Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Favourite Bit

So I suppose now is not the time to get all sentimental is it.... but I have always loved this elevation. It's the South-West one.

I remember this very day.. they had to take the newly installed front bay window out to get the gyprock walls in up onto the top floor. It involved a crane and me cringing and 'carrying on' in the background.

I just didn't want it to look like a boring box from the side. There is a builder in this area who has built San Fran style 3 story homes...they look great from the front with their wooden windows and cute elevations but down the sides... he cheated... cheap aluminium sliders and they're just a total box... a wall with boring windows..... he... that builder... inspired my side elevations. I had his boring boxes in mind when I schemed both sides.... and don't get me started on the back..... it had to look like the pool set from 'Something's Gotta Give'..... and it sort of does..... if you squint your eyes!

When the windows went in, I was so excited I had heart palpitations..... that was after I went around and planted a lipstick kiss on every one of them when they originally arrived on site. Oh, I found the faint outline of one of those lipstick kisses on one of the Great Room windows the other day when I was cleaning them.... a year later! Just caught it in the light.... I almost cried... see a sentimental wreck already. C'mon A-M.

Lots of scheming on my part.... and patience required by my window manufacturers when I was planning the windows.... 4 x 4's or 4 x 1's? ... should the x1's be just on the top floor? Lineaboard guys were lovely. I remember this photo too. They let me stand on the scaffolding and chat to them while they worked.. totally illegal... and loving every minute of it. Got my white card now... so I can hang from the rafters next time... so to speak.....legally!

  Much better with some paint.

Ahhh, gotta love that western sun... hence the big porch!... works a treat! Oh I must get a photo of the pretty little balcony off the laundry on this side. It's balustrade matches the porch balustrade. 

A bit of memory lane stuff for the next week or so? I'll get it all out of my system and then maybe bore you with my study woes...progressed on to metals yesterday.... almost as thrilling as screws.
A-M xx
P.S. Thank you for your support and lovely emails. I got a couple of nasties though...very angry that I am selling and stated that they are never going to read my blog again! Ahh, errr..... it's my life..... it's my story and I will tell it like it is...... and by the way....circumstances change.... there are no rules. Maybe I am too honest? Opening oneself up to blogging does hurt sometimes! Sometimes I ask myself why I am doing this? ... because I have a story to tell. My story. Carry on I say. Next chapter please.

42 comments:

  1. How can any one care if you sell your house? Why would they be mad? I will never understand people. I can only hope that you will share with us your new journey into the next house. I have so enjoyed this one. I would also love to see how you would do it differently this time round. xo, MB

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  2. I´m amazed that anyone think this or that about you selling - it´s yours and yours only decision!

    Anyway; for someone swedish like me, it´s amazing to see this house. We generally don´t have these kind of houses - different building culture I guess. There´s beautiful houses here as well of course, but I highly enjoy looking at this one. :-)

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  3. Wow!!! I just finished a post about why and how I placed my windows in my house, the way I did, when I built it. Five minutes later I come here and see you talking about the same subject! We have construction in our blood!
    Your house is very beautiful, but I am sure you will have the talent to make another creation come to life! Wish you the best!

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  4. Your house is so beautiful and I know there are only greater things in store for you. Don't pay any attention to the ones that are upset you are selling!! They are nuts..it's your life..they should live theirs LOL. sheesh *wink*

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  5. Yeah, those people need a life... These building photos are great.

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  6. My husband and I have had an agreement all the time we have been married - I'll have only one husband, but as many houses as I can! Ah, sometimes I have to leave them, and it hurts - but I know there'll be another one to make more wonderful memories.

    And it's no-one else's business!

    Tricia Rose http://cabinonthewater.blogspot.com

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  7. I found you house for sale online a couple of months ago, I didnt say anything because you hadnt announced it & that was your buisness! Why would people get nasty about you selling ,? You have me curious about that one (maybe it was a shock to them & they need time to let go).
    All the best A-M , I am waiting with bated breath for your next project ! When you have lived in the same house for 15 years (really , that is hard to say) its exciting to see how differently people live.
    Karyn x

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  8. OOO sinegiow I missed the post when you said you were seling but somehow I'm not 100% surprised as you've been talking about "the next house" a bit for teh past few months.

    Best wishes for the new chapter in your families life and I hope you share that adventure with us as well.

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  9. AM, Your blog is my favourite I hope the nice emails outweigh the critical ones. I have loved watching you build and decorate your home and look forward to your next venture and of course the magazine with your article....any clues?

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  10. You've got to be kidding about those nasty emails and people saying they won't read your blog because you are selling. Whose home is it anyway? Whose life is it anyway? Well pardon my french but F'em! I love all your stories, your memories and you. Wherever you move I will follow!

    ~Hugs,
    Megan

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  11. A-M, people are amazing aren't they..and alas not always in a good way. It's astonishing. Anyway enough airplay for them! As I'm a relative latecomer to blogging and your blog I for one can't wait to see what you do next and I love your honesty. It's pure and simple, please don't stop. And as for sentimentality...it's always the right time for that..it means you care. Have fun with the metal study..the mind boggles!

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  12. Oh A-M, there are always nasty fools with no lives who get a kick out of trying to drag others down. I suspect they envy you and your obvious talent for designing, and for you to move on to bigger and better things will just highlight their inadequacies. Now how was that for a bit of completely amateur psychology - I must be chanelling Dr Phil this morning! Forget the negatives, you know for every one of them there are a thousand others (me included) cheering you on.
    K xxx

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  13. Nasty emails? Sounds like a case of the green-eyed monster. It's your beautiful home to do what ever you choose to. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will be a little disappointed to see it disappear from Bloggy Land (having been following through it's many building trials and tribulations), but I am very much looking forward to your next chapter and see what magic you reveal! Your home and blog have been an inspiration to me and to many. Be proud, be very proud!

    My very best wishes to you and your family (and animal family too!). I have recovered from the shock of yesterday's news!!

    Stormy, (waiting patiently for the magazine article!!).

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  14. Your house is beasutiful but I know you know that. And sometimes we have to things when our life changes. I look forward to reading your next step. Always a joy to read your blog, it is the first one I open every day (even at work. shhhhhh!) As for the nasty people out there all you can say is Karma is a bitch!

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  15. Yes, delete, gotta love that comment moderation. Only butterflies and rainbows here! A-M xx

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  16. Amazing.. So many judge you by what they think you have without taking the time to think about perhaps how you might have struggled to get it! I've been called awful names by those that think I am "lucky". How little they know! As for you my dear - I've gotten to know you a little over the past few months and I can honestly say you are one of the most interesting, intelligent, witty and stylish people I have come across. You go girl, take this house with you in your heart and move on to the next very exciting project. Rxx

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  17. yeah no need to give the narrow-minded's attention...

    focus on all the lovely HDG 'I' beams A-M, steel is one of my favourites :)

    julesx

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  18. hi AM, well one thing is you ALWAYS have your wonderful blog and journey of the house that am built. I think its great to look back and personally i try not to get too attached to material things (ie house) but having said that we are having a very hard time of it coming to grips with the thought of selling ours. Again though i have my blog to look back on.
    Cant believe i never found your house on re.com lol !!
    As for the nasties well its pretty unbelievable that people can feel like that as its your life, home, blog!
    Looking forward to the next chapter in your journey. Mel xxx

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  19. Wow, I missed your post yesterday A-M, and I think I'm dizzy from shock and excitement. I want to give you a big hug and say that I'm so excited to follow you on your next house journey I have loved every minute of watching 'The House' being built (I always say to my husband 'you know my favourite blog, the beautiful house in Brisbane...?) well I just can't wait to see what you have instore next.

    I'm sure the next few weeks will be filled with happy, sad, bittersweet times but just know that 99.99% of your faithful readers are 110% behind you and excited for this new start. And boy oh boy I wish I was that lucky buyer :)
    Jxx

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  20. WHAT??? You're selling your house? How did I miss that??? Where to from here AM?

    Thats the thing with houses, they're not forever, even when we want them to be. Things change, people change. Nothing for people to get upset about, as its purely your families decision!

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  21. I'm curious to know how your boys took the news of the sale? Have they become very attached to their home?
    The last 2 homes we built, we only got to spend 1 year in each(due to job changes and moves). I found that once I had my next project in my lap it took my focus off what I was leaving and eased the sense of loss but there was definitely a time for grieving, in a sense. Looking forward to revisiting your home's evolution.
    Angex

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  22. Ahh A-M, this too shall pass! The sad days of thinking about leaving your home, and the nasties who want to try and tell you what you should do with "your" life! Perhaps those who are mad were once forced to leave a home that they loved so their anger is now transferred on to you.

    Whatever the case, stay forward focused and the road ahead will lead you back home to your next wonderful house!

    Kat :)

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  23. Strange how can people get so worked up and annoyed at someone else selling their home - it's YOUR home!! :) I've loved reading every post of the development of your gorgeous home and know I will love every post of your new adventure too. Whoever buys your lovely home is so lucky to have had you put so much love and care into its planning and I hope they appreciate all the attention you paid to details (like all those glorious windows!!) x

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  24. Sorry my dear, but I've tagged you for the little blog game going around. Feel free to sit it out, but I thought it might be relevant to the current topic xx

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  25. Hi A-M. Congrats on the sale - I too spotted your little comment over at Millie's and was wondering - as for nasty comments well I was the brunt of that last week over at my blog about my new kitchen and it lead to a thousand much more positive comments and a new lease on blogging (plus a very waffly post on Friday!) - too many cup half empty souls out there who are jealous of the go getters - can't wait to follow in your next adventure. Leanne - Mrs A in The Cove xx

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  26. Oh A-M all I can say is F'em (pardon the french) but whose life is it yours or theirs??!! I really dont know what some people are thinking these days!!

    Its not for us to tell you what to do with your life!! It is our priviledge that you share your story with us!!!

    I cant wait to see what you build next! xxxxx

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  27. Oh A-M I am so disapointed to hear that people have been sending you nasty messages. I for one am excited to see what life has in store for you next! Good luck with the move. Emma

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  28. Goodness gracious, what is this world coming to! Nasty people indeed. A-M you are blogging royalty. I just love popping in each day for a look see at what is happening.
    Cant wait to hear about your next project and the mag.shoot.

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  29. How outrageous that you got some negative emails - how rude!
    We all do what's best for our families.. keep blogging and chiin up!

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  30. Ah A-M, I take a couple of days away from the blog and look what I miss. Frankly though I knew this was coming and I can't help but be excited for you and your family as you embark on another building adventure. So does that mean that when you move out in June you'll be coming to Canada and building here? :)!

    XO, Andrea

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  31. Hi Am
    Can't believe people actually think they can dictate what you do just because they read your blog. This decision hasn't been easy for you obviously but nobody has the right to tell you what to do.
    Kind Regards
    Karen
    PS I bet they still read your blog

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  32. Wow, I've been away from blog land for a few days and you sell your house! I'm actually shocked, which is weird given I only 'found' your blog a little while ago. I'm so silly, I had visions of all of the Brisbane house bloggers meeting up one day and getting a viewing of the house :-)

    But congrats on selling and onwards and upwards. As we near the end of our project I've also thought of selling and exchanging our equity for something smaller and rural. I'm excited to hear of your new plans for the future.

    Lou from http://tlhtc.blogspot.com/

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  33. Bad emails? Honestly, people never cease to amaze me. I just can't see what there is to be miffed about. Either you are moving on to better yourselves (and good for you) or maybe, just maybe, circumstances have changed. Either way it's no one's business but yours.

    I wish you well in whatever you do next and I, for one, will be happy to vicariously share in the adventure. :)

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  34. Rude emails and comments amaze me. Ultimately, it probably comes down to jealousy of your blog A-M. Losers, all of them!

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  35. I've loved reading all about this beautiful home that you've built, but as you say circumstances change and I can't wait to see what you do next. I'm sure it will be as beautiful, if not more so! Good luck.

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  36. Hi A.M yours was the first blog I had ever read. I have been popping in for a visit almost every day since. You are blogging royalty and I am looking forward to your new venture. It is always difficult leaving a home but onwards and upwards....a new chapter begins. Good luck Kym X

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  37. Chapter II , woow, can't wait to hear and "see" what this next chapter brings you. Do you know if you'll be staying that same area, for the boys and schools? In any case I'm really excited to see what choices you make in this next move. Best best best of luck. Ill be stopping by here where ever you live . Keep those creative juices flowing! Julie in Holland :) ...

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  38. Congrats on the sale! I was a little bit in shock when I read your post yesterday but you so often speak of "the next house" that it was bound to happen sometime. Your house is absolutely stunning and the new owners are very, very lucky!

    I cannot believe that people have left you nasty comments/emails. I mean, seriously, what the hell is wrong with people? Did they want you to post a poll prior to selling so they could have their say??

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  39. It's just a house, like you said. The most important things you will take with you: your hubby and your boys. Oh ... and your blog! :) Keep bloggin! Love it, and good luck with your next journey.

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  40. A-M, sweetie, are you selling your beatiful house?! What happened?!

    xo
    Anette:)

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  41. Why would someone be angry? That is so odd. I mean, it seems like you just got done with it, but that's your decision, and I look forward to seeing what you do with the next one! I secretly want to move to Australia and live in your house, but perhaps in my next life!

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  42. I bet you are going to create some beautiful things in your new home. I hope you will share them with us. You are an inspiration!

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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