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I’ve moved in!

It feels surreal after all this time to actually be in my own space – this is also heightened by the fact that I have very little furniture so it’s a bit empty.

But I’m in! No more having to answer that “when are you moving in?” question, it is done. But like any marriage the next question is “so when you going to have a party” (replace ‘party’ with ‘baby’) – the answer is as soon as I get over my paranoia about my new floors (replace ‘new floors’ with ‘commitment issues’)

Next phase is the garden/pool/deck… but first I am going to unpack and sleep and work to try and pay for all this!

Now that I have a new house, unpacking all my old crap, I feel that I need to get rid of a lot of stuff. So a garage sale and charity is the next step.

But I’m in!

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The move-in date is getting closer!
The most asked question of this whole project is “When will it be ready?”
The real answer is probably “Never”. I think a house is never really complete and you can spend the rest of time completing it.
That said, there does come a time when you have to get it to a state that you can actually live in it. And that time is hopefully just a few weeks away.
Zimbostrading is busy installing my oak floors – the 220mm wide boards look beautiful. I have yet another decision: to oil or to varnish. Each has it pros and cons. The oil brings a natural quality to the timber while the varnish is worry free in the kitchen and bathroom areas.

Spotlight Kitchens have also been working away at all my cupboards for both my kitchen and my bedroom and they are now almost ready to install. The stone worktops are being supplied by Canata.
I also decided to install underfloor heating. While the cost of installation is relatively cheap the running costs are high. I do think that it is a vital part of a comfortable home in Cape Town despite our unusually warm winter. Dynamis helped me out with the underfloor heating.

The painters have been working away on the walls and timber frames. The whole process is now about refining and ensuring that the house maintains its integrity and doesn’t get hidden by the wrong choice of finishes. This is is the most delicate part of the process and the most expensive.
I have resigned myself to the fact that I won’t have everything I want all at once. The garden, deck and pool will have to wait, but I have ensured that most of the interior will be complete so that when I move in I can comfortably live in the house.

 

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The garage door is in, sewerage line is installed, the driveway is drying & interior plans are just about ready.

It’s been a long month since the last update. Many more decisions and not enough time to make them.

I spent a good portion of the last month deciding on tap fittings and after many hours and days and weeks trying to find the right fittings, a quick conversation and a mail with a work colleague led me to Vola. Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1968 this range fits the form/function balance perfectly and seems to belong in my home.

You can also head on over to artsy.net to find out more and even get your hands on some of Arne’s pieces.

With the help of Martina at Still Bathrooms I have managed to sort most of my sanitary ware requirements out which is a huge relief.

Vola is not cheap but I think is well worth it – it comes in different colours and has water saving adjustments.

There is also a 360 degree view of the interior to stare at.


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The last month has been a very intense period of decision and indecision.

Colour has been the topic on my brain and I have learnt one thing about colour – it’s easiest to not choose a colour – so I’ve gone with white.

I have also realised that it is best to go with your own opinion regardless of how much advice you get because at the end of the 2500 colour swatches the only colour you will ever be happy with is the one you choose yourself. Or maybe that’s just me.

The interior has its first coat of paint. All the glazing is in. The garage door is ordered. I have a new boundary fence. The joinery plans are almost complete thanks to Site-ID. The flooring quotes are in. The geyser dilemma is almost solved. And I am looking at a year of serious debt.

I now have a date that I HAVE to move in: June 1st 2011. I will be out of apartment and time. I should be 85% complete but I have accepted the fate of a build-your-first-house soloist and will have to live without some things completed.

I am however more excited than ever and even sitting in the empty space I get a sense of the home’s personality.

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The last few weeks have been hot and busy. All’s well on site and steadily the house is nearing its final stages, but these stages are the most critical and will take time.

I now have to find a new place to stay as I have to leave my current apartment – not ideal considering I am so close to completion of my house.

The existing boundary wall has been torn down and I now can see the extent of my new garden – and it’s bigger than I thought! The new wall needs to be erected and in the interim my house is feeling somewhat exposed.

The final wooden frames have been put in place and next the glazing will arrive. Painters have been furiously busy and it’s all going on.

I have also appointed Site-Id, the interior design division of Greg-Wright Architects, to help me with my interiors. Too much to think about on my own and quite excited to see what they pull out the bag!

My garage has a roof – just waiting for quotes for the door and I’ll have a secure garage shortly.

You can see a little video of the wall coming down here: And the wall came down…

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The year has started with gusto and already work has overwhelmed me.

The good news is that all’s well on the home front and it’s all going swiftly forward. Doors and new door frames have arrived on site and they look beautiful. Hoping to keep them that way.

Almost all the ceilings are done and the painters arrive on site tomorrow to start priming and applying filler coat.

My plans for the new front gate and wall have also been approved. Seems council is a little more efficient lately. I have purchased the strip of land next to my property so we will be putting up the new wall soon – this will make my garden area a bit bigger  and create a greater sense of space around the living area.

The garage is also getting a roof and it’s all feeling like I might actually move in this year.

Happy new year.