Kitchen bench features reclaimed timber top and slats
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Number 2 interior almost done

With cladding getting all the attention lately, I thought it would be worthwhile sharing what’s happened inside the homes.  For this post, let’s look at the number 2 interior.

Last time you saw inside, the brickies and plasterers had just finished the walls and ceilings.

Number 2 interior just after finishing walls and ceilings

Things have moved on.

Number 2 interior is a work in progress.

Wandering into the kitchen highlights there is still work to do.  It’s not major construction, more like the last fiddly bits and pieces.  Cloths and covers protect the finished cabinetry while trades go about this work.  Econstruct Building Solutions put a lot of time and effort into making the kitchen cabinetry so we don’t want to scratch it.

Number 2 interior still covered in drop cloths

Removing the covers reveals the kitchen bench.  Like the first home, the bench features an oiled reclaimed Messmate timber top.

Kitchen bench features reclaimed timber top and slats

The decorative timber design on the base had to be something different from the one in our first home.  David added an eclectic mix of timbers from the old house.  Going to smaller slats and leaning them away from the vertical at the end of the pattern adds a feeling of movement to the pattern.

Messmate shelves add a decorative touch to the study nook.  Just because the study lives in a cupboard doesn’t mean it has to be plain white shelves!

Study nook shelves made from reclaimed Messmate timber

Main bathroom features a curved wall.

The curved board and batten wall next to the front door is a distinctive feature of David’s design.  However, the curved exterior wall did produce a challenge for the number 2 interior. Behind that wall is a shower in the main bathroom.

Curved board and batten wall is a feature of the front entrance

On this build, a challenge is just an opportunity to do something different.  Why not make the curved section in the shower a feature?  Standard tiles weren’t up to the task so Libby bought mosaic tiles from Pavers Plus.  Normally used in swimming pools, the blue mosaic subtly emphasises the curve and gives the bathroom a splash of colour.

Blue mosaic tiles hug the curved wall in the main bathroom

The main bathroom is more conventional, if anything could be called conventional in this home.  A reclaimed Messmate timber vanity stands out against the textured limestone look of the Timbercrete wall and charcoal floor tiles.  Running the floor tiles up the shower wall generates more interest than a standard white wall.

Number 2 interior continues the reclaimed timber vanity and charcoal coloured tile theme from number 1

Bedrooms are almost finished.

One more floor polish and the bedrooms are finished.

Looking inside the main bedroom shows how good the reclaimed 1920s tram depot floorboards look with the sunlight streaming through the clerestory windows.

Sunlight streaming into the main bedroom and highlighting the recycled floorboards

The view through the high windows is stunning with the Swamp Gum canopy framed against the sky.  It’s a pleasure watching the local birds visit the tree.

You’ll have to take my word for the view because I haven’t managed to take a photo that does it justice.

What about number 3?

Next time, I’ll organise a virtual tour inside our third home.

I’m sure people are wondering what is happening inside number 3, based on how the cladding evolved from the first to the third home.


  • Anne Thompson

    April 28, 04 2020 07:50:44

    Great to see your iso time used well. Looking so good.

  • Gillian Cohen

    April 29, 04 2020 08:31:20

    Looking fantastic. Can’t wait to see No. 3.

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