Hard Surfaces

25 10 2015

The outside is finally starting to take shape. Our new garage/shed went in a few weeks ago, after several delays. It is still awaiting rendering on the front and a panel lift door.

Once the garage was in, the concrete drive was poured. The slope up is more than we would have expected, but it just goes to show how sloped the block is even when it looks flat.

Paving outside the back door and up to the front door plus a bit of retaining wall was done too – after the expected associated delays of course!

The rainwater tank was also rolled down the block to behind the garage and is now plumbed in (thankfully all our pump etc that we had kept from our old tank was still working) so we’ll be on rainwater once it rains.

Apart from a front fence, we’re up to soft surfaces outside now!

Garage in with matching skillion roof to house. Mesh ready for concrete pour.

Garage in with matching skillion roof to house. Mesh ready for concrete pour.

Paved entertaining area and path to front door and retaining wall.

Paved entertaining area and path to front door and retaining wall.

Concrete in.

Concrete in.

Of course, these things could never be expected to happen smoothly. A week after the concrete had been poured the pavers were delivered and the forklift ran over the edge, cracking the concrete. So our new, fresh concrete only lasted a week without damage… it will be fixed in the next few weeks at the delivery driver’s expense.

On the upside, while the driveway was at a greater slope than anticipated, the concreter was able to use some of our reclaimed besser blocks as a wall in the concrete and they are now permanently part of our drive, hidden in the slab holding back the dirt.





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Working on the inside

15 09 2015

After the demolition of the garage we had a bit more tidying up outside to do – scrap metal to be recycled, a whole lot of timber and carport rubbish to go into a skip, dirt to be moved everywhere.

Meanwhile, inside the house we had blinds installed on the northern windows, cupboards and robes in the alcoves and bedrooms, and a new dining table made from Tasmanian Oak to match our kitchen benchtop.

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Demolition

25 08 2015

Before we could get started on any other outside developments we needed to demolish the old besser block garage and carport that we had been using for storage and site office during the build. In retrospect, perhaps it would have been more efficient to put our stuff in storage elsewhere and demolish the shed and concrete while the main house was being demolished. It probably would have been quicker and cheaper to demolish everything at once.

Demolition occurred in several stages. First the asbestos “deep 6” roof sheets on the garage had to be removed. A minor saga in itself – we were about to go with one company who quoted, Company E, when another asbestos removal company B advised us not to. B said they had heard reports of E being tracked by Safe Work SA. B reported to Safe Work SA that E was still seeking work, and advised me as such. I contacted Safe Work SA and they confirmed that E was on their “watch list” for not completing jobs satisfactorily and getting nasty with customers when they asked for ALL the asbestos to be removed. In the meantime, B felt sorry for us that we were getting the run around so reduced their quote in order to be more competitive with E…. we ended up going with Company B, but only after several weeks of phone calls and trying to work out reputations.

We had our carport frame and oregon roof trusses in the garage removed by someone on gumtree who wanted to build his own carport etc. Once that was done we knocked out the besser blocks in a rather satisfying self demolition.

We got a bobcat in to cut up and remove the concrete from the carport and under the garage – to all those who quoted, while it was a besser block garage, there were no “H” footings, just under the walls and a huge crack down the middle of the floor should have indicated such to you. Trades should stop taking women to be fools.

Knocking down besser blocks by hand.

Knocking down besser blocks by hand.

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The bob cat comes in to scoop up the concrete.

The bob cat comes in to scoop up the concrete.

Getting rid of the carport concrete

Getting rid of the carport concrete

Out come the foundations

Out come the foundations

All gone

All gone





Third coat render (external)

15 08 2015

After handover we began moving in and emptying the old garage of all our furniture and boxes that had been stored there. There was still lots to be done inside and around the house. The third coat render of the outside (in “sandstone” colour lime based render) happened over a couple of weeks, then took another couple of weeks to dry out. Now the house looks complete on the outside (it looked fairly patching left in its second coat render state!)

Third coat render outside drying out

Third coat render outside drying out

Outside of house - shaping the window edges.

Outside of house – shaping the window edges.

South side of house render completed and drying out

South side of house render completed and drying out

 





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One week until handover

28 07 2015

There have been a flurry of trades at the house over the past week; completing the tiling, plumbing fixtures, installing the hot water service, putting down the floors and skirtings… The week leading up to handover has been quiet though – no one around apart from professional cleaners booked in for the day before handover. Our co-project manager did spend an hour walking through the site making a list of all the little things they needed to address like door stops, siliconing gaps between floorings.

Completed kitchen, with tiled splashback

Completed kitchen, with tiled splashback

Mirror and frameless shower screen in bath 1.

Mirror and frameless shower screen in bath 1.

Frameless shower screen in.

Frameless shower screen in.

Bath/laundry complete with mirror.

Bath/laundry complete with mirror.

Hallway with bamboo floor

Hallway with bamboo floor

Island bench

Island bench








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