March 2016, coming together

We had hoped to be moving in this month, but (as it turns out) wisely decided that we needed another trip to make sure the work was completed and to undertake any snagging. Any building project, whether in your home and under your feet, or miles away in another country, requires detail for the final stage.

So, we were excited but a little nervous to see the how it was all coming together. We drove straight from the airport and when we reached the house, we were greeted by an open front door! I love the view through the hallway to the garden.

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Coming together? Oh yes! After a year of planning, designing and building, it so rewarding to see it looking like a house. Our bathrooms are very nearly complete albeit we have discovered the water pressure is not great, so have to install a pump.

 

Guest bathroom
Guest bathroom

And the bathroom for our bedroom is now my dream bathroom.  I have seen photos from my architect via whatsapp but I jumped with joy when I saw it. I have wanted carrara marble sinks for as long as I can remember and our black, white and grey tiles at the back of the shower are incredible.

Carrara marble sinks in the master bathroom
Carrara marble sinks in the master bathroom
Tiles in the shower in the master bathroom
Tiles in the shower in the master bathroom

As the chef in our house, my husband was ecstatic with his kitchen! The polished cement in the kitchen looks fabulous and exactly what we had in mind – a little bit of industrial chic.

Kitchen in polished cement
Kitchen in polished cement

We now also have a wonderful new fireplace, which you definitely need in the winter. We want to be able to use the house all year round, so have underfloor heating, as well as air conditioning and now the fireplace.

Our new fireplace in the classic Salento style
Our new fireplace in the classic Salento style

The garden is also coming along nicely. It’s been planted with some young lemon, orange and almond trees, as well as rosemary and lavendar bushes. At this time in Puglia the weather is a little wet (I told you the rain would come!) but this will be good for the garden and over the next few months we should see some growth. We’ve also planted a few cactus plants – very good for those hot dry summers!

Back wall of the garden
Back wall of the garden
Cactus plants and rockery
Cactus plants and rockery

The view from the roof terrace shows that we still need to finish the swimming pool and the pergola. But, this photo also shows the fabulous table made for us by friends locally. We are so lucky to have met such wonderful people and look forward to spending more time here.

View of the garden from the roof terrace
View of the garden from the roof terrace

All in all, a great trip and I can now picture how our furniture will look in our new home. We have just under 8 weeks now until our furniture is collected from London and transported to Salento. There’s lots still to do with a list of over 25 items, but I am confident our architect and builder will deliver. We’re on the final leg now…!