Tuesday, 19 August 2014

More boards on the back

So last night after wok, Dave did more work on the back wall. See, more weatherboards.
 Isn't he a good lad!

And I just finished painting the cut edges of a bunch more so he can go ahead and put them on tonight.

Also finished the 5th and final coat of paint on the first highlight window to be install on the weekend.

Not that anyone reading this would care, but I am very happy to see that out road has partially been asphalted today. Not the part outside our house but part none the less. You ripper!

Today I rang up two companies to get quotes for our heating and cooling. DaleAir and ColdFlow. They are coming next week.


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Home show and weekend work

Another winter weekend has come and gone. This one was quite productive for a change.

It started on Friday night (when most weekends do hahaha...) when we tripped off to the Herald Sun Home Show at the Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. We scored two free tickets thanks to the Home One forum. Thanks guys!!!

With the kids being looked after by Nan we were free to wander the aisles in peace. The best part is trying the sneak the lollies from the bowls on the stands without them seeing. Dave will distract them with a question about the product and I swoop in for the lollies. No good ones this time, unlike the chocolate bars we swiped last time.

But we did see some good stalls. When we first walked in we saw the Rinnai gals log fires which looked great I must say. Sadly they didn't have any Lopi on show.
Rinnai Gas log fires
 There were some nice engineered wood floors (not that we want that but they looked nice but feel fake to us). We are on the hunt for real hardwood floors.
 Dave dreaming about installing a spa one day.
 Then there is this mod from down in Geelong that does stone walls. We were initially told a few years ago, that they use real stone. The guy there told us, no, it is moulded concrete. So we are not so keen now. We will have to see what our other options are.

 Then a bathroom group had this cool tile on the wall that looks like floorboards. I am very keen for something like that on our ensuite floor. I am not at tile person. I much prefer a natural environment. So a tile that looks like wood could work.

We did get some other work done on the house though. Same old, same old. Weatherboards. We got the east side almost all done, and the north side about 1/3 done.
Dave putting the boards up

Pretty much all done

You can just see the board going on the bottom left

North wall under way
Other than that, I was painting windows. The two smaller south facing windows are done and needed screwing back together (we had to buy new screws because I stuffed some of them trying to get the out).

I started on the highlight windows and aim to get it painted and installed on the weekend. Hooray!
Spent about 1 hour just dismantling the window.
So much work to be done, so little time. I started getting excited thinking about plastering yesterday. That will be a time to celebrate.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

I think I've found my gas log fire

Let me start by saying that I am the worst decision maker ever! It took me many many months to decide to paint our house yellow. But once I saw the house colour I liked, I knew it was perfect.

The same thing may have just happened with my gas log fire decision. I know, because each time I think about the fireplace I like, I get a little bit giddy and want to do a bit of a happy dance. (I may have just done another one!!)

Do you like it?

Image from Lopi
 The brand is Lopi (pronounced "low pie" apparently; after a weird look from the sales lady when I said "Lo pee"). Until this week I had never even heard of them. Fellow blogger, Johanne, from House by the water pointed me to her blog about her experience looking for the right fireplace. She was talking about these Lopis and I had to go investigate. They are an American brand with over 30 years behind them.

What I like about them is that the viewing window is much larger. You can choose the way it looks too.

And choose many options for the surround too. Great, more options and more decision.
That said I like the driftwood one with the black background best.

The man that I talked to at Gas Central in Williamstown (who was super helpful by the way) said that quality and performance wise, they are on are on par with the Jetmaster Heat n Glo. However, he said they are about 10% cheaper. Bonus!

One other thing that I really liked about them was that they are the only one that you can use without electricity. So if there is a blackout, we can light the pilot light and still have some heat and light. How cosy does that sound!!

The star rating isn't as good as the Archer but the after sales support is much better (he said Archer are very poor in customer service when things go wrong). He said if we are after the best heating, Archer are best but if that isn't as important as the look then go for Lopi.

Here are some other styles from Pinterest.
Lopi Gas Fireplace

Lopi Gas Fireplace
Lopi Gas Fireplace
I likey!