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