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.