Tiling, and a weekend away from it all

Jervis Bay

Wow, what a weekend. The amount of progress made on the house last week makes us realise that we really don’t have a lot of time left to prepare for moving into our new home. Assuming all goes to plan, we’ll be in relatively quick – reminiscing about the whirlwind adventure we’ve been on over the last 12 months.

To prep ourselves for what’s to come (and celebrate our one year wedding anniversary), we made it a long weekend and drove down the coast to Jervis Bay for what ended up being anything but a relaxing getaway. If you live anywhere near NSW, you’re probably very well acquainted with the storm we had over the weekend. Here it Sydney it seemingly paled in comparison to what we experienced in Jervis Bay. With heavy rain, and wind gusts topping out at around 130 kph, it felt as if we were in the midst of a hurricane.

Ironically, in a way, we are.

On our way out of town on Friday we stopped by the house on the advice of our site supervisor to check on the tilers, assuring the correct tiles were given to them by DiLorenzo and everything was being placed as requested. It’s a good thing we did. While most of the tiling was looking fantastic, the kick rail tiling in the bathrooms was being done incorrectly. Whether or not the tilers managed to fix it yet remains to be seen (they were the ones who let us in), but no worries – our site supervisor seems to have tabs on everything these days. We’re in good hands.

So with that, we jumped back in the car and headed south, for a weekend of what we thought would be surf, sand, and a great start to spring. Unfortunately, Jervis Bay was set to disappoint. Heaps of rain, and destructive winds brought a weekend that consisted mostly of sitting around in doors passing the time. But you know what? It wasn’t that bad. With life in fast forward, and the house completion looming in the not-so-distant future, it as nice to have a weekend where we did…nothing. Our Saturday consisted of nothing more than games, movies, and the odd new party trick we taught the dog. But after our long trip back to Sydney – the roads littered with debris – we realised we were right back into it.

The weekend merely transplanted us 150km south. We never really escaped the storm.

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. Jane says:

    Happy 1st Anniversary guys. Your house is looking fabulous – a few more tiles, a lick of paint and you’re there!

  2. maja says:

    I love Jake’s new trick. You needed a weekend indoors to perfect it right? Hope you also took good books!

  3. Lauren says:

    Happy 1st Anniversary!

    You were down our end of the world, such a shame it wasn’t better weather – it is such a beautiful place! If you haven’t seen it in it’s splendour before, come back either just before or after school holidays – prefect time, very quiet, and you quite often have a big stretch of any of the many beaches all to yourself!

    Can’t wait to see your tiles down!

  4. Stefan says:

    Thank you Lauren! It was definitely beautiful country, but in a different way I suppose when it’s cloudy and raining. Cozy, I suppose.

  5. Kriss says:

    The house is looking good!

    Bummer that the weather kept you from your anniversary plans, but I know you made the best of it anyhow.

    Happy Anniversary, again.

  6. Lauren says:

    His Stefan & Megan,

    I’m not sure whether i’ve read on your blog before – but was wondering if you guys had an independent building inspector do their thing along the way at each inspection??

  7. Stefan says:

    Hi Lauren,

    No, we haven’t had an independent inspector – yet. We plan on doing so for our final inspection.

  8. Shayne says:

    Hi guys,

    Wow, it must be a great feeling to know you are getting to the business end of the build! Shame your weekend away was washed out but it sounds like it was lovely anyway.

    I’ve finally got our blog up and running, and have been happy to find a few new Metricon NSW/Sydney build blogs popping up too. it will be interesting to see how we all compare time wise!

  9. Shayne says:

    Oops, forgot to pop in the link for our blog!

    Its here: http://shayneandjasonbuildahouse.blogspot.com/

    Hope to see you there!

  10. It’s funny that you mention the storm because I got caught in it as well! It was definitely not the getaway we had planned either… we were in Kiama when it hit hardest, but we later got stuck in Bateman’s Bay as we were out of gas and the power outage meant all the pumps were off. ha

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