Saturday, 14 October 2017

Week 14: ending 13 October - More carpentry, wet area work, kitchen starts & gables

The apprentice painters (aka R&R) managed to get another 12 or so litres of paint on the back walls on Sunday 8 October.  Not quite finished after 7 hours toil, but the painters were knackered.

Outside, the gables have started

Inside, the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry has started, and Ray visited to have a look at the inside progress....and take some photos.


And the bathrooms are getting on:

Week 13: ending 6 October - External rendering & internal carpentry

The renderers were at Sandy Cove this week; excellent job they have done too.

Inside, the bathrooms are being prepared for tiling and the wardrobe maker has been to measure up.  The carpenters continued with internal work....

Three coats on the western wall

And the apprentice painters returned... site foreman still very bored & looking longingly towards the water.... where he'd rather be.

Week 12 ending 29/9 & Queen's Birthday Long weekend

Internal works continued, with the carpenters arriving and starting door frames etc.

The garage door arrived too, so essentially the house is secure - as secure as plasterboard, insulation and sarking can be.  Until the cladding is added to those areas, its not officially "lock-up" stage.  So no internal pictures, as we didn't visit during working hours when any of the tradesmen were around. 

But we did start on our painting project - painting the neighbour-facing northern & western walls of the house. Despite the 34 degree heat on Saturday, we did make good progress until the rain came in on Sunday afternoon, & that put paid to any more painting on the long weekend.

The colour is Half Limed White. 


Site foreman

Two coats on the western wall

As far as we got with the rain fast closing in

Week 11: ending 22 September - internal & external works continue

Work continued on the plasterboard...

and outside with the bricks.

Week 10: ending 15 September - insulation, plasterboard & brickwork

With cabling done, next follows the wall insulation and plasterboard inside.

And the brickies returned to complete their part of the external walls. 

Friday, 6 October 2017

Week 9: Ending 8 September - Ducting, cabling & wiring

Off to Sandy Cove on a delightful Sunday afternoon to check out progress & take a photo or 100.  Someone wasn't too impressed at having to share his car seat with the measuring equipment. 

So with decisions about electrical points, lights, data points and TV antenna points made & reviewed, the electrician and data team laid all the wiring.  Also went in was the air conditioning ducting. 

Ray's workshop

And in the hope of not hitting wires/cables when future Mr Fixit projects happen, Ray & I took photos of everything.  All carefully labelled and measured - something we wish we had done when Orion Street was being renovated. 

Dining area wall...through two bedrooms & bathroom to workshop
Kaiser was thoroughly bored by this whole episode.  His beach time at lunchtime, with a full tide, was some compensation. 

However, he does need to learn NOT to swallow so much salt water when swimming & fetching sticks.  To say he christened the concrete slab is an understatement!  But he did have fun with some new friends.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Week 8: ending 1 September - windows & doors in

Things keep moving at the rate of knots.  The windows & doors arrived & have been installed.

Peter joined us for an inspection on Father's Day - Sunday 3 September. 


Ensuite & master bedroom

Street view
Come on in

Can't wait till its tiled & painted
The boys on the Al Fresco
The sunrise view from bed.... alas, not the guest bedroom.

And now there are yet more decisions to be made:   How to light a mirror?  How many power points & where? Down lights, up lights, side lights?  Switches high or low?  Data points?  TVs?  All needed to keep the progress happening.    

Week 7: Roof completed & sarking (week ending 26 August)

After the Ekka, the winds dropped & the roofing was completed.

(ignore the date...fixed on the camera after this)

And the sarking was added too, finished on a Saturday.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Week 6: Frame completed, fascias & guttering on, with a picnic in the park

A short week, with the Ekka Holiday, but the frame was completed.

Strong winds on Friday stopped work on the roof, but the fascias & guttering went on.


Ready for the roof

View from the Master Bedroom

And on Sunday 20 August, we hosted the Keneallys for our first official meal at Sandy Cove - a picnic in the park across the street.

Who gets pride of place at the picnic?

Keen uninvited guest

First official meal - lazing in the park

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Week 5: The frame goes up

Thursday 10 August:  Jayne, our darling near neighbour at Thornlands, took a drive-by to check on progress.  This has happened in three days!

The frontage that faces the bay

Friday 11 August: Carpenters done & off for the Redlands Ekka long weekend.  Roof trusses almost done. 

Chef Ray at the kitchen bench

Monday, 7 August 2017

Week 4: Friday 4 August - slab down & frame delivered

With plumbing certification and everything else done that needed to be done, Friday 4 August saw the slab poured.   Great job too. 

And on our visit to site the following day, the frame was being delivered.
A giant timber Mecano set to put together
 Kaiser was more interested in heading for the beach.

More fun than a building site