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We are so close to finishing the house now! More painting and some plastering to do outside and bits and pieces still inside but I am so happy with what we managed to do and that we built in less than a year (7 months in fact).......Next house will be smaller though for sure!..........it took me half the day just to do half the houses cleaning (and it wasn’t even that dirty!).........What do you like or hate about living in a “normal” 4 bedroom or large house? Or what do you love about living in a small house? Would love to hear your thoughts????
Finally sorted out our carpet (the flooring saga is coming to an end 🙈), we got the darker one Lana’s feet are on in this photo (it’s not as dark in real life) and also less dark than the carpet we have installed currently which was the wrong carpet (the colour is called “heritage” from the entrend nylon range). So thankful for the help I have had from @choicesflooring and how quickly they came to measure and will be installing it next week! We have also now moved in but we are still awaiting heating to be hooked up (they tried today but it got to dark and cold so didn’t get finished) and it is friggin freezing in canberra atm so I hope it happens soon! (Says he will be back sunday)🤞☃️❄️... hope wherever in the world you are it’s warmer than here 🌸 #buildingwithtofu
So grateful we have our floors finally (the right ones this time!) and even more grateful for the amazing team of family and friends we have had helping us with bits of our house build! This man right here (my father in law) is amazing, he works from 6am-5.30pm weeks days (half of saturday most weekends) and still manages to make time to help us in the nights and spare time on the weekends with our house (and puts up with us living with him too!... did someone say #fullhouse?!).....As we get closer to finishing our it really makes you appreciate all the people in your life, a house is just a house but family is what makes a home. ❤️ #buildingwithtofu #soppypost #grateful
My chaotic kitchen, unpacking is going to be a week long chore I think as is moving all our belongings in slowly by myself (while hubbie attempts to put in our laminate floors himself) - I will be hearing alot of the f word i think 🙈 #buildingwithtofu
Anyone else feel like their dreams are premonitions sometimes? I woke up this morning and told my husband that i dreamt our tile splashbacks were done the wrong way then sure enough hubbie goes to the block takes a photo and it was done sideways herringbone instead of upright 🙆🏼♀️... second photo is when i quickly googled herringbone to send to hubbie to show the tiler 😿the laundry is going to get done the right way but our butlers pantry is going to have to live like this 😓 #ownerbuilderlife #shouldofbeensupervising #toohardwithkids #buildingwithtofu #fail
Progress 🤗... ensuite vanity is on, taps are in, toilets are on, shower heads are in and last but definately not least... my bath is in!!!!! #buildingwithtofu #progressshots #realbuilds
Front peak cladding done (garage one and second peak above this peak still to go though). Still yet have the cladding painted white and the line between the cladding shouldn’t be noticeable once it is......Feel like we are getting closer to calling this place home soon. #buildingwithtofu #hamptonsstylehome #home
We progressed alot yesterday!!! The cabinet maker mounted the vanity on (but will be back to do the stone bench as the stone place accidentally cut a tap hole in when we didn’t need one as we are having wall taps), our handles went on in the kitchen, laundry and in the ensuite as well as the laundry bench tops and sink. Hubbie also put the pendants up in our bedroom where we are having more of a light wood and white look (wood fan to go up soon). Last but not least we have cupboard mirrored doors in the bedrooms 😄... swipe to see it all. #buildingwithtofu .
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Kitchen pendants are up 👌🏻now to get them straight, put bulbs in and get power connected to the house sometime this century ☺️... hope your monday was as exciting as mine 😄 #noseriouslypendantsexciteme #buildingwithtofu #gettingthere #mybabywillbe20beforewemovein
🙌🏻💫🌝Front wall cladding all up, now to just make it all white and get the cladding up on the peaks and the wood under the veranda roof as a ceiling feature! Concreting should start this week for the verandah and drive too yay #itsthelittlethings #buildingwithtofu #hamptonshome
Dirt pile is finally gone from out the front of our garage 👌🏻... big thanks to tysons friends for helping with so much of our build etc. This week on the block (i mean our build) haha sometimes feels like i’m living on the show the block, we are having concrete done around the sides of the house and the drive goes in. Tyson will be finishing the cladding out the front so the house will finally look completed and the painter will be painting inside the house 😍. Move date is likely first weekend of April now which should be on track now as long as we have electricity (don’t even get me started on how hard arranging that has been!) anyway hope you are all having a great monday (and extra long weekend for those in canberra) x #buildingwithtofu #housebuilding #hamptonshome
Sometimes it’s so hard to accept having your photo taken when you care what people think about you alot 🙈... but sometimes its better to capture the moment than to worry about looking your best... this was me with no makeup on, in my casual maxi dress (to hide my mum tum) and with three day old greasy hair (and don’t even get me started on my regrowth). Despite all that I am happy my sis took this photo of me and my then 6 week old Chloe on the weekend as I won’t be getting this time back and this kitchen that is part way finished is all me and a journey to be remembered.... it will be the heart of our home and that’s something worth capturing I think (even if i’m always rushing to the finish line and not fully living in the now). If you take anything away from this post I hope it’s that you should just take the photo, capture the moment and appreciate the now. ❤️
Some lights going on tonight! These were hubbies choice, bit more modern than I would like but he “had to have a say in some things”... maybe one day he will learn whose boss 😜 #buildingwithtofu #realbuilds #buildingahome
Someones excited about the ensuite floors and that it’s almost officially march which means it’s the month we are moving in!!! (If it gets finished in time!) #buildingwithtofu
Thought I might introduce myself since I have had a fair few new followers lately .... so hi 👋 ... my name is steph, these are my two girls and my proudest achievements. Both will be/are being raised vegan. Lana (my three year old) even now says she is vegan to people if asked what she eats but calls it “egan” 🤣....i haven’t fully explained anything to her about it except she knows about “cow milk” and just claims everything she knows she can’t eat has “cow milky in it”🙊... anyway I started this page back when we were renovating our first house and not long after i went vegan (for the animals) after having Lana. It was born purely as a way for me to share things I was doing and things I liked for my home and to show it is possible to decorate your home without using products that harm animals... fast forward a couple years and now I have two little girls, we are onto our second house (a build which we are doing as owner builders) and alot more to come when I finally get to style and decorate our new home next month! I am a shy person but am able to come out of my shell when needed, I am a homebody who loves a good netflix binge session, i’m also a huge movie fan (but since having kids obvs go alot less)... we will actually be having a home theatre in our house as that’s what hubbie does as a job but funnily enough its the one room I don’t get to decorate and will be all him.... which shall be... interesting....also since I was a little girl I have always been interested in home styling, at age 3 i used to move furniture around my room and my parents would wake up with my room fully changed around (including a book shelf 🙈).... we moved house alot and have looked in alot of homes when buying and selling so I would kindof say it’s in my blood as my lovely nan who is no longer with us also moved house quite a bit... anyway If you got this far, welcome! I hope to keep sharing my love of hamptons style homes, cruelty free interiors and bits and pieces of my house as it all comes together. If you want to see things I eat and more of my girls you can also follow my other page @stephdenisez .... anyway I hope you have a nice sunday thanks for reading x
Windows looking 1000% better with frames around them (one on left is the before, one on right is the after.....incase that wasn’t obvious 😆) #buildingwithtofu #windowgoals #favfeature
Tiles may have been put in the wrong room but i’m not sad about it because now it means I get to have these tiles in both the ensuite and the main bathroom.......This wall was meant to be a plain white subway tile but marble is my favourite so i don’t mind that we get to have it as the feature wall in both rooms now! ......If this is the worst thing to happen in our build (other than one window breaking) then i think we are lucky! #buildingwithtofu #buildingahome #hamptonshome
Painting of the render has started, just over a month till we can move in but it still feels so far away when you look at how unfinished the outside is 🙈. It will be just over 5 months of building with my husband as “owner builder” pretty much in his spare time. .
How long did your build take? (I know 5 months is fairly quick but I know alot won’t be done by the time we move in as I want to move in as soon as we have floors down (regardless of the outside being finished or blinds being up lol).
Walk through video of our butlers pantry, kitchen area, dinning, family room, study nook and hallway (plus my little helper who wants to be featured). #buildingwithtofu #onemonthtogo #fitout
Rendering almost finished, can now finish the cladding then paint! I asked to take some photos of Lana at the house and she agreed then asked to take some of me... she tried lol (scroll across to see her master photography skills 🤣) #loveher #buildingwithtofu #kidwithacamera
Render has started!!! Outside of the house may look complete within the next week 🙏🏻 #buildingwithtofu #monthfour #cantwaittomovein
Progress 🙌🏻 sheeting is now done and plastering inside starts this week (and rendering outside). A little helped came to visit her now home too (swipe to last pic), she had to think for a minute which room she wanted #shepickedthemainbedroom #coz #mumanddadsleepthere #sheisacosleeper #and #stage5clinger oh and she also decided she would like her room to have alot of pink, i think that’s a good idea.....
#buildingwithtofu #month4 #hamptonshome
Back doors finally on!!! #lovethem #buildingwithtofu #housebuild
The ultimate bathroom, may need to do some convincing though to get hubby to do floor tiles like these #buildingwithtofu #goals #bathroominspo📷@pinterest
Love our cladding paint colour “whisper white” but man oh man am i dissapointed that our draftsman didn’t think to make our windows bigger (since for some reason our back roof is soooo high in comparison).... if I had of known how to read plans better I would of picked this up 😒... will forever be my regret with this house. I guess it’s a good learning experience. What’s the most regrettable thing you have ever done to your house or build???
Our high ceiling in the living room has me like 😍💕 #buildingwithtofu #halfway #building
In a few short weeks our outside of our house will be complete with cladding and render! So excited the roof is finally done before christmas too (except the sky light)! Love our little #hamptonstylehome so much already. #buildingwithtofu #googong
Nesting our little guest room at the in laws now done ✅ ready to meet baby and then move into our house sometime early next year and setup a full nursery! So many ideas and so little time though i’m afraid will be the case but we will get there one day 🌝
🏠Just like that the roof is on, foam is on and cladding is starting to go on!...... The question is, is hubbie working hard or hardly working? #justkidding #hubbiesalwaysworking #buildingwithtofu
🏠The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire (i mean finally on!) 😝 #yay #alldownhillfromhere #progresshasbeenmade #buildingwithtofu
Some progress is still progress 👍🏻 looking more like a house now, back roof (with high ceiling to be finished tomorrow hopefully) then the roof goes on 🙏🏻 #buildingwithtofu #canimoveinnow #impatient
Roof trusses half up 😍 windows on 🙏🏻 #buildingwithtofu #buildingahouse #progress
We have frames 😍🙌🏻. Our rock retaining wall is almost done as well and windows should be getting delivered today and roof trusses on monday, it’s all happening! Can’t wait to see at least the outside half complete 🙏🏻 #buildingwithtofu #housebuild #googong
Site cut started today 💃🏼.... we may just have a house sometime this century 🙈
🎉🎉🎉I have some exciting news!!! I will be speaking at the earth festival next april in canberra!!!! It is one of Canberra's only #vegan festivals that is all about making earth friendly choices in our lives ❤️. I will be talking about my experience of living through a full house renovation (our kitchen reno pictured here), interior styling for a house sale (the vegan way) and building our house which will be starting soon. The festival is for anyone and everyone is welcome, i went last year and all the food was amazing but i didn't get a chance to listen to any speakers, this year i will be soaking it all in (as well as freaking out about doing my own talk)! Ekkk #introvert. Thank you to all those of you that spend the time reading, liking and commenting on my photos on here, this is a hobby for me but who knows maybe one day it will be my job (or one of many because ya know #mumlife! )🤷🏼♀️ and #toomanyinterests @theearthfestival #buildingwithtofu
Skylights that steal the show 🙌🏻... i managed to convince hubbie to get one sky light in our rumpus area outside the kids rooms, wish we put more in but hoping our high windows in the family/meals area can make up for our lack of skylights in there. @organised_house #housegoals #skylightgoals #buildingwithtofu
Took a sneaky photo of some randoms house just to show hubbie what our windows at the front will look like at our house, not bad - kindof wishing we chose french doors instead (as it's off our main bedroom and will go out onto a verandah) but didn't want to waste the space inside as it would mean we couldnt put anything opposite our bed, plus apparently it's bad feng shui to sleep with your feet facing a door (yes i may believe in that kindof thing) #totallyweirdiknow #buildingwithtofu
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