Living in the COVID 19 World

And just like that our lives changed forever!  There are many theorists with suggestive research on the COVID 19 pandemic and whether we choose to wear blinders or not, the reality is that many things have and will change in our lives from this moment forward.  I'm not going to open up that can of worms but looking back to the start of the year things were so different.  We lived in a free country with minimal limitations, now we live in a country that has vast limitations..... isolation, lockdown the list goes on.  Lets head back to isolation for a minute.... who would have ever thought that we would be in a position where we are forced to home school our children (unless you are an essential worker).  As are all builders in the building industry we are lucky enough to still be an essential business but I took time off to look after my children for 3 weeks to assist the education system in alleviating pressure on the schools and teachers.  Wow wasn't that an eye opener.  As a young girl I was always pulling my dolls into classroom like situations with the blackboard out doing maths and english lessons with them and they were so compliant... it seems I have lost my touch as I attempted to do this with my DS and DD with homeschooling and it definitely wasn't so fluid with me exhausting the home schooling sit down programme for a more authentic version of doing maths on a whiteboard and playing word games for english and encouraging swimming and basketball for sport... this was very well received and definitely took the pressure off!  I appreciated the teachers of the world before but I worship them now!

Across social media there have been so many opinions of how terrible being in lockdown is and so much negativity is placed in our minds and I do get it as I know there are many people who have lost their jobs etc (some temporarily others permanently) however I have found there are many positives.  While we are stuck at home how about we turn the negatives into a positive and focus on some or all of these tasks:

* Reconnect with your children - quite often we spend so much of our time building relationships with clients and coworkers in the workplace that we totally forget that its just as important to do this with our own children.  That puzzle or game that you put off playing while you were busy working can now be worked on together.  Going for a walk with your children and discussing things you see or having general chit chat with them can help you learn how your kids think etc and can address any questions or issues they are facing that they haven't been in a position to tell you about.

* UpSkill - Cease the opportunity and do that online course you have been wanting to do but put on the backburner because you simply didn't have time, or use the time to extend on your existing skills to upskill and make yourself more favourable to employers if job seeking.

* Use the internet - and I don't mean sitting on Social Media for hours on end!  Use the time to do research and increase your knowledge about a topic that interests you.  

* Do those projects around the house you know need to be done but you couldn't be bothered doing on weekends off and if your still not interested in doing them yourself engage a professional to attend to them.  Painting (Bunnings have been going troppo with paint demand for weeks), dusting, cleaning up the gardens, fixing fences, replacing flooring, general house maintenance. Sometimes just reconfiguring furniture spaces in the house can give you a fresh new outlook.

* Declutter - go through your clutter and list those items online that you no longer need or want

* Clean out your washing machine filters, Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher, Fridges etc

* Sit outside and Relax.... listen to the wind in the trees, birds singing, children playing - its therapeutic and if your like me, it's something you don't get to actually do very often! 

One last thing to Remember is please to think before you speak. Isolation can trigger different emotions for different people so don't throw anger at the person that goes to Bunnings to get paint or to Officeworks to get paper.... that person may be battling demons you can't see and for them those small projects are going to see them live through another day in isolation.  Lets all get through this together. 

I hope that gives you some ideas on how to make the most of time in lockdown!  Take care and stay safe.  If we all do the right thing we can move forward with our new normal sooner rather than later!

FYI the Building Industry is still an essential service and we are open for business as usual.

Lise & Brad xo

And That's a Wrap on 2019!!

It's December babey and we know what that means.... work winds down and we get ready for the holiday period.  We had so many different projects this year from Renovations to Decks, Bathrooms, Kitchens and Wine Cellars...  We have met so many wonderful clients and are thankful for the diversity in our projects this year that injected a bubble of fun into each new day.  We look forward to more of it in the new year!

While most things work wise settle down for us, personally things start to ramp up... for us crazy cats it means that we start putting down the tools on our clients' projects and pick up the tools on our own very new project!  For those of your who aren't up with the latest goss, we finally finished our acreage reno we have been working on for 3 years and before we could raise a glass in celebration, we sold it in an off the market deal within days of completion.  This was a bittersweet moment in time for us as we were celebrating not only the finish of the hard work we had put into our gorgeous renovation but also the fact that it was the longest home we have ever lived in (3 years).  As friends and colleagues caught wind of the news the roll of the eyes and the "I can't believe you are moving again!" comments started to flow!  I suppose it came as a little surprise to some (some not as they know us too well) as the most common comment for anyone coming to our homes are "so when are you moving?" in a sarcastic voice! My favourite and somewhat relatable comment was by someone who likened us to a "Kinder Surprise" because they never know what surprise their going to get when they see us! laughing  To me that was somewhat amusing and very appropriate! Touche!.  My comment back over the last 3 years was that we loved that home and would not be selling anytime soon (that was of course my honest opinion up until this new project hit the market LOL!)  Yep we are mad and crazy but this is our life and we enjoy it... however truth be told we do appear to be slowing down.... i mean instead of moving every year we are now moving every 3 years so that has to say something right?!! LOL.  I'm aiming to break our 3 year record with this home!

The only reason we contemplated selling was that a home we have been eyeing off for the past few years since moving to the area, literally a street away, had gone on the market and we were eager to secure it!  I'm not sure what the reason is behind us literally finishing homes and selling them before we get to actually enjoy the final product but we do it EVERY time!  I guess it's the industry that we are in and the fact we are very driven, motivated and genuinely passionate about our craft which means we simply cannot sit still if we see an opportunity present itself.  This new home certainly did and sucked us in hook line and sinker.  Having been left unfinished for over 4 years we have driven past time and time again wishing we could get our hands on it and create the beautiful home that it had the potential to be.   It had all the ingredients we look for when buying a home... the street in our opinion is one of the nicest in the area with beautiful quality homes, a great family feel which was important to us for our kids and the home has masses of potential being on acreage and a design/floor plan and features that we loved. 

So while others take a vacation, sip their wine and enjoy their new Christmas presents we will be working towards getting the new Swimming Pool finished, doing some ground works, getting some sort of landscaping started, installing our front fence and honing in on the design elements that will compliment this homes bones and ultimately bang our signature Brad & Lise stamp on it.  With every home we do personally I change our design style so this one excites me focussing on a Palm Springs vibe cool.  I will base one of my blogs early next year on why I love this design style and how I am incorporating it into this home.  

We constantly get asked for photos of our personal projects from friends and people we meet so I decided to start an Instagram Page called Brad_Lise_Create_Utopia so our candid unpolished journey can be followed by anyone that's interested!  Feel free to follow us too!

We will take a little time to sit back relax and get ready for 2020 but I don't know when?! For now we just need to breathe and keep going!

While we have the energy (and time) we would like to wish all of you a Safe and Merry Christmas and look forward to what 2020 brings when we get back mid January!


Take Care,

Lise & Brad




Toolbox of Design Decisions when Renovating

I have put together a handy little tool if you are looking at undergoing a Major Home Renovation now or in the future... bearing in mind this list is for a complete renovation so you can pick and choose from the list if you are only doing a partial renovation such as kitchen and bathrooms.  All in all it will help make the process less daunting and you will feel more in control at the very beginning of the building decision making process.  Also remember to keep in mind your budget and keep a contingency set aside in case you want to make some changes along the way... certain design styles will have a more hefty price tag than others ie Hamptons, Provincial so ensure you can afford your desired look or be prepared to compromise.


Exterior Paint Colours - Render, Front Door, Roof Tile, Gutter Fascia, Eaves

Driveway, Paths

External Floor Tiles to Entry Portico and Alfresco

New Front Entry Door/s plus Handle/lock


Main Areas:

Main Floors (Tiles, Timber, Hybrid etc)


Garage Floor (Epoxy)

Interior Wall Paint Colour & Finish including Ceilings, Architraves, Internal Doors, Skirting to Entire Home

Internal Door Style including handles/knobs

Lighting including Pendant Lights & Fans (consider any electrical changes you might like to make ie extra powerpoints, light switches, dimmers etc)


Air Conditioning  (do you want to add in extra Split Systems or Ducted)


Kitchen Layout

Cabinetry Design and Finishes including Handles, Knobs etc

Benchtop/s - Caesarstone, Smartstone, Quantum Quartz, Geoluxe, Titan Quartz, Polytec etc

Splashback Tiles/Glass/other

Undermount or Drop in Sink


Dishwasher Space, Semi-Integrated DW, Fully Integrated DW

Kitchen Appliances (oven, microwave, cooktop, rangehood, steam oven, coffee machine etc

Integrated Rangehood or Canopy Rangehood

Integrated Microwave or Microwave Space

Ensuite, Main Bathroom, Powder Room:

Space Layout

Cabinetry Design & Finishes

Door Knobs/Handles


Splashback Tiles

Bath - Freestanding, Hob, Spa Bath including tapware

Vanity Tapware

Towel Rails

Hand Towel Rail or Ring

Vanity Mirror or Shaving Cabinet

Shower Design including Niches, Shower Rail or Rain Head, Shower Taps

Floor Tiles

Wall Tiles - Skirting, Half Walls or Full Height including type of lay (offset etc)


Toilet Roll Holders


Cabinetry Design and Finish

Door Knobs/Handles


Splashback - Tiles/Glass

Laundry Tub


Washing Machine underbench or WM Space

Dryer space


Door to Alfresco - Bi-fold or Stacker Doors

Outdoor Kitchen


There you have it the Fusion Reconstruct Home Reno Go-To Guide for choices, so when you are ready to Renovate you will be all over the process and shouldn't have to make last minute choices under pressure and the bonus is your builder will love you for it!