Pinterest: Dream House;

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When I first got Pinterest, I made a board labelled “Dream Home”. I was looking over that board today and it made me realise, there’s no such thing as one dream home for me. If I were to construct my dream home, it would be so mismatched and from a financial point of view, wouldn’t sell too well (thanks work for that knowledge).

I love too many eras and styles. I love the classic southern look, the weatherboard look, the indoor/outdoor flow, windows for days and houses that scream comfort.

Over the years, my taste has remained more or less the same but I’m still yet to find some photos of the ONE house I’d settle down in (it’s going to take a LOT to keep me in one place!) For now, I’ll have to describe it with words as best I can: it’ll be small but open, simple and minimal with great use of light. It’ll have more outdoor area than indoor, making the most of every season. I’m not sure which city or even country but all I know is, this is all you’ll see from the road:

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Sixth house in six years;

Please note: This isn’t really my house (if I lived in the U.S, than maybe it could be…)

In April this year, I posted about moving into my 5th house in 5 years and guess what? I’m moving again…..for the 6th time (in about 5 & a half years). Around the last move,  I mentioned I will probably have a mental breakdown if I have to move again but now that the time has come & I’ve managed to throw away a lot of things in July (operation ‘Tidy my life’), I’m not even phased by the move.

If anything, I’m excited! I’ll be living 20 minutes closer to work which means 40 minutes less driving time in the mornings which equals more sleep!! I’ll be moving back to a suburb not far from where I used to live and the house is only a minutes walk from my favourite part of the river. Hellooo evening walks!

The move is looking to be around late August/ early September which is perfect, that’s when I have a week off from uni! Who knew, I would be excited to move again only 4 months later? Definitely not me!

The Safe House

THE SAFE HOUSE

Transformers fans prepare to experience the sting of jealousy. The Safe House is a veritable cement transformer, a home with the capacity to achieve maximum security while affording the ability to open up and transform into more vulnerable states. Architecture firm KWK Promes left no security issue untouched when they designed and constructed the 6,100 sq. ft. fortress. In order to penetrate the Safe House you would need to match all the required security entrance codes. Upon entrance, one would wait in the ‘safety zone’, an area bordered with concrete walls, before being let inside the house. When the home is in its closed state, it is reminiscent of a large concrete Rubik’s Cube. When in its open state, a draw bridge lowers, connecting the home to the indoor swimming pool, movable walls open, mobile shutters come up, and a rolling aluminum gate raises opening the home to an expanse of garden views. The entire home transforms with built in electronic engines, which means the house opens and closes with the touch of a button!

Now, where can I get one of these and how much will it cost me? I know I’m aiming big here but that house is pure genius.

Nearly finished

Our house is nearly finished! It’s been 15 months in the making & we finally got the keys from the builder this weekend. Now all that needs to be done is the carpet, timber floors, curtains and the landscaping. Nearly there! Here’s some photos I got yesterday:

The master ensuite

The master bedroom

The second bathroom

The kitchen!

Meals and living area looking out to the park

Our house is the one with the red tiles. Speaking from a valuing perspective, I think our house definitely has more street appeal than the ones next door.

Can’t wait to see the finished product!

Finally seeing changes

We got some news recently that the builders have FINALLY received the building licence from the council to build our house…3 months after they said they did :/ I went down there today and got super excited as soon as I saw the changes..

Before:

After:

The view from the living room..

And the front of the house..

I was all excited about moving and decorating the new place but now that I have a new job that is 2 minutes drive from our current house, I’m not too keen to move! Talk about timing.

Room with a view

This morning, W & I went and looked at a block of land on the river for work. The land itself is worth 3.6 million dollars and the house that’s getting built is another 2.5 million dollars. It’s going to be a glass house, one side loooking onto this river.

What a view! I guess you can look at this in two ways- you either get jealous of what people have or you use it as a motivation to try better. I know I’m the latter.

Saving space

I think this is a fantastic idea. I’m the kind of person that can never have enough draws. Well I used to be but for the past few years, we’ve been in between houses so I never really bothered unpacking. At the moment, if you walk into my living room (aka my second room), it looks like world war III. There is stuff EVERYWHERE.

C’mon end of 2011, I want to design my dream room already!