Clare Kinsey


almost at lock up

Things have moved along quite quickly I am very happy to say.

We have some of the plumbing in and water to the block. Our chippy and his team have done an amazing job on the house frame, putting in the windows and some doors etc and some of the outside cladding. Weatherboards have all had a paint job and now just need a touch up and the roof is on.

The rest of the cladding will be done after Christmas now and in the meantime I am going to get stuck into doing as much of the outside painting as I can. I still think I will need to get a painter in to do the higher areas which is a bit of a bummer!

Early January we will have the wiring done, insulation, and make a start on getting the plaster sheets up….

So I am very pleased to be able to show you our progress so far…. Its all looking pretty amazing I reckon.

*photo credit to Steve*



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frame complete

Can you even believe it that the frame is done!!?? They were so quick and today when I called past they had even cleaned up. Everything is absolutely spotless and I am so impressed.

Tomorrow is the frame inspection and I will be busy painting weatherboards with my mum (yep putting her to work!) ready to go up next week. I also need to get up the ladder and get the nail holes filled and a couple of coats of paint on the facia boards at least the ones I can reach. I think the facia on the second story will have to be done by a painter with a cherry picker or something. Anyway we will see when the time comes.

Photo 1-12-2014 6 26 12 pmSorry about the crooked iPhone picture but I wanted to post asap. I swear it looks better every time I go round there and look at it. Paint colours have been selected and are below…. Very simple palette and of course lots of white <3 Can’t wait to get started tomorrow. I only have a few days to get everything done so fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to me!Photo 28-11-2014 4 46 59 pm


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upper floor

Despite the huge amount of rain we had our super tradies kept on working and suddenly we had a second storey! It looks sooooo big from outside on the ground but the upstairs rooms seem small… but I know once the sheeting is done it will all change again. The images below are the view from the front and the back. SJA_1084 SJA_1080-EditSJA_1082I am really enjoying watching it grow!

*photo credit Steve Armstrong*

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rain rain go away …

We have had a wonderful weekend here with loads of sunshine and family and friends calling in to visit. It has been great fun to take them round the corner to “the shed” and walk them through it, especially my kids! I think it is all looking real for them now and they seem to be quite excited by it. They have their own lives these days and are busy so I think that up until now they haven’t really had their heads around it.

Today the weather has turned with lots of heavy rain at times and thunder … I am still hearing the boys working away regardless. Hopefully it clears soon and the rest of the week is fine. I know they are wanting to get everything ready for the trusses this week. I also need to find out when the weatherboards are being delivered so I can get them painted before they go up because I have no idea how else I am going to paint them up on the second floor. Maybe I will have to hire a painter to do that!!! Those of you who know me will know that I DO NOT want to do that if I can avoid it … I am very very particular about my painting!!

Anyway thats all for now…. Image below taken on our beach <3



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we have walls…

What a difference a week makes!

It has been so awesome to watch our little house (affectionately known as “the shed”)  grow this week. I can’t believe how much they have got done. Walking through now it is all starting to make sense. For me it is anyway but I think maybe Steve is still finding it a bit hard to see it. It is going to be such a cute little house!!


Before our eyes it grew … Our carpenter Graham and his team have worked like you wouldn’t believe this week putting in very long hours. We are so grateful to have them helping us!

threeThe view from the back…fourThe view from the front door looking to the back.

Cant wait to see what happens next week! Apparently the roof trusses are arriving …

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We have had a bit of action on the block this past week…

The set out has been finalised and all the stump holes were marked with yellow steaks in the ground and blue painted crosses… Looked like a lot of Swedish flags!setout

Then the stump holes were dug and the whole block just looked like a pile of dirt from the street.

dirtBefore we knew it the stumps were in and the subfloor had started construction and today we finally have power!subfloorprogress

Now I am waiting on the termite spray to be done and then the subfloor can be finished and we will be ready for framing.

At first when I saw it all laid out I thought the size of the rooms looked so small but to be honest I think that we have been waiting so long and during that time the image in our minds of what it is all going to look like has become rather large!! Now that I have had the chance to get my head around it all I can see it is going to be just fine. It was never going to be a huge house for the two of us anyway and what we are building is just perfect for what we need and within our budget – the whole idea is to reduce debt and live simply.subfloorI am loving it already <3


our first week

You asked for regular updates and so here I am at the end of our first week having had a bit of development since the last post….

I will try and not bombard you all with bucket loads of pictures on Facebook and confine them to here especially right now as to be honest they aren’t really very interesting …. more a documentation of our progress so far. I promise we will get a little more creative as the weeks go on.

So here is this weeks instalment! To re-cap, at the end of last week we got the temporary fencing put up and over the weekend we had the rear fence replaced which looks great. Late on Monday we had the block slashed so that first thing on Tuesday the carpenter could come in and set the house out with the concretor booked to arrive the next day to prepare the slab.

fenceI can’t believe how quickly they got it all set up! The toilet was set up along with the power pole which will be connected soon. In the meantime our gorgeous neighbours have helped us out with some power! In case I haven’t mentioned it before – we are so lucky to have such fantastic neighbours that have really made us feel so welcome !!

slabAnd before we knew it…. We had a garage slab!!

finishedslabOur floor level had to be quite high in my opinion to get passed through council and Melb water and when I first saw them setting it up I thought it was all going to look a bit ridiculous…. I still think we have been forced to go to an unnecessary height but now that it is done I think it looks OK. Regardless, we have had no say in it so we just have to make the best of it.

So thats it for this week. I doubt we will see much happen next week while we wait for the concrete to do whatever it has to do. Think I might go stand on it tomorrow ;)




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