Painting and doors

We went out to the block today to meet with our site supervisor. 

It was a gloomy day but we still managed to take some pics indoors. The wall colour looks darker on an overcast day and is a lot lighter on a sunny day. We chose Southwards which was the colour in the Greenvale display home. It really contrasts against the white dado paneling. 

Southwards wall paint

Internal doors painted in Purest White

We originally had Wattyl White for doors, architraves, skirting boards etc but were encouraged to switch to Purest Ehite by our site supervisor. The Wattyl White was slightly transparent whereas the Purist White was a solid White that created more of a contrast against the Southwards walls. 

Coffered ceiling painted white. Holes cut for heating and cooling vents.

The balustrade overlooking the void has been painted white. The top handrail and bottom strip will have dark stain applied to create the Hamptons vibe. 

The window mouldings have gone in. These will be painted Purest White. 

The front doors have also been painted since we last visited. 

Butlers pantry with cupboard under the stairs for extra storage space. 

The benchtops have been installed but I couldn’t get a pic as they were covered up for the painting. 

Next week the tiles go in so it will really start to look like a home. 


Fixing/Waterproofing Inspection

On Friday we had Darbecca go out to the house for the fixing and waterproofing inspection. We got a discount for doing them together. For the benefit of others reading this that are thinking of engaging Darbecca I will post each page of the report, so that you can see what type of information they give. They are one of the most detailed inspection companies I know. They include pictures as evidence and also paste relevant parts of the building code. This means that even clients who know nothing about building can read the report and see where the defects are.

You will notice the first six items are outstanding from previous inspections.

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Paint Colours and Cabinets


Met the site supervisor out at the block today to go through the paint colours inside and out. As it turns out the colour we had selected from our lining boards was a Dulux colour, and Porter Davis are contracted to Wattyl for all their exterior colours.

We chose the colour because we had seen it on the display home in Bayswater and loved it. When we made all our colour selections at World of Style we were advised that anything that you see in a display home you were able to choose.

In the end the colour had to be made up by Wattyl to match the Dulux colour and as I drove up tot the house today I was happy with how it looked from the outside so it was a non-issue.

Our site supervisor also advised us that the white we were recommended by the Porter Davis interior designer, Wattyl White, was slightly translucent and even after three coats did not look to be a solid colour. He recommended we change all items that were previously listed as Wattyl White to Purest White which when mixed, has a touch of black in the mix to make it a strong bold colour. I agreed with the site supervisors suggestion and made the change.

The cabinets had been installed and it was the first time to see the Bleached Wenge with the Riven Finish other than the small sample from World of Style. I was very happy with how they looked and look forward to seeing them with the tiles around them. We will be installing all our bathroom mirrors after handover.


Kitchen cabinets are in. The one sitting on the far bench will eventually be above the fridge. 


Very happy with how our handle selection looks.


The additional laundry cupboards we got installed above the laundry bench. There will be a plaster bulkhead installed above. 


The drying room


Laundry cupboards below the trough. We didn’t get the profile doors in the laundry as they are very expensive. You can see in the top left corner that the bench is the wrong size and extends over the door frame. This is going to be replaced. 


Bleached Wenge cupboards with Riven finish (feels textured to the touch) in the guest ensuite


Bleached Wenge cabinets with Riven finish in main bathroom. We removed two ensuites from the original floor plan and added a main bath. 


Master ensuite cabinets, same as the kitchen. Pearl Grey Colourtech with door profiles. 

The void

One of the first things we fell in love with when we visited the Waldorf Grange display home in Greenvale was the void area with the 6 large windows at the back. This is the main feature that set the house apart from all the other designs. We could really picture ourselves sitting in the living area with the sun shining in drinking a tea and reading a book.


The display home looked particularly stunning because the view outside the windows was an above ground swimming pool with a glass wall, so you could see under the water. There was also an outdoor pool house with sitting area.

Pool house

Pool house 2

So the question for us is what on earth do we do landscaping wise in our backyard to create that same breathtaking look without the use of a pool. We will have 10m of land from the end of the house to the back fence. If you have any suggestions feel free to put them in the comments below.


We upgraded to six large fixed windows at the back of the house.

The other questions I have are what pendants should we hang from the ceiling above and what should we put on the side wall?



I fell in love with these large clay beaded pendants that are handmade by women in South Africa who are HIV affected.

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Stairs and Lining Board

We visited the block today and saw that they have started on the staircase.



We added a doorway from the butler’s pantry to underneath the staircase to take advantage of the storage space.


The staircase at the Greenvale display home. We will be getting our painted in the same colours. 


The lining boards have gone in on the top section of the house. They are still to be painted in Champignon 1/4 strength as per the Bayside display home. The bottom floor will be rendered in Timeless Grey



Some pics from out on site today. The waterproofing has been done.


Master ensuite with view out to portico


Master double shower with niche


Master toilet


Master bath


Master double vanity


Main bathroom


Main shower


Upstairs toilet


Guest room vanity


Guest room shower with niche

Plaster is in

We went out to the block today to see that the plaster walls had been put in. It is starting to look like a home. Here are all the pics I took.


Kitchen and lounge room


Formal lounge with fireplace provision and coffered ceiling


Closer shot of our coffered ceiling


Theatre room


Roof of theatre room with bulkhead


Kitchen and fridge space


Downstairs alfresco


Laundry with back door


Entry way


Garage with roller door to backyard on the right (we added 1m extension to the garage to create a zero boundary)


Roller door from garage to backyard


Upstairs void (one that temporary scaffolding is removed this will look down to living area below)


Guest room


Upstairs rumpus room with door to portico


Spare bedroom


Main bathroom


Linen closet outside master bedroom


Front spare bedroom


View from front spare bedroom


Parents retreat end of master with door to balcony


Master bedroom


Left master robe


Right master robe


Master ensuite with door to portico


Master ensuite shower with added niche


Upstairs portico


Master bedroom facing the front yard


View from master bedroom


Privacy glass which had to be added to master bedroom windows that overlook neighbour on side


Fireplace provision


From lounge room looking at dining room and kitchen


Front porch pillars


Front porch pillars


View from across the street