To Build A Home: Garden Inspiration

The one area of my new home that seems to have fallen to the bottom of my priority list is the garden. The house came with landscaping as part of the building package, but it is extremely simple landscaping, and not really an ideal garden – at least by my standards. There are a few problems with the garden area that I’ll need to overcome – space, the burning hot Australian sun, and sandy soil. I’ve been browsing Pinterest for some small garden inspiration, and have come across some inspiring images that I thought I would share with you. Here are some of the gardens that have me thinking more and more about my own space –

I think the first step for me is to work out some kind of shade for the back yard area. At the moment there is no shade whatsoever on any of the garden beds, which means the plants need to be extremely resilient (hence the Australian natives planted there already). Wish me luck!

House Project List

It’s funny how you can move into a brand new house and still have a million things to do around the place to make it feel complete. It’s been over a year since I moved into my new home, and I’m still chipping away at various projects and discovering new ones along the way. I thought I’d share with you the running list of projects that I’m working on around the house at the moment. I originally wrote this list at the beginning of my last break from work, hoping that I’d get around to finishing them all while I had the time off. Of course I was sick for the majority of my holidays and didn’t manage to accomplish as much as I wanted to, but such is life. Here is the (long) list of things that I’m currently working on around the house –

Walk In Wardrobe: I need to do a bit of an overhaul of this space, it’s way too crowded at the moment. I need to clear off the top shelf and the drawers full of bags, sort out what needs to be kept/thrown out/donated, and somehow make the space work for what is left over. I think a big shoe cull might be in my near future too.

Bathroom Cupboard: This is a pretty simple job, and I’m not sure why I keep putting it off. I need to pull out the drawers, sort out our products, wipe down the shelves, and put everything back where it needs to go. This will probably be the first thing I get around to doing.

Bathroom Floor: If I can give anyone building a house a piece of advice, DO NOT OPT FOR WHITE FLOOR TILES IN THE BATHROOM. Mopping is probably my least favourite household chore (vacuuming is up there, but Sebastian does that for me), and the bathroom floor needs a really good mop. White floor tiles combined with a family of dark haired people (and a lot of dust) does not work well together.

Study Cupboard: The cupboard in the study is an absolute mess at the moment. When Sebastian moved over here, we kind of pushed some boxes into the cupboard to be “dealt with later”, which of course never happened. I’m happy with the top shelf in the cupboard, and the way that’s organised, I just need to do a big clean out of everything at the bottom of the cupboard, and also the clothes that are being stored in there at the moment.

Linen Cupboard: I think this is my most hated area of the house (now that I’ve cleaned out the tupperware cupboard). There is way too much going on in here, and very little organisation to speak of. Unfortunately, I’m still storing a lot of household stuff in this cupboard (tiles/paint etc) because there is nowhere else for me to put them at this stage. Despite this, I need to get some organization happening ASAP.

Hutch #1: This is housing a mish-mash of various things that really should belong somewhere else. I need to clear this out, and start sorting everything into it’s right storage place within the household.

Hutch #2: As above. This is a little bit more organized, but still needs some work.

Kitchen Floor: I essentially need to clean ALL the floors in the house, but the kitchen floor in particular is in need of some work.

Boxes (Mum & Dad’s): I have a lot of stuff that I borrowed from my parents when I first move into this house that I haven’t gotten around to returning to them yet. Along with other things that have accumulated along the way (car battery charger, anyone?). I need to sort through this stuff, and return whatever needs returning as soon as possible.

DVDs: I have a lot of DVDs that I don’t really want anymore, not now that we have a big digital storage system set up. I’m gradually making my way through these DVDs and once I know we have a digital copy of them, I’m giving them away. I still have quite a while to go…

Cable Drawer: I feel like cables are similar to bobby pins, in that they seem to multiply if you leave them alone together. We have a drawer FULL of computer cables (which I guess comes with the territory of living with someone who works in IT), and I am dying to tidy it all up.

And that’s about it! I’m probably going to implement some of these projects into my weekly vlogs, so keep an eye out for that. I’m hoping to get started this weekend some time.

Home Update #1

I recently put the call out on twitter for post requests, and a few people said they’d be interested in more home-themed posts. It’s been a little while since I updated you on my new home progress, so what better time than now? You may remember this post earlier in the year, where I broke down exactly what I needed to do in various areas of the house. I’m going to do a quick rundown of what I’ve managed to finish so far in a couple of areas of the house, and talk a little bit about what’s next on the list.

Front Yard
[DONE] Have the front render touched up, and the back of the train pipes painted
[HALF DONE] – Follow up on the front verge (I’m still following up on this, it’s turned out to be more of a headache than I’d anticipated)
– Work on a plan for the garden
[HALF DONE] – Remove the one dead plant, and tidy up the kangaroo paws that run along the fence
– Have the front window tinted
– Install a light fixture over the front door
– Install an additional wire security screen at the front door

I managed to remove the dead plant from the garden, and now I need to move one plant along so they look more uniform. I still haven’t dead-headed the kangaroo paws, although I did do the ones in the back yard, and they’ve flourished ever since, so I really need to get on top of that. As for the verge, I’m aware of the process that I need to follow, but they’re making it such a hassle for me that I’m putting it off. Unfortunately, they seem to think that I’m landscaping the WHOLE block, rather than just the verge out the front (which is technically council land, so I’m not sure why I even need to be the one to follow up on it). But anyway, we’ll get there eventually. At this stage, the priority for the front yard is the window tinting, and also the landscaping of the verge. We’ve noticed the bedroom getting hotter (and brighter) early in the morning, and it’s only going to get worse as the season progresses. I’m currently researching window tinting companies to see what the cost will be.

Living Area
[HALF DONE] – Pick paint colours, and paint the living area and kitchen
[DONE] Hang a mirror or artwork over the hutch
[DONE] Buy a bigger TV
[HALF DONE] – Sort out the storage area in both hutches
– Sort out the drawers under the TV cabinet
– Install light fittings
[HALF DONE] – Buy, frame, and hang artwork
– Buy a rug for the living area
– Buy tall fake flowers for the pot next to the hutch
– Buy a large soft basket for storing throw rugs
– Buy a small side table to sit drinks/snacks on when we’re watching tv
– Fix the table (it wasn’t put together properly)

One major tip I’d give those that are considering building is a house is MAKE SURE THE PAINTING GETS DONE BEFORE YOU MOVE IN. I built with the Homebuyers centre, and although my overall experience with them was a positive one, they do not paint the interiors of the house. This is because they suggest you live in the house for three months before painting, which makes sense, but gosh once you’re in it’s very hard to motivate yourself to move furniture/take down your blinds/stay elsewhere so you can paint the interior walls. We’ve picked a paint colour, and purchased it, and now it’s a matter of picking an appropriate weekend to paint the house. Which, considering we’re heading towards Christmas and the new year, I can’t see being anytime soon. Still, baby steps. Next up will be painting the interior walls, and buying a side table.