Some exciting progress this week inside! The walls and ceilings were insulated, we want to be able to keep the temperature inside as steady as possible, so the wall insulation in addition to the ceilings was a 'must'.
The first sheets of the VJ board ceilings went up. We are using timber strapping to cover the joins and to create a grid pattern, so we're reserving judgment until it is finished and painted.
On the roof, the gable wall timber detail went on (the blue timber) and our solar hot water tubes were installed. The hot water system has a storage cylinder on the ground, and uses the solar collectors to heat the cylinder. It is also gas boosted for when we run out of natural heat, which will mean endless hot showers.
On Friday we had a meeting with the new kitchen designer. The previous cabinetry people weren't going to deliver so the builder moved it to someone else. The new cabinetmaker had a very helpful showroom with lots of examples of things, so the meeting was much quicker the second time around, thankfully. Michael and I left there feeling confident that we are going to get what we want.
We also had to make a final decision on paint colours. We had narrowed our 9 samples from last week down to 2, but weren't ready to commit. There is a house a few streets away that was renovated last year, and we like the colour a lot, so we knocked on the door. The owner was very friendly and showed us the paint that she had used, and we made the decision to copy her colour for our weatherboards. Painting is starting Monday so we won't have to wait too long to find out if that was the right decision!