In 1990 we built the first and only house that we have ever had built! It was our third residence as a married couple. When first married in 1985, we lived in (rented) a unit while we saved for our first house. The second place we lived in was the first house we bought and 3 years later – sold! We lived with my parents while our next house (third residence) was built. We now live in our fourth residence!
Back to our third residence and first and only ever house that we built! We were in quite a state of shock when our block was first cut. What was a gentle slope had then became a block of land which was more below road level than we were expecting and would have a much steeper driveway than expected! However, there was nothing to be done so we soon got used to the idea!
Our land after being cut
(the grassed area in the foreground is the block behind us)
The building process took much longer than expected due to months and months of rain! As you can see in the photograph below, the holes dug for the foundations filled with water!
We were overjoyed when finally the foundations got done!
As you can see, it was a classic L-shaped low-set brick home which was typical of the time. In actual fact, our house was considered a pretty big house! Sadly, 17 years later it didn’t seem quite so big when we had one tween and two teens and not enough room or storage space!
It was pretty exciting when the framework went up!
Ok – don’t laugh. This is me. I had short dark hair in 1990 and it is a little wind blown. I was wearing my Ken Done top. It was very on trend at the time! 😉 I was happy and excited! Doesn’t look it in the photo though does it!
The glass windows and doors going in was SO exciting! Look at all the mud and mess – ugh!
Walls! ….and mud….and mess… Oh look – you can see the bath in the bathroom because the wall isn’t finished!
A roof! Oh that IS going to be a steep driveway isn’t it!
It starts to resemble a home on the inside…!!
Brickwork happens! …and more mud…more mess!
And through the miracle of time … and lots of work … VOILA!
The photo below does not give an accurate representation of the brick colour!
Told you the driveway would be steep! We got used to it though and it never was a problem.
I loved our stained glass front door. Such a shame cameras and photography ability back in 1990 were not very good!!
This was our bedroom (complete with ensuite and walk-in-robe). OMG how my taste has changed since then! At the time I absolutely LOVED the Sheridan bedspread & curtain set that you see there. It was in pinks and blues and greens – a little floral number – very pretty. The photo does not do it justice!
And what 1990 home would be complete without a peach/apricot bathroom! This was the main bathroom. Our ensuite was in white and grey. 🙂
All the photo’s in this post are from during the building process or just after moving in. When we left this house 17 years later, many things had changed as the times, and my taste changed. The front and back gardens were very established when we left in 2007 and we had a gorgeous and huge paved and roofed pergola area at the back of the house.
Even though the house became too small for us, I miss it. It wasn’t someone elses’s house that we bought. It was our home from the day dot. We invested so much of ourselves in it. Where we live now is lovely and a much bigger house with loads of storage, a pool and even ducted aircon. It’s our new home, but it doesn’t feel as much our home as that house that we built did.
Linking up with With Some Grace’s – #FYBF
and The Camera Chronicle’s – Flashback Friday
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