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The Journey of building our forever home in Melbourne, Victoria

The Journey of building our forever home in Melbourne, Victoria

We finally have Estate Approval!


After many months back and forth and changes galore and not to mention the extra expense we finally have estate planning approval of our house plans. Its a big relief and means we now can get our full working drawings and start building.

 Its perfect timing actually as we just moved over the weekend into our rental house  (which was completely exhausting to say the least) and our previous home is scheduled for settlement on Friday.We are renting a slightly smaller home on a tiny block in the same area but it has a great feel about it and we are loving downsizing for the moment! We were so happy once we moved in we did think for a moment of taking a break, having a holiday and start building next year!  Looks like at this stage we will start in October ( I am thinking we could squeeze in a quick holiday as I serioulsy need it!)  - very exciting and its hard to believe we are almost ready

A few images from our little rental  :)






Kitchen Design & Plan Updates

 Well after I mentioned that things were moving ever so slowly in the last few days things have really picked up which has been fantastic. I picked up preliminary plans from the architect this morning - I was quite happy to finally have them in my hot little hands! We now need to go through everything and make any required changes to the design, lighting plan etc before it moves on to the structural engineer. Its so lovely to see all my ideas on paper instead of my head and both hubby and I feel rather relieved that things could be starting soon

The kitchen design in this house was always a really important factor - it really is the hub of most homes so I wanted it to have that beautiful wow factor. Although I am usually such a timeless girl with colours etc I am really leaning on making the island bench either black or a dark timber colour like these images below - I just think it gives a wonderful contrast. 

This is an absolute favourite and is my inspiration for our kitchen in this home. Back cabinetry, concealed rangehood and marble splashback will be similar but bench will be more of an island with seating. Also I adore these lights! Such a beautiful space






Normally I would go all white but really thinking this could be an option. I also found some amazing bar stools yesterday that would look perfect with a dark island bench - pity I already spent a small fortune on the ones we already have from Town & Country Style last year!

I have also changed my mind regarding our oven choice ( thinking this "changing my mind" business will happen alot during this build!) I did originally choose a beautiful Ilve oven in bright white but I think the stainless steel option will be a better choice for the colour scheme I have in mind

Starting to get very excited seeing it all come together! The next month will be super busy organising the final details and contracts. Oh and did I mention we have only 2 short weeks until moving?? Hmmm better start packing!!

All images can be found on my Pinterest Board here