Tuesday, 14 June 2011

A place to read...

There aren't many new homes on the market in our search area this week so I thought I'd start to look at some of the things I'd like to include in our new home. Today I've chosen to look at home libraries... Here are a few that I came across.

I figure that considering we're looking to buy in the mountains that a good home library should include a cosy fire of some description.

I'm a fan of all things green, so it's fitting that the 1st two images use different shades of what I always find a relaxing colour...

I'm also a fan of dark colours so this one appealed to me. I think far too many people worry that a dark colour in a small space will make it appear smaller - If you like it go for it I say - the space is what it is!

The semi industrial look appeals to me... Not sure how many disused warehouse conversions I'd  find in the mountains - would love to get my hands on one if it were on offer!

I think a good library should also be home to great art. Not sure ours will be quite as grand as this one. (Well the cornices and ceiling treatments are a bit grander than what I'm imagining anyway!)

At the end of the day, much like the rest of the house we're aiming for - as long as it has character and is filled with love we'll be happy!

As I look at these images I can imagine being in the mountains on a cold rainy day, much like today - tucked away in the library, hopefully with an open fire crackling...

If you have a favourite pic let me know... I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Images courtesy of beautiful-libraries.com
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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Under Construction!

Being new to the whole blogging thing, this post is just to say if you've stumbled across the site already - stay tuned. I'll post updates of houses we're looking at, things we learn along the way as well as a look back at places we've lived in the numerous properties we've rented over the years.

As an indicator of the properties currently on the market within
our search area this one is for sale for $595000

So... The search has begun and we've narrowed our location down to the Lower Blue Mountains. Living in Sydney we've managed to find ourselves in one of the worlds most over-priced markets but the Blue Mountains keeps us in commuting distance to work and makes the budget side of our task within reach (just!).

Hopefully the start of the blog will also be the start of a six month count down from initial search to home ownership - well, a bank owning a home that we'll pay off at least!

This is the 1st house we inspected... From the outside I thought it had that 'mountain charm' that attracted us to the area. On closer inspection I have to say it was a let down - the interior lacked space and the finishes used throughout the house were a bit on the cheap side to say the least! (Probably explains the $469,000 price tag, which for the area is a bit of a bargain!) It was a fun start to our search though!

This morning I woke up to find a message from a friend saying "Move to the Central Coast - you're doing it all wrong!" So in the interest of humouring him I thought I'd have a look at the properties online there at the moment. If we did move that way it would be around the Brooklyn area. It was there that I found the house pictured above - love it... Shame it's for auction with a reserve that I'm sure would be above our budget!

Back to the mountains and a change of style - the cottage below is another option for the type of house we're looking at. Whatever we end up with it has to have character...