It’s beginning to look a lot like a house!

More progress! Bricks were delivered and the roofing scaffold is down. It’s really starting to look like a house now! I haven’t had a chance to drive by this week, but my other half has and he said the wall wrap/sarking is going on and the bricks have been moved around the site, with strategic piles ready for bricklaying. We are hopeful the brickies will start this week, but it all depends on whether they get the house they’re working on this week finished!

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The bricks were delivered late last week

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Looking good now the roofing scaffold is down

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PGH Espresso bricks

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fi…nally!

Just in time for 24 hours of soaking rain, the roofers got most of the Colourbond on during the week. Hopefully they’ll be able to finish the ridging and the finish the roof this week (if the rain stops). Our Site Supervisor says the bricks should be delivered this week, with bricklaying hopefully to start the following week. There are only so many brickies to go around in Canberra, and we are building right in the middle of a residential construction boon, so we will have to remain pretty relaxed about the whole thing.

Here are some pics from Friday morning.

Front of the house. Roof colour is Ironstone

Front of the house. Roof colour is Ironstone

Down the left side facing the street. From L-R: family room, laundry, pantry, courtyard, garage

Down the left side facing the street. From L-R: family room, laundry, pantry, courtyard, garage

Left side of house. L-R: rumpus, family roomLeft side of house. L-R: rumpus, family room

From front entrance looking down hallway to al fresco area

From front entrance looking down hallway to al fresco area

Master bedroom!

Master bedroom!

Ensuite to master bedroom. Our bath will go under that window

Ensuite to master bedroom. Our bath will go under that window

Kitchen from dining

Kitchen from dining

Rear left of the house. Kids' rumpus

Rear left of the house. Kids’ rumpus

Rear of the house. L-R: guest bed, al fresco area, rumpus

Rear of the house. L-R: guest bed, al fresco area, rumpus

Front of house. You can see the merbau posts and framing around the porch

Front of house. You can see the merbau posts and framing around the porch

It’s coming along nicely and we are really pleased with everything so far. We should be at lock-up sometime in June, so we are on schedule so far. Let’s hope it continues this way  😉

 

All trussed up

I’m a little behind! We have trusses, which went up last week and we popped past the block on the weekend. Then I’ve had an unbelievably busy week, including interstate travel for work. Phew.

In the photos below you can see:

  • Garage (left), study and left side of porch (scaffolding is for the roofing contractors)
  • Right side of porch (with study behind), entrance and bedroom 1
  • View through the back fence: bedroom five (left), al fresco, rumpus room (right)

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Roof was due to go on this week. Pictures to come when I finally get to visit the block 🙂

We’ve been framed!

Yes, the yucks keep on coming 😉

I drove past the block on the way home from work tonight. I’m very exciting to report that the carpenters have been going great guns on the block and we now not only have a frame, but the windows are in, most of our roof trusses are up and we can see the wooden beam framing the front porch. The house is really starting to take shape. Hooray!

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Slabbed

Catching up with the blog after an incredibly busy two weeks. Our slab was laid just over a week ago on 7 April.

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We met our site supervisor, Tom, on site and he walked us through the slab.

I don’t know whether this happens to most people, but my husband and I had the weirdest experience standing in front of and on the slab. It looked too small! We knew that it wasn’t (it extends almost to the boundary on the left side of the block and nearly to the right side, where there is apparently a 3m gap), but it felt small. I couldn’t see how we could fit beds in the bedroom or the kitchen in the kitchen!

Tom explained to us that a lot of people have that reaction because the open space around the slab makes it hard for our brains to size things up accurately. He chuckled at the looks on our faces and reminded us that having walls will help it all make sense. Of course we knew that but couldn’t feel it. Our brains are fascinating things, aren’t they?

The frame is mostly up but I haven’t see it in daylight yet – I’ll post some photos of the frame soon.

Oooh, entrenching works and piles o’ dirt!

I drove past ‘the block’ tonight, not expecting to see any change and voila! Change! Big piles of dirt, gravel, two diggers (at rest), piping, trenches dug, sprayed lines on dirt. Yes, we have progress! Foundations for the slab, which means slab soon! The other side of Easter, but it’s very exciting! (Hence all the exclamation marks)

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Sorry about the blurry image. I was in a hurry and took it from inside my car. Not such a flash photographer 😉

We haz fridge

fridge

We didn’t plan on buying appliances just yet, but when you see the exact same fridge you want to buy on sale and it’s the last one, you simply must buy it!

Fortunately for us, the good folk at JB HiFi Home are able to store it for us for the next few months. We haven’t had a new fridge in more than 15 years, so it’s pretty exciting (we don’t get out much) for us to get one with all the bells and whistles. And with Canberra summers getting longer, we’ll certainly appreciate the ice maker and sparking water in-door features!

Pegs is good?

This week’s update brings you some pegs. Pegs is good, right?

Pegs is goodNot really. We think they are pegs from the demolition guys, who have marked out the location of services (water and electricity). They are definitely not slab marking pegs. Sob.

Well, no surprises to hear that our build is proceeding at the same glacial pace as our pre-construction. Good thing we are remaining Zen and treating each new development as a pleasure. There are three short weeks in a row between now and after Easter, so things will likely remain hit and miss for a while. But if we are not well underway on the other side of Easter, we’ll need to start asking Rawson what is going on, as their communication has been less than impressive up till now. When you’re listed as a ‘February start’ and it’s half-way through March, you’re entitled to query progress. Am I right?