Sonningfield Cottage built by Matclair Constructions. Click on garden gate photo to visit their web site .

Friday, December 9, 2011

In full Summer leaf

Front from Edna Walling Lane 

From Bickleighvale garden gate.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A new cottage table and chairs for us.

As from Saturday night Peter and I will be "empty nesters". Our Timothy is moving into his unit and we are very proud of him, he has worked very hard to get his own home as have our other two sons Matthew and Christopher. Along with his two double bedrooms of belongings Timothy is taking some of our "family" furniture as we are preparing for out move into the cottage in 2012.
Peter and I went for a browse to "The Packing Shed" Antiques at Tyabb and found this round Victorian Cedar dining table with the typical mechanism to tilt the top to store against a wall ...just perfect for our cosy new meals area beside the kitchen. The chairs are a bit older being dated C1860, however they are still well sprung and sturdy. A perfect table for "just the two of us" or four to have a nice afternoon tea chat.
Our large family home "Edenwood" is starting to look a LOT bigger as we remove some of the family size furniture. We have the advantage of two double bedrooms now to enable us to sort through everything in the house, give away and pack items we don't use everyday to start preparing the house for sale.
Meantime the block is looking cool and shady as our giant Oaks are in full leaf. The assortment of birds are chorusing and life is good.        

A lot of progress and the Summer leaves are flourishing.

 Our stonemason, Paul is doing a terrific job and the crew form Matclair have been working hard on the roof shingles.   

Thursday, September 22, 2011

We have windows ...

This is the front corner of the cottage. The bay window is my sewing room window and the next window across still covered in plastic is Peter's study.  

This is the casual meals area off the kitchen and it has windows all round for a very relaxing view of the back garden.

One of the 4 Dormer windows sitting in the attic. 

Peter climbed up to enjoy the view form the attic.  

Mr Darcy the Building Inspector, he gets very excited running around all the rooms.  

Sunday, September 4, 2011

We have half a frame and some stonework.

It is going to be slow progress as the stonemason works on the stone walls.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A cut into our landscape...

This is the only excavation that will be involved in the building of our cottage. The step up you can see is a step that runs across the cottage from the lounge  to the formal dining and from the family room up to the the kitchen. This step is required to reduce any deep excavation into the soil to ensure the protection of our precious tree root zone as is all the fencing to protect our trees.      

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our dream is becoming a reality....


Our Sonningfield Cottage is starting to be built. After 3 plus years of planning and wading through designers, drafts people, Heritage Victoria, Shire Council and builders.

Last week the tree protection zones were erected and the house and carport have been pegged out. Interestingly our boundary fences are out by approx one metre but we will give careful consideration before we move the fences.

It is the middle of Winter so all our precious trees are bare. Unfortunately we have to have large Radiata Pine trees removed to make way for the carport, one of these is dangerous as it has a vast lean in the direction of the cottage. It saddens us to see them go.  

View from our garden path gate at the very front tip of the 1/2 acre.
View from our side driveway gate.