Day 51 – Site visit

Small drama yesterday. Our 70 year old water meter decided to explode spilling a million gigalitres onto our site (made up bit: I really have no idea how much came out!)

Thankfully the water utility company was out in a flash. No damage but a soggy site around the side.

Today we had another official site visit. This time, it was to actually walk the rooms and get a feel for the house.

The house sits wonderfully on the block. There is a great sense of space out the front, rear and side.Very happy with the orientation. We spent a lot of time maximising our block and choosing the right configuration.

The gutters and fascias are being put on this week. Roof next week. Bricks have been ordered and will start in a week and a half.

All the windows look great. I love the surfmist colour.

Downstairs flows really well. But we already knew it would. We walked the display home for ages. It does feel quite different on your block on your soil.

The views from the windows were interesting. My established garden at the back will be a wonderful backdrop to the rear sliding doors.

It was also the first time we had been upstairs. I was very excited climbing the ladder in anticipation of what I’d see. Upstairs is massive! I was really surprised how spacious it feels. The views around us are actually quite nice and leafy.

We have a few double stories in our street so we don’t look too out of place. We have a nice view down the street as well.

The parent’s retreat is so large I think we may end up sub-letting it.

And guess what, we have sea glimpses! Chardy on the balcony watching a matchstick thick blue line of the sea. Hey, better than nothing. I’ll take it!

No pictures of the view as it was too overcast.





Day 41 – Upper Frames

The lads cracked on today like a team possessed. We have a big storm due later in the week and I think everyone is making hay. The base frames for the upper was done in a single day. Thank you to the crane that made light work of the frames.

The house suddenly has a size, and  presence and is larger than life.  But you know what, if I wasn’t excited before,  I am now.

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Day 35 – Ground Floor Frames

Frames were dropped off Thursday night. Rained Friday. Framing teams started today.

It was the first day we have been back on home soil for many months. Most of the viewing has been from behind the fence. Very exciting to walk the property with the house in mind. Funny, the old house seems to be fading from my mind.  

In a day they’ve done a fair bit. I can see all the rooms now. Frames. What a wonderful thing. They come completely prefabricated with numbers on them. Then the teams just bolt them into place. They did most of the ground floor in a day.

It was great to see the rooms and get a feel for the Salamanca. It has been almost a year since we walked it. I was pleased to see the floor plan really suits our block. The window holes looked grand and well situated (we changes a lot of them).

The fireplace gap in the wall will probably have the builder shaking his head for a bit longer – not a standard item- and the odd shaped feature roof will probably cause a few considered moments coming up.

 But all in all the slab looks a beauty.

The outdoor room meets my garden nicely. A good distance from the rear. The cut in has also hinted at a future raised garden bed – wonderful.  

We had our first official meet n greet with our site manager. He’s great. He’s got a few jobs to finalise before x-mas, so I’ll try and keep out of his way until then.  

It is fascinating how your house seems to grow and shrink with each stage. At the slab stage, the house seemed large and ready to each up everything around it. Now with some frames, the house has found some sensible proportion. I’m sure it will tower over us soon enough.

Next official visit will be a walk of the first storey!  Can’t wait. And will I be able to see the sea? Hope so!