particular have done a fantastic job following rectification work.  Kevin from New Home Inspections was more than happy with the workmanship; adhering to Industry Standards and Tolerances.....as we were too.

A checklist tick of Kevin's Report and our PCI Sheet - noted some minor oversights and another brick clean in areas; we accepted a 'Letter of Undertaking' to be completed within 14 days.

'Thank You's and Congratulations', before we headed to Carlisle Homes Office for Final Payment and Handover.     

CLE met us - completed Handover paperwork and couldn't stop smiling as we drove to our 'new home'  mentally exhausted and elated clutching a folder containing Warranties, Certificates, 3 remote garage controls and a bundle of  keys. We reminisced - in under twelve months we have sold a home, purchased land, moved and built a new home; what a ride!

Appliances will be delivered tomorrow, heating/cooling commissioned Tuesday.
Now to move and make our house a home.

Thank You
Carlisle Homes, in particular our Site Supervisor 'G', Customer Liason Executive 'J' and Construction Manager 'S'. Even the last month due to rectification work and the slow, frustrating rescheduling of tradesmen they were at all times approachable and professional.  Carlisle constructed on time as per Contract our wonderful new home.
Kevin our Independent Inspector (New Home Inspections) for his expertise and advice during construction.

Photos have reproduced a little dark, the house is bright, light and sparkling new.

Double doors thru to Theatre Room 

Great triple stacker sliding door

Love my undermount sink

and Pearlescent Sheen on overhead doors

and sparkling Glass Splashback

to be completed with Stove and Dishwasher 

Very happy with Emperador feature tile in bathroom and ensuite

Masterbedroom - looking forward to Plantation Shutters


  1. congratulations Deb and John - what a mammoth journey you have undertaken and such a beautiful result. The house looks stunning! So glad you reached handover today, now the real fun begins - the move and making it your own. Please don't stop blogging give us wannabe new home builders something to strive for!

    Can't wait until we can pop in and have a cuppa with you! Have fun this weekend. Will be thinking of you while in Coonawarra.

  2. Thanks Janine, Its late - sorting thru Carlisle Paperwork and up early for delivery of appliances. I was so drained today; relieved all went to plan.

    I look forward to a visit. Might need to bring a chair!

  3. Deeeebbbbbbbbb.... Yyaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    She's completely stunning!!!!
    *cough* might have to drop by on my visit to the roof tiles, I mean doctor *cough*

  4. Congratulations!!! Your house is so beautiful, we can all only hope ours turn out just as good!! Very happy everything went to plan!! Please dont stop blogging Deb, we will miss our updates!!

  5. Yaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! Congratulations Debra :)) So very happy for you!

    I cannot wait to see how you transform those empty rooms!!!

  6. Congrats!!!

    Your home is beautiful :) LOVE the pearlescent doors!!

  7. Thank you Blogettes, we are ecstatic....update tomorrow when hopefully every bone in my body has stopped aching!

  8. Excellent news that you finally had the hand-over. You truly deserve such a beautiful home. Thanks too for unselfishly sharing your experiences and recommendations to us. All the best!

  9. Hey Flipflop, thanks - very happy and exhausted moving. Will try and post updates tomorrow night. In the meantime I'm enjoying watching everyone else....including you.

  10. Hi Deb,
    House looks fantastic, congratulations! I hope the wait was worthwhile, and I'm going to miss clicking on your blog every morning, waiting for an update... Love your kitchen, it looks too good to cook in. :) Don't want to wreck the shininess. Well done, hope you enjoy.

  11. Thanks Shelley,
    Keep promising to update....you know soooo much to do and exhausted. Last month was really frustrating; Handover was fantastic, SS excelled in finishing and presentation. We are so thrilled and glad we stood firm on rectification work. Love my kitchen - had the usual doubts and anxiety attacks but achieved what we wanted. Post soon - keep in touch.

  12. Congratulations Debra! your house look marvellous!!! Sweet~ wish you all the best!