Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Another step forward

We have made another exciting step forward & have finally been able to submit a development application to our local council & are now eagerly awaiting for approval to build.
This step could take a few weeks OR a few months depending on their work load & this area is currently experiencing a housing boom, so we don't envision that it will be a speedy process!!!

This is an old photo & those shipping containers are no longer there, but basically in the middle of this lovely green patch of grass is where the dream house will go!

These are the sketches of the exterior, the first one is the back of the house the second one is the front & then each side.A little on the small side for decent viewing, I know!!

This  is the front  of our house, in the centre the door on the left is our  entrance & the door on the right is a set of french doors into the formal lounge, there is a blank section of wall between the two that we don't feel is quite right but couldn't find any way around it. We wanted the windows and doors to not sit behind veranda posts. The three posts in the centre section are very large as they support a lot of weight. We will have to put some sort of feature there, like a seat and a nice plant, or something, any  suggestions greatly appreciated!

This is the back view
Im not sure if you can see, but only two thirds of the house are double story as it is a sloping block, although the veranda on the left side is still reasonably high.

This is the upstairs floor plan.
We have 3 bedrooms on the left side, 2 bedrooms on the right & living ares in the middle with a large alfresco area off the back.

This is the downstairs area, it is only the garage & one large room with a toilet in the corner . It opens onto a large veranda that sits directly under the upstairs alfresco.

Our plans where done by a  guy named Neil Finney & he was really fantastic to deal with. Having recently designed & built his own home, he definitely knows the process of being an owner builder well. Neil has been very helpful with his advice & although we actually designed our own floor plan, he was able to tweak it & offer up a few ideas to make things more efficient or less costly to build, which was great!!

If you are planning a house in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley area of Australia then I would highly recommend you look him up.

0403 392 484

Let me know what you think !

Trish xxx 

P.S I do apologise if some of these plans are a little hard to read, I had to scan them to get them to upload to blogger. I will do close up veiws of some of the rooms as we progress as I will be needing some advice along the way & who better to ask them my clever & oh so stylish bloggy friends!!!


Raine and Sage said...

Trish - how exciting!! The wheels are well and truly in motion. Building a house is a very good exercise in patience. x

Beautiful House said...

Oh Trish, they look fabulous. I love your new home.x

Laura said...

trish, i love the floor plan!!! looks so nice and spacious! And the location is just amazing you lucky thing!!! cant wait to see it all come to life!! (sure you cant either!!)
Laura xxx

The Decorating Emporium said...

So glad to see such a big step forward, Trish!

I hope the council moves quickly - it's such a lottery, isn't it.

The plans are great, and I look forward to seeing them morph into reality.


Anonymous said...

Wow! That's so exciting. The plans look great.

Jennifer, Decorum said...

Looking good Trish! It's HUGE.I'm fastening my seat belt for the ride and keeping my fingers crossed that the DA comes through sooner rather than later. I know what it's like, once you have all this planned you are usually raring to go.

Jennifer xx

Annie ~ Red Roses and Crystal said...

Hello Trish
Thanks for commenting on my blog, for some reason it didn't publish?
Thanks for liking my lights and I can relate to the difficulties in finding just what you want in this country.
I bought the living and formal room lights from a speciality retailer here in Brisbane so can only recommend you contact them and as the owners are super lovely and helpful they may be able to steer you in the right direction.
'The Brass Shop Magins'
Bardon Brisbane ph. 07 33697179
(I can't find a website)
Hope this helps. Now I shall peruse your blog and get to know you!

Farmers Wifey said...

Trish that is fantastic! One more step forward..and those plans, I love your house!!!!!!!

I can totally see how excited you are, I am so glad to be along to watch it all happen x

Hyphen Interiors said...

Very fun to see your floor plans and elevation! Exciting. Hope it all gets approved.

B is building a house said...

Love your floor plan!!!!

Melinda said...

Wow Trish - looks amazing. Love your layout. That kitchen area looks fantastic, and I'm so jealous about your walk in pantry! Love the open plan and onto the alfresco area. Looks like nice spacious house, and that master area with your wonderful ensuite - can't wait to see it evolve and turn in the home of your dreams. Very exciting.

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