Monday, March 16, 2015

Version 2 of the house

I think the house floor plan is pretty much locked in now.  We are really happy with Ingrid's design ingriddonald.com.au.  Below is an animation of the rough 3d model of the house along with how the sun falls in winter and summer inside the house which is solar passive in design.


Here is the new floor plan too.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Flora & Fauna Report

We have a copy of the draft flora and fauna report.  Obviously we have protected trees :D  Seems we also have a bower bird nest with blue junk around it and the remote cameras picked up a swamp wallaby at night.  Here is the picture of the guilty looking critter - obviously the gate isn't working well and we still have uninvited visitors on the block ;)


Sunday, March 08, 2015

The chestnut trees

I have been working a lot on the chestnut area of the property.  The chestnuts have had a good prune so they aren't touching the grass anymore.  They hadn't been pruned at all and where they met the grass was full of blackberry and rotting leaves.  I will wait until I can clear up the mess to show you what a change it makes but here is a before picture with the latest toy - a massive trampoline.

It seems to be coming into chestnut season too.  They are beautiful and red brown.



New gates to Noginson Manor

We got our hands on some old steel gates (many thanks to Mark).  After lots of sanding, cutting, welding (many thanks Scott), painting and digging I finally got them hung.  Very pleased that they are level and meet in the middle.  Just need to clad them with something now.  Perfect fit :D

BTW Noginson Manor is just a working title and the creative team, Bianca, will get to it in her own time.

 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Pizza oven(s)

A few people have expressed concerns, rightly so, that they couldn't see a pizza oven on the plans. Well the architect was more interested in roof lines, pfff, than pizza ovens D:

I do have a two ovens in mind though.  One is internal via a masonry heater oven which we will hopefully use for daily bread and maybe pizza.  So when you look at the 3D model and see that column of brick in the main living area that would be slow combustion fire, thermal mass and winter oven.



The other will be on the south facing deck so its sheltered.  The glass doors from the dinning room area will access that sheltered deck.

So don't worry the house is actually designed around pizza ovens :D


Monday, March 02, 2015

BIG meeting with Architect

Things are starting to get serious. We own the land and we have the first real images of the new house design. These are still early designs and the model is done in SketchUp. They will be a bit confusing unless they are explained, and they have already changed, but I have attached a couple of pics below.

A rough estimate is a month until we can submit the Development Application (DA) to the Blue Mountains City Council. There is a lot of work to do so lets see how we go. 

We are really glad we have a great architect to help us on this journey.




Death of a map

We are entering a new phase of our lives and want to blog about our new house build.  So the big interactive map is going.  Here is a screenshot for those that don't know about the big trip we did.  We have lots of lovely posts and pictures from the trip on this blog which you can read if you want by starting here Aug 2006.



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Attack of the giant vegetables

When it rains, it pours ... vegetables. After considerable effort and investment to get our vege patch up to scratch, it is now paying us back with mountains of zucchini (courgette), cucumbers, peas, beans, lettuce, carrots and is just now delivering the first tomatoes.

The kids love picking and snacking on snow peas and raspberries straight from the garden and are even taken with the novelty of eating raw carrot with the big bushy tops still attached.

The zucchini plants have been ridiculously prolific and despite my best efforts to pick them (and give them away), occasionally a few sneak through and go gangbusters. These three enormous marrows are the result of our week away on holiday. No idea what I'm going to do with them but as the family is well sick of zucchini, I think I'll have to hide them in muffins and loaves and fritters.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nina's 3rd birthday

Nina's 3rd birthday by Bianca Nogrady
Nina's 3rd birthday, a photo by Bianca Nogrady on Flickr.

Hard to believe but three years have passed since Phil and I were handed an utterly gorgeous little bundle of squirm called Nina and took our first tentative and terrified steps as parents.
In an appropriate fashion - namely in a house packed to the rafters with toddlers, babies and parents - we celebrated Nina's third birthday this week. Her party was one to remember ... our ears are still ringing after nearly 20 kids and 20 adults somehow managed to cram into our house.
Nina was showered with presents and rather enjoyed being the centre of attention when her Elmer the Patchwork Elephant cake was brought out and everyone sang 'Happy Birthday'.
It was a wonderful day, and a fitting salute to this beautiful, hilarious, precocious, cheeky , loving little girl.