This is my Fantasy

So this is the picture I keep going to. This is my fantasy.


My future kitchen isn’t exactly like this, mine will have a full window that runs from end to end, but the brushed concrete floor and the timber cupboards with the concrete slab top – that’s what my kitchen is going to look like.

So I’ve shown you the fantasy. This is the reality, this is what my current house looks like.



That’s our block of land. Our very empty, no water, no electricity, no wifi, no sewage block of land. About 20 minutes before this pic was taken we’d signed the mortgage papers, we then drove straight to the block and dreamt of all the possibilities it could provide. A bedroom for each child, somewhere to store the surfboards, a space for me to write and work. The biggest thing though? This was the most optimistic thing we could possibly do. Plan for the future.

There’s me, bottom left, completely bald. Me, full of chemo with my chipmunk steroid cheeks, squinting into the sun. I felt like death that day (is it bad to say that when you’ve had/having cancer). Seriously though, that day wasn’t one of my shining moments. It was one of those cancer is an arse days. When you know you’re being robbed of something. This was meant to be a day of champagne and high jumps, instead, after this shot, I did the cancer shuffle home and spent the afternoon working from the couch.

But that was nine months ago now.

I now have eyebrows, time, and a house to build.

Life is good.

Ever built a house? Tips? Tricks? Anything to share? Shall I bore you with progress shots? Let me know…

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  • Darlene Foster

    I would love progress shots. Where is this dream house being built, I mean in which country? I have never been brave enough to build a house. Good luck!

    • Kirsty Rice 4kids20suitcases

      In Australia Darlene, 45 minutes out of the city, beach on one side, wineries on the other. 🙂

      • Darlene Foster

        Sounds perfect!!

  • carla spaander

    Love to see the progress!

    • Kirsty Rice 4kids20suitcases

      Great! I can’t wait!!!

  • Expat with Kids

    Make sure the sewer pipes are wide enough and you have electrical plugs and internet hook-ups in every corner of the house! Storage, storage, and more storage space. We had a special shelve made above our coat cupboard to keep our suitcases handy! 😉 An absolute must: a special place which you can call your own to work from.

    • Kirsty Rice 4kids20suitcases

      We won’t have mains sewage as it’s in an older area near the beach and people tend to have their own sewage systems. I didn’t realised how many conversations you could have about wastewater!! Love the suitcases idea, our currently get pushed under the bed, I’m putting your special cupboard idea on the list!

  • Linda Sand

    We helped build a house and the best thing ever was a power sander with a vaccuum attached to it–NO DUST!!!

    • Kirsty Rice 4kids20suitcases

      Yes! Good tip.

  • Zey

    Yes please, lots of progress details!