May 22, 2010 4:34 pm
Thought it might be time to start my own thread.
Have been reading with interest about everyones builds and I guess I'm seeking an outlet to avoid boring my friends and family to death with topics they understandably are not interested in!
We subdivided the land that our current house is on and the result is a 337m2 (tiny!)backward sloping block, in an established suburb south of Adelaide. We are looking forward to watching the build from next door (this could be a good or a bad thing I guess!).
We went to many builders and found that most were not interested due to the small size of the block or because it was too sloping (the slope is 3m over 30m). One of the sales guys told us to sell it! We happened to come across an amazing sales guy at a display home who designed a custom build for us, and after a few months of changes here and there, we settled on the final plan. We are currently waiting on council approval. Fingers crossed!
Our taste is a little bit old fashioned with the facade, but it fits into the area we are building in, and I have always loved this style of house.
Here are some photos;
Here is the photo we presented to the building company as the style of house that we wanted:
Our front elevation:
Ground floor plan:
First floor plan:
Our tile selections
The big white tile is our kitchen splashback tile, the big charcoal tile & the white tile above that will be in our powder room, ensuite and main bathroom, the laundry tiles are next to that and the other charcoal tile is the tile for the steps outside laundry, sliding door etc. I know there is a theme there, but I love charcoal and white! (clearly!)
Our brick are going to be austral georgian red with the white mortar, charcoal roof shingle tile, monument gutter, surfmist fascias and garage door and I forgot the name of the window colours but it was some kind of white.
Inside we will have white walls (maybe Dulux Antique USA - we want a WHITE white), solid Jarrah floors through the downstairs hallway and family/kitchen/pantry areas. Carpet in the living area, lounge, the stairs leading upstairs and all of upstairs. (guess what colour - yep charcoal!). Am hoping the Jarrah floors might soften the starkness and break up the sameness of all the charcoal and white.
Would love any suggestions on what colours we should do our kitchen cupboards and benchtops - at the moment I am thinking all charcoal or all white (yes I'm serious!).. Is this too much on the theme?... please help. (The ceilings in the family/kitchen/pantry are 3m.)
Thanks for reading
Re: Our little custom split level 2 storey home!2
May 22, 2010 6:45 pm
It's always great to see another split level being built. Where are you?
I really like you facade, we too like that sort of look, and think it blends well with established neighbourhoods.
Can't help you with the kitchen colors - although I'm doing all white
Still not in. Don't ask!?
Re: Our little custom split level 2 storey home!3
May 22, 2010 6:53 pm
Great to see you start your own thread. I think your design is wonderful. You've fit a lot in and you won't be short of lots of living areas.
Keep posting because it's a great support and feedback for each other.
Handover February 2011
Happy with our home
Re: Our little custom split level 2 storey home!5
May 22, 2010 7:04 pm
Hey great to se some others building a smaller double like ours.
We are a grey/black/charcoal fans as well and as such have dark tiles, dark carpets and for the kitchen we went for a black stone top with gloss white cupboards.
Hopefully it will turn out how we imagine!
Looking forward to following you here...
Re: Our little custom split level 2 storey home!6
May 23, 2010 6:10 pm
Thanks everyone for your comments.
Bel - I can't believe you started your thread in 2008 - what a ride you have had.. and what stage are you up to now? Council approval but still no slab is that right? We have a backward sloping block and no way to get the stormwater to the road except via a sump pump, but I dont think it is going to be quite as expensive as your $20k hole in the ground. Still a pain though especially if you think about what you could be spending that money on! So all this has been going on for over two years - And you have TWINS!! You must be superwoman!! I admire your spirit and look forward to following your journey!
Robinred thank you for your kind words once again. Hope you are feeling at least a little better by the time you are reading this. A nice dinner cooked by someone else may be just what the doctor ordered! Sorry you were sick too for your tile selections, but you still managed to do a fantastic job! We ended up eliminating some of the bigger wall tiles and saved ourselves $2000.. was just not worth it! It is very sweet that you are so unwell and still took the time to comment in my thread. Thank you - I appreciate your support very much!
Mick thanks for your comments, sorry you don't like charcoal ha ha.. I understand it and hope I am not overdoing it! I have to admit that even though I love how it looks it also appeals for the hiding dirt factor. I vacuum and clean often enough, it would just be nice if it looked just as good (or close to) in between cleans. I could be totally wrong here but this is what I am hoping anyway!
I hope you dont mind asking this but did you pay extra for open raked ceilings as opposed to a normal ceiling? I love them and have them in our existing home but never even thought to ask about it in this new one. And how are you heating or cooling this room? Our room with these ceilings used to have an oil heater in it but we removed it. We have never had cooling in there except for a ceiling fan. I looked into getting ducted air conditioning once and was told I would need to get 2 units as the raked ceilings are in the middle of the house so we would need one unit for one side of the house and another unit for the other. I guess there is no where for the unit to go as there is no roof space as such.
Boiselfish - yes it looks like we have very similar taste. Will be great to see them as they appear in your house as obviously you are quite a bit ahed of us. I think white kitchen with dark benchtop is still an option for us too, its so hard to decide. For practicality with 2 toddlers who like to take pens and draw on anything I like the idea of dark anything really!
Re: Our little custom split level 2 storey home!7
May 24, 2010 9:39 am
I noticed this thread below talks about charcoal carpets and has a picture of a kitchen with charcoal kitchen cupboards. Looks pretty good.
Our raked area is in the entrance/foyer area between the single and double storey splits and is about 20m2. I recall we paid just over $2K extra + a little more for the 2 skylights that are going in. We are getting ducted air conditioning but I do not believe we will be placing any vents in this area.
Putting raked ceiling in your living/kitchen area would make it a little special. I don't know how you would heat it though. Maybe they could put a few vents in vertical ceiling edge above the kitchen and family room.
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