Construction update 18: A race to the finish!

You may have read in my last construction update (which was rather depressing, sorry!) that it’s my birthday this month. YAY!! And all I really, really want for my birthday is to move into our new house.

At the time I wrote that last post, we’d had weeks of problems and delays, and it seemed there’d be no hope of making that birthday wish come true… but maybe it could just happen!

My husband has been on a mission to grant my birthday wish and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much progress as I have in the past few weeks. All things going well, we might get our final approval this week and start moving in on the weekend. O-M-G!!

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Related article: Gina’s home: Kitchen room reveal

Copper tap and marble spash back have gone in race to the finish
Copper tap and marble splashback have gone in

The cabinetry in our kitchen is finished, the marble splashback and kickback has gone in, and you may even see my copper tap hiding under that cardboard box.

I can’t wait to see this kitchen cleaned and begin styling. Stay tuned for a room reveal of our kitchen and butler’s pantry in a few weeks πŸ™‚

Living room book case construction update race to the finish
Living room bookcase I designed ready to be styled. Handrails for our staircase need to be installed in our race to the finish!

Just behind the kitchen wall is our living room. We decided to carry the same dark timber grain into this space for continuity and I love how our built-in bookcase has turned out.

I left a larger opening in the middle so I can rest some artwork or posters and break up the lines in the bookcase.

Guest bedroom
This guest room is one of my favourite rooms

And finally here’s a little peek at our guest bedroom which is one of my favourite rooms in the house.

This room is painted in Haymes Soothe on all walls and ceiling and it create such a warm and welcoming feel. I opted for grey timber grain cabinetry and will create a little nook in the corner under that window.

I’m pretty darn excited to move in. Let’s hope we can make our race to the finish and get our final this week!!

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  1. Ahh this is looking amazing, Gina! I have to laugh at some of the similarities in our finishes, I hope mine turn out half as gorgeous as yours! The guest bedroom looks very sweet too. I’m selfishly a little bit disappointed you’re nearly finished as I’ve enjoyed following your build journey… Happy Birthday, I hope you get your wish! πŸ™‚

    • Oh thanks so much Jane, I’m sure your house will be amazing! From what you described last time, I’m sure you’re onto a winning combination πŸ™‚

      Don’t be disappointed, I’ll be writing about my house more than ever once I’m in there. You can expect loads of room reveals with info on all the finishes and products I used, plenty of DIYs around the home and loads of other fun stuff πŸ™‚

      Thank you for the birthday wishes and I’ll report back next week if I make it in the house in time, ahhhh! xx

  2. Hi Gina

    I’m so happy for you!! Nearly there πŸ˜€

    Love your kitchen. The marble is so beautiful and all the elements have just come together perfectly. I’m just going to sit here and stare at your copper tap for a bit longer. Mine hasn’t arrived yet. All our other plumbing has been installed but still waiting on my copper tap – hoping it is as gorgeous as yours.

    I also really like your living room bookcase. Have you used the same products as your kitchen? Is that a stone benchtop? Looks stunning.

    Fingers crossed for you moving in this weekend. And happy birthday!!

    • Thanks Anthea!! How is your place coming along? Do you think you might be in before Christmas?

      He he, I’m sure your copper tap will be amazing! Funny story with the copper tap… the one I received isn’t quite the one I thought I would… my original quote was for this tap but when I put through my order I changed my mind and opted for a more rounded tap but then I received the original one! I’m glad I did because it looks great and fits the style of my kitchen although I’m sure both would have been lovely.

      Yes, I used the same product as the kitchen in our living room and the bookcase has the same stone benchtop as the kitchen (Caesarstone Organic White). I was going to use a pure white quartz for the benchtop but our kitchen guy advised against it, saying you’d see every little spec. The organic white is still really white, particularly against our polished floors, and I think it was a better option.

      Thank you for the birthday wishes xx

  3. Hi Gina,

    I really like the way it’s taking shape. Black can often come across as daunting to work with but you seemed to have achieved such a beautiful balance with the white spaces and the use of warm touches such as the copper taps. Good luck and hope you get to move in soon.

    • Hi Rahul
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I was pretty worried about the dark cabinetry – it’s just so much safer to go all white – but all the kitchens I loved either had timber or coloured cabinets so I knew I’d have to bite the bullet and I couldn’t be happier with how it all came together πŸ™‚


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