|Week Starting 29th May 2017
Had photos taken of the house for our first ever Magazine article!! Lookout Sanctuary, here we come.
|Week Starting 1st May 2017
Working with solar installer and wet flue fabricator to design a water heating system. Ordering more KNX automation equipment so we can continue to grow our system.
|Week Starting 17th April 2017
Machining 4m lengths of timber for balustrade cap rails.
|Week Starting 10th April 2017
Building and installing pantry. Wired up led light strips and motion sensors in the pantry and connected to the KNX system. The pantry is finally all finished at the end of this week so we had the pleasure of filling it with all our stuff.
|Week Starting 3rd April 2017
Met with solar hot water installers about getting our evacuated tubes and thermal store system installed.
|Week Starting 27th March 2017
Fitted wall plates in pantry. Fitted and fixed bench tops in pantry.
|Week Starting 20th March 2017
Spent week laminating and fitting pantry bench tops.
|Week Starting 13th March 2017
Started on pantry.
|11th December 2016 – 6th March 2017
Had a well deserved break over December. Greg went back to work in January. Then went down south and camped in the forest for a while in February.
|Week Starting 5th December 2016
Building internal door between main house entry and garage.
|Week Starting 28th November 2016
This was the week our second child was born. It’s a good thing we moved in 3 days ago! Nothing like a deadline we say!
|Week Starting 21st November 2016
Concrete floors polished! We started moving into the main house this week.
|Week Starting 14th November 2016
Built panelling around skylight in bathroom.
|Week Starting 7th November 2016
Making cupboards for bathroom and fitting out. Plumbing works completed in Kitchen and Bathroom. Hook up the gas.
|Week Starting 31st October 2016
Fitting out the kitchen. Building cupboard fronts out of marine ply for kitchen.
|Week Starting 24th October 2016
Complete laying parquetry flooring in kitchen.
|Week Starting 17th October 2016
Building pieces of parquetry floor. Over this week we machined and cut over 1600 pieces of flooring block with the drop saw. Then sanded all the edges smooth ready for laying. We spent 6 days in total preparing all the wooden pieces to make the 8 square meter kitchen floor.
|Week Starting 10th October 2016
Adding final touches to kitchen floor ready to lay end grain parquetry.
|Week Starting 3rd October 2016
Started machining timber for the kitchen end grain parquetry floor. Meanwhile, preparations on the concrete floor are being made to take the timber floor. Concrete grinded all the lumps off and faired the edge where the wooden blocks will meet the main living area floor.
|Week Starting 26th September 2016
A therapeutic week consisting of hand nailing around 1900 galvo nails into 75m2 of jarrah floorboards in mezzanine. It looks amazing!! One of the most enjoyable weeks of work on site so far.
|Week Starting 19th September 2016
As soon as the plasterboard walls were complete we pulled up the particle board flooring that we laid in February 2014 and started to level all of the joists ready for the floorboards. Spent 5 days just doing the levelling of the front rooms.
|Week Starting 12th September 2016
Had over 330 visitors through the house over the weekend. Monday morning back to , putting up plaster board sheeting in western dormer.
|Week Starting 5th September 2016
Another milestone and another 15 square meters of worksite dirt and sand gone forever. This week we completed levelling the back yard, now that all the stonework is completed. We laid down 150mm of soil conditioner, our subsurface textile irrigation piping and then the lawn. At the end of this week we participated in our first ever Sustainable House Day (11th September)
|Week Starting 29th August 2016
Like most achievements at this end of the project , the pond has finally found its final shape and position. I filled it with water and it doesn’t leak! Don’t underestimate the time it takes to build a pond. We worked all week on this and the main big rock in the middle took an entire day to get into a position that we were happy with and would work.
|Week Starting 22nd August 2016
Building limestone wall and pond.
|Week Starting 15th August 2016
No work on the house this week but we are enjoying living in the short stay. The old dunny is like a tardis when you close the door. It takes you back in time.
|Week Starting 25th July 2016
Wayne (the Scotsman ) once again weaving his magic and making something out of nothing much. This time I found a whole heap of steel washers that we built a crazy looking gate out of. Installed the gate from the backyard to the laneway.
|Week Starting 18th July 2016
Started the week installing rails on the roof for the solar panels. Luckily it didn’t rain. By the end of the week we had begun our lives of consuming energy from a renewable source. Such a good feeling!
|Week Starting 11th July 2016
The last few months have been some busy. Life as per usual. Except for once we have been spending a fair bit of time away from the house. Lets just say it has been well earned as you can see from the below. Back to our Sustainable little house. Got our solar panels on site and made prep work for install. Put up some scaffolding to access roof and had the electrician around again to get the electrics sorted in the garage ready for the inverter.
|Week Starting 28th March 2016
Installed guttering to east side of short stay roof and plumbed to rainwater tank.
|Week Starting 21st March 2016
Oiled the bottoms of the floorboards. For the mezzanine floor.
|Week Starting 14th March 2016
Built scaffold down the west side of the house and gave the timberwork another coat of oil.
|Week Starting 7th March 2016
Measured up for the last lot of glass. Quite a momentous feeling! We have the shower and the a few windows and the bifold doors across the front of the house to go.
|Week Starting 29th February 2016
Started back with the electrician, installing components of the Distribution board in the services area. Running last few cables. Made great progress on Electrics this week.
|Week Starting 22nd February 2016
Planning how we are going to layout the back yard. We have saved lots of broken blocks, have some left over bricks and limestone spawls. Trying to work out how we can use it all in the back yard garden beds.
|Week Starting 15th February 2016
Shopping around for Fans for the ventilated roof gallery and researching the components required to automate the fans with varied speed for the amount of ventilation required.
|Week Starting 8th February 2016
Greg Back at work but preparations for March are already in full swing.
|Week Starting 1st February 2016
We had a visit from the Owner Builder Support network. This gave other owner builders the opportunity to visit our work site with the presence of a licensed builder and inspect the construction. They also had the opportunity to ask us plenty of questions about our experiences
|Week Starting 25th January 2016
Australia Day by the pool at our place . Working on installing the Distribution boards for the Electrics in the Services area.
|Week Starting 18th January 2016
Built 14 stair treads for the main living area staircase. Pulled down the side stair stringers and routed out the grooves to house the treads. Re-fitted the stringers before installing the stair treads one by one.
|Week Starting 11th January 2016
Making beading for the upstairs doors and windows and fitting.
|Week Starting 4th January 2016
You would be forgiven for not doing anything on the house this week. We have proven that the first two weeks of January are virtually impossible to get trades on site. And quite rightly so, it’s the summer holidays.
|Week Starting 28th December 2015
1st Christmas Day & New Year’s day in the new House (No living in here yet)
|Week Starting 21st December 2015
Getting ready for the first Christmas in Little House. Yes, its Christmas on a building site but it is both unique and memorable!
|Week Starting 14th December 2015
This was about the week that we said at the beginning of the year that we be moving in. It hasn’t happened. We always talked about having a big Christmas tree in our new house so this year this is what we did. We have only been talking about it for 5 years
|Week Starting 7th December 2015
Finished sealing up on the inside of all the windows with silicone
|Week Starting 30th November 2015
We spent this week installing the glass for the Triangular windows, The north glass “Wall” and bifold doors. It has made an enormous difference to the feel of the house. Its no longer “Open” and the space feels and sounds different. Its cosy!
|Week Starting 23rd November 2015
Making Bathroom windows and western dormer windows .
|Week Starting 16th November 2015
Built a timber for the balustrade to sit on. Working out how it is all going to tie in to the floor.
|Week Starting 9th November 2015
The last section of steel Art Balustrade was delivered to site and installed. Now that its altogether it looks great and complete.
|Week Starting 2nd November 2015
Greg went back to work after 9 months off.
|Week Starting 26th October 2015
Its 3 years since the first bricks were delivered on site and our daughter is now two years old!
|Week Starting 19th October 2015
We installed the first lot of glass across the front of the house.
|Week Starting 12th October 2015
Installed bifold doors across the front of the house.
|Week Starting 5th October 2015
Building Bifold doors. Balustrade is on site for fitting.
|Week Starting 28th September 2015
Assembled and fitted the bifold door frame upstairs.
|Week Starting 21st September 2015
The front door Glass Art has been through the kiln and on Monday night we went and saw it for the first time!! Its Amazing!
|Week Starting 14th September 2015
We installed synthetic grass on terrace across front of house. This was always our intention and although it my look well out of place to most people, most people don’t even see it or know that its there.
|Week Starting 7th September 2015
Wayne started building the balustrade for the Mezzanine.
|Week Starting 31st August 2015
Built the back deck which is 6m x 3.5m
|Week Starting 24th August 2015
Building French doors out of recycled jarrah across front of house.
|Week Starting 17th August 2015
This week was spent catching up on things and doing a fair bit of running around
|Week Starting 10th August 2015
Greg built a brick wall in the bathroom. A confession that these were actually the first bricks he had laid in the whole project.
|Week Starting 3rd August 2015
Installed the first of the door frames across the front of the house.
|Week Starting 27th July 2015
We have been shopping around looking for somebody who can work with glass and help us make some art to go into the front door.
|Week Starting 20th July 2015
Built and painted some long strap steel hinges for the Garage door.
|Week Starting 13th July 2015
Installed Garage doors. These ones are just temporary. Its going to be a big job but I’m going to build some solid “barn” style doors out of recycled jarrah.
|Week Starting 6th July 2015
Replaced Kerb with concrete crossover. Recycled the old kerb to make a small wall across the top of the water tank.
|Week Starting 29th June 2015
Buried soak well in (next to rainwater tank) for draining rainwater piping. Installed front door. Installed rainwater catchment piping across back of house.
|Week Starting 22nd June 2015
Barry finished the front door.
|Week Starting 15th June 2015
The winter Solstice was upon us this week. The 21st of June to be precise. The shortest day of the year in our part of the world.
|Week Starting 8th June 2015
Sealed and waterproofed the wet are floor
|Week Starting 1st June 2015
Progress continues with the wet area flooring. Floorboards are now down, Then some battens and some insulation board.
|Week Starting 25th May 2015
Commenced building the wet area flooring on the Balcony / terrace. You can see what a solar passive house achieves in winter! This is the shortstay bedroom we are currently living in and on these cold still winter days this room is toasty warm.
|Week Starting 18th May 2015
I have been machining pieces of our salvaged timber from our old house to build a Front door out of. Delivered timber to Barry to commence building the front door.
|Week Starting 11th May 2015
Finish building the brick BBQ and tidy up a few last little bits of limestone work. This was Nicks last days with us.
|Week Starting 4th May 2015
Paint bifold doors, beam across door head and shader brackets. Build brick steps up to verandah.
|Week Starting 27th April 2015
Pointed up stonework inside main house. This was a big 5 man job and took 4 days.
|Week Starting 20th April 2015
Sold scaffold and moved off site. Gained a load of precious “free” space to occupy!
|Week Starting 13th April 2015
Completed shaping of columns in Main living area.
|Week Starting 6th April 2015
Fitted steel bifold doors. They actually required to be fitted (and removed) 3 times. The last time was when we finished the painting.
|Week Starting 30th March 2015
Fabricating steel bifold doors across back of house. Installing the top and bottom door tracks.
|Week Starting 23rd March 2015
Getting steel cut for the shade awning.
|Week Starting 16th March 2015
Started building bifold doors for across back of main living area.
|Week Starting 9th March 2015
Completed building the verandah
|Week Starting 2nd March 2015
Finished building rear wall
|Week Starting 23rd February 2015
My diary says hot day…. 41.
|Week Starting 16th February 2015Bobcat cleared front yard ready for verandah to be constructed . Ended up taking away about 10m3 of rubble and “land”
Started building track for bifold doors across back of living area
Poured concrete for verandah post footings and footing for eastern garden wall in back yard.
Getting timbers ready for verandah… Went to the Zoo on Wednesday.
Work continues on rear boundary wall. (coming along very nicely)
Commenced moving out of our storage unit.
|Week Starting 9th February 2015Removed scaffold from living area
Commenced clearing out laneway of all of our timber and scaffold.
Prepare to start building back retaining wall
Built hockey stick rafters for Verandah
Started building the back wall with rubble and left over cut/broken blocks for main house.
|Week Starting 2nd February 2015Started moving out of our storage unit.|
|Week Starting 26th January 2015JJJ Hottest 100 Day
Programmed KNX light switches to control lighting.
Working on the short stay (which we are currently living in)… finishing off door on fridge and dishwasher in kitchen, install draws in kitchen cupboards
|Week Starting 19th January 2015Getting things wound up to get back into progress (and Alice went back to full time work).
Getting plans together for building verandah and back wall.
Planning the construction of bifold doors across back of house.
Half railway sleepers deliverd to site for building short stay spiral staircase and back decking
Building workshop bench
|1st December 2014 to 18th January 2015
The previous 6 weeks have been spent taking a break. Since starting the project in September 2012 we have focused on the main goal of moving back on site. Now that we have achieved this, Greg went back to work and we had a much deserved break with family.
|Week Starting 24th November 2014Build doors for laundry and bedroom to separate the two areas (for living and work site)
Install 24V leds and connect up to KNX automation system. (After more than 2 years of research/ planning / purchasing and installation the day has finally arrived! Exciting and challenging new concepts all at once)
Moved out of our beautiful little cottage at #1 Little Howard st across the road which we have come to love and call “home” . But all the same, excited to be living back in “our” place albeit a little different to when we last lived here 25 months ago!
Had a house warming party.
|Week Starting 17th November 2014First delivery of glass on site ready for installation
Install glass to short stay (or our new house)
Gas reconnected… an exciting moment leading up to moving in.. Hot water!
Complete shower , install kitchen plumbing.
|Week Starting 10th November 2014Gave door and window frames final coat of black paint. Electricians in to connect the wiring together. Install kitchen (recycled our old Ikea kitchen but with new appliances). Make bathroom vanity and install. Floor boards for mezzanine got delivered. Installed ceiling fan. Built stairs. Built stud frame wall above laundry.|
|Week Starting 3rd November 2014Started work on site again aiming to get the back wing complete in about 20 days time. Washed down and spray sealed the walls and floor in the back wing, tiler in to do the bathroom, concrete in the back wing getting polished, odd welding jobs to get the doors and windows ready to fit glass.|
|Week Starting 27th October 2014Wayne on site to fit the steel doors and windows in the back wing. Meeting with glazier to sort out requirements. Generally getting organised for next week.|
|Week Starting 20th October 2014Finally got the order in for locks and handles. Sourcing tiles and grout|
|Week Starting 13th October 2014Put in order for the glass for windows and doors (all insulated glass units).|
|Week Starting 6th October 2014
Organised the tiler, ordered tiles, put in a quote request for the glass, ordered 62 railway sleepers (cut in half), tried to sort out the lock situation, had the rest of the tin delivered…
|Week Starting 29th September 2014
Greg back to work on Monday. Getting quote requests in for glazing, booking in tilers, sorting out lock requirements plus finally getting around to updating the blog.
|Week Starting 22nd September 2014
Building fence and back gate. Set up 24v lighting in basement.
|Week Starting 15th September 2014
Installed limestone on wall next to short stay shower. Brick cleaning and stacking. Steps at back and 3 days of paving.
|Week Starting 8th September 2014
A huge week this week. Had the plumbers here for the first two days. Got all the piping on the bathrooms chased into the walls. Installed the gas booster, buried in the gas and got it all hooked up ready for a gas meter. Installed all the plumbing for the bathroom and shower wastes. Then Wayne came and welded the large window frame in across the back of the house. We started wiring up the first of the electrical switchboards. We also celebrated the 2nd anniversary of building permit (and our project). (Also Greg’s Birthday) Spent week also preparing the courtyard and path down western side. Installed soak wells and water piping for rainwater catchment and stormwater drainage. Installed front steel window. The week ended with a truck load of bricks.
|Week Starting 1st September 2014
Greg got back from work Tuesday this week. Carried on working building up slots on the part of the chimney facing the main living area. Nick ran around with the mud squirting gun and pointed up all the small gaps between the top of the walls and underside of the timber wall plates. Matt built brick header along retaining wall at boundary. Built last bits of brickwork in dunny. Pointed up the old dunny with lime mortar. Finished off the brick masonry in the short stay bathroom.
|Week Starting 25th August 2014
August David (Alice’s brother) and Alison visit from Canberra to see the progress of the project. Meanwhile, as Greg is still away, getting all the ducks in a line and booking in the trades to hit the ground running when he gets back next week. Plumbing, electrical, stonework, labourers etc booked in ready to go.
|Week Starting 18th August 2014
Sorting out door locking order to get a quote. Playing around with things like planning the bull nose veranda. Designing the fence, and planning the way the gates are going to be built across the back of the block
|Week Starting 11th August 2014
Site work stops again. LED T5 tubes get delivered. Trying to make decisions on plumbing fixtures (taps etc).
|Week Starting 4th August 2014
Found out that Greg has to go back to work early, this Thursday. Finish the rubble work and brick header course on the front of the house. Nearly finish the retaining wall on the western side.
|Week Starting 28th July 2014
Back into full swing. Pointed up western external wall and removed scaffolding. Leveled courtyard and dug footings. Got the concrete truck in on Thursday to poor the footings. Started building the retaining wall along the western boundary on Friday.
|Week Starting 21st July 2014
Greg home but no trades available until next week – plenty of jobs to be getting on with though like fitting the window frame, painting brackets, taking scaffold down around the chimney, cleaning up the basement and generally getting organised.
|Week Starting 14th July 2014
Getting in touch with all of the trades to make sure everyone is ready to start again when Greg gets home next week.
|Week Starting 7th July 2014
Discussed the ‘four week plan’ for work to do when Greg gets home. Rhett has the floor boards milled and ready to go into the kiln to dry out. Working out the most efficient order to do everything in is proving challenging as lots of tasks rely on completion of other tasks to avoid double handling of equipment.
|Week Starting 30th June 2014
Chasing up some outstanding orders, including LED lights. Tidying up the admin side of things.
|Week Starting 23rd June 2014
Greg back to work this week, not much going on with the house. Just keeping an eye on things to make sure the house doesn’t blow away or get drowned in the storms.
|Week Starting 16th June 2014
Trades back on site – built the internal walls for the upstairs bathroom, the brick header course along the front and finished cladding the front and side with weather boards that were recycled from the old house.
|Week Starting 9th June 2014
Continued to potter on site, getting organised and planning the next stages. Painted the window frames, building door frames, organising the trades to start again next week, buying materials so they can start again, deciding the style of door we want to use and whether we can ‘upcycle’ some of the doors from our old house (and if it is worth the effort), getting more window frames delivered to site, making flashings etc etc etc
|Week Starting 2nd June 2014
Planning and catch up this week. No trades on site (except for Wayne coming to measure and fit window frames). Trying to get our heads around the extent and order of what we need to get done to finish this house! (Went camping over the long weekend, first time since we started building)
|Week Starting 26th May 2014
Finish off the last bits for the roof. It’s all done except for one missing barge roll (that we failed to order the first time). Got the big window frame for the upper north end on site and sitting in place, fits like a charm. Got a lovely surprise when the boys chipped in for a bottle of bubbles to thank Alice for making lunches and morning tea! We have the best tradies.
|Week Starting 19th May 2014Getting the top hats on the roof (they are the blue battens in the photos). Started fabricating the stainless steel box gutter (a critical piece of kit in our house). Built in steel brackets to support the eaves. As an added bonus we received a painting of our new house from Sophia Shaw (who did some painting and oiling for us about 6 months ago). So stoked with it :-).|
|Week Starting 12th May 2014Began installing the Marri lining boards after a bit of rain last week. In all there are 970 lineal metres to install, totalling about 2.5t. Crane came in on Friday to lift the Metecno insulation panels into place. This was the last time that we need the crane on site, quite the milestone.|
|Week Starting 5th May 2014
Big front (wind and rain) came through on Thursday which delayed us a bit with the roof. Still plenty of work to do preparing for installing the lining boards plus we managed to get the lining boards and insulation panels installed on the western dormer section. Have run all of the electrical cables that need to go through the roof.
|Week Starting 28th April 2014
Finished getting the rafters up this week. Spent time nutting out exactly how the chimney will fit together, taking in to account the pipework for the solar hot water and wetback system on the fire plus making sure that the air intake for cooling the chimney sources air from outside our ‘insulation envelope’.
|Week Starting 21st April 2014
Short week with Easter and ANZAC Day. Still, we kept going with the rafters and purlins for the roof.
|Week Starting 14th April 2014Finish off installing ridge beams and make a start on the purlins and rafters. Keep going with rubble work on front of house. Installed the date stone.|
|Week Starting 7th April 2014
Back into building. Finish building the trusses and get the crane in on Friday to stand them up. Get the Metecno panels delivered. Building front wall of balcony. Start working on the date stone.
|Week Starting 31st March 2014
Greg home this week, ringing around arranging for everyone to start work again on Friday. Build part of the bathroom wall in preparation for standing up trusses.
|Week Starting 24th March 2014
Planning for the next swing home. Had a bit of rain but the tarps and plastic covering the timber held up OK.
|Week Starting 17th March 2014
Update budget and expenditure spread sheets. Keep following up with outstanding orders.
|Week Starting 10th March 2014
Chasing up orders and quotes that are still outstanding. Research fittings and fixtures – things like toilets, tiles, range hoods… the list goes on.
|Week Starting 3rd March 2014
Greg back to work on Tuesday. Clean up site and cover the timbers to protect from rain (we wish) and sun. Catch up on admin tasks and start planning the next period of work.
|Week Starting 24th February 2014
No stonemasons on site this week. Start work on the massive timber trusses for the roof. Have steel plates laser cut and painted ready to be bolted to the timbers to hold the trusses together. Small celebration (the Mez Party) on Saturday night to mark the milestone of going up another level.
|Week Starting 17th February 2014
Carpenters have finished the mezzanine floor and are moving onto the small amount of stud frame wall. Timbers for the roof arrive on site on Friday. Stone walls at mezzanine level are nearly done and the rubble work continues out the front.
|Week Starting 10th February 2014
Everyone back on site to start work on Monday. Carpenters get started on the mezzanine floor and the stonemasons hook into the last of the jobs to get the walls ready for the mezzanine floor to go on. Keep going on the rubble work out the front and start the brick vault. It’s all taking shape very quickly!
|Week Starting 3rd February 2014
Picked up brushing tool and dust extractor. Greg home late Thursday night, started on the house again 7am Friday morning. Got a fair bit of the timber brushed and oiled, it’s coming up beautifully.
|Week Starting 20th January 2014
Contacted the timber mill in Collie to enquire about our 10 missing beams and they were able to find them. Thank goodness. Got delivered to site late in the afternoon – many thanks to Ray for dealing with a truck driver who couldn’t get up the street.
|Week Starting 13th January 2014
Greg back at work. Gives us a chance to do all of the administration like updating the budget, emailing quote requests for timber, fasteners and other things and plan for the next stage of works.
|Week Starting 6th January 2014
Finished oiling all of the timber that we could. Slight detail as the wire brusing tool we have ordered hasn’t arrived yet. Busily getting the stonework up to Mezzanine level. Poured our last concrete slab on Friday (for the upstairs bathroom).
|Week Starting 30th December 2013Happy New Year. Continued with the stonework – rubble and red brick quoining on the front of the house are looking fabulous. Started dressing and oiling the mezzanine floor timbers and oiling the Marri lining boards.|
|Week Starting 23rd December 2013Last lot of Marri lining boards delivered by Rhett. The boys shifted the timber for the mezzanine floor from the storage unit to site. Nick continued with the rubble work on the front of the house and the red brick quoining around the front window. Oh, and there was Christmas and boxing day in there too.|
|Week Starting 16th December 2013Continue building walls ready to install steel beams that support the mezzanine floor on Thursday. Completed arched window in kitchen. Denail all of the timber in the back laneway and move into the basement.Crane came to install steel beams for mezzanine floor and shift bags of sand, pallets of stone and bricks, and Greg’s thicknesser/planer around. Nick and Matt threw up the garage arch on Friday nothing like a bit of friendly competition!|
|Week Starting 9th December 2013Clean out basement after rendering and get tools and materials back in there.|
|Week Starting 2nd December 3013Basement rendered. Double hung sash window for the front room, built from our recycled timber, delivered.|
|Week Starting 25th November 2013Nick and Matt onsite building up walls. Matt started on the garage/studio walls while Nick and Greg installed the fireplace and Nick built the hearth from red bricks and limestone rubble. Wayne has nearly finished fitting the window frames.|
|Week Starting 18th November 2013Final bit of Termimesh installed. Stand up door frames and steel columns. Continue working on internal brick walls in vestibule and front wall of house.|
|Week Starting 11th November 2013Roof of back wing completed. More limestone delivered to site. Paint window frames that have been finished. Get a couple more jarrah door frames made up.|
|Week Starting 4th November 2013Roof continued – insulation panels are going on and working out how to install the roof window. Nick completed inner leaf of the east wall of the house. Wayne continuing to build window and door frames.|
|Week Starting 28th October 2013Started building roof of the back wing.|
|Week Starting 21st October 2013Started the week by giving birth to our daughter, Matilda. Got the crane in on Tuesday to lift steel beam at north end of house into place. Stonemason started back.|
|Week Starting 14th October 2013Greg home on the 13th and straight into it on the 14th preparing everything for the tradies to start on site next week. Went to the limestone quarry to check out the spalls that we want to use for the front of the house.|
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|Week Starting 16th September 2013Refining lighting and power/appliances plan. Getting quotes to make double hung sash window. Complete list of fastenings needed to build short stay roof.|
|Week Starting 9th September 2013This week was one year since we received a building permit. Greg heads to work on Thursday.||
|Week Starting 2nd September 2013Move timber for roof of back wing from storage unit to site. Continue oiling lining boards. Continue building east wall.|
|Week Starting 26th August 2013Continued building east wall. Ground brass strip level with slab. Oil lining boards. Cut out template to make arched kitchen window.|
|Week Starting 19th August 2013Swapped left over rail line for a carton of wine. Six bulka bags of sand and eight pallets of limestone blocks delivered to site. Ground out the last of the ficus tree stump and poured the final footing. Ran more wiring in back wing. Glued in and grouted brass strip in entrance hallway.|
|Week Starting 12th August 2013Ordered Metecno insulated panels. Order steel beams. Cut concrete ready to install brass strip in entrance hallway. Purchased thicknesser/planer – started dressing up recycled timber from old house. It looks awesome. Set up KNX test board for light automation.|
|Week Starting 5th August 2013Greg home. Moved house on the weekend. Met with roof carpenters on site to discuss job.|
|Week Starting 29th July 2013Power got put underground. Trying to work out what to put between the ceiling lining boards and the insulation panels to disguise the white panel. Organise to meet Bondor rep on site to finalise insulated panel order.|
|Week Starting 22nd July 2013Finalise dimensions and design details of steel beams. Order ready for when Greg gets home.|
|Week Starting 15th July 2013Hunting down ingredients for wood oil mix – gum turpentine, pine tar and pale boiled linseed oil.||
|Week Starting 8th July 2013Greg Back to work.We are getting close to choosing a roof carpenter. Lots of emailsGetting plans together for next 5 weeks home. Drawing up designs for steel brackets, putting together a list of structural steel order to put in. Still shopping for LED lights (trying to find something that’s 24v and outputs 100 lumens per watt)Another storm came through. The fences didn’t blow down.|
|Week starting 1st July 2013We plumbed our water services to the water meter and turned the tap on for the first time!1st bonus… No leaks! 2nd bonus. We now have a tap at the back of the block. 3rd Bonus. If anyone drills a hole through the water piping , we’ll know about it sooner rather than later!The brickwork for the toilet and laundry walls are taking shape. The pot plant shelf outside the laundry window is built . Looking great.Dad spent many hours on the brick saw cutting half bricks for Nick (the stonemason) to lay the header course on the top of our first wall to reach full height! All happy to reach the top.|
|Week starting 24th June 2013Building the upper level short stay limestone walls. Nick started with the inner leaf of limestone first. This allows us to go and fix the water piping, cabling and insulation to the back of the blocks. The outer leaf is then laid up. This is a process that I’m sure we will be well accustomed to and familiar with by the time we get to the top of the last wall.The electricians installed 500m of electrical and lighting cable. We installed the KNX automation bus line.The plumber came and connected up the gas.World records yet to be broken. The utility power people came and energized the green underground dome they installed in the front of our block.|
|Week starting 17th June 2013Poured garage/ studio slab. Peter Danzi (boiler maker) was the first to park his car on it.Boiler maker came to site and we stood up the columns for the East wall.We finished the brick floor. It took 10 working days to lay the 1100 solid bricks. It looks awesome!Started building the scaffold for the upper short stay walls. Loaded up the scaffold with limestone.|
|Week starting 10th June 2013Spent most of this week building a brick floor on the rail. A very amazing and satisfying job. Nick the stonemason and I were injecting the mortar between the bricks with a special mortar gun.A quiet beer was shared in the afternoon as we removed the mortar “dags” from the underside of the bricks.Steel columns for the main living area were delivered to site.Triple J’s Hottest 100 turned 20 years old. Spent the weekend building formwork for the Garage / studio slab.|
|Week starting 3rd June 2013A lot going on this week. So it was a good thing that this week , Dick (Alice’s dad) was over from Adelaide to give us a hand with pretty much everything. Thanks Dick.Bobcat came to clean up the front yard ready for the crane.Craned the rail for the short stay floor joists into place, stood up the power pole stair column. Nick started laying the 1100 solid bricks on the rail to make the floor.The boiler maker welded all the rail back together and fabricated an awesome “gallow” bracket for the stair columnMoved sand bags , recycled bricks, limestone block pallets onto the main floor to clear the garage/studio for laying the slab. Bury in pipe work, level slab and built formwork for slab.|
|Week starting 27th May 2013Greg back from work.Moved all the scaffold to site. Scaffold.. Check !Interviewing roof carpenters. Installed water piping for short stay.|
|Week Starting 20th May 2013Mick the Plumber got all the materials for continuing with the water piping installationNick (stonemason) and Tony (from Termimesh ) did a few days on site getting the last of the wall ready for installing the rail line.Meanwhile we are gearing up to get progressing on site. We have the truck organized to deliver the rail, a bobcat to clean up the front yard so we can fit the crane on site again. Have organized limestone blocks and solid bricks (for the floor) to be delivered before the crane arrives and some labour to help us move a quantity of scaffold that we are not entirely sure we are going to fit on site. Oh and the boiler maker, electrician and plumber are booked in too.|
|Week Starting 13th May 2013Gumtree is a very handy tool when building a house. Currently shopping for power cable (half the price than from the wholesaler. Save $$$), getting numerous contacts from roof carpenters, renderers and steel fabricators from adds we posted asking for interest, looking for a recycled jarrah door frame and/or somebody to make a door frame for us out of our recycled jarrah. Keeping an eye out for 135mm wide recycled jarrah floor boards, more recycled red bricks and limestone spalls (rubble) . Also lining up some more labour to help with the scaffold when I get home.Researching making 24v DIY LED cable lighting. This was fun. It wasn’t very popular in google world but I learned enough to think it can be done. Keen to give it a go.Ordered a box of electrical equipment (switches , GPO’s , junction boxes etc) online. Why? Once again, half the price of standard electrical suppliers. Plus, I can’t get to the shop while I’m away at work so may as well have it waiting when I get back. Save time and $$$.|
|Week Starting Monday 6th May Placed our first order for KNX home automation equipment from Germany. (This may not seem like much but after 2 years of research and one hell of a learning curve we have done it. Feels good)A storm came through and blew the front fence down. No damage to the roof… we don’t have one yet! Researched and shopped for water / gas booster (It’s like an instantaneous water heater but can deal with heating up warm water too. On the few days when the solar needs a jump up 10 or 20 degrees. These are more efficient and instant than a water tank gas heater).|
|Week Starting 29th April Greg went back to work for a break. (well a physical break anyhow)We drew up the final drawings and plans for the steel columns to get fabricated.Shopping for Heavy duty 90mm storm water pipe. (really hard to find in WA)Communicating on a number of fronts and interviewing fabricators to made steel windows and doors for us.|
|Week Starting 22nd AprilLimestone walls for short stay are coming up and up. Really nice to see the first vast wall of limestone taking shape.The steel door frames and lintels painted and installed in lower part of short stay.Electrican’s installed a cable to the neighbours property to link them up to our dome when we get underground power. We are going for a record here as the application for underground service went in in December. Apparently something is going to happen soon so we are getting ready. (28th April??)Had timber delivered and stored in storage unit (it did all eventually fit).|
|Week starting 15th AprilSpent a few days fabricating the railway line into a grid for the floor joists. Continued with the block work and trying to keep up with installation of electrical conduit, water pipe and insulation. Main slab got polished. Injected resin into the shells. More limestone delivered to site. Run the gas line and the first of the water piping with the plumber. Ended the week oiling the rails with Fish oil and storing them covering with a tarp. Ready to install on site.|
|Week starting 8th AprilSet up the scaffold. Poured the slab on Wednesday – pulled a couple of late nights Monday and Tuesday getting ready. Pouring the slab, over the hydronic piping, with three different colours and seeded material is a big job. Had a few tense moments but really pleased with how it turned out. Continued with block work later in the week.|
|Week starting 1st AprilReally happy to get stuck into the block work straight after Easter. Very satisfying to see the limestone walls start to go up. Decided to put a red brick border around the bottom to act as a ‘skirting board’. Over Easter we installed the hydronic piping and Brad braised our brass latitude and longitude together. Formworkers and grannos set up for the slab pour.|
|Week starting 25th MarchA very short week with Greg having to go on training courses Wednesday and Thursday and Good Friday to boot. Still managed to get the back yard filled in, thus reclaiming a whole lot more work area.|
|Week starting 18th MarchGreg got home from work this week, picking up steel orders and talking to tradies getting ready to get stuck into the work next week.|
|Week starting 11th MarchGetting quotes for insulated glass units (aka double glazing), purchasing tap fittings and getting quotes for things like range hoods – anything that requires us to drill a hole in the wall.|
|Week starting 4th MarchMoved house again on the weekend, back to Smithy’s place. Many thanks to Barney and Kandy for use of their wonderful house (they did what we are doing at the moment about 30 years ago). It is good to have some company again though.|
|Week starting 25th FebruaryMore planning and administration – trying to get the lighting automation sorted out as we will need to run conduit and cables in the walls as soon as they start going up again.|
|Week starting 18th FebruaryStarted looking for pluming fittings (taps, showers etc) for the short stay. Met with form workers to get quotes for the next stage.|
|Week starting 11th FebruaryGreg went back to work on Thursday. Lots of running around doing add jobs to get the place tidied up and locked up for the next five weeks. This included building a door for the workshop and sealing up the ‘cut out’ holes in the planks.|
|Week starting 4th FebruaryFinished building up the workshop walls, installing the timber bearing strips and installing the Deltacore Planks||
The plank gets lowered into position
|Week starting 28th JanuaryA short week due to the Australia Day long weekend. Got the stonemason started on the final walls for the workshop. Ordered limestone and had it delivered to site.|
|Week starting 21 JanuaryGreg got home, late because of constant head winds while towing a barge to Singapore. Lots of planning and organising ready for next week.|
|Week starting 14th JanuaryPlanning and administration jobs getting ready for Greg’s return.|
|Week starting 7th JanuaryAnother load of bricks and some recycled brick we purchased from a reno in City Beach arrived on site. Painted waterproofing on walls where still required.|
|Week starting 31st DecemberGreg is back at work.|
|Week starting 24thDecemberChristmas. Not a lot has happened around site this week. Very hot.|
|Week starting 17th DecemberPreparing for the delivery of Deltacore planks. Never quite got there though.|
|Week starting 10th December 2012
Bruce and the boys from “All Polished Concrete” came out and cut back the short stay slab to expose the aggregate and the things we’d seeded into the slab. Injected all the shells with casting resin. Then APC came back again and ground the surface with 120 grit before covering the slab surface with two coats or “slurry” (to protect the surface and fill up fine holes.) The slab will stay like this now until the walls are built.
The combination of shells, glass and terracotta came up a treat
|Week starting 3rd December 2012
Started the week with a big day. Poured the short-stay, basement and crawl space slabs as well as cavity filled the walls for the front rooms. We also seeded the short stay slab with aggregate. Spent the rest of the week recovering. Removed all the formwork. Drove down to Bunbury to have a look at the timber being milled.
|Week starting 26th November 2012
We started the week digging and pouring the footings for the front room and garage/studio. The next few days was spent building up the foundation walls, installing under slab insulation and Hydronic piping, building formwork for the slabs and laying out the plastic and mesh ready for pouring concrete.
|Week starting 19th November 2012
On Monday the retaining walls got cavity filled with concrete. The form workers came back this week and removed all the formwork. Once this was done we could backfill and compact the retained earth under what is going to be the front rooms and the garage. Removed the old concrete floor from the outside dunny.
|Week starting 12th November 2012
Fat Gary came to move some dirt around (roughly level the pads for the slabs). The brickies finished off the last bit of retaining wall. Form workers came in on Friday to form up and prop the walls.
|Week starting 5th November 2012 Brickies had Melbourne cup off and then came to keep going with the retaining walls. We painted on water-proofing paint and installed reinforcing mesh between the wall and the starter bars over the weekend. The stonemason came in to do the first bit of face-brick in the recycled red bricks on the weekend.|
|Week starting 29th October 2012
The brick-layers are started on the retaining walls. They built the walls around along the back, around the tank and along the east side.
|Week starting 22nd October 2012
This week we set out the footings on Tuesday and poured the concrete into them on Wednesday. Then the footings needed a couple of days to cure. Delivered the first lot of maxi-bricks on Friday.
|Week starting 15th October 2012
The rainwater tank arrived on site on Monday! Installed by mid afternoon! Then the earthworks carried on as soon as the rainwater tank trucks were off site. 80m³ of sand has been taken off site to make way for the basement. The levels have been set for the concrete pads and the soil has been compacted and tested. Once this was done, the plumber came in and dug in all the sewerage and grey water system. We also dug in other piping for rainwater collection etc.
|Week starting 8th October 2012
The beginning of this week was spent salvaging the last of the timber we wanted. The rest we put in a bin to take away for firewood. In all, I think we managed to up-cycle or recycle about 95% of the timber from the old house. On Wednesday the big machines moved in. Achieving a day’s labour for one man in two swoops, Garrett and the 14t excavator made a dramatic effect on the houses appearance! In under 2 hours, our old house was a neat pile of rubble. The old bricks from the middle rooms were separated and piled in the laneway. The limestone footings were carefully removed and stockpiled in the lane too. Concrete, tiles, insulation, rusty metal, rubble and tree roots/stumps were taken off site. Scrap metal was stockpiled and taken off site.By the end of the week we had a clear block! The site surveyors came and re-pegged out the site and set some survey pegs to get the 1:1 scale model of this new house started.
|Week starting 1st October 2012
Rhett started milling all the lining boards and Jarrah for the short stay rafters in Bunbury. Meanwhile on site we have been demolishing the shed kitchen and stacking all the jarrah for future use. We pulled the footpath paving up to preserve it. Garrett arrived with a bobcat and took out the front wall and put it in the bedroom! (out of the way). We put down some road base to replace the footpath. Fondex came and injected under the limestone retaining wall along the east side of the property with micro-fine cement. We pulled up the timber floorboards and floor joists in the middle rooms. Towards the end of the week Dad gave me a hand to remove the tiles and roof timbers. There is no turning back now.
|Week starting 17th September 2012|
|Week starting 10th September 2012
Greg had his birthday on the 12th And we got a building license on that day! A phone call from the council on this day also confirmed “You can get to work now”. Despite the fact we were still living in the old house we immediately rang the utilities companies and organized to have everything disconnected. We’ll see how long we can “exist” here before we have to move out.