Walk into Luxury,the ultimate stylish adventure

If, like me, the thought of trekking along some dusty old path in hideous hiking boots, is not your idea of a fun bushwalking adventure, have I got the place for you!

Walk into Luxury offers a luxurious adventure in Western Australia’s beautiful Margaret River region. Experience the Cape to Cape walk in style with amazing views, gourmet food, wine and, of course, exclusive accommodation. You can choose from a private luxury walk, with the option of your own personal tour guide or join in on an exclusive 4 or 8 day small group walk.

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Courtesy of Walk into Luxury

Recently named one of the 9 destinations that every adventurous women must visit 2017 in Vogue, Walk into Luxury should definitely be a priority on your bucket list. The amazing service & the quality to detail is outstanding, not to mention the incredible post walk massage & glass or 2 of red.

The 4 day private tour is the perfect long weekend break away and includes

At only $1990 per person, twin share.

CALL 1300 662 452 or visit http://www.walkintoluxury.com.au for full inclusions and booking information.

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Happy travels xxx

 

 

 

Creating Art, your chance to win

Today I had the pleasure of spending the morning watching local Perth Artist Samantha Prentice of Mural Creations at work designing a beautiful piece for her latest collection, Mandala Beach.

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Samantha’s work has been showcased throughout Perth and regional WA, she has even created an amazing sculpture piece for The Wiggles, which I am extremely jealous of, I have a little bit of a crush on the lovely Captain Feathersword……….. come on mum’s out there, I know I’m not alone on that one!

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I currently have two pieces of art by Mural Creations in my home and I want to give you the opportunity to own one for yourself as well. Today Samantha kindly gifted me a new piece from her latest collection that could be yours to keep.

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Win this Mandala Beach collection piece by Mural Creations

For your chance to win this beautiful artwork all you need to do is head to my Instagram page , find the picture above and follow the prompts. The winner will be randomly choosen on Saturday 26th November at 1pm AEST*

Good luck.

* Conditions apply. Open to Australian residents only.

 

 

The Cost of Building…..the real truth!

Mr Big & I are both 37 years old, but for the purpose of making me feel better and just in case any of my friends read this and work out I’ve been lying to them for years let’s pretend in 33, 33 sounds so much nicer…. I plan on documenting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the real cost of building a house……age has nothing to do with building remember!

The Cost of Land

I stumbled across our block of land when dropping Ms Have’a’chat off at her friends birthday party. 748sqm of prime real estate right by the beach. I jumped online and sent an email to Satterly.
“Good afternoon Ms Prez, thank you for your enquiry, for the bargain price of $420, 000 including fencing and a front landscaping package this beautiful block of land could be yours” Ouch, now to convince Mr Big to spend almost half a mil on a chunk of dirt!
I need to do some research before hitting Mr Big up.
I compare sale prices for the area and find some helpful ammunition information, the block 3 doors down, that is around the same size but is facing the beach, just sold for $680, 000, technically we are getting a bargain I tell Mr Big.
We meet with the Sales Rep from Satterly and put in an offer of $395, 000.
I won’t bore you with the back & forths but in the end they accept our counter offer of $405, 000. We pay the deposit and I promise Mr Big to curb my shoe shopping addiction.

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Stamp Duty on land

I actually have no idea why the hell we have to pay it, im assuming it is so we receive mail to our new address, anyways it cost us $13, 000!!!!!

Cost of the House

Tomorrow im meeting with Glenn from Summit Homes to receive the final costings of the changes I made last week. Mr Big is away at work until Monday.
The costings so far –
1. Summit Custom Design – Display specification
Includes
– 31c ceilings to living, dining, kitchen, scullery, master suite, entry & alfresco
– stacker doors with recessed sill to alfresco
– 1200mm stain grade front door
– stone benches throughout
– waterfall edges to kitchen
– undermount sinks throughout
– overhead cupboards in kitchen and laundry
– undermount rangehood to kitchen
– hobless showers
– flush sliding door to block noise from Ms Have’a’chat & her friends end of the house
– grano with mesh to alfresco
– black drainage grate to alfresco
– hot / cold water and gas to alfresco
– single clear glazed door to laundry

BASE PRICE $ 317, 900.00

Extras –
– recessed ceiling to entry with scaffolding allowance $775
– bi fold panel windows to theatre with stone servery benchtop $9,195
– provide cladding to front elevation $ 6, 492 (we removed one wall of clading last week and added a portico instead)
– add freestanding 1700mm bath $4, 002
– added 1200mm high tiling to wet areas $2, 700
– air conditioning 10 outlets 6 zones $11, 900
– upgrade to three phase power $218
– add carpets to bedrooms, study, activity and theatre $3, 283
– interior wall painting $7, 376 (removed, will get our own painter in after handover)
– rectified porcelain tiles throughout remainder of house $13, 100

Tomorrow I will receive our site works costing, rough guesstimate $16, 000
Add portico cost roughly $10, 000
Extend tiling to alfresco
Im pretty sure I added a few extra items so will update tomorrow.
Glenn also reminded me that he hasn’t applied a discount yet so hopefully that will cover a few of the added extras we want.

Wow, this sure does add up quickly. Not to mention we haven’t even factored in lighting, the pool, window coverings or back landscaping yet and im guessing my dressing room fit out will be pricey as well. Hmmm maybe time for me to get a job!

Update

As promised, here are the updates from my meeting with Glenn today.
Firstly, Mr Big please read! I actually saved us some money today, the extra costings came in cheaper then expected and I managed to not add or upgrade anything, yay me!
Updated costs –
– Enclose bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 WIR’s with door $1, 254
– Upgrade all internal doors to deco 1s doors $2, 247
– Upgrade toilets to back to wall $774
– Upgrade stone to Carrara $1, 500 provision
– Tile alfresco in rectified porcelain tiles to match living areas $3, 410
– Provide 3 x banks of pot drawers to kitchen $ 2, 169
– 2 x Hafele bin drawers for scullery and kitchen $1,146 Each
– Provide full panel glass in lieu of standard to ensuite, bathroom, living & dining windows $635

With the changes we had made last week and by deleting the painting and extra cladding we actually ended up with a credit today of $5, 084.
Then add the Site cost provision of $15, 550
……and we are nudging the 400k for the house already ! Can anyone say “I believe we are seriously close to over capitalising here”
I think Mr Big & I may need to get the red texta out tomorrow night when he comes home.

Once upon a time…….

It all started with the simple words, maybe it’s time to buy another house!……and so our search begins, dozens of home opens and online property searches and still no closer to finding our new dream home, we make the decision to build it!

Having never built before hubby, my Mr Big, gosh he will love this, and I decide to jump in head first, do our research and get going. We start looking at blocks, put together our wish / must have list and tour every known display village in the Perth metro area.

THE BLOCK – we put a deposit down on a fantastic piece of land in The Break at Secret Harbour. The block is 748sqm with a 22m frontage only 4 houses away from the beautiful Secret Harbour beach and we are on our way.

THE HOUSE – Unable to find the exact design we want we head to a Summit Homes display and meet our creative design guru, better known to most as Glenn Williams. Within a few days Glenn sends us a design for our new home and I fall in love, Mr Big simply asks How much does it cost? Thankfully the house is in our budget and after a few adjustments we end up with our soon to be new home.

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We have a total of 383.95 sqm of living space including the alfresco and garage.

So my new obsession begins, never did I think I would be excited by the detail of the perfect cornice design or find myself discussing the placement of a spandrel, little lone know what a spandrel actually is! Little Miss Have’a’chat, our beautiful 8 year old daughter, has become my side kick on our Sunday afternoon ritual of display house visits looking for inspiration ideas and colours for our new house while Mr Big is away working hard to pay for it, bless him.

WISH / MUST HAVE LIST.

1. Single storey, yes I know, why would we only have one storey when we could take advantage of ocean views from a second storey you ask? Well its quite simple, Mr Big & I are lazy and are not fans of walking up and down stairs!

2. In no particular order, open plan living with a seperate area for Miss Have’a’chat & her friends, a large Master Suite, plenty of storage, stone benches through out, waterfall edges to the kitchen island, a scullery, over head cupboards, lots of natural light, high ceilings and spacious bathrooms.

3. I wanted a large dressing room that a Kardashian would be envious of, a deep soaking freestanding bath tub and a seperate area to do my hair & make up. Like most red blooded men Mr Big wanted a huge garage, a theatre room with a huge TV and a great sound system, a large alfresco and techy stuff that does really cool stuff! Miss Have’a’chat wanted pink walls, a four poster bed and a picture of boy band One Direction on her bedroom wall

I hope you enjoying following our journey.