Monday, November 23, 2009
Some hard work has gone this week but all the interior has been finalised. The plastering crew has gone home to get some rest after two weeks on the job and we are preparing for the next big job (for us), the staining of the floor. Plasterers will be back next week to finish the outside.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Detailing and netting is now in full swing and we are making good progress. Added quite a few pictures to our flickr.com photo site - just double click on one of pics in the blog and follow the link. Have a look for some of the details.
The house is now also connected to the electricity, water and phone network. Quite a big job as far as digging and dirt is concerned but it was all done in one day.
Esther is also oiling the rafters as did needs to be done before plastering and before the builders move the scaffolding out of the house. It is now hands on deck for the whole family and everybody is doing a bit.
We are still two weeks of plastering but we are getting pretty close now. Really looking forward to that stage.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The supplier of the roof responded very well and arrangement for supply of a new roof. The builder also arranged for compensation from the supplier for all additional cost resulting from this.
Although we came to a good arrangement we "lost" a week and with the weather pretty crappy not a lot of progress until early this week.
It was also a logistical challenge (on our driveway) to get the big crane in again and the truck to pick the faulty panels and drop off the new ones. The neighbours must have had an entertaining week.
At the end, the real work started again on Wednesday with putting the roof panels over the carport and bedrooms. The roof supplier provided support for the installation. Yesterday the builders started with the west facing part of the roof.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The builders also progressed with placement of the rafters and the framework for the deck. The macrocarpa beams are starting to smell nice too.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
The macrocarpa beams are used for the apex and other parts of the roof structure. The same timber is also used for external posts for the verandah/deck. The macrocarpa will not require chemical treatment and the finish will be natural oils.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The last two weeks the weather was very unreliable with most of the days either rainy or forecasted rain. This caused more than a week of delays as the builder couldn't finish the sealing of the concrete (where the walls will be placed).
This week we saw some good progress with the internal wall framing going up (bathroom, laundry etc.). The builder started also with building the scaffold to support the placement of the ridge beam - a 10 m piece of steel.
Unfortunately, the bad weather continued and it went from windy to storm last week. The scaffold was not prepared for that and decided to take a walk across the concrete floor last night. In doing so it took the bracing of the internal walls with it. What looked as great progress on Friday afternoon looked suddenly very sad on Sunday morning. Luckily the builder responded quick and saved the internal walls from further damage. It can all be fixed easily and the damage is limited. The scaffold needs to be rebuild though. At the end we are lucky that the steel ridge beam was not sitting on the scaffold.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In the afternoon the concrete was smoothed (screeting?) and it looks pretty good. Unfortunately the contractor clipped 3 of pipes from the underfloor heating system with the screeting machine. Luckily the damage is done above the concrete and should be easy repairable. A bit of a scare.