Shutters, Curtains and Blinds

Today we met with Ken from Life Blinds for a free measure and quote. We did a whole house walk through and talked through all the options for each window.

For the four windows on the facade we are having white PVC plantation shutters. Because we were not able to have the external window bars due to the estate guidelines we will be designing the shutters to compliment the existing design. The middle bar will be 2/3 of the way down the window to compliment the aluminium bar across the top.

“Our PVC shutters have a strong aluminium core wrapped in PVC without giving up the cost of aesthetic value. The PVC shutters are low maintenance and allergy free, making them the perfect fit for any home. Even upon close inspection the PVC shutters bears a striking resemblance to solid wood, making them a staple choice for your home. Our Plantation Shutters carry a 7-year warranty, providing your home with stability and style.”

For the void living room, and theatre room we are having floor to ceiling sheer curtains in Allusion Silver by Zepel Fabrics. Allusion is a semi sheer linen look fabric – 54% LINEN, 32% COTTON, 14% POLYESTER. The void windows will have motorisation as they are two storeys high.

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Oeko-Tex certified fabrics are environmentally safe and not harmful to human health. They are fully tested and certified under the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This means fabrics contain no prohibited or regulated substances, or chemicals known to be harmful to humans. These fabrics meet current environmental standards throughout their entire production cycle and they are fully recyclable.

We decided to add some texture with the curtains

The silver was a nice match with the Southwards wall colour

The curtains are sheer when held up against the window

Close up of Allusions Silver


The sheer curtains in the Greenvale display home

For the bathrooms we are having white light filtering blinds in Cannes. These blinds let light into the room whilst adding some privacy. All that can be seen from neighbouring properties is a shadow if you are in the room at night with the light on.

Light filtering blinds for bathroom areas

For the dining room and formal lounge room we are having Balmoral roman blockout blinds in Dove.

Roman blinds in front of the window

Roman blinds against the Southwards wall colour

Entry and Lounge

The roman blinds in the Greenvale display home

For the two other bedrooms and the laundry we are having white wooden venetian blinds that look similar to the shutters but are a cheaper alternative for windows that aren’t on the facade.


External tiles and fly screens are in

We popped out to the house today to see that things are slowly progressing.

We were pleased to see the external tiles have been laid on the porch, front upstairs balcony and external upstairs portico. The downstairs alfresco will not be tiled, only concreted. The tiling in this area was not included in the price of the build so we decided to have this area decked after handover. We also plan to make the decking of this area come out wider than the edge of the house.

The side of our external garage door was lopsided so they have found a workaround

The side of our external garage door was lopsided so they have found a workaround

We asked our site supervisor when he thinks the house might be ready and he has advised late Jan. So no Christmas in the new house this year. Which also means another summer in our current house without air conditioning. Joy! (Sarcasm)

Shower screens and shelving 

Here’s what’s new at the house this week

Linen cupboard shelving in

Shower screen in main bathroom

Shelving in guest room wardrobe

Shower screen in guest room bathroom

Drying room fitout

Two shelves in galley

Shelving in butlers pantry

Sinks, taps and a garage door

Here’s what’s new at the house this week

Garage door is in

Extra wide master bedroom door

Powder room sink and toilet installed

Master bedroom ensuite sinks and taps in. We will add two mirrors post handover and change the two lights to wall sconce above mirrors

Master ensuite rain dumper at one end of shower

Main bath hob

Main bathroom sink and tap

Guest ensuite shower

Guest ensuite sink and tap

Main bath (currently sitting in upstairs rumpus room)

Laundry sink and tap

Galley sink and tap

Kitchen bin

Kitchen double sink and hose

Rear garage roller door for access to backyard

Boutique Homes | Ascot 36 | Hamptons Style

Now that we are approaching the last few months of the build we have shifted our focus onto the decorating and styling aspect of the home. We took a drive out to the Ascot 36 Boutique Homes display in Officer to get some ideas.

It was good to see a display home with a darker grey than normal because we took a bit of a risk and selected Timeless Grey for our render.


Timeless Grey Sample

Ascot 36 with Hamptons Facade

Large mirrors to open up rooms

Beaded chandeliers are becoming very popular

Canvas baskets used as a pot plant

Idea for down teh side of our house

Extend outdoor decking beyond the alfresco ceiling

Large pots in garden bed

Tufted ottoman as a seat

Floating shelves instead of entertainment unit under TV

Modern Hamptons style with concrete furniture

Rug under end of bed

Baskets in bottom of wardrobe could house socks and underwear

Concrete side table next to bath for book or candle

Hanging plants in bathroom to freshen the space

Electrical going in

We stopped by the house today and saw that the electrical has gone in. Power points, light switches, smoke alarm, sensor lights, door bell, heating/cooling control pads, TV point etc. Some were connected up and operational. We didn’t go overboard adding much lighting to upstairs as that can be changed after handover if required.

Our little Harry Potter cupboard under the stairs

Under stair lighting

Door bell is in

Quad power points in galley for lots of appliances

Another quad powerpoint in galley

Power point on kitchen splashback for rangehood

These were a small upgrade, slimline look switches

Heating/cooling control

Downlight and sensor in entrance as you come in from garage

Smoke alarm

TV point – cables will be hidden behind wall for a streamlined look

The two battons over the bench will be swapped out for pendant lights

The batton in the coffered ceiling will be replaced with an existing chandelier from our current house

Two downlights in bulkhead between lounge and dining room

Second heating/cooling unit

Wall sconce will be added to pillar in entrance

Two pendant lights will be added either side of the master bed so as to avoid bedside lamps

Damaged cupboards

One of the most expensive upgrades in the house was the colourtech cabinets in the kitchen and galley with the door profile. 

When we visited the house recently we noticed nearly every cupboard had a chip out of it. Some of the handles/knobs were also scratched. 

We have pointed this out to our site supervisor who has assured us these will all be replaced. A very expensive exercise for Porter Davis.