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, December 19, 2011

Backyard Progress......

Seven weeks ago construction commenced on the Pergola/Wall off the Alfresco in readiness for delivery of our Water Feature.  John with help from our son's, Jarrad and Luke worked weekends and the two days before delivery to complete.....a great job and thanks boys.  

Painting to be completed before we progress to fence painting, another Pergola over BBQ area and plants.

'Tree Hugger'
First Pergola post after concreting footings
Jarrad helps install Fascia Board

Luke helps erect Beams

Preparing for Water Feature base frame

Frame concreted into position and was packed with crushed rock

Cross Beams almost completed

Frame for Wall under construction
BonBon likes to get in on the action too!

Blueboard going up - front and back
Joins are taped and edge strips installed before grouting compound applied and smoothed

Dulux Medium Texture Render Paint in 'Aumbry'

This product exceeded our expectations - brilliant!

Guys from Water Features Direct

Crafted from volcanic stone, water shimmers down the 'Cherry Blossom' copper wall
enhancing the reflective properties of the metal
 A pond uplight at night is stunning

We shall 'Espalier' an Apple tree either side of the Water Feature
and train an
Ornamental Grape Vine on the Pergola  


  1. Wow - so lovely to have a handy hubby and boys!! Lucky lady :)

    It looks fantastic - and the apple trees will set it off beautifully!

  2. Love the water feature..... Great work John, Jarrad and Luke.... and amazing work Deb on taking all the pics and posting them ;)!!!

  3. Excellent job Debra! Thanks for step by step photos. Very inspiring. All set for the Christmas party eh?

  4. Very nice Deb and Co! So the afternoon tea party is at your place this year?

  5. Wow, Deb & John, another brilliant job done. Can't wait to visit when we are more organised!! Around 40 boxes unpacked, still going, gets a little better every day.

  6. I am so in love with this Deb, John did such a fantastic job. I hope the two of you have many afternoons and evenings sitting out there enjoying all your hard work.

  7. Thank You All,
    Painting of Pergola complete; a wonderful Xmas -New Year entertaining and enjoying our Water Feature. Too much good cheer; worn out and HOT to commence landscaping......time to get back in gear.

    For those of you who can drop by and join us for coffee or cool drink.

  8. Hi,

    I came across this site whilst looking for ideas on the use of blue board and render. You have done a fantastic job! I had a question for you regarding your pergola though. Did you put a roof on it in the end? If so what did you use?

    1. Thanks Leon.
      No roof on the pergola, morning sun/afternoon shade but have planted Wisteria on two end posts; should take off this season. The Alfresco area the Pergola is attached to is a reasonable size under cover. Currently constructing a deck adjacent to Pergola (no lawn) keep an eye out for pictures.
      Good Luck