Organising our life

Liberty 42 at Stonecutters Ridge

Unpacking is a lot like Christmas – each box you open you find stuff you’ve completely forgotten about. Especially if you build a house and it has all been in storage for months!

We’ve spent the better part of the last few week unpacking the intimidating stacks of boxes in our ‘staging area’, but within the same time period, we’ve done a lot more including:

  1. The fence installed
  2. Concrete poured for the driveway, walkway, front patio, two backyard patios
  3. Shovelling 3 tons of road base for the side of the house (stones and pavers to follow)
  4. Moved 20 tons of topsoil and mixing in to the terrible clay soil we’ve got
  5. Laying 160 sqm of turf
  6. Did I mentioned we moved house?

It’s truly amazing how much more work there is when moving into a new home rather than one that’s been occupied before! You’ve got to think about stuff like the fencing, driveway, mailbox, services (ie. Telstra, Foxtel, etc.) and in our case – turf so the dog doesn’t bring dirt and mud into the house every time he needs to go outside.

In addition to all this, we decided to take carpet and tiling out of contract which meant trying to schedule these guys in as well – all before the furniture even arrived. Phew!

But, we’re in. We are living in our new home that has been a long time coming, and it’s great. Unfortunately with all the activity and the different projects we’ve set upon ourselves, I haven’t even taken my camera out of it’s bag yet, let alone even post for awhile. I do promise to take pictures soon, so stay tuned. We’re still here – and we’ll continue to post about our adventures.

Hope all is well out there in internet-land!

About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Howard says:

    Wow! How excited!

    For me the to-do list will be even longer as I will need to organise for my current property to be rent out and before that I need to do some tidy-up on it. I’ve been saving the annual leaves and plan to take 2 – 3 weeks off once house is ready!

    Keep us posted on your progress! Exciting times!

  2. Rachael says:

    Enjoy your beautiful new home Megan and Stefan…just in time for Christmas :) xx

  3. John says:

    Let the dog live outside !

  4. Kriss says:

    Hang in there guys. I remember how stressful this part is with all the chaos and overwhelming “to-do” list. You’ll get there and it will all be worth it.


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