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31 01 2015

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Week 4 Ooh yeah footings

30 01 2015

Apparently, 100 tonnes of soil was removed for the footings… that’s a lot…I never realised how much of an impact on the land footings have. But then, we also have 800mm footings to compensate for the reactive clay soil, rather than a standard 600mm or so.

Oh, and they found a big lump of rock of old house footings… did that demolition company not do their job properly…?

Big truck.

Big truck.

Another big truck.

Another big truck.

More big trucks.

More big trucks.

Footings being dug out.

Footings being dug out.

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Footings

Footings

Deep footings.

Deep footings.

Like giant lamingtons in a tray,

Like giant lamingtons in a tray,

Footings.

Footings.

Digging the footings with the excavator.

Digging the footings with the excavator.

Naughty demolition company left behind some old house footings.

Naughty demolition company left behind some old house footings.

 





Week 4 Footings and retaining walls

28 01 2015

This week the footings should be getting dug out, ready for reinforcing and then concrete pour in the next 2 weeks. The ‘new’ retaining wall required on the southern boundary will also go in. Big machinery ahoy!

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Week 3 Checking out the site and the first site meeting

21 01 2015

We had our first site meeting today. It was interesting to see the block and how the levels translate in real life, rather than just on the plans. I really hadn’t pictured what it would be like. While the front and back of the house match the existing site levels, to make a flat house floor there is still quite a drop between levels, indicating a noticeable slope in the block that wasn’t so noticeable when it was covered in grass and trees. So, we had as few new issues that the architect had ignored or not addressed appropriately such as needing a retaining wall on the south side.

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Retaining wall required here.

Retaining wall required here.

Have to work out what to do with the landscaping here. Maybe a retaining wall / seat.

Have to work out what to do with the landscaping here. Maybe a retaining wall / seat.

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The flattened area down to the front of the house, which matches the natural block level.

The flattened area down to the front of the house, which matches the natural block level.

The project manager, boss, lackey and a very short and fat looking Lara.

The project manager, boss, lackey and a very short and fat looking Lara.

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The block, showing the step up and a rather pregnant looking Lara.

The block, showing the step up and a rather pregnant looking Lara.

Leftover soil from the cut that will be spread around in the front garden a whole lot if extra soil got dumped.

Leftover soil from the cut that will be spread around in the front garden. A whole lot of extra soil also got dumped.

 

Later in the day we chose flooring for the hallways and bedrooms as the builder needed to know the thickness of the bamboo flooring for the slab height. We also spent about an hour selecting every little piece of door hardware.

For example, the deadlock on the front door. http://www.lockweb.com.au/en/site/lockweb/Lockwood-Products/?productId=948305

The handle for the front door.http://novas.com.au/novas-collections/designer/entrance-handles/   Item 61027

The levers for all internal doors. http://www.gainsboroughhardware.com.au/hc_G2SeriesContemporary_Detail.aspx?PartNo=1905ANGBC

And for some fascinating comparisons, this handle costs $650 but our entire house’s door hardware is $1000! http://www.gainsboroughhardware.com.au/hc_PullHandles_Detail.aspx?PartNo=9266PH600

 

Our bamboo flooring is probably either this product in Natural http://www.premiumfloors.com.au/bamboo/arc-bamboo-australiana/ or this product in Ochre Sands http://www.arrowsun.com.au/categories/bambooflooring . Just trying to weigh up the eco credentials of the two.





Week 3 Preparing the site for footings

19 01 2015

Even though we had planned the build with minimal site disturbance and changing of levels in mind (the house was designed to match the contour of the block, with 2 levels separated by a couple of steps in order to meet the upward slope as you progress down the block) there still seems to be much work in preparing the site and getting the right levels. Kangarilla Earthworks invited mum and dad on site and let them know that they removed some soil and brought in dolomite.

They even have a site office sign now. Cute.

2 big trucks in the street - one for carrying the bobcat, one for carrying away the soil.

2 big trucks in the street – one for carrying the bobcat, one for carrying away the soil.

Did they close the street or was it for something else?

Did they close the street or was it for something else?

Machines at work

Machines at work

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Port-a-loo!

Port-a-loo!

Site Office sign on the fence in front of the carport.

Site Office sign on the fence in front of the carport.

Steep level up (where the steps will be?)

Steep level up (where the steps will be?)

Cutting down in from the fence (to make way for the slab?)

Cutting down in from the fence (to make way for the slab?)

Water meter being used. Glad we put the box in to protect it a bit.

Water meter being used. Glad we put the box in to protect it a bit.

 





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18 01 2015

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