A bloody beautiful bathroom

Yes, the bathroom is coming along beautifully, and as promised here are a few sneaky shots of the work in progress. Bathrooms end up being quite fiddly rooms – with lots of stages to work through.

The bathroom – which in the case of ‘Northcote’ is an ensuite as it is closest to the main bedroom – begins with the wiring, plumbing and of course the layout  – windows, doors, drainage holes, taps etc – and then the real fun begins. It’s a combination of lots of trades doing their thing, and not tripping over each other.

Funny how they all seem to congregate on Fat Friday.

I digress…

Water proofing comes first – it’s the blue paint that gets slapped on anywhere that tiles are going to be placed. It adds an extra layer of protection for the wet bits.


Baby blue…

Then the tiling begins – floor first – with the lovely job of grouting. And did you know that there is a colour chart of grout colours? WB wanted a seamless look on the floor – big charcoal tiles that are grouted with a matching colour so as to create the idea of a whole space in the same colour. Some people like to use grout as a feature – and it works beautifully with the subway tile look – but in this case, it was about maximising space and letting the tiles do the talking.

The wall tiles are WB’s ‘pizza resistance’ and are in a herringbone pattern. They had to be laid out on the floor first – just so our friend the builder could get his head around it. Then the pattern was transferred to the walls…a cinch! (not!)


A practice run…

It turns out there is more than one way to lay a herringbone pattern, so after a false start, the wall took shape. The first pattern would have definitely been fine if you used the bathroom with your head cocked to one side.

The Baker Family chose to do the one wall of the shower in herringbone and keep the rest as a painted wall.


Ooh, so very neat.

The shower screen is a long glass panel that goes 3/4 of the way along the shower, with the end of the shower left open.


Boys, let’s lose the bucket.

Glen Egan from here in Forbes built the vanity, and what a splendid job he did. WB took him in a pic…and it looks exactly how she imagined it. The tiler even commented “It looks just like it came out of a magazine” Now there’s a compliment!

There’s still one door to come, plus handles, but you get the general idea.


Gotta love a bit of timber.

So while the first shower may be a little way off, things will come together rather quickly (“Eeek” I hear from WB) The electrician finishes off, the plumbers hook up the snazzy loo..


The snazzy toilet. Which is so tempting to use. But it’s not hooked up. Which could be awkward.

…and these guys will be having hot showers before you can say ‘Holy Herringbone.’

Talk soon



Flat to the boards

Yes, this week it’s all about the boards – of both the floor and weather variety.

John and his A-Team have arrived back from Kilmore and are going like mad things to have the house closed in – from all angles – by the end of the week. Which is a real shame for the cat that has taken up residence.

They even left their homes in Kilmore, which is where the terrible bush fires are at the moment, to take up their place at Northcote. Talk about dedicated.

So far they have patched up the floorboards where the two fire places were in the kitchen and living room.

Exhibit A:


And the weather boards are taking shape along the southern side.

Exhibit B:


This two-tone look might really take off.

And now it’s the western side’s turn, and how is this for a workplace with a view? It kind of softens the blow of the 40+ deg temps that are lurking around these days.

Exhibit C:


But perhaps the most impressive achievement thus far is the ripping lawn that CB (who moonlights as an agronomist when not managing logistics at Northcote) has managed to establish in between the goings on of the house. It’s very impressive and has the makings of a fabulous oval. Maybe next year CB will have the New Year’s Test at his place.

Exhibit C and a half:


We apologise for the delay in transmission…

…but the festive season/ cricket/ hot weather/ oversupply of ham etc etc may have temporarily gotten in the way of a) building and b) writing about it.

But never fear, it’s a brand new year and there is lots to see. It’s been a busy start to 2014 on the block. With lots of visitors popping by to see the progress, traffic along the road has slowed – mainly because everyone is calling in.

In a nutshell:

  • Bill the Builder started working on the house. This will make things interesting if there is a difference of opinion between house owners and the builder (seeing as they’re related and stuff.) I hope they don’t ask me to pick sides – could be awkward.
  • The flamin’ slats (or sl#ts as CB calls them) are coming down at a rate of knots. In what began as a joke about how fun and easy it would be to take down the little suckers, they appear to be multiplying. Whose bright idea were 12 foot ceilings anyway?
  • Bare walls are being earmarked for more windows, and holes have been cut accordingly. The idea of ‘let there be light’ has never been more true. Some beautiful cedar double-hung sash windows (builder talk) were sourced on Ebay and they are about to find their way into the laundry and the kitchen. I’m beginning to think that windows are a lot like shoes…one can never have too many.
  • The bathroom is coming together – well it will be. At the moment we like to call it a ‘blank canvas’. It’s going to be extended out 800mm from the existing wall so the big hole will soon be sporting a flash new window (there we go again) that may or may not be looking out directly to the neighbours. Could be interesting.

As you can see, it’s basically structural stuff, so the trips to Ikea and subscriptions to tonnes of decorating magazines don’t seem to be paying dividends yet. However we are assured that the fun stuff is about to begin. In the meantime, Pinterest is getting a fair bit of air time.

Here are some of the highlights from the past few days…


Highlight #1: A window looking out to the river from the dining area.


Highlight #2: The high lights.


Highlight #3: Ta da! A space for French doors created in the spare bedroom – looking out to the north.


Highlight #4: One of the Ebay windows goes into the laundry.


Highlight #5: AQ, the 3 year old who is very happy with the progress, with the comment to WB “It’s a good house isn’t it? Good on Cwissy”

So it’s onwards and upwards with the slats, not too many more windows to come and a balmy 39 degrees tomorry.

Wish I was at the cricket…