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The Journey of building our forever home in Melbourne, Victoria

The Journey of building our forever home in Melbourne, Victoria

Modern Farmhouse Garage - we have approval!

After around 7 months we finally had approval for our shed yesterday that will be built in our backyard.  Hopefully work should commence in the next 3-4 weeks and I will document our progress on how I turn a 12 x 8 metre colourbond shed into something a little more 'Modern Farmhouse style'

As this sheds faces towards the back of the house and will be seen from all the back windows  -  it was important to design this space in a way that complements the house. What hubby chooses to do inside it is completely up to him - as long as the outside looks pretty then I'm happy  :)

We have chosen colours similar to the main house and it will feature panelled garage doors with highlight windows and gorgeous barn style lights. The second driveway will then finally be levelled and a soft beige gravel will be used. Ladscaping can then be finally finished on this bottom section

Its been difficult to find inspiration on modern farmhouse style garages - the Americans do them so well but here in Australia its much harder to find suppliers to get this style while staying within budget.

Wish us luck - I think I have missed this design/build stage so looking forward to this project!

Below is just a rough example of our shed plan - doors will be a panelled door and the front of the shed will be clad with a product that is a steel but has a weatherboard look to it.



Down the track I am hoping to extend paving to the side ( near the side door) and have a fire pit, raised garden beds etc


Garage doors will be similar to these 
Black barn lights similar to these will be used



Our house featured

Our house featured over on the Stylish Livable Spaces blog recently which you can view and read the article HERE   All images supplied by Louise Treacy Photography

Angie from Stylish Livable Spaces is responsible for our gorgeous exterior and interior colour scheme. I worked with her on getting the exterior colours just right and she was wonderful to work with - I can honestly say it was one of the best things we spent during the build!

As we had alot of exterior elements such as the roof, render, weatherboard, posts etc it was great to get an experienced colour consultant on board. The render colour she chose works beautifully and tends to be lighter or darker depending on the weather and the sun's position. The images below were taken on a very rare sunny winters day so render appears quite light.

To view our colour choices please see this post HERE


Front of house - the garden looking very dormant over winter!.


A Little Update

With Christmas now just around the corner and the year almost over I thought it was long overdue for an update!  Working 6 days a week in my studio as a newborn and baby photographer plus 3 children and everything that goes with it time just got away!

On the home front we have now furnished most rooms in the house.  A few months ago we had our original table re sanded and finished and then purchased these gorgeous bentwood chairs below.  The space looks refreshed and suits the kitchen and lounge.

Back in July we also had the house photographed for a magazine. It was super exciting and was great to experience being in front of the camera instead of behind it.  The feature should come out sometime next year so will let you know!


We have also been planning our new country style garage which will be built in our backyard.  The planning stage seems to have taken forever and we are currently still waiting for council approval - could be a while but hoping work will start early next year.

We have designed the garage to be made in the same colour scheme as the house with a shale grey colourbond roof, dune walls with surfmist panel doors with highlight windows.  We are using a different product for the front of the garage so it looks similar to weatherboards but is still a metal.  Once its completed I will then decide on the type of lights but loving the Hampton style lights from Beacon Lighting or The Gooseneck Barn Light from Barn Lights in Australia.

We are purchasing a custom made colourbond garage system which will be 8 metres by 12 and features 2 large garage doors to the front with a side access door.  Hardest thing has been making a colourbond shed into something a little more country style and pleasing to the eye but with a weatherboard profile on the front, 2 panelled doors with highlight windows plus some fabulous lighting it should look good  -fingers crossed!

America is the always the place for fabulous garage doors and lightning but will have to do out best living in Australia with limited options!

Hopefully in the New Year I should be able to document the start of this project  - until then have a fabulous Christmas and New year break x













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