formulating a plan {our new home}…

a nomadic abode

i’ve been up half the night formulating a plan: a house plan that is!

it’s yet another iteration of the same floor plan we submitted to our architect months ago for him to base some drawings on before we left for australia…

the same plan we walked through with him whilst back home & the same plan i’ve been pondering ever since our trip, trying to resolve some niggling issues in my head {it seems entrance ways & staircases are the thieves of my dreams}…

but first things first…

i wasn’t always convinced that we even needed this plan or, indeed, that redeveloping this site was the best way to go…

when my partner purchased the property, a single-storey weatherboard {which had later been clad in shaggy dog brick}, it was a happy, welcoming home…

a nomadic abode

albeit a bit of an ugly one…

despite being quite run down & a little ramshackle, we could see its potential: there was a sweet little porch with iron fretwork out front, a generous hallway, deceptively high ceilings & beautiful original cornicing & ceiling roses within…

but most notably, it was the feeling you got when you stepped inside that made this house feel like a home: being only the second ‘family’ to have lived there in its 76 year history, the property was still filled with the overwhelming sense of love & pride which its previous occupants {& builders} had instilled in it…

for many years i championed the cause for renovating: harnessing what was left of the property’s historical character & the years worth of love that lay deep within its walls & colourful garden beds…

but sadly, with each passing year it became more & more evident that this just wasn’t an option…

the garden, once lovingly-tended & filled with vibrant blooms & a much-loved lemon tree is now dishevelled & dying from neglect…

the lathe & plaster walls are cracking irreparably & the floor boards rotting…

& the saddest part of all is that the delicious welcoming feeling that embraced you like a warm hug upon arrival has been replaced with a heavy melancholy: a revolving door of renters pretty much sealed that fate…

so now i’ve taken to our proposed plans with a renewed sense of purpose: to replace one family home built with love & pride for another…

& the truth is, up until now, the process has been relatively pain free {that is, once i stopped fretting & just got on with it}…

i didn’t really have to work too hard to develop the initial floor plans because the plot dictated a lot of that: at just under 8 meters wide & less than 45 metres deep, there’s already a limit to the kind of home you can build here…

add to those parameters a slew of building codes & regulations & a notoriously pedantic council & the death knell for anything too ambitious has well & truly been tolled…

but i’m hopeful that with a clear vision, a lot of planning & a healthy dose of love i can do that old house justice…

 

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6 thoughts on “formulating a plan {our new home}…

  1. Okay, you guys are pretty much doing my dream. I *almost* didn’t read this post for fear it would depress me out too much…I’m a long way from finding my shabby fixer and renovating it into my dream home, but it’s exciting to see you start to formulate a plan. Going away always crystallizes things for me; did your trip help you?

    Of course, I have a neighbor who’s on the gazillionth plan for his little house, but that’s just laziness! 😉

    • hiya… we’re building back home {ie, in oz} so it helped to do a drive around the surrounding neighbourhoods to clarify what kind of look we were after from outside & if we could get away with it in terms of street character, etc… as for the inside, we’re getting close… just a few areas to refine like the entrance & the internal stairs which in turn impacts a bit of the layout on both levels… but i’m working on it! i am quite set now on the look i’m going for but i have to go back & forth with the architect to know what’s possible… the process is also frustrated by the fact we’re in different countries so it’s a bit of chinese whispers sometimes…

  2. I loved the bit about “once you just stopped fretting and got on with it.” That’s usually 75% of the battle I’ve found! I could make a career out of fretting instead of just DOING, so I have to commend you for really buckling down and going for it. That house is so darling. I can’t imagine the stress of a project this big, and you’re handling it with grace and aplomb! I can’t wait to see how your plans progress. Is the house you’re building really in Australia?? That seems so far away! xoxo

    • doing, doing, doing… i’m the world’s greatest procrastinator don’t you worry! but fortunately i have somebody riding my tail so it’s pushing me onwards! & yes, our home is & forever will be in oz… only a plane ride away! 🙂

  3. I didn’t realise you were building in Australia?!? I am so behind in my blog reading, can you tell 😉 Such a sweet place, I’m sure you will pull it out of neglect and into pure magic as well as into this century. Bless ya, this is exciting, do try to enjoy it 😉 xxx

    • yes maam… my first home build & i’m on the other side of the globe! nothing like a challenge! 😉

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