Now for the fireplace. Well it's gas, with a remote control, so we can just point and shoot, to get it started. With our current climate, we'll probably get to use it for one week out of fifty two, each year! What a week that will be ... "gather 'round friends and family, it's fireplace week". At least it will look good.
We are tiling it, from top to bottom in a stone tile ( no traditional mantle) .... hard to describe... didn't take a photo of the stone sample I carried around in my car boot for weeks, before I had to hand it back! The stone tile had to be light weight or else the floor would have given way (we need 10 square metres of it). It's not going to be a traditional stone look though, more coastal, casual, 'Queenslander-ish'. As we fit this place out, you will see that I have included modern elements in amongst traditional features. We are, after all, a rather laid back, casual bunch up here in the Sunshine State. OK, back to the stone.... varying sizes of rough edged, stone squares and rectangles, in beige and grey and "beigey-grey'... how technical can one get! The hearth will be a 'beigey-grey' slab of caesar stone. It will take the tone of the Great Room down one casual notch ... so mixed in with an elegant piano and some elegant Baroque 'greyish' oak armchairs, it should be a quite a nice mix.
On site today: not much is happening, except painting. I sure hope more than one painter turns up. I am almost tempted to turn up in my overalls, brush in hand. Lloydy, 'pool master', is due to make an appearance, to do the pool coping tiling. He has been waiting for the concrete tile bed, around the edge of the pool, to set. They had problems with the first batch setting so it had to be all ripped up and done again. Dominique will finish off the side decks and start on the random stone paving, later on this week. As soon as the landscapers have finished using the back lawn area for a work site, we will lay the turf.
It's just a waiting game now. Waiting for paint, waiting for the tilers, waiting for the plumbers, then waiting for the electricians. Gives me some time now to scheme the interiors.