Monday, March 8, 2010

Not Really A Monday Nook

France? No. New England? No. Dural. West of Sydney. Ahhhh, 'realestalking'... don't you love it!

 
Same place, different elevation... not too sure about the cubby house... trust an Aussie to 'Aussie it up' a bit!

 
Not a skillion roof line in sight! Skillions - arrrgh - they're popping up everywhere around me - we're surrounded by "lets build a really cheap ugly house, that will be a blight on the landscape forever, so we can make a quick buck". Sigh!

Happy Monday!
A-M xx

Images courtesy www.realestate.com.au

24 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous house! I'd need to replace that cubby with something more suitable though.
    xx

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  2. I dreamt about you last night - we were at a party at your house. I was a show off at your house because I already knew everything about it...hahaha

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  3. With lawns like that, the local lawn bowls club could have a new venue! Cracked up at the cubby house. I like how they've even made the entrance to the garage attractive with the clipped trees. Now we just need to get in the front door....
    Angex

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  4. Right with you on the skillion roof or shed roof as I call them. They really get me down! Rx

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  5. Why spend all the money on a house and then not give the Cubby house a proper grand look? very very strange!
    Lovely house but, glad I'm not the one cleaning it though....

    Rachael

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  6. Hi A-M, this is the house which they filmed that quite un-memorable show 'Beauty and the Geek' last year. I would tune in on occasion to drool over the house. :) And laugh at the contestants - I'll admit it :)
    Janette x

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  7. We know this house quite well as the playing fields of my son's school back on to it. That large building at the rear of the property houses an enormous swimming pool. I think the boys like to take bets as to who is game enough to jump the fence and have a swim on a hot day. No one's been brave enough so far!

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  8. Dural, really, that's amazing!

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  9. what a beauty. I love a bit or realestalking! One is allowed to dream.

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  10. oh my, my hometown next door neighbour suburb growing up! Beautiful bushy area which used to be full of market gardens not that long ago!

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  11. A-M , this is so funny as we used to live on the same road as this home before we moved here!! Our home certainly did NOT look like that, but we know it well! Small world indeed :) ~ Tina x

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  12. Bwahahaha - 'Aussie it up a bit' with a cubby house! Bet that didn't make it onto the TV screens during Beauty and the Geek.

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  13. PS. I don't mind a skillion roof line. VERY good for passive solar energy efficiency when orientated correctly/good cross ventialtion etc.

    There must be a balance between aesthetics and environment somewhere. Surely? I'm certainly no greenie, and I LOVE eye candy (the reason I read your blog), so I'm very interested in your opinion. Would you make ANY exceptions for the poor ol' skillion?

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  14. Penny, I suppose I am down on the skillion due to the cheap horrid boxes with skillions (but with no eaves... how is that green?) being constructed next to beautiful old character Queenslanders all throughout Brisbane... no consideration of streetscape at all...... thanks to a city council that does not support consistency, has different character and demolition rules for each street! and I suppose that can be bought by developers at the right price. I am in a character code pocket that ends at my back fence. I had very strict rules to abide by with the design of my home in order to comply with the code but the poor old gracious Queendslanders in the next street to me have tin shed boxes being constructed next to them. I believe the skillion is destroying the character of my once beautiful city. Driving down the streets of Hawthorne, I could weep. Queenslander then 'box with skillion, Queenslander then 'blue board covered tin shed with skillion, little cottage, then triangular, no, octagonal? attempt at some architectural statement with poles sticking out of it, then gorgeous sprawlng Queenslander.. what????...just horrid. A-M xx

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  15. oh yes, I'd live there in a hearbeat, with my maids and butler!

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  16. had a laugh about the cubby, so true!

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  17. I thoroughly agree on the skillion debate - mostly they're chosen as a cheap option and often not as well-considered as they should be. They can work but I don't think it's in the older, established suburbs.
    Kerri x

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  18. Holy Guacamole look at that house.Right out of my dreams!!!!!!! ;) Simply Wonderful.....if I lived near tis "mansion" I´d walk by every day and enjoy the eye-candy that this is!!!!!!Very elegant!! :)

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  19. That is quite a house!! And yes the cubby house seems a bit out of place.

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  20. Thanks for your reply AM. And I agree, the no eaves is a problem when talking building with energy efficiency in mind.

    Personally, I'm stuck in a bit of a quandry at the moment. Almost ready to build on our large sloping block with north facing views. Build something like this

    http://houseplans.designsdirect.com/home-plan-details.asp?PlanNum=6109

    or this

    http://www.solarsolutionsdesign.com.au/gallery/r_14.html ?

    Question for you... Can the first option be as energy efficient as the second? In my mind, compromises would have to be made.

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  21. Hi Penny and A-M,
    And thanks Penny for sticking up for us "skillion roof lovers"! I too am no expert and we are about to embark on the journey of building a new house as well, but its skillion all the way for us, baby! I know I will receive some backlash for this but in my opinion, your first house says North American but the second says Australian. I truly believe that we all need to incorporate as many energy efficient / sustainable / environmentally friendly design principles as we can when designing a reno or new build.
    By the way, I am a massive Peter Stutchbury fan, so for all you skillion lovers out there, here's some eye candy http://www.peterstutchbury.com.au/
    Sorry for the long winded rant!
    Mel

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  22. Aw, cubby houses aren't an Australian invention. I think its lovely they accommodate their littlies.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx