While the back of the house curves beautifully ...
... the view from the front, with the studio popping up doesn't give any hint of what lies beyond
I promised pictures and here they are ...
The curvy steel beams are in place and they look amazing!
Our bedroom is the room stretching across the back of the house ... high in the sky.
The house has such a lyrical feel to it. James is delighted with his creation and I'm constantly surprised at how the lines on butterpaper translate into reality.
When I saw the house this week ... it took my breath away. More beautiful than I expected.
I don't know how he did it but Ben hoisted those roof beams into place by himself. Alfredo told me "Ben work like animal this week. I give him a beer when he knock off. I give him 2 !"
Melbourne got a huge dump of rain yesterday. We copped everything actually - rain, a bit of hail, freezing winds and a return to winter for at least 24 hours!
The rain was very welcome! Our garden was in desperate need of a good soaking cause the summer fruit is on the way. We've got fruit salad in the making! White nectarines (above), apricots and pink lady apples below.
There's more to see every time we visit our house. This week Ben has been working on the first floor - continuing to frame the upper floor rooms ie - our bedroom, bathroom, toilet and the studio.
In this picture (above) have a look at the main beam. This will be a wall of opaque glass - separating our bedroom from the en suite bathroom. Uber groovy baby!
James says it's possible the new roof over this back section will go on next week and the final upper floor structure will be installed. Bring on the stairs so I can have a look.
We dropped in to see Pina and Alfredo this morning for a quick hi and a coffee .... we left about 3 hours later after being plied with pasta (primo), chicken (secondi), vino (homemade by Alfedo - too sweet he says. Grapes very dry from the drought!) ... and yes, coffee and Italian biscuits.
We ventured into the back garden ... Don't you love every container filled with lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, chilli, celery, endive, onions ... the makings of many, many meals in summer.
Don't forget the grapes ... the vines look good and fruit plentiful. Alfredo will net this soon too keep the fruit bats and the birds away. He's gotta protect next year's vino!
I couldn't resist these pics to show off these amazing roses from Janice's garden at Merricks. Check out the form guide for the Melbourne cup ... and the cuppa tea was replaced quite quickly with champers.
Each of these roses is from a different bush. The garden at Merricks is in its full spring glory.
We were away for the weekend and lit the BBQ. What a delightfully retro thing to do in this age of instant 'ding' from the microwave. The flames leapt high while we downed a cold beer ... and the coals were perfect when we threw on the chops along with some fresh rosemary
The result was ... WOW! Smokey, delicious, pink and juicy. Teamed with a simple salad ... a glass of red ... an easy meal at the beach.
We loved it so much it's firmed our resolve to build a wood barbie, as well as wood fired oven in our garden. Ben says he'll help. Phew!!!
Roll on summer!
Yep ... it's all coming together. I can easily look beyond the steel, cement and raw timber to see how our living room, dining room and kitchen will be, in reality. The space flows beautifully.
The change in the floor and ceiling height between the dining and living room will add to the spaciousness in this back area of the house.
This pic shows where the stairs will connect the dining room with the sunken living room ..
Some real excitement when we visited the house today ... the ceiling is going in over the kitchen/dining room .... and even more exciting because that means the floor is being created for the upper floor where our bedroom will be.
I haven't been "upstairs" yet ... but Ben reckons the views are awesome ! He's a lot better than scaling the scaffolding than me. I might wait for the proper stairs I think ...