We’ve been in our new house for nearly six months now. We loved our old place at Breakfast Point but surprisingly we are not missing it one bit. Our new place is great and we are loving it, with the exception of that one occasion when we locked ourselves out…but then we loved that our locks were so secure that even the locksmith had trouble getting in. See I am feeling more positive already ;)
We love the extra large living spaces, love having a guest room, love having a back yard, love having some soil to grow some plants and herbs. We love how convenient it is to do odd jobs and tackle some projects with a big garage attached to house. Love the crepe myrtles in the back yard and the harbour breeze that comes through in the afternoon. Our house also appears to be on an exercise circuit of sorts, and there’s always a steady stream of people walking and riding past our house which is nice. Certainly beats noisy traffic. Here are a few unedited and random pictures taken over the past six months from the files.
The biggest job to date has been ripping up the rather awful brown tiles and purplish carpet throughout the ground floor living areas, and putting down some gorgeous blackbutt timber floors and stairs. The boards and crisp white skirtings have made the world of difference – they’ve lightened the whole house, taken the living spaces from being a bit daggy to contemporary, brought out the grey of the walls (they used to just look dirty!), and they’ve lifted the kitchen an incredible amount. Plus, I might be imagining it, but it’s less echo-ie than before. Hats off to Rexy who project managed the tile and skirting removal, batten and floor laying, sanding and polishing, and handled my, ahhh, let’s call them ‘suggestions’ from over the phone. Over the phone because the girls and I fled the dangerous, dusty and toxic construction site to Mount Beauty for two weeks and then to the Blue Mountains while the final work was done (we did let Rexy come on the second escape). Here’s a little photo essay of our first renovation job. This gallery is for you Rexy.
We also love that property prices have gone a little bit nuts in the area. A similar but smaller house with only 3 bedrooms (and daggy brown tiles!), sold around the corner a few months ago for $200,000 more than we paid for ours. Not that we are planning to sell any time soon, in fact, the next time we sell we’ll hopefully be buying in the country, just down the road from a winery.
Coming up next, what you’ve all been waiting for, updates on Matilda and Charlotte. Stay tuned. xx