Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of ‘stuff’ but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty.
Decisions. Sometimes I feel like the only contribution I can make is making decisions and picking out colours, sizes and location.
In the last few weeks the block has been a buzz. While the outside remains somewhat static the boys (amid moments of philosophical rhetoric) have been taking it up a notch inside with plastering, wet area tiling, flooring and of course painting.
The painting is perhaps the most time consuming tasks as the layers of white get absorbed by the plasterboard. Let me tell you something about the colour white – White is not white. A rose is not a rose in the world of white paint. Firstly you have your different underlying tones from yellow to blue. Secondly, depending on flooring colour and natural lighting, your choice of white can look completely out of place – something we found out only after we started to apply it. So in the end we chose Lexicon Quarter which went well with the bleached wooden flooring and the airy expanse created by the vaulted ceilings. We also decided that the ceiling and walls would be the same colour.
At least there are moments of acuity as rest beckons out the canvas fold out chairs as hot coffees and locally made almond croissants satisfy the hunger that had slowly been manifesting itself. And we sit and look out onto the rubble which one day we hope to be transformed into an enchanting garden.
Another decision that had to be made was the landscaping. Given Leura is also called the Garden Village it made sense that we put in as much thought and design as we had the house. In my previous posts I had shown a quick glimpse into the awesome Myles Baldwin designed garden plans that were submitted to council. We did, however, need a local to bring it to life and I had fun going around and checking out some of the work from one of the locals at Clifford Landscaping. I absolutely loved the pebbles that formed an intricate pathway through a landscaped garden that already had some 7 years to establish itself and take on a life of its own.
In addition to the painting and wet proofing I also got to see the tiles that we had purchased from Harmony Stone in Marrickville finally get laid in the wet areas. I must say it looks pretty awesome.
I think when the flooring starts to be laid one cant help feel that the real character of the home starts to spring out from the bare white walls and the skeleton of the build. And this is exactly why I was thrilled to see the wooden floorings that were purchased from Country Timber in Auburn start to get laid. I wanted to long wide board bleached engineered timber and after looking around the price at Country Timber was pretty good. The only catch was that we had to pick up the flooring ourselves and they also couldn’t supply us with the bullnose stair threads for the ends of the flooring when it met with a step.
Tomorrow is Monday but a holiday and a perfect day for us to start rendering the wet areas with a product we obtained from CimentArt Australia. I am looking forward to that.