Pettit & Sevitt details

We’re getting closer to finishing our extended areas and that means we’re starting to think about moving out of the original P&S Lowline spaces so that we can re-skin it with new Gyprock (and insulate while we’re there) following our October 2016 flood. I am […]

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Vintage Gyprock

During the plastering process, we have decided to strip the original P&S lounge/dining room. It’s about 34sqm and needs to flow through to the new section. It’s got new doors and the opening to the new section but now it needs the timber flooring which […]

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Travel for work and soul

In March we are often required to travel for trade shows, so our scheduled pool completion was once again on hold as we wouldn’t be there to see it happen. April and June was filled with kitchen and bathroom specifying, so lots to keep us […]

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Decision making

By March we had reached the 12 month mark of our project, although not all of that time has been spent building. Between August 2016 rains, a lot of excavation for the pool and drainage, Christmas break and so on…we probably had only done about […]

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Rain, rain go away

It’s been a few months since my last post, which is pretty lame. February in fact…! I cannot believe how or where the time has gone. But we have made significant progress. So, I’ll be trying to post a bunch of articles to catch up. […]

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Coast Modern, the film

I want to share our all-time favourite little documentary film about mid-century houses in the US. It’s a great backgrounder to the architecture of modernist and mid-century homes now loved by so many. Whenever I’m feeling a bit defeated, I sit back with a cup […]

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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 2016

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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