Saturday, 15 April 2017

New homes and new modern designs

Image via: McCarthy Homes 

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My husband and I love property, especially when we find something we have never seen before.

We were driving through a new area when we saw a village of display homes in the evening. All lit-up to showcase what they offered.

Find what you like and then add it to your home

We did discover something we absolutely love and could even try ourselves. Although, the concept may sound odd the result looked incredible and modern.


I know what you are thinking tiles on the floor sounds ordinary. No, these were black tiles on the outside pillars og the home and the result was incredible. We are not actively looking for a home but I would buy this home purely on its exterior look.

I did wonder about the dust though, so maybe on a dusty day we will see how the tiles hold up. Yet to be honest it was a winning draw card. Who does this? McCarthy homes do this. (Non-affiliate link)

In addition, we saw a steel or aluminium 3-5cm frame around the front entry render of the home. I loved it.

Even with seeing this for the first time, I thought I should find it weird but looking at it was pretty awesome and it "appears" and I use this word loosely that it could be easy to replicate for DIY to your own home.

We are lucky to have two pillars to the entry of our home. I am not sure if we would tile it, may be, however the steel frame would work well with it.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Minimalism in the home

Image via: Homesthetics

My husband and I were looking at house displays and I noticed that there is no clutter. "That's what we need in our house, more storage so everything has a place and there is no clutter," I said.

A few weeks later my husband says, "I think we are minimalists." 

I burst out laughing, "I don't think so." Thinking of the documentary, Minimalism.
(One of our favourite hobbies is to shop!)

Husband: "It's just in those house displays that's how we want our house to look but they have nothing in them, perhaps that's what we want, minimalism?"

It did make me think, the documentary were extreme encounters of people living as minimalists, noting they only spent what they could afford but more than that they only bought what they loved and only had enough of everything.

Where as, we would need storage to hold our clutter. We have a family, so having toys is a necessity. Plus, my hubby has a business from home, again more clutter and then just general living and tiredness from the day to put stuff away properly, equals mess.

However, as with most extremities like minimalism we could take what we want from it. For now, I think what would work is more storage as we have minimal storage, for every day items and uses. Once we have the right storage we could tame the amount of clutter we have and once those storage items are full, for example with toys, we can start de-cluttering.

A clean and tidy space makes more time for spending with the family and doing the things we love to do, then looking at the mess and feeling lost before we even begin!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

A front yard fence to do or not to do?

Image via: Hipages

Thoughts around adding a front yard fence

I have been thinking lately, wouldn't it be great to have a front yard fence?

That way I can utilise the front yard for growing vegetables and fruit and grow fruit trees without the worry of dogs eating it all, or the children losing precious back yard space. Or perhaps even add a swimming pool to the front space!

I had a quick look online and found lovely stone fences and modern cement/rendered fences, now I am sure we could build our own front fence to eliminate pricey labour fees.

In addition, I googled that in our jurisdiction we don't need council approval if we met conditions such as having a fence no higher than two metres etc.

A new fence in the long term doesn't seem such a bad idea.

I also had a drive by in the inner city and most homes had fences at the front to fully utilise their front yard.

Do you think having a front fence adds a layer of security, privacy and simply more better use of space? Add your thoughts below in the comments.