Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Houses That A-M Built


'Lucky Pen'

Bit beside myself. I bought a block of land. Deceased estate. Signed the contract the day before yesterday.... with the agent's lucky pen. I could feel it in my waters that it was going to be mine.... but I still used the pen... so as not to offend the nice agent. He was very nice. Nice manners.

So, I am going to try my hand at a subdivision and build 2 beautiful houses side by side. There is a house on the block at the moment. I think I am going to polarise my blog readers when I eventually publish a photo of it as, despite it being post war, it is sort of really lovely.... in it's own way. It's not timber, it's stucco and brick.... so it's going to have to be a noisy, scary demolition.....no warm and fuzzy recycling story this time around I'm afraid. I will make a promise to the neighbours that I will replace it with something much much better.

At this stage, I am not going to get ahead of myself.... which is extremely easy to do when you have a blank canvas sitting there in all it's beauty! Step by step. I'm in discussions with a town planner at the moment, during the contract due diligence stage, as I wish to reconfigure the current subdivision to enable the best street elevations and city views for both houses. So I am changing a 2 lot, into a 2 lot, if that makes sense.... from long and skinny blocks to square blocks... with wider frontages. I'll get the terminology right eventually. I built the last place on 'thingys' and 'whatsits' so I know that people do eventually get what I am talking about.

I'm really, really going to need your help. Lots of advice. Just like last time. Remember? You helped me build that place. I can't do it on my own. So how about it? Are you in?

Might have to change the name of my bloggy?
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PS And in other exciting news, I had the most delightful day yesterday! Taubmans flew me to Sydney so I could take part in the Taubmans Great Colour Debate. I will tell you all about it tomorrow as I have to rush out the door this morning. Lots to do! Kid's to deliver at school, town planner meeting and filthy shed chores. The glamour.

86 comments:

  1. Congratulations A-M! The news that there is not only going to be another house but another two houses, absolutely made my morning!

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  2. Yay for you! I'm sure that whatever you build will be fabulous and you will have lots of wonderful help. xx

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  3. It's always so wonderful to see someone who's so clearly following the advice she gives: "Be Fearless!" I admire you for all the life you've faced head-on this year. You go, girl! ;)

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  4. Congratulations, wonderful news. What an adventure we will get to follow

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  5. Congratulations! That's a big step but you will ace it. I will be eagerly watching the process :)

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  6. Congratulations on your very exciting purchase!

    I'm sure your next set of plans will be as equally stunning as your last gorgeous home! You have inspired many.

    I can not tell you the amount of times your homes photos pop up in clients inspiration photos for their new homes! Looking forward to sharing your next build project, times by two!

    Have a great day.
    x Jode

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  7. Congratulations! Can't wait to read about your new build! Xx

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  8. Hooray!!! Crack open the champagne - it's time to celebrate.

    I'm so pleased for you, how very very exciting. I can't wait to watch it grow.

    Big smiles.
    Cathy

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  9. So exciting, A-M! Squee! (yes, again!)

    x

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  10. Squeal!!! Woo-HOO!! I'm so excited for you:) That is just awesome! So will you live in one house or are you doing htis to sell them both? Can't wait to go on this journey with you.

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  11. Two houses - yippee! It was definitely worth the wait for double the fun!!! Congratulations and good luck with the Town Planner.

    M
    x

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  12. Thank you everyone for your excitement! Big project but I have to take my own advice and be fearless. I am going to do this. A-M xx

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  13. How exciting! Congratulations. Here in Melbourne (Doncaster area) this subdivision is happeneing all around us. In fact we live in a 3 unit subdivision. I will watch eagerly as I would love to do the same.

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  14. Sell the first house...whichever one goes first? and then reassess my options at that stage. Will definitely be selling one so we can eat again. I might follow through with my caravan on the school oval threat. A-M xx

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  15. I am sooooo in! I can't wait. Eeeeee!

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  16. Well done A-M how exciting can't wait to follow it all!!

    leexx

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  17. Well done! You see it has just been there all along waiting for you to find it! I am just imagining your excitement at the moment or is it just relief!!!!

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  18. I am so on board. This is going to be fun :-)
    The "houses" that A-M built.

    Congratulations

    PS: Long time blog lover, first time commenter. I just couldn't let this occasion go by without a Congrats.

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  19. So true Jules. I think it is relief as well as a bit of healthy fear.... and some anticipation. I need to convince someone to loan me lots of money first. I will put tenants in while I plan everything so that buys me a bit of time. It's rather feral so I won't get much rent. The boys asked innocently, "are WE going to live in it?" Angels... they would. They'd do anything to help us on our way! A-M xx

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  20. Woo Hoo! Congratulations, finally you found it. Can't wait to follow and see what you create not once but twice - exciting! At least we know the lighting will be a sure thing! ;-)

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  21. At last A-M! Well done - can't wait for the journey to being. ;)Sharyne

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  22. Congratulations A-M, was so worth the wait because this was meant to be. We are all excited to watch the next phases as they unfold and see you work your magic on this new project. Enjoy!!

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  23. What a fabulous occasion, I hope you and your boys are celebrating. You will do an amazing job A-M, Fearless, remember ???? Congratulations Shell - A Darlings Nest

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  24. Congratulations AM. I love to be asked my opinion and give it...so throw the questions at us.

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  25. Hurrah! At LAST! Just like that. Amazing. You quietly slipped the news in. I nearly choked on my muesli. Let the Games begin!

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  26. Hooray!!! How exciting. I cant imagine how happy you must be. So glad it has all come together for you. xx

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  27. Hi A-M,

    We are just going through a similar project in Brisbane and I am really enjoying it. We are just about to start building, but luckily for me my husband is a builder so shouldn't be too stressful. Don't forget if you sign a contract with a builder by 30 April you will eligible for the Booster grant ($20K ($10k each house)).

    Good luck and will be looking on with great interest.

    Cheers
    Melanie

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  28. Congratulations! I started reading your blog about halfway through the last house, it'll be fun to watch from the beginning this time. :) Good luck! I bet the boys are excited :)

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  29. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!! So thrilled for you A-M! I woke up on Jan 1 and said 2012 is going to be a goodie - see I was right! Can't wait to start reading the progress. Will toast you tonight!

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  30. Congratulations That's wonderful news. Looking forward to following the process and seeing all the lovely things you will create.

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  31. Look at you girl! How exciting is that. I'm not sure if I'll be any help, but I sure am going to enjoy watching the plan unfold.

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  32. Oh my gosh! wonderful news, A-M!!
    That feeling of sitting on the edge of your seat all day, making lists, mind working overtime, changing lists, lol, crossing fingers, talking... endless pursuasive talking lololol. Can't wait to read all about it! good luck
    Lisa x

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  33. Congratulations!!! What a champion you are... not only are your designs and advice inspirational but also your attitude to life...Well done!! look forward to following you on this adventure.

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  34. Oh now this will be fantastic reading! Looking forward to seeing what you have in mind this time :)

    Congratulations on your purchase!

    V x

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  35. Fabulous, fabulous news A-M!
    This is most exciting and I can not wait for it all to begin unfolding.

    Happy day!
    x

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  36. So excited for you - and me! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  37. Congratulations A-M. I am a long time reader and I lurve your blog although I hardly ever comment but I just couldn't let today go by without wishing you all the best.

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  38. looking forward to living vicariously through your new builds A-M! I presume you'll live in one and sell the other to wonderful new neighbours? (perhaps someone who doesn't know you as you might get a blog-stalker move in!)
    good luck with it all.

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  39. Checking your blog was the first thing I did this morning when I woke up and was still in bed... I thought I was dreaming!!!

    You and your boys were in my dream last night! I came over to see you and you were in the old house that was on the block before you built The house...

    And then I woke up to you buying an old house! :)))

    Congrats lovely!!! I am so happy for you and look forward to following your new build journey <3

    B

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  40. Great news A-M.
    Hard hat city here we come!
    x

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  41. Congratulations A-M, what exciting news for you and all of us in Bloggy land :)

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  42. Whoop whoo congratulations A.M. so pleased for you & looking forward to following your journey :))) x

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  43. Oh A-M I'm sooooo happy for you. This is what you do BEST! Welll next to raising gorgeous boys, that is. I will look forward to following your new journey. BTW, I know a Town Planner (my brother) in your area if you need another opinion/help.

    Bring it on!

    Jennifer xx

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  44. Congratulations! You have made my day! You are an inspiration to me!

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  45. Congratulations A-M! Can't wait! so exciting!now lets fast forward to the decorating stage! Have a beautiful day xx

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  46. The journey begins...and we will all be pushing you on every step of the way. I'm just about finished mine so will be enjoying yours.

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  47. The journey begins...We will all be behind you pushing you each step of the way. I've just about finished mine so will enjoy yours.

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  48. I am absolutely thrilled A-M, doing a Happy Dance for you! Your own land!

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  49. Yep land! It's a start. Breathe out! A-M xx

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  50. Maybe you should rename your blog to "The Houses that A-M is going to Build". Can't wait to read your progress!!!

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  51. :)great news for you & your sons. Best wishes with the builds. KP

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  52. Congratulations A-M - very much looking forward to watching you weave your magic and create more fantastic homes. I just received my final plans and elevations today for my own renovations here in Brisbane - let the work begin! Good luck!

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  53. Congratulations A-M - very much looking forward to watching you weave your magic and create more fantastic homes. I just received my final plans and elevations today for my own renovations here in Brisbane - let the work begin! Good luck!

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  54. OMG !!!!!!!
    I can just see this mad, pyjama-dressed, crazy-haired woman (moi lol), running to the laptop in the mornings, screaming " out of my way"..........just to read your posts, A-M !!

    This will be just 1 more exciting reason to stay with your journey, A-M.

    Can't wait - woo hoo!!!!!!!!

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  55. Wow! You're having twins! (Fraternal I'm sure. I know they will both be different and both fabulous.) Can't wait to see the plans. You are so brave, I really admire your spirit.

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  56. YAY A-M, all the way from Perth!!

    So pleased for you, can't wait to see the photo evidence of it all happening - you continue to amaze and inspire!

    best wishes to you and the boys

    Christine xo

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  57. Well done, it's been wonderful watching your wonderful journey. Love & gratitude, you only need add a s to go from House to Houses That A-M Builds. I know you'll do a beautiful job. Most exciting is we get to share. Thank you from Jane.OXO.

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  58. Wow congrats A-M!!!!! That's fantastic news, I can't wait to see it all come together!!'
    Jxx

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  59. Oh. My! What heartstopping news! Here's for a smooth process and an equally nice banker to tidy up the money side for you. Real estate can be SUCH a rush! You will be sure to have an eager and loyal following this time around too, me included! I'll even drive over to the Southside to help. Now's that's a big promise!
    Go A-M GO!
    Roz

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  60. That's wonderful news A-M!! Can't wait to share in this journey with you again xx

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  61. Well done! I can't wait to see what you create.

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  62. Just brilliant, Gorgeous. It was meant to be. J x

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  63. That's wonderful news, knew it would be your year! Rachael xx

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  64. Fabulous news. I look forward to reading all about it.

    Sharyn

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  65. Sounds really fantastic - I´m looking forward to everything you´ll show us! :-)

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  66. I have followed your blog for so long and I have never commented. But I will tonight.

    I just want to tell you that i am soooooo excited for you. I am an architect in my previous life and a Brisbane gal now displaced in melbourne. I would love to be doing what you are doing. It takes guts and gumption. Very few people have it.

    I will be following you every step of the way.

    Don't you think tha your blog's name is perfect?
    No need to change it. But i guess you could add an 's' as in 'houses'!

    Well done. You are incredibly inspirational to so many of us who live precariously through you.

    X

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  67. So excited to see how it all unfolds. Congratulations! Fxx

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  68. Strapping myself in right now for the thrilling ride ahead. You're living my dream and maybe one day I'll pluck up the courage inspired by you. Congratulations A-M, and thanks for sharing with us. Pauline

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  69. Wonderful news for you and the boys A-M. Congratulations! You're so clever x

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  70. Congratulations!

    It's always good to get out of a comfort zone.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

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  71. Good things happen to those who wait and A-M you deserve the very best! What fabulous news, for yourself and us your loyal readers. Can't wait to follow your new journey, though I suppose it will take time to get of the ground. Oh well, first step done!!
    Congratulations xx

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  72. Oh my! Awesome news. :) I'm so in!

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  73. Congrats!! That's wonderful news! Can't wait for it all to begin! :)

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  74. Finally!!! Land to call your own again! I know your creative juices are flowing and the excitement is building. Do what you do best...make land into beautiful living space! I can't wait to build along with you.

    XX,
    Andrea

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  75. I'm truly excited for you!!!
    I wasn't around for the building of the last house but can't wait to be a part of this one - or should I say two :)

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  76. Woohoo So super excited for you A-M!!!! I can not wait to see your designs for these 2 new houses!! xx

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  77. Oh i bet you will bring something more wonderful to the neighbourhood. How could you polarise YOUR dedicated readers, we can't save everything, you'll do something sensational, love Posie

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  78. Congratulations A-M!! Have only just started reading your blog, and am about to subdivide/build too! Can't wait to read all about your journey ahead. Karina xx

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  79. This is great news. You will have so much fun along with the construction stress which is just part of the game. Two at once = twice the fun and twice the challenge. Good luck!

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  80. So exciting! Cannot wait to see it all unfold.

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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