Custom Merbau Pergola

Tropical Pergola in Western Sydney, Stonecutters Ridge
Hey, it’s us. We’re still here, albeit with a lot going on. Here’s a peek into some of the progress we’ve made since we last provided an update.

One of the upgrades we sprung for when building our Liberty 42 with Metricon was french doors off the side of the home to take advantage of the extra room we have on the side of our home. The Liberty is a relatively narrow home design, which lent itself to the splayed 650sqm block we purchased at Stonecutters Ridge. With a northerly aspect, this area of the home gets a bit of sun throughout the year – a blessing on most days, though on the hot side during a scorching Aussie summer.

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We’re alive and kicking.

Hello world.

Flipping back through the calendar, I’m realizing it’s been…a long time since I’ve visited my own blog and updated everyone on the progress of all things “house and home”, and boy, do we have a lot to talk about. Posts forthcoming, we’ve done a lot. We’ve completed the ‘must haves’ (if we ever wanted to sell), and have moved on to the ‘nice to haves’.

More detailed posts are on their way, but to quickly list our accomplishments over the summer, we’ve:

Tiled our outdoor areas
Built a deck for the front of the house
Built a pergola outside the ‘Christmas Room’
Installed Luxaflex shutters for our outdoor room (our bifold doors are now more open than not, even in the winter!)
Planted a garden in the front of the house

That’s all for now. It’s a quick update, but I will leave you with a few shots I took via Instagram. Enjoy!

Metricon Liberty 42 Front

Spring has sprung

Our backyard in spring.Bryce’s arrival in early October was perfect timing. Gone were the cold nights and frosty mornings – we were opening up the windows and bi-folds to enjoy the warmer temperatures and cool breezes. So was our garden.

This winter was, by all accounts, an unusually cold winter. Our neighbour counted 21 frosty mornings this year (at one point 5 consecutive days!), compared to 6 the year prior. While cozy when sitting by the fire, it’s not ideal for the garden. But with that said, our plants did surprisingly well considering the requirements for a tropical garden. The casualties can be counted on just one hand.

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Pebbles & A Path

Pebble PathSome people wake up on Saturday morning and make themselves a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, and just enjoying the weekend that was a long time coming. In our household, we (well, I, now that Megan is pregnant) find ways to try and move as much rock, soil, and other landscaping products as possible. This weekend was no exception.

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Cordylines in our garden

Cordyline Fruticosa close up

Cordylines are pretty popular in Australia, and while they tend to be the workhorse of most tropical gardens, they’re often overlooked and blend in to the landscape – unless you’ve got a camera with a large aperture lens. Then it’s a completely different view altogether.

This particular plant is the Cordyline Fruticosa (Kiwi). It’s a bright green cordyline with a reddish pink stripe down the edge of the leaves – striking when planted in bunches.

Plant it in part shade for vibrant colours but, as we’ve discovered, it does just fine in full sun as well. Like most tropical plants, it’s roots aren’t deep, but make sure the top 10-20cm of soil is rich and well draining.