One of the challenges with building is that it takes an inordinate amount of patience. For a long time it feels like nothing is happening as you wait for Council to finally open your file and take a look at your planning application. Often there will be a number of “Requests for Information” (RFI’s) which ask you to review and amend things that push the boundaries of the local planning code. Add to that the complexities of navigating a Heritage Overlay and time simply seems to stand still.
For Barry House two rounds of RFI’s resulted in a scaling back of our internal atrium as the local Heritage advisor would not approve skylights in the existing tin roof. Sigh…. We also wanted a taller fence for privacy and noise reduction which was knocked back by Council. So now we’ll have to get funky with some hedging plants instead.
We find ourselves now almost on the downhill run to achieving our permit. We have the neighbourhood advertising underway and hope that our new community finds our restoration an appealing option and one which adds value (rather than detracts).
What kind of things are we doing whilst we are waiting?
As we get closer to having our permit in hand we are also finalising the design components that inform our project budget. This has meant a lot of exchanges of text, email and Pinterest Boards to create our internal ‘aesthetic’ and determine our choice of finishing’s. We have stepped out of builder mode and handed over the reins to our expert in-house designer Anita Sweeney (https://www.buildingevolution.com.au/about.html) Anita has expertly navigated by our needs and wants, creating designs which blow our mind and introduce materials and finishes we’ve never seen or thought of before. Traversing the fine line between our wish list (big) and our budget (small) we are in awe of what has been achieved. With Anita’s superpower in storage maximisation and family functionality we are confident our Kitchen is an award winner in the making.