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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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Week 2 machinery on site

16 01 2015

Baby bobcat from Kangarilla Earthmovers visited the site this week to level some of the block.

The bobcat shifting the dirt around on site to get the block to the right levels for the foundations.

The bobcat shifting the dirt around on site to get the block to the right levels for the foundations.

The big truck that carried the bobcat to site.

The big truck that carried the bobcat to site.





Week 2 Securing the site

14 01 2015

Security fencing has gone up on the front of the block, and some plumb lines set to check the block levels. Machinery should be on site later in the week to cut the block and get the base preparation done ready for footings next week! It’s almost slab time!

Fencing up around the block, with port-a-loo already in and awaiting builders!

Fencing up around the block, with port-a-loo already in and awaiting builders!

Builder's sign up at the front of the bloc,

Builder’s sign up at the front of the bloc,

A peek over the fence showing the plumb lines for checking block levels.

A peek over the fence showing the plumb lines for checking block levels.

The padlocked gate.

The padlocked gate.





Week 1 Checking the site

5 01 2015

The house demolition finished late November/early December 2014, with some oversized footings discovered and requiring the extra cost of a rock breaker brought on site.

We selected our builder around the same time and they got started before Christmas planning the site works for a 2015 January start.

After demolition, the builder took some levels of the block and not surprisingly found the site levels slightly lower than the levels shown on the survey plan (the survey done pre-demolition when there was still a house on the block, which the architect used for indicating levels on their plans).

So, it was proposed to lower the height of the slab as shown on the architects plan by around 100mm to minimise the cut and fill process and avoid bringing in extra soil rather than working to the architect’s plans which would require soil to be brought in the maintain the proposed slab height. We’re happy to use the natural fall of the block and minimise the soil disruption.

The builders also mapped out the builder edges with blue spray paint on the ground. It’s fun to see where the house is going to be!

Block cleared, builders marked out the house with blue paint on ground.

Block cleared, builders marked out the house with blue paint on ground.