Our Pool

Deciding on the type of pool for our home was quite a dilemma for a while, which I enjoyed writing about. Happily, we went with the classic rectangle and felt we couldn’t go wrong with the geometry of the house. So that was drawn into […]

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Progress Photos

Late August 2016: It was a happy day when my Dad came over for a peak at the progress. My parents tried not to visit the building site, as it was full of hazards. So, when he came around and had a look, he said […]

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Architect John Wardle

One of my favourite architects of recent years is John Wardle. Although well known for the Westfield Commercial Tower in Sydney and several notable city towers and educational buildings, Wardle’s residential work is of most interest. In particular, the Fairhaven Beach House captures my heart. Its full-timber interior […]

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The Middle Stage – Are we there yet?

I read once that every renovation has a difficult “middle stage” but until you’ve been through it, the concept seems less threatening. You reach half way and things get hard – for whatever reason. It couldn’t be too bad could it? More accurate for us […]

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The importance of windows

As Andy Dwyer said in Parks & Recreation, “Windows are the eyes to the house”. Although he’s a slightly offbeat TV character in our favourite TV show, he’s not half wrong. Typically Pettit & Sevitt homes were characterised by floor to ceiling (or to beam) windows and […]

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When Dad comes to visit

Late August 2016: It was a happy day when my Dad came over for a peak at the progress. My parents tried not to visit the building site, as it was full of hazards. So, when he came around and had a look, he said […]

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Getting out of the ground

We’re finally out of the ground, after about 8 weeks of digging, drainage, fill, pool dig and concrete, and foundations. Yay! At every step our builder has been excellent. As we are living in the existing house, being owner builders has worked well. We usually […]

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Digging begins

Here’s a photo of our excavator turning the soil for the first time in late March. Very exciting! The weather was good, we’d nailed down a start date with the builder and started talking to the window manufacturer to place our order for the first […]

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March: Builders & Building Costs

It’s late summer and the weather is giving us time to dream and think in the outdoors. February 2016 Our large challenge for our extension has been our limited budget. So, we had always agreed to start building using a phased-in approach. The living extension […]

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Palm Springs

We’ve had the good fortune to go to many places and have been inspired a long the way, so I will try to add some of the best photos that express what I see in those places. Here’s a few gems that sum up Palm Springs […]

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Vale Architect Ken Woolley 1933-2015

Vale Ken Woolley. I feel he has followed me around through his buildings somehow…having been born in St Margarets Hospital where he designed the 1956 Chapel, and then I spent many years in the University of Sydney Fisher Library as well as the Wentworth Building. […]

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Plans approved, here we go!

Once the black box idea had been cast, our architect was able to work more rapidly on the plans for council development approval. It feels like a huge triumph just to get drawings done, and yet we are miles away from turning soil. And even […]

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