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We're a couple of amateurs owner-building our dream home. Fitting in the finishing touches between work, kids and life. . Queensland, Australia

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It’s been raining for daaaaays which is fabulous for our 1200+ plant babies and my plans of a sleep in. . Guess whose husband thinks he’s a genius for fertilising the lawn last weekend? 🙋🏻‍♀️ He was back out there today rolling out the bumps getting it to the next level. A lawn lovers work is never done. 💚 . #lawn #lawnporn #grass #greengrass #bowlinggreen #fertiliser #roller #flat #rain #plants #garden #growing #soakingwet #lawnfanatics #cylindermower #rainhailorshine #work #weekend #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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This is Wendy. Wendy hangs out in the kids tv room. Oh the stories she could tell! Wendy was named by the same kid who called her chicken Vanessa and who wants to call our future dog Tracey. . #wallart #art #australianart #koala #australia #australianwildlife #decor #interior #interiordecor #lounge #kids #tvroom #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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Potted up the big black beauty. This frangipani was a cutting from hubs grandmothers house and has been completely neglected for about 5 years - getting western sun, watered only from rain and outgrowing the pot. Its shape is so gnarly and unusual. I think (hope) it’s an evergreen frangipani🤞Underplanted with dichondra silver falls which should be nice when it starts to overflow.🌿 . #garden #plants #potplant #planting #outdoors #outdoorliving #alfresco #deck #blackbutt #granite #tiles #granitetiles #black #white #home #frangipani #plumeriaobtusa #dichondra #dichondrasilverfalls #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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I love how much the white and green pop against the black wall....and how much the tv doesn’t pop against the black wall! . #black #white #green #timber #blackwall #monochrome #minimalist #minimalism #simple #indoorplants #indoorplantsdecor #sansevieria #pothos #succulent #plants #greenery #loungeroom #cabinetry #television #tv #tvwall #pop #camoflauge #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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Head down, bum up over here. We finished the mulching last week. The last of the plants were delivered today. Between work, kids, watering plants and life there’s no time to take any photos though! This one is from a couple of weeks back when I blitzed the kitchen. 🖤 . #kitchen #kitchendesign #blackkitchen #interiordesign #modern #design #minimalism #monochrome #blackandwhite #blackcabinetry #islandbench #caesarstone #blacktap #blacksink #pendantlight #polishedconcrete #busy #progress #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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An early start this morning but our apprentice is already on site. The other one is inside watching Grand Designs Australia. Plant spam is imminent because the garden is looking gooooood with fresh mulch! . #garden #gardening #plants #landscape #landscaping #mulch #mulching #bark #barking #planting #watering #trailer #plantfest #apprenticeatwork #kids #childlabour #dirtyfeetat7am #earlystart #morning #getintoit #sunshine #diy #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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And so it continues... Currently researching trellis options for this white wall and planting options for the big pot.🌿 . #garden #gardening #plants #landscape #landscaping #climber #trellis #pot #potplant #alfresco #outdoorliving #tile #granitetile #deck #white #grey #black #timber #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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That’s a wrap! All we have left are: - 30 Rhapis Palms (waiting for them to get bigger before we put them in the ground) - 19 Banksia Birthday Candles (on order, coming in the next week or so) - 4 Jasmine (waiting for us to make the trellis) - lots of pots and trays!! . #garden #gardening #plants #landscape #landscaping #marking #digging #watering #pots #trays #empty #done #finished #milestone #hardwork #diy #progress #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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Current project - planting off the master bedroom. We’ve got about 1050 plants in, which means about 200 to go. My fingers are so rough from scratching around in the dirt that the Touch ID on my phone no longer recognises me 😳🌿 . #garden #gardening #plants #landscape #landscaping #marking #digging #planting #watering #dirt #dirteverywhere #tubestock #castironplant #aspidistraelatior #bromeliad #alcantareaimperialis #rubra #tristaniopsislaurinaluscious #granitetile #granite #tile #outdoorliving #relaxzone #progress #gettingcloser #thefinalchapter #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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We spent all day sorting through the last area of sh*t in the yard. A couple of trips to the dump and a couple of loads of soil on the way back. I had this shaped to perfection then the Tonka truck starts doing circle work 😳😆 . #garden #gardening #landscape #landscaping #cleanup #preparation #readytoplant #dirt #dump #tonka #tonkatruck #dumptruck #kids #play #goodfun #circlework #donuts #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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Just when you think you have no spare time, you buy 1250 plants then have to keep them alive...🤔🌿 . #plants #planting #landscape #garden #maintenance #time #water #irrigation #sprinklers #hoses #everywhere #morning #afternoon #keepthemalive #schedule #indoorplants #pothos #blackwall #timber #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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We were told that lighting a fire in the hole for our grass trees would help them settle in. I’m pretty sure the marshmallows will also help 🤪🔥 . #garden #gardening #plants #landscape #landscaping #gardeningtips #fire #ash #potash #hottip #grasstree #xanthorrhoea #preparation #marshmallows #opportunists #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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I think we got about 650-700 plants in over the 2 days - so we’re more than half way! I’m picking up another couple of hundred plants on Friday and we’ll keep chugging along next weekend. So bloody stoked but also so bloody sore! 💚🌿💪 . #garden #gardening #plants #planting #landscape #landscaping #digging #watering #dirt #tubestock #pots #weekend #diy #plantfest #plantathon #morethanhalfway #nextweekend #progress #milestone #excited #buggered #ownerbuilder #builtbyus

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