Author: Heidi Morris-Fox

Elf on a Shelf

Since 2014 we have had an elf in the house. In 2014 and 2015 he was called Leonardo. This year he is called Elfie. He is a lot of fun.

The idea is that he appears at night and the kids have to find him in the morning. Then he sits somewhere and watches them all day but they aren’t allowed to touch him or he looses his magic. He then reports back to Santa at night about their behaviour that day.

Here is some of his antics so far:







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Things are progressing

We arrived home to a fence and portaloo. We are told the piering/plumbing/form work and slab should happen this week. Lets hope so as they are a couple of weeks behind.

Allocation of site supervisor

Our file has FINALLY moved out of the pre-construction phase and we now have our site supervisor, Andy.

Here is hoping things progress. Apparently he emails weekly updates – we will see if this actually happens.

Final stages of Pre-Construction

We are nearly there. Authority to commence construction obtained from bank and construction plans signed and returned – now its all in Rawson’s court to get it happening.

They say up to 3 weeks (which is Sept 1) which isnt too far from the August start they have been saying. I will be happy if they start then.

Fingers crossed.


Acoustics have been finialised… $9,500 later. Ouch. Some is because we are choosing to have colourbond roof.

Now compliance plans are being done and then construction certificate issued. Ordering happens and we start.

End of August they say… we will see.

Council Approval

Woohoo we have council approval.

5 weeks and 1 day after lodgement we have approval. Now we have a 5 day wait to see what the variations for council requirements will cost us.

End of August start date is proposed.

Waiting Waiting Waiting

Plans have been in council 4 weeks now. Rawson called on Friday and said Camden Council is usually slow atm and is taking 5-6 weeks to approve. We are hoping they are out by the end of July. This would mean a end of August-mid September start.

Later than we thought but it is what it is.

Shower in ensuite

We have finally decided on what to have. Can’t say I am thrilled about the cost but I am hoping it will be worth it.

We have gone with a double one of this:


That means all variations now done. Only thing financial left to finalise is to see what acoustics and piering will cost and we wont know that until council review the plans.

Tile Appointment

Today we had our tile appointment. 1.5 hours and we where done.

We have gone with the same wall/floor tiles in the laundry, main bathroom and en-suite to the 5th Bedroom.



Our en-suite we have gone all charcoal and I love it. We also have the feature tiles that will run the middle of the niche. Michael wasn’t too sure at first but he says he likes it now. They look like those below;



In the kitchen we will only have a tiny splash back and it looks like this.



Porch tile looks like that below;



Our drains for the wet areas is like below;



All up the variations cost $600 so pretty happy with that.