The timber framed carport is taking shape. It instantly balanced the left hand side of the house, which had looked very bare until now. We have echoed the front stucco columns in the design of the carport, and it will have a very low pitched metal roof. We wanted to avoid a gabled roof (which was Council's preference) as it wouldn't have looked right on our Californian bungalow. The builders also replaced our rotten front window planter box, and made a new one to match on the new window, which is also getting a tiled window hood.
The carport will prevent any big trucks from getting down the side, which means the back yard is also getting close to being finished. There is a set of external steps to go down that side off the deck, so they will be the last bit of 'building' work.
The herringbone oak flooring was installed this week. The colour really warms up the room, and the pattern adds a lot of character. It's a nice contrast to the very contemporary grey doors. The skirting boards are yet to be done, which will finish off the edges but we are thrilled with it so far. It looks like it will hide dirt so well that we'll only need to sweep it every 12 months or so, haha.
Out the back the pool surround slab was poured. Previously the pool stuck out a foot (so you had to step up onto the edge and then down into the pool). We have raised the surround height which has modernised it and now our retro 1970s pool looks like it was designed this century. The slab, which is getting tiled, will also make for a perfect spot for some summer afternoon lounging.