Bricks and mortar

So pleased to see the brickwork get underway this week! Love the colour! The bricks are PGH Espresso and they’re just what we wanted. They work nicely with the Ironstone Colourbond roof and Surfmist guttering and fascia.

I am so happy the bricklayers started at the front – really helps us to visualise how the completed house will look. The garage door will be dark too – in Ironstone – but once the mortar dries off, the off-white should complement the guttering/fascia nicely and provide a good contrast to the dark bricks and roller door. If the front of the house ends up looking too dark, we’ll use a light render over some of the brickwork to add more contrast.

Photos from today – they’re a little on the dark side as I got there just as the sun was setting.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like a house!

More progress! Bricks were delivered and the roofing scaffold is down. It’s really starting to look like a house now! I haven’t had a chance to drive by this week, but my other half has and he said the wall wrap/sarking is going on and the bricks have been moved around the site, with strategic piles ready for bricklaying. We are hopeful the brickies will start this week, but it all depends on whether they get the house they’re working on this week finished!

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The bricks were delivered late last week

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Looking good now the roofing scaffold is down

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PGH Espresso bricks

Anyone fancy an espresso?

Well, we are one step away from selecting our bricks! Mr Boral Man, as forecast, was as helpful as the Amber Tiles uninformed dude. No list of homes built from Boral bricks, so no soup for you!

We are, therefore, very close to settling on PGH bricks. The two now in contention are Blue Steel Flash (which sound awesome) and Espresso (which sound brown, but are not). Husband is leaning towards Espresso (he does love a coffee) so we are heading out on another drive with the kiddipops tomorrow to check out a few more houses built from PGH Espresso. And then hopefully we’ll have a winner! Here’s a house made from Espresso bricks:

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PGH Espresso

Before that the kids and I will pop down to the old house on the new block and paint a few more colours on the interior walls so we can see what the colours look like in the actual light. We think we’ve found our main interior colour (half-strength Taubman’s Silver Charm), so that’s pretty exciting. It should go nicely with the very dark brown bamboo floors we’re hoping to have through the main part of the house. Honestly, it’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together without a picture 🙂

The other thing we are doing is going through the first set of plans against the concept drawings and our tender documents – the draftsperson missed a few things, so we need to make sure they’re added in now. Once we’ve done that, chosen our external colours/selections, then the next step will be electrical and internal selections. Oh, and the next set of plans!