The beds are made

We’re still working in the vegetable garden and at last, the planting beds are complete, They have been filled with soil and  planted with the bulk of our summer crop.

Jalapeno Chillies, Cayenne Chillies, Beetroot

Another view

Parsnips, Coriander, Spinach Beet

The four little pots above have pieces of Turmeric in them. We’re waiting for them to sprout in the warmth, before planting them out into the bed.

Basil, Dill, Snow Peas, Thyme, Sage, Chives, Garlic Chives, Parsley

Yam Beans (Jicama), Dwarf Beans, Golden Zucchini, Turmeric (when sprouted)

Leek, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Garlic

We tidied up the no man’s land between us and our neighbour, out the front. We were lucky to get some free mulch, so we spread that out and planted a variety of Kangaroo Paws, as a starter.

That’s better

Ah, you’ve spied our letter box. It is our temporary one while we decide what we want for our permanent one. We seem to get a lot of bills in this one. Maybe our luck will change with the new one.

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Startin’ the garden

With the building phase all but done, apart from a couple of fixups and the appearance of some sunshine, we’ve advanced the start of the garden up the list of things to do.

First is the vegetable garden. It has been there now for some 5 years but it has been pretty haphazard  and only partially usable. However, each year, we harvest a lot of produce from that little plot.

This week, I have used the last of the old corrugated iron from the lean to verandah area of the old house, to make the final three planting beds. Four loads of soil have been brought in with one to go, to fill the beds with a good quality soil mix.

Garden beds

Another view

The corrugated iron sheets have been sliced lengthways and then screwed together with sheetmetal corners to form the beds. Star pickets keep the sides in place. We can see that the new beds do not have their black poly pipe protective edge installed as yet. A job for next weekend.

Ok. Now to the front yard. It will comprise mainy Western Australian native shrubs and ground covers, whichy are particularly resilient to the salt and winter storms.

We have had a blackboy planted in the middle of the front yard. We are hoping that it will thrive and be the centrepiece for the natural garden.

Blackboy

Maryanne has added a few plants since then.

We have also been busy with spreading some natural mulch all over the fron yard. The aim is to stop the soil washing away under the house, each time it rains and stop it ending up down the street, every time the wind blows.

The front yard

I mentioned fixups right at the start. Well, Rick and brother Ray, of Vander Constructions, paid us a visit and rplaced the top balustrade rails with solid Jarrah ones that we had custom made at West Coast Timbers, our local sawmill.

Rails.

They are a vast improvement on the previous rails.  One is able to balance a full glass of Shiraz on the rail now and be confident that not a drop will be spilled.

 

Panels & Driveway

The last two weeks have been spent chasing away the clouds. We’ve had a 5.5kW solar power system fitted to the shed roof and we are savouring every precious moment of winter sunshine.

The array

Fifteen of the panels are aimed North and seven panels to the South. The company which sold us the deal, gave us one free panel to make up for the lost efficiency from not having the South side panels on tilt brackets. We agreed that it looks a lot better like this.

A new rainwater tank has been delivered and is now mounted behind the shed. The filtration and pump system are currently being installed. This will bring us filtered and sterilised drinking water to a second tap on the laundry trough. We have been drinking the scheme water for several months now and we arereally quite desperate to start drinking good clean rain water again.

We have had a local earthmoving contractor install our new auxillary driveway. The guys spent the day laying and compacting the red clay/gravel driveway. They also levelled and cleared the front yard and drilled a 600mm diameter and 1.8m deep hole, ready for Alek’s radio mast in the back yard. The hole is beneath the sheet of corrugated iron, on the ground, in the picture above.

Driveway No 2

Just before the man packed his bobcat away, we had him scoop out a hole in the front yard for a Blackboy to be planted. It is visible, in the shadows, at the front of the house, in the picture below.

The hole

Steve, our builder came down last week as well, as did the carpenter and painter. We are happy to say that we are all but finished with this project, as far as the building contract and local council requirements are concerned. Just two or three final tidy up pieces to go.

Yep. We’re certainly pleased with that.

17 Coronation Drive, Binningup.

Laid

Thae Marri floor was completed on Thursday, 13th April.

It is the crowning glory of our house.

Sanding

Finishing the edges

Say after me; “Wow!”

Just some white skirting to add and we’re all done in there. Thanks to Peter, from Cottage timber floors for the amazing work and to John from West Coast Timbers, for the wonderful wood.

Floor Preview

Well, its happening and its going to be ready to walk on and use, by Easter. I’m talking about the solid Marri floor in our main room.

Here are a few progress pics.

There’s the heap

Made a start

Filling the holes

It has been three days to get to this stage. The boards are all laid and the holes in the natural wood have been filled, ready to sand and seal.

Sanding will happen tomorrow and then the acrylic satin finish sealer will go on the day after.

Seeya then.

Still at it

Yes, we’re still here and things are still happening, albeit very slowly but that is largely due to ourselves.

We are finally ready to go ahead with the laying of our Marri floor in the main room of the house. We pick up the timber this week and then it will be laid, sanded and sealed, next week. I’ll definitely get the camera out again and post some nice pics of the progress and finished floor.

Ater that, we will have the trades returning to fit the skirting boards and finish off the painting and do a few other finishing touches.

Negotiations for the 5kW solar power installation have been completed. The installation date will be confirmed as soon as we cough up the deposit.

We will have the earthmoving people in to replace the soil in the front yard and construct a new driveway down the side of the house, where the old crushed limestone one is. This will run all the way to the back shed and will also provide access and parking for guests using the upstairs house.

We’ll be back soon.

 

First Christmas

Moving in is continuing and each day, we do a little more to make this place our home. We’ve had further building progress as well.

The people from Britone in Wangara came and measured for splashback, mirrors and shower screens. A week later, they returned and installed the finished product. We are very pleased with the look.

Main bathroom shower and mirror

Main bathroom shower and mirror

Ensuite shower, mirror and photographer

Ensuite shower, mirror and photographer

Kitchen splashback

Kitchen splashback

Our mate Mozi, the painter, paid a quick visit and gapped and touched up all the skirting boards and painted the garage ceiling. There are still quite a few unpacked boxes in there but he was able to reach accross far enough to get to all the spots.

Steve, the builder, Spent two days here with Neville, the fitting carpenter. They fitted the stainless steel wire balustrading with posts and toprails. Mozi will stain the toprail, to more closely match the bush pole colour, on his next visit, in the new year. Neville also added a couple of bits of the wooden balustrading to finish off around the back.

Wire balustrade

Wire balustrade

Stairs balustrade

Stairs balustrade

OK, now for the most important room in the house, the Alfresco. Work has started, to make this space usable. We have temporary benches and barbecue and table installed. Permamnet fixtures include a couple of new bar fridges, a 65″ TV and an air conditioner. Also, a drinks barrel/table and 4 stools are in place. We’ll burchase the benches and permanent built in barbecue in the new year. The range hood is on site and will be installed soon as well

TV and air con

TV and air con

Son Steven, our electrician, is here too. He has wired up all 3 air conditioners that I installed. Got’em all finished, the day after our 41°C day. That’d be right!

Well, this may be it for the year. The finishing touches will be applied in the new year and then the real work starts. Establishing the gardens and interior decor, etc.

We have Steven and his family here now, in readiness for Christams. Russell and Nicola and partners will be here as well. Both houses will be full and all are looking forward to a fun filled holiday season at Binno.

Cheers and Merry Christmas from Maryanne and Alek.

A few pictures

Its been a while since we’ve seen some pictures of the place, so here goes.

Front view 1

Front view 1

Front view 2

Front view 2

The front door

The front door

Around the back

Around the back

Up top

Up top

Yep. Mozi has done some more painting and Rick and his boys have done some more balustrades.

The inside of the Alfresco room has been painted out and the door placed into the store room in there. The 65″ TV is on the wall. I haven’t incleded a picture, because we have a lot of stuff stored there, to clear the garage, in readiness for our big garage sale, on Saturday, the 26th.

We were ruthless with throwing stuff out, when we packed our stuff in Marmion, to bring down here. Well, we have been even more ruthless, at this end, when we have been unpacking the stuff and trying to find a space, in this substantially larger house. We seemed to be fit a lot more in the smaller house than we can in this one. How does that work?

This week, Steven, our electrician, will be back, to do some more fitting off of lights and power. We hope to see the carpenters back, for the final bits and pieces. We need our shower screens and towel rails too.

Oh. The exciting news. John, from West Coast Timbers, our local sawmill, has advised that our Marri floor boards are ready for pick up. That is happening today (Monday). They will go down in the kitchen/dining/family room. Can’t wait.

We’ve been living in the house for some three weeks now. We are getting used to things and unpacking boxes slowly and putting a great deal of thought where we store our goodies and items. Its working really well and we’ve had no fights. That’s because, I’ve nearly learned to do everything she says. . . . . . Finally!

Seeya soon.

We’re in!

Yep. On Sunday, the 30th, we had the kids down for a combined birthday barbeccue lunch,  in the newly painted Alfresco room, to celebrate our daughter, Nicola’s birthday and my (Alek) birthday, from the 29th.

After they all left, I said to Maryanne, “let’s not carry all the stuff back upstairs. Let’s move into our new house downstairs.”

Well, a couple of hours of moving stuff and cleaning, etc, we sat down, with a small wine, followed by some fine Scotch, that I had received for my birthday. We were still full from lunch, so a few nuts and pretzels sustained us as we relaxed in front of the telly, in our fold out camping chairs. Yep. That’s right. No lounge suite. We put that on the verge, many months ago, as we were thinning out the furniture in our old place in Marmion.

Anyway, on Sunday, the 30th of October, 2016, we spent our first night, in our own bed, in our own bedroom, in our own, all but complete, new home.

All the stinking hot and freezing cold, days and nights that we had spent in the shed and caravan, all of a sudden, seemed worth it. It has been a very long haul, but we can see the blazing sunlight at the end of the tunnel.

We are relieved, we are grateful and we are delighted with the home that Steve Fisher, from Contour Builders, has built for us. He was very brave to take on the project and we know he’s going to see it through to a very successful conclusion. One terrific benefit of this project has been that we have Steve and his wife, Michelle, as friends. Most people would find it pretty amazing to still be on speaking terms with a builder, let alone have them as friends, after they had built their house.

I’ll take a few more progress snaps very soon and post them here, in a regular update.

 

 

Into more hot water

A bit more activity this last week.

The good news is that we are slowly moving into the downstairs house. The bathrooms and laundry cupboards are now full, as are our wardrobe and the kitchen pantry. Maryanne has moved a mountain of stuff into her craft room and some furniture, including beds and cupboards have found their new home. This is much to the relief of the garage, which had the entire contents of our recently sold, Marmion home stored in it. With a bit of reaarranging and stacking of boxes, we would almost be able to swing a cat in there now. I won’t post a picture of that or the cat.

More good news. We have replaced the temporay 50 litre electric storage hot water system, with the lates and greatest, heat pump system by Sanden, supplied by URECO and installed by their main man, Martin Mulcahy, who happens to be our next door neighbour. Pretty handy, that is.

Sanden heat pump HWS

Sanden heat pump HWS

Another step forward, has been the internal cladding of the Alfresco room. This happened last week and the guys will return soon to sand it all smooth, ready for painting.

Alfresco

Alfresco

Alfresco store room

Alfresco store room

Our son Steven, also put in an appearance and commissioned more of the elctrical system in the downstairs house. One more visit, once the Alfresco is painted, should see the end of his work here.

Yours truly has also been active. I’ve been preparing and connecting the TV cabling. Installing blinds and curtains. I have put in the ducting for all the exhaust fans and installed range hoods and ducting. I have also mounted the air conditioner, indoor and outdoor units,  for the upstairs house. I will pipe it up and commission it over the next few days, when the roof promises to be dry.

Air conditioner

Air conditioner

Also visible, in the picture above, is the remote fan unit for the downstairs kitchen range hood. Its that dark round thing beside the windows.

Mozi, the painter, did some more work as well. You also can see where he has been, in the picture above.

Our wardrobes are all complete. I would have showed them off but we have an issue with the colour. Happily, we’re working on a resolution to that, as I type.

What’s next? Carpenters. We need them to come and put in the Alfresco store room door and all the skirting boards. They need to finish off the ballustrading and a few minor bits and pieces as well.

The main room’s floorcovering is still outstanding. We’re waiting on word from the Myalup sawmill, to say that the Marri boards are ready for us. Then it needs to be laid, sanded and sealed.

Then, we have the myriad of sundry items like towel rails, mirrors, shower screens, etc and a final paint touch up.

Who’s coming to the house warming? We gotta start thinking about that soon.

 

Bath time

Well, the plumber came back this week and installed the bath. Maryanne and grandkids will be pleased. Speaking of which, Our son, Russell and his lovely lady, Angeline, have announced that they are expecting our 4th grandchild. We should have built a bigger house.

The luxurious bath

The luxurious bath

As well as the bath, Brad and apprentice, dug lots of holes and trenches and hooked all of the rain water downpipes, to the four huge stormwater soak wells, that featured in one of our earliest posts, last year. The drainage network is being well tested as we are still very much in winter weather, even though it is the beginning of October.

Next is the decking. The good news is, that it has been completed. Corey and Jarrad finished it off last week. We can now walk on all the verandahs and decked areas. Well, we could before as well but it was highly risky.

Verandah

Verandah

What’s next? Well, we’re pretty excited to see that the vinyl floor coverings have been laid in all the rooms in the downstairs house, except the kitchen, dining, family area. That room will be getting sollid Marri flooring. We just visited the local timber mill and confirmed our order.

Anyway, the vinyl is the same product that we have upstairs, only a different colour.

The floor inspector

The floor inspector

Yep. Its good

Yep. Its good

That is largely it for now. Jobs booked for next week include the Gyprock cladding on the internal walls of the alfresco area. The final bits of flashing, guttering and roof vents. A bit more painting. Installation of all shelving in the robes and pantries. Installation of skirting boards. A bit more electrical work. So, if it all comes off as planned, it will be a very productive time.

 

Saturday update

Brad, our plumber, along with his dad, Rob, also a plumber, spent all of Saturday, here. You remember Rob. He got a mention, along with pictures, way back at the start, when the septic tanks, leach drains and stormwater soak wells were installed.

Well, they managed to finish the kitchen sink, the laundry trough, and the 2 downstairs toilets, plus a vanity unit.

The main kitchen sink drainage was the challenge of the year. This is normally a pretty simple and menial task for any plumber but not in this case. You see, directly below the sink, we (Maryanne) decided that we would locate the kitchen waste bins in that drawer. This means that there is very limited space between the bottom of the sink basins and the top of the bins in the drawer. Therefore, getting those waste pipes in there, joiningt them up and coupling them through the P trap, as well as allowing for the dishwasher runoff was quite a big ask. On top of that, there were the connections for the sink tap hoses, the isolation taps and power point for the dishawsher, all in the same small space.

I can tell you, the finished pipework looked more like something you’d see in a brass musical ensemble. For Brad to create this and for his father to construct it and get it all to fit, was nothing short of marvellous. Thanks fellas. You done good today.

 

Paint, plumbing and appliances

Another great week, as the we sense that there might be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Monday morning, saw Mozi, the painter, back to continue his good work. Five days on the job and the painting is nearly all done.

Verandah ceiling

Verandah ceiling

Mozi, installing the striker plate

Mozi, installing the striker plate

Travis and Clay, our cabinet people came as well and did some more work in the kitchen and upstairs. Just a couple of cupboard doors left to come.

Brad, the plumber came midweek and put in a mighty effort in connecting vanity basins, laundry troughs, a sink and a shower

Upstairs laundry trough

Upstairs laundry trough

Note, the washing machine as well. Yours truly made three return trips to Marmion and brought back furniture and household items. The washing machine was one of those items.

Steve and Camo, from SP Electrical spent all of Thursday fitting more lights, power, TV and data points, along with the induction cooktop and oven in the downstairs kitchen.

Let's cook

Let’s cook

Island bench lights

Island bench lights

Friends who have visited have admired the canvas print that we have hanging in the upstairs house. It so beautifully depicts the great feel of a happy beachside holiday.

The beach house

The beach house

We’re looking forward to continuing the great momentum next week. See you then.

 

We got da powa

Yes. We have the mains power permanently connected to the house. The temporary power pole is no more.

The meter box

The meter box

Other happenings theis week? Well, the carpenters returned and despite some miserable cold weather, they got a lot done The lining on the verandahs, upstairs landing and entry is done. They also finished door achitraves, weather strips and locking bolts.

Verandah lining

Verandah lining

Entrance lining

Entrance lining

Hmmm. I can see the photographer in that pic.

On top of that, the cladding around the high level windows is also complete.

Ready for paint

Ready for paint

What else? Oh yes. The cupboard handles arrived and Clay, from Bunbury Designer Cabinets & Furniture, was kind enough to install them all.

The handles

The handles

With the manpower onsite on Friday, we were able to get the fridge to its new home upstairs. We were very quick to load it with life’s essentials and a good night was had by all.

Good night

Good night

Hic! Seeya soon

Kitchen

Hey, Travis and Clay, from Bunbury Designer Cabinets & Furniture showed up today. They’ve made a start on the kitchen cabinets. I took a few snaps of the work so far.

The frames

The frames

Cutting in the sink

Cutting in the sink

With doors

With doors

To be continued.

Just got back from Perth this arvo and found this. See pics below.

Nice

That’s better

Solid Marri island bench

Solid Marri island bench

Ready for appliances

Ready for appliances

In the picture above, we can see the space for the oven, under the induction cooktop. Also the spaces for the microwave and dishwasher.  The missing doors in the overheads are having the glass panels fitted. They will be fitted soon, along with all the door and drawer handles.

 

Mick, Mozi, Matt and Steve . . . . . . and a garage door

It’s been busy times again.

Firstly, Mick, our tin man has been and  finished the cladding on the rear and the side of the Alfreco area. He has measured up the final bits of flashing that he needs and he’ll be back really soon to finish off.

That rear view again

That rear view again

Mozi came as well. Always nice to see him. So much so, he is also doing work for other family members. He has painted out the downstairs bedrooms, entrance, hallways and activity room. The main living room area is all but finished as well.

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

Matt Parnell, is a newcomer to the project. He and his team have just done the render on the main entry structure and the front of the garage. They also took care of the upstairs column feature wall. It turns out that Matt is from my own home town of Narrogin and knows the same bunch of ratbags that I grew up with. Despite this, he is an excellent tradesman. We have added Matt’s details to the “Our Team” page of this blog.

The render

The render

Steve, number two son, from SP Electrical, was also down for a couple of days.  The main internal switchboard is now complete and the power points and lights in the downstairs house have all been fitted off now. The meter box has been wired in readiness for the the incoming mains power to be connected. We are hoping that the cutover for that, won’t take as long as the debacle we had when we first started this project and wanted to get the power taken off the old house, to be demolished and swung over to the temporary power box.

 

We are very happy to have the garage door in place. It allows us to store items in the garage, as we move from our Marmion home, which has been sold and must be vacated by the 28th of this month.

Garage door

Garage door

In the above pictureyou also get to see the completed rendering and that column feature upstairs. That downpipe? No, don’t worry, that’s a temporary fixture. Mick will fit the proper one soon.

 

The balcony

Well, the ceramic tile floor of the upstairs balcony is all done, grouted and sealed. Rob, the tiler, you’re a master.

Nice finish

Nice finish

Now, take a look at this next picture and think back to the previous post where I mentioned the seamless entry.

Matching floors

Matching floors

On the left is the vinyl floor on the inside and on the right, the ceramic balcony floor. The vinyl looks darker in this pic but trust me, that is the camera telling lies. They are almost exactly the same shade. I took another pic from the inside of the door and the outside tile floor looked darker.

I commend Maryanne on the choices of the two floors from two completely different suppliers. She says that she likes things to match. She really did it with this one.

 

Cupboards and tiles

It has been quiet here, on the blog, as we attended to funerals and cleanups, etc but things have been progressing on the building back here in Binningup. The weather in the last few weeks has been nothing short of revolting. Wind, rain and cold have really had a serious impact on the progress of the project.

Brad the plumber has hooked up a small temporary hot water system and fitted off the upstairs shower and toilet. Wow. What luxury. As we are sleeping in the upstairs house, it is a real pleasure, to not have to go all the way to the facilities in the shed. We await, with great anticipation the connecting of the kitchen, bathroom and laundry sinks.

Travis, our cabinet man has also been busy. He has fitted the cabinets to the downstairs wet areas and cut in the basins, ready for Brad to connect to the plumbing.

Unicode

Ensuite vanity

Laundry

Laundry

Our ceramic artist, Rob, is here, as I type, finishing all the ceramic tiling.  He has done all the floor edging tiles, the vanity splashbacks and the upstairs kitchen splashback. You can see his craft in the photo above and the one below.

Upstairs kitchen

Upstairs kitchen, pre grouting

All these areas will be grouted sealed and complete by Friday.

Also Rob’s project, is the upstairs balcony. The tiling of this will mean that the downstairs alfresco area will finally be watertight. Yippee.

Rob, laying them down

Rob, laying them down

Nice

Nice

I will publish a couple more pics of this part, when it is done and grouted. We will then see, that the ceramic balcony tiles, match, almost exactly, the interior vinyl tiles, making for a seamless entry and exit to the upstairs house.

 

 

Dearly missed

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Alek’s mother, Gertrud Petkovic.

Gertrud left us on Tuesday, the 2nd of August, aged 95, at Albany Community Hospice, after a very short illness.

She and Alek’s father, built the original house here in 1961.

Rest peacefully Mum.

Bedecked

Well, the weather hasn’t improved much but its enough to allow a few pics of the progress on the decking.

House level deck

House level deck

Looking back the other way

Looking back the other way

The view from afar

The view from afar

 

Balustrades, doors and tubs

In between the bouts of bad weather, things are progressing well.

We now have a good portion of the balustrading installed. This is particularly nice to have, as it adds a great feeling of safety, when traversing stairs and decks. It actually looks good too. The colour at the moment is “undercoat pink” but that will change once our painter returns.

Looking down the stairs

Looking down the stairs

Ground level view

Ground level view

We got doors too. The front doors are now swung, as are all the downstairs internal doors. Our carpenters, who are more at home with framing, roofing and the like have shown they have the skills for the more artisan work of the trade. The doors all move and operate very nicely.

Front doors

Front doors

In the picture above, the purple bits are stickers. They will be removed.

Internal doors

Internal doors

SP Electrical were back last week as well. All the power points and most of the lights downstairs, are fitted off. They’ll be back soon to finish the fittings and commisssion the main switchboard.

Travis, our cabinet man came back as well and fitted the fridge cabinet and cut in the basin, trough and sink in the upper house.

Bathroom basin

Bathroom basin

A few plumbing fixtures are on order and expected any day. This means, that we’ll be ready for the plumber to return and hook all the pipework in. Then, we’ll really be in hot water and cooking with gas. The final migration can then be made from the shed, which currently houses our shower, toilet, washing machine, and kitchen.

As I write this, the carpenters are here, frustrated by constant rain showers and icy cold winds, laying down the “Enduradeck” composite decking on the verandah and decking areas. Photos of that, as soon as the sun comes out.

First night

Well, what a great day. We have just spent our first night in our new home. It was a stormy night outside, with strong winds and at times, driving rain. However, inside our upstairs hideaway, it was quiet, snug and warm. It was just so good to be able to stretch out in the bed, after a year in the caravan.

There is still a fair bit to do upstairs and we thought we’d be further advanced by the end of this week but material delays have slowed us down a bit. Never mind, There’s always next week.

Yesterday was when we had the flooring installed in the upstairs. This was our cue to move in.  The product is click together vinyl planks.  It comes with good reccommendations, so we’re hoping that we’re on a winner. It certainly looks robust and beautiful. Most importantly, the thing that pleases every homeowner, it’ll hide the dirt.

Floor in main area

Floor in main area

The close up

The close up

Drive

Today is a big day. As I type, the driveway is being laid. Below are a few progress pics.

The pour

The pour

Mal guiding the chute

Mal guiding the chute

Working the surface

Working the surface

We’ll add pics of the exposed aggregate finish very soon.

Still here

Well, it has been a long time between updates. However, quite a bit has happened.

We have had Mozi the painter back. He has finished all the painting in the upstairs house and has all but finished the outside of both places. He is currently working inside in the lower house.

First coat on the ceiling

First coat on the ceiling

Walls and ceilings first coat

Walls and ceilings first coat

Mal from Concrete Angel is currently working on the driveway and floor for the garage.

Cutting in the driveway

Cutting in the driveway

Bringing it in

Bringing it in

Laying it down

Laying it down

Nice job

Nice job

OK, there’s more. We’ve made a few changes around the back. The biggest one is the revamped landing and staircase for the back verandahs and upstairs house. The previous configuration was presenting insurmountable problems in getting the Alfresco area water tight and weather sealed. A complete re-design was necessary and we are now confident that the problems are going to be easily resolved and that we’ll have a nice secure area in the fun part of the house. We thank Rick and hes able team of carpenters in working with us on this one.

The new staircases

The new staircases

Yep. That little landing sure looks high but its not that bad in reality. The treads on the seps are now finished as well. Those long skinny poles are of course just temporary props.

An easy climb

An easy climb

 

Extended balcony

Extended balcony ready for tiling

Back on the inside, downstairs, the carpenters have nearly completed fitting all the doors. Its really starting to look like a house.

OK, now for the constant question, “When are ya gonna move in?” Well, its actually getting exciting. We think the upstairs cabinet works will be completed this week and we are hoping for the plumber to fit off the taps and waste pipes . A shower screen and hot water hookup and we’re nearly there. The window treatments are a work in progress, as we speak, so the exciting day, when we can move out of the shed and caravan and into the top house is very near.

More soon.

 

 

Catching breath

The week saw Rob, the tiler back here. He has now essentially finished the ceramic tiling work. Just some skirting tiles downstairs and kitchen splashback tiles upstairs, along with the upstairs balcony floor tiles remain to be done.  The finish on his work is nothing short of superb. This man knows his stuff.

Steve, our builder came down for the weekend and loaded a lot of scaffold to take back to Perth. He’ll be back for another load, later this week. More importantly, while he was here, we went over the whole project and noted what was still to be done. Steve will now generate the timeline and plan for the rest of the build.

From this we are very encouraged that we may be moving into the upstairs house by the end of this month. This will be a tremendous moment for us, as yours truly has lived onsite for most of the last 12 months in the shed and adjacent caravan. Maryanne has also spent nearly half of the year here as well, under the same conditions. As winter sets in the of a wood fire in the shed and electric blanket in the caravan are being put to daily use. It will be a huge relief for both of us, to have a solid,  quiet, insulated place to stay.

We are at the stage now, where several trades can work concurrently on the site. This will really propel us towards that long awaited finish line.

No photos this week. We’ll do them next time.

 

 

Tiles and Tops

Rob Geibl, the terrific tiler has been back here and we have some more of his classy work to show off. After completing the sealing and preparation of the downstairs wet areas, Rob has made a great start on laying the wall and floor tiles.

Brick framework for the bath

Brick framework for the bath

Ready for the bathtub

Ready for the bathtub

The laundry floor

The laundry floor

OK, let’s go upstairs now. Travis, from Bunbury Designer Cabinets & Furniture, has delivered the cabinetry for the guest accommodation and the contractors have Worked hard to install them and the tops are on, ready for the basin, trough and sink to be cut in. The handles have been selected and the overhead kitchen cabinets are having the range hood fitted as I write.

The Kitchen

The kitchen

That recess in the picture is for the gas/electric range. The overhead cupboards will take in the entire wall space above that range and will include the tall cabinet for the fridge.

The laundry                                                                           The laundry

The Bathroom

The bathroom

The excitement will continue next week. weather permitting.

The lights are on!

AND  we’ll soon be home!

Anybody home?

Anybody home?

Anyone who thinks that this is not a thrilling moment, just doesn’t appreciate how far we have come in this great project.  We are delighted and excited.

Thanks to Steve’s great electricians, namely our son Steven of SP Electrical, ably assisted by our other son, Russell, of Smart Design Electrical, along with apprentice Cameron, (Camo).

The balcony ceiling lights

The balcony ceiling lights

The light and power for the upstairs house is now complete and working on a temporary feed from the site power outlet.

The downstairs light and power outlets have all been prepared as well. They will be fitted off as well as soon as the Gyprock people have patched and flushed and the painter has done the inside painting.

Ceiling lights.

Ceiling lights.

We’ve just heard that the upstairs house cabinet works will be complete this week. The intention is to have them installed next week.

Can’t wait.

 

 

Tiles and trim

Another good week. We had visits from the tiler, the plumber and the carpenters.

First, Rob the tiler. He has made great inroads into the tiling of the upstairs wet areas and the preparation of floors downstairs. Whilst it is not apparent in the pictures, when you get really close up and see the techniques he used and the care he has taken, you realise that this man is a true craftsman. Wonderful work Rob and thank you. We are looking forward to your return when the new lot of tiles arrive.

Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs Laundry and toilet

Upstairs Laundry and toilet

Downstairs laundry floor, sealed and ready for tiling

Downstairs laundry floor, sealed and ready for tiling

Brad, the plumber, with his able apprentice, came and took care of some drainage issues downstairs, which will enable Rob, the tiler to get his work done there. They also looked at the sewer piping and they will return to extend that down to the septic and drainage system which they put in the ground in late June, last year.

It was great to have the carpenters back on site. They put some auxiliary joists into the decking area, in readiness for the Enduradeck boards, which we hope, will arrive soon. They also completed the wall, adjoining the main house, in the alfresco area. The cavity slider doors are all in place downstairs, as are some of the door frames. The front and rear door frames and the cavity sliders door frames are all nicely trimmed with their architraves.

Ensuite and wardrobe cavity slider doors and frames

Ensuite and wardrobe cavity slider doors and frames

Front architraves

Front architraves

What’s next? Well, the carpenters will return and the electricians will be here next week. Steve, our builder, is also working on coordinating the plasterer to render the front brickwork and the grano man, to do the garage floor and driveway.

Seeya then.

Inside and out

We had 10 tradesmen on site together this week. The results are quite fantastic.

Firstly, the Gyprock installers, a highly skilled team of 6 men, hit the ground running on Tuesday morning.  They worked and they worked until Friday evening to get the inside of the house completely insulated and lined.

Lining the kitchen

Lining the kitchen

Once these guys were set up, They were awesome to watch.

Activity room boarded up

Activity room boarded up

Dining room lining

Dining room lining

The final sheet

The final sheet

The finished room

The finished room

The guys did a great job and put in a lot of time, making sure that the site was clean at the end of the job. Really pleasing.

On Wednesday, the carpenters were back. They also stayed until stumps of Friday and they are no slouches when it comes to getting the work done.

Their mission was to get the outer cladding completed. They also did a tremendous job making alterations to tidy up a lot of the flashings around the roof line, to eliminate all possibility of water ingress.

The boys worked in horrendous conditions. We had a full blown winter storm. They had to do something to combat the force 5 gales and horizontal rain. The picture below is the best they could do.

Shelter from the storm

Shelter from the storm

Even with the shelter, it was very uncomfortable. All the more so when the guys inside the house were working in shorts and no shirts on.

The following pictures were taken after the storms had passed. The sight of blue skies was something very unusual this week.

The cladding on the rear before the storm

The cladding on the rear

Front and side

Front and side

Upstairs cladding

Upstairs cladding

Well, our builder has really got the ball rolling now. We are expecting visits from the electricians, the tiler, the painter, the carpenters, and the cabinet maker in the coming week.

Bring it on.

 

Bits and pieces.

It has been a mixed couple of weeks, as we wait for the house next door to be available again, to house our visiting tradesmen.

During that time, we have had Mozi, the painter, beautifying the barges and eaves and spraying the walls and doors upstairs with their initial coats of paint. Pics will be added next week.

Painted eaves and barge boards

Painted eaves and barge boards

All undercoated

All undercoated

Rob, the tiler arrived as well and spent a couple of days preparing and sealing walls and floors in the upstairs bathroom, laundry and toilet areas. His next visit will see those areas tiled. The tiles arrived during this week, so all is ready.

Bathroom, ready for tiles

Bathroom, ready for tiles

Our woodworking friends have also been busy in the lower house, finishing door frames, boxing out drainage pipes and installing lowered ceiling joists in the bathroom .

Cavity door frames in place

Cavity door frames in place

The house is now ready for the next onslaught of Gyprock installation. All the supplies for this work were also delivered during the week.

The next few weeks will be exciting as we have carpenters, tilers, painters, cabinet workers, electricians and plumbers all standing by, ready to get stuck into their jobs.

Scaffold gone from driveway. Tiles and Gyprock cornice on verandah

Scaffold gone from driveway. Tiles and Gyprock cornice on verandah

 

More windows

We did a quick tidy up of the site, around and under the house, to make space for the next lot of mess. The last few days of rain, have settled all the dust.

Late last week, the glazier was back and we now have the full complement of glass in the Alfresco area. Well, almost. There are 3 half size glass louvres that were left out of the package.

Rear glass and bifold doors

Rear glass and bifold doors

The louvres

The louvres

We couldn’t wait for the alfresco area to be completed, so we have put in a few temporary items to make our life here a bit more enjoyable while the build is happening.  The old barbecue is in there, along with the old plastic table and chairs. A couple of portable lights, table and a small radio/CD player and we’re ready to party.

Unicode

The party room

The rain has kept the trades away these last two days but we have been promised some action tomorrow with the return of the carpenters, and painter. The tiler will also join us to start on all the ceramic tiling.

 

 

 

Verandah and glass

We entertained 3 trades this week. Firstly, our intrepid roof plumber added some touches to the roof and cut in the spouts for the downpipes.

Affixing the gutter guard

Affixing the gutter guard

Next were the chippies. They worked hard and fast, putting in the beams and joists for the all the way around verandah.

Pretty strong verandah

Pretty strong verandah

They then scrounged around for anything flat and strong, to provide a temporary walking surface on the verandah. The glaziers were about to arrive and they ‘re not that good at stepping across joists, carrying large sheets of double glass.

Professional looking deck

Professional looking deck

The Enduradeck, synthetic wood, decking boards, are on order and when they arrive, the verandahs will look a little more up market.

Did I mention the glaziers? Well, the man with the glass arrived on Sunday morning and in a few short hours , the glass was in. That is, all but the high level windows in the living room and the Alfresco area windows. Those frames are on order and should arrive with glass installed. The carpenters will fit them.

From the back

From the back

From the side

From the side

The full frontal

The full frontal

With the windows now in place, it means that the work on the inside of the house can now proceed.

We are now looking forward to the wall cladding on the inside and outside of the house to be completed. We’re also ready for the front and back doors.

We’ll keep you posted.

 

Big poles

A few changes to report.

Firstly, we now have the full complement of windows in the top house.

The glass is in

The glass is in

More glass is going in at the end of next week in the main house. The scaffolding on the East side of the house has been lowered to the correct level to allow for the safe installation of the panes and sliders.

As well as that, we have had the the entire pre wiring job completed. in the downstairs house. Power, light, TV and data cables are all run. We are ready for the ceiling and wall cladding.

A substantial change to the look of the place, comes from the installation of the bush poles which form the verandah supports. They are the same thick, chunky poles that the entire house sits on.

Front poles

Front poles

Side poles

Side poles

With the poles installed, the next step is the verandah decking. The framework for this will be going in during this coming week.

We were visited by Travis, from Bunbury Designer Cabinets and Furniture, during the week. He has made the final measurements and calculations for all the cabinet works in the top house. The cabinets are in production as we speak.

Maryanne has also been busy, selecting the floor coverings for the top house and its balcony, along with all the ceramic tiles. We have all the window treatments, ready to be installed, once these jobs are done.

Drenching rain during the week, prevented the completion of the roofing, flashings and guttering. The weather forecast is favourable for that to happen in the coming days.

That fine weather should enable the painter to paint the eaves and barges. Once that’s done, the scaffold gets packed away for good.

That’s it. Seeya next week.

 

 

A landmark first.

Our daughter, Nicola, was the first person to spend the night in our new house. She slept, in her swag, in Bedroom 1 in the upstairs house.

With most of the contents of our city home, now crammed into the shed, there is very little space for anyone to stand, let alone sleep.

Nicola reports that it was very comfortable, if a little light on amanities. Well, just as comfortable as sleeping in a swag, anyway.

We are very encouraged by this and we are really looking forward to the day we can move in.

Tin lid

A great week with much progress. We had 4 trades work on the house .

Brad Fiori, our favourite plumber, spent a couple of days finishing the pre piping for hot and cold water. Also, the entire waste water pipes and those for number ones and number twos are all in place and ready to be trunked down to the tank farm in the back yard.

Russell Petkovic, from Smart Design Electrical, also worked solidly for two days to pre-cable the main house structure for power and lighting. We are now ready for ceiling and wall cladding inside the main house.

Mick and his team of capable helpers, arrived on the scene and did what is probably the most noticeable part of the construction so far. That is, of course, the Colorbond roof cladding on the main house . Mick, you’ve transformed the place.

Not to be outdone by the other trades, Rick and Corey, from Vander Constructions, put in an appearance and a big effort, to tidy up a few outstanding items pertaining to the roof cladding.

Let’s take a look at a few progress shots.

Nice roof mate

Nice roof mate

From the other angle.

From the other angle.

From the inside

From the inside

Caught you smiling Mick

Caught you smiling Mick

The garage roof

The garage roof

With the roof all but complete, being such a milestone, the stage is now set for a flurry of activity in the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone who put in the time and effort this week. In particular, Steve Fisher of Contour Builders. As always, he is doing a great job in steering this great project.

 

Doors ‘n’ battens

Another action filled week.

Those in attendance were the carpenters, the plumber, the glazier, the roofer and Steve, the boss

The roof is now in full readiness for the tin to go on. Mick, our roofing man came and measured everything up with regard to sheet lengths, flashings and gutters.

A great view of the roofline

A great view of the roofline

The carpenters pulled out all stops to get the roof built and the battens screwed down. To add to this, the high level windows have been framed up and we are now waitng for those to be built and delivered.

Who's gonna clean them?

Who’s gonna clean them?

We have just a couple of small last minute alterations to be done to cater for a wood fire flue in the main living area and sealing and drainage of the alfresco area roof. That will happen before the tin goes on.

The door frames are in, the doors hung and the locks and handles installed. The skirting boards are all attached as well.

Doors and skirting

Doors and skirting

Due to a misunderstanding of requirements, the installation of the window panes in the upstairs house, has been deferred until the roof sheeting is on. We do however, have the glass sliding doors installed.

Sliding doors

Sliding doors

Brad Fiori, our plumber, came back and fitted more water pipes and tap and mixer bases. The waste water and dunny pipes have also been extended to the outside of the house. This has created another job for the carpenters and that is to build some bulkheads to accommodate this piping within the house. That’s ok, we know that the boys love working down here.

The dunny manifold

The dunny manifold

We have been assured, that next week, our team of electricians will return to fit off lights and power upstairs and complete the pre-cabling downstairs.

Full frontal

Full frontal

The view to the beach from upstairs bedroom 2

The view to the beach from upstairs bedroom 2

 

Steppin’ up

The staircases to the top house were finished this week. The slight deviation from the plans means that we now have very much improved and simplified access between the Alfresco area, the upper house and the main house. The added bonus is a small deck area outside the Alfresco.

The steps

The steps

Also this week, the garage received a lot of attention. It is now ready for ceiling and roof cladding.

Corey and Keanu raising the roof support beam

Corey and Keanu raising the roof support beam

Garage roof from the top

Garage roof from the top

From below

From below

That’s not all. Just take a look at the upstairs balcony now. The bush pole supports are in place and the Glosswood ceiling has been fitted.

What a transformation

What a transformation

Back to the front now. The boys continued working on the main roof framing. The skillion roof over Bedroom 1 with an angle to match the top house roof is ready for the tin to go on.

Very stylish

Very stylish

One more thing. Come around the back again. The verandah roof has been started.

From the top

From the top

From below

From below

Next week, it will be carried on around the side and join with the roof across the front. That will complete the roof form and once the tin is on, it should look quite classy.

We’re looking forward to the boys returning next week. We are also ready for more plumbing prep work and electrical cabling and fit offs.

Seeing this great progress reminds us how lucky we are that Steve Fisher, of Contour Builders agreed to take on this build, the home of our dreams. It is no secret that two other builders baulked at the project when it was offered to them. Thanks Steve. You are a champion.

Its a boy!

The big news this week is that Corey, a star member of the Vander Construction team, has become a father. Corey was called home late last night to be with Grace, as she gave birth to their second son.

Corey, best wishes to you all and may the little fellow enjoy a long, loving and successful life.

Crikey!

What a great week. So much has happened, so quickly, that its hard to appreciate where we were a week ago.

The team from Vander Construction were here from Tuesday to Friday. With up to 6 tradesmen on the job, things really got done.

Firstly, the Alfresco area out back is now ready for its tin roof.

Secondly, the split landings at the back of the house and in front of the Alfresco were constructed. They are all but ready for the decking boards.

Then there’s the stair case leading from the high level landing to the upstairs house. The stairways between the two landings and the one from the lower landing to the back yard are also ready to be bolted into place

A couple of the guys were involved in adding more Hardie Primeline cladding to the outside of the house..

Perhaps the most noticeable change, that is visible from the street, is the roof framing for the main house. This includes the front verandah overhang and the portico ceiling structure.

As the stairway to the upper house is now in place, the front window, of the upper house has been been built in.

To top it all off, a couple of the guys who did the Gyprock in the upper house last week, returned and sanded all the joints, making it ready for the painter to paint the inside of that house.  The top house is also ready for window panes, doors, plumbing and electrical fit off.

There are so many photos this week that its hard to select the few which a re most representative of the great progress that was made.

The landings

The landings

The main roof taking shape

The main roof taking shape

Laying the rafters

Laying the rafters

Front overhang and portico ceiling

Front overhang and portico ceiling

The staircase to the top.

The staircase to the top.

View from the front

View from the front

The ever changing rear view

The ever changing rear view

That’s it. The chippies are back next week to continue the roof, cladding and verandahs. Hopefully the glazier will come as well. That will allow removal of a lot more scaffold that is in everybody’s way.

 

Plastered

Good things happened this week.

Firstly, Mozi the painter returned and painted all of the Hardie Primeline cladding.He got the whole lot done in a day.

The chosen colour is “Cream Maiden” from the Taubmans range. Needless to say, Maryanne is the colour coordinator on this project. Her other half, Moi, just doesn’t have a clue.

The East wall, fully painted

The East wall, fully painted

The paint was barely dry when Robert and his team rolled up with sheets of Gyprock and rolls of insulation. Now these guys can work. It was very exhausting just watching them. I ventured on site after a few hours, to take a progress shot or two of the sheeting process, only to find that they were already into the flushing off stage.

Cutting the cornice sections to size

Cutting the cornice sections to size

Start of the finish

Start of the finish

Its Friday morning, 11am and the boys are finished. They’ve cleaned and packed away and promised to return when the main house is ready for them. Thanks guys, we are thrilled with your work.

View of the family room, from the kitchen

View of the family room, from the kitchen

Bedroom 2 with robe recess

Bedroom 2 with robe recess

We have been promised more progress next week. The timber for construction of the main house roof and verandahs and the staircase to the upper house has been delivered. The weather will be fine. Seeya then.

Panel and paint

The bushfire is under control, the smoke is gone, the roads have reopened, we’re still here and we have more good progress to report.

Mozi, the painter arrived this week. He had to paint the eaves, barge boards and trim on the top house, before the scaffold comes down.  This was a job that was planned to take two days to complete. Mozi completed it in one. What’s more, he did a terrific job. Mozi, you have just guaranteed yourself a lot more work. That is, painting the rest of the house, inside and out, when it is ready. Thanks to Steve, for finding him.

The carpenters also returned this week, after being forced to flee with us as the bushfires approached, the week before.  They also tackled their work with gusto and we can now see large areas that have been clad with the Hardie Primeline planks.

Mick, doing the last of the flashing.

Mick, doing the last of the flashing.

The start of the panels

The start of the panels

The ever changing rear view

The ever changing rear view

Mozi's painting and a fully clad wall.

Mozi’s painting and a fully clad wall.

It'll look good when that *^%#* scaffold disappears

It’ll look good when that *^%#* scaffold disappears

Short Interlude

The carpenters came back this week and Installed window frames and undercladding on the upstairs house. They have also made good progress on the eastern wall with the outer Hardie Primeline cladding.

Mick, our roofing man returned to site and finished all the flashings and installed the special gutter protection for us.

Now for the bad news.

During the course of the week, a very large bushfire statred from lightning in the Waroona area, With the strong easterly winds, it spread rapidly across the coastal plain and down the coast.  This resulted in road blockages and isolations and the advice was for Binningup residents to evacuate the town. At 1pm on Friday, we did this and made our way back to Perth via Collie, Quindanning and Pinjarra on the inland roads. We instructed the carpenters to do the same and they departed before the authorities isolated the town.

It is now Sunday and the roads are still closed and we’re unable to return but happily, the situation is no longer threatening.

No photos of the week’s progress are available as they are in the camera left behind at Binningup.

The painter was also due during the week, to paint eaves, barge boards etc, before the scaffolding was to be lowered but the road closures and danger levels meant that neither he nor the scaffolders could get to Binningup.

We have one photo taken from the air on 17th of December and downloaded from nearmap.com which shows the building site quite clearly just before the roof sheeting and insulation were installed. Those items are clearly visible on the roadside verge in front of the house.

From the air 17/12/2015

From the air 17/12/2015

Covered

To say that it has been a while since we’ve seen any progress, is an understatement. We have fallen victim to the Christmas seasonal rush and yet another material shortage.

Putting all that behind us Mick, from MJN Constructions, along his worthy helpers, has put the tin roof on the top house.  See the “Our Team” section for Details on MJN Constructions.

We’re just waiting on few more bits of flashing and the gutter guard material to arrive before the roof is complete. That will allow the high level scaffolding to be removed and the next phase of timber framing to commence.

Staying on top of the job

Staying on top of the job

Sweeping off the seagull poo.

Sweeping off the seagull poo.

Surf Mist is our chosen colour

Surf Mist is our chosen colour

Waiting on flashing

Waiting on flashing

Wow. It looks great

Wow. It looks great

Pipes

Brad Fiori, our chosen plumber, who several months ago, buried the spetics, soak wells and leach drains into the ground, has returned.

His task this time, is to set up the pipework to get the dirty stuff we generate, out of the two houses and to run the pipes to get the hot and cold water in.

Poo, wee and grey water pipes

Poo, wee and grey water pipes

A couple of junctions

A couple of junctions

Laundry trough and washing machine outlets in place

Laundry trough and washing machine outlets in place

A few more pipes to run and Brad will have finished the preliminary piping. After that, we’ll see him again for the fit offs in the upper house and then a little later in the main house.

Ready for the tin

Well, the carpenters came back as promised and completed the last of the roof woodwork. We are ready for the roof sheeting, gutters and flashings.

From the North West corner

From the North East corner

The Western face

The Western face

The Eastern face

The Eastern face

While I was up on the scaffold, I reminded myself that we are just 300m from the Indian Ocean. The view is nice. Perhaps we need a sun deck up here.

Ocean glimpses

That view.

Staying on top

Some very noticeable progress this week. The chippies added some cladding, built the roof, added eaves and fascias. As we see, in this week’s pics, the form of the top house is now very evident.

Cladding on East wall, Bed 1, Bath and Bed 2.

Cladding on East wall, Bed 1, Bath and Bed 2.

The team at the top

The team at the top

There is just a little bit more for the boys to do in preparation for the roof sheeting to be installed on the top house. The scaffolding can then come down to allow the main and Alfresco roofs to be completed.

The view from the back fence.

The view from the back fence.

View from the footpath out front.

View from the footpath out front.

A view showing the fascia, eaves and roof battens.

A view showing the fascia, eaves and roof battens.

 

Wires

We had our two sons here this week to do a lot of the  wiring and cabling for power, lighting, tv and data services.

Steve, of SP Electrical, and his apprentice, Camo, along with Russ, who is in the process of opening his own electrical contracting business, completed what they could of the preparatory electrical work. They will return to finish this part of the job when the roof framing of the main house is completed.

Some of the wiring

Some of the wiring

Russ, the "Mains Man"

Russ, the “Mains Man”

The old roof line

Things have slowed a bit more than we’d like but nevertheless, good progress has been made.

When Geoff, the designer asked what sort of roof we’d like, we pointed out that we needed at least a part of it to be a reminder of the original house that stood there for 54 years.  Of course as we can see from the plans, he fitted our wishes into the design.

Now that the roof timbers have been assembled, The old roof line is strikingly eveident and we are nothing short of delighted.

First look at the reborn old roof line.

First look at the reborn old roof line.

From another angle

From another angle

When we walk around the back and look up very high, we see the gable of the upstairs balcony. This nicely matches the gable roof of the Alfresco area below it.

Roof from the rear

Roof from the rear

The upper house

Well, the house on top is starting to take shape. The carpenters got a few days of fine weather this week and they have all but completed the high level framing.

Northern wall of the top floor

Northern wall of the top floor

These guys are so good with their electric saws and nail guns. One fellow cuts the studs and noggins while the others nail’em together, to form the wall frames. They attach the bracing straps, stand the frames up, nail’em down, square ’em up and set them plumb. It happens so quick.

See? That's quick.

See? That’s quick.

Looks pretty hugh from down here

Looks pretty high from down here

That’s where they finished up on this Friday afternoon. The ceiling joists for the flat ceiling are all in place and we are ready for the roof.

Ladder access

Ladder access

In the picture above, the framing for the window has been left out so that the boys can get access via the ladder.

The kitchen

The kitchen

In the picture above, we see the kitchen area with the dropped ceiling. The laundry and toilet are behind it.

Seen below is the view from the living room window of the upper floor.

Living room window

Living room window

More soon, as we wait for the high level scaffolding to be erected to allow the roof works to commence.

 

On to a higher plane

Well, it has been another great week. The people who drive or walk by the front of the place have seen little progress but come around the back and look up and you’ll see that things have really changed.

Thursday was a big day. At 9am, a big semi trailer, with a huge load of supplies and timber, stopped out the front.

The semi.

The semi

As well as that, we had a 25m crane set up in the driveway.

It only just fits

It only just fits

At full reach, it was taller than our famous and beloved Norfolk Pine tree.

Did we say it was tall?

Did we say it was tall?

It was decided, for the sake of safety and staying clear of the overhead power lines, that the semi trailer would be best parked in the neighbours’ yard. Thanks to Bob and Marion Taylor, for letting us do this.

The crane’s main function was to lift and install four monstrous LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) structural beams into position. One, which is to support the living area roof, is over 11m long. Another, which is doubles as the main support for the Alfresco roof and the balcony above it, comprises 2 x 525mm x 75mm x 7.2m beams bolted together, to form one massive beam. It weighed in at 400kg and took the crane to its limit of weight loading and reach.

Both beams visible

Both beams visible

Close up of that monster LVL beam.

Close up of that monster LVL beam.

The delivery of timber made the next stage possible. that is the floor and balcony of the upstairs house.

Corey and Jarrad laying the floor.

Corey and Jarrad laying the floor.

The finished floor with balcony joists.

The finished floor with balcony joists.

No. That is not our crane in the picture above.

With the new flooring in place, we can appreciate the view that our guests who use the upstairs house can expect.

The view to the ocean.

The view to the ocean.

As well as the ocean glimpses, we get good view of the roof support LVL beams for the living area.

The upstairs floor is all marked out in readiness for the wall framing. That will all start in a week or so. In the mean time, the scaffolding will be extended to enable that stage to happen.

 

The Alfresco

We had some more deliveries of timber, flooring and cladding this week, which allowed the carpenters back for two days to frame up the Alfresco area. The pictures below, show the progress.

Two walls and the start of the roof

Two walls and the start of the roof

The rest of the roof.

The rest of the roof.

A back wall, ready for windows and if you look carefully, the store room in the corner.

A back wall, ready for windows and if you look carefully, the store room in the corner.

Two giant LVL beams are on site. They will be craned into place, to span across the entire Alfresco area, to support the roof. That will do away with the central pole, which is most visible in the second picture above.

Clad all over

Jarrad, Corey and Peter came back this week and continued the woodwork. The ceiling joists are in, The window frames are in. The Alfresco floor has been laid and marked, ready for the walls to be built and stood up.

Perhaps the most visible change is the cladding on the outside walls. This is the under cladding. The Hardie Prime Line and custom orb Colorbond cladding will go over the top.

The Alfreso floor

The Alfreso floor

The cladding going on

The cladding going on

A view from the other corner. Ceiling joists are visible in this one.

A view from the other corner. Ceiling joists are visible in this one.

As per the plans, the main living area ceiling will be raked. That is why we can see so much blue sky above that room. The specialised beams are due for delivery at any moment.

Putting the window frames in. They all fitted beautifully.

Putting the window frames in. They all fitted beautifully.

Kitchen, Dining, Family area window frames and cladding.

Kitchen, Dining, Family area window frames and cladding.

The full frontal shot.

The full frontal shot.

A great week

We saw some wonderful progress this week. The bricklayers returned to finish the main entrance. They had hardly turned off the cement mixer when the carpenters returned to continue their great work.

We are very lucky to have access to a house to accommodate the out of town tradesmen who are working on our place. The house is actually right next door. Thanks to Bob and Marion Taylor for making it available. The rent we are paying is more than made up for by the extra time spent on the job each day by all of the trades.

Nearly there

Nearly there

Ah. That looks grand.

Ah. That looks grand.

LVL beams which will form the ceiling of the ground floor and the floor of the upstirs house.

LVL beams which will form the ceiling of the ground floor and the floor of the upstirs house.

The chain saw came in handy for the start of the Alfresco flooring.

The chain saw came in handy for the start of the Alfresco flooring.

The floor joists for the Alfresco with a good view of the scaffolding for the build of the upstairs house.

The floor joists for the Alfresco with a good view of the scaffolding for the build of the upstairs house.

The carpenters have promised to return next week. Check in again to see the progress on the Alfresco and the upstairs.

Exciting?  Well, we think so.

 

A place to park

Well, we’re moving again. The weather this week was very nice and consequently, Steve called in his finest bricklayers, Matt and Diaurmuid from MDP Masonry to get cracking on the brick double garage and the brick feature at the front entrance.

The all important, first course being laid.

The all important, first course being laid.

Yep. All ok on the neighbour's side.

Yep. All ok on the neighbour’s side.

The rear wall takes shape

The rear wall takes shape

All 3 walls and the T bar lintel in place

All 3 walls and the T bar lintel in place

The garage is built and the front entrance feature is taking shape.

The garage is built and the front entrance feature is taking shape.

That’s it for this week. The boys have an appointment back in the city. They hope to be back next week to finish off and go for another round of golf.

Bad weather

Its the end of another week and the weather has not been our friend. A series of fronts have come through and as this is being written, one is right upon us. As a result, no work has been possible this week.

However, next week’s forecast is for fine, almost spring weather. That means, if we can lure the workers away from fishing and golf, we might see some more great progress on the build.

During the week, the bricks, cement and sand were delivered for the garage and the brick entrance. Also, the window frames arrived on site, for our team of carpenters to install.

Sand, cement and bricks, ready for the brickie.

Sand, cement and bricks, ready for the brickie.

The window frames, to fill all those holes in the walls.

The window frames, to fill all those holes in the walls.

 

We’ve been framed

Ricky and his team are back on the job, fabricating and erecting all the timber wall frames. This part of the project is going very quickly. It seems that you just turn your back for ten minutes and there’s another section of wall standing up.

The very first section of wall at 17 Coronation Drive, Binningup, is standing. Its the eastern wall of Bedroom 2.

The very first section of wall at 17 Coronation Drive, Binningup, is standing. Its the eastern wall of Bedroom 2.

Working their way around the house.

Working their way around the house.

Coming around to the front

Coming around to the front

Its "beer thirty" on a Friday. This where they left it.

Its “beer thirty” on a Friday. This where they left it.

Tremendous work fellas.

We need to brick up the garage next, so the woodwork can be tied into the brickwork.

Absolutely Floored

Well, its Friday and we’ve had some great progress this week. It took a while but the big floor bearers were finally delivered from the Eastern states and things started moving again.

These are the big bearers we waited so long for.

These are the big bearers we waited so long for.

Bearers and joists going in.

Bearers and joists going in.

The spare poles you see in the picture above, are for the verandahs, which will surround three sides of the house.

A close up of the underside.

A close up of the underside.

Noggins and the first of the wet area floor sheets going in.

Noggins and the first of the wet area floor sheets going in.

A mighty fine looking floor.

A mighty fine looking floor.

The timber for the walls has now been delivered, so we will have some continuity. Ricky and his team will be back on Monday, to start the wall frames and add that all important, third dimension, height, to the project.

From the progress made this week, we are now starting to believe that this is all actually going to happen. Our new home is rising out of the ground, from dream to reality.

Completely Stumped

Time has flown by and here we are at July 20 and 21.  The stumps and floor timbers were delivered last week.

The flooring

The flooring

The stumps

The stumps

Its very exciting to see things growing out of the ground.

Rick VanderRos and his strong young team, from Vander Construction, made the heavy job look easy.

This is what you call a stump!

This is what you call a stump!

Nice straight holes in the compacted, rain sodden ground.

Nice straight holes in the compacted, rain sodden ground.

Rick setting things straight.

Rick setting things straight.

Yep. They look good.

Yep. They look good.

Day 1. Burying Concrete.

The Buildr's shingle is in place

The builder’s shingle is in place. We’re ready to go.

 

The dust had settled from the demolition and Steve organised for Brad and his father Rob, from Brad Fiori Plumbing to plant the 2 septic tanks, 24m of concrete leach drain and 4 gigantic soak wells on the block.

Rob on the excavator. Brad on the level. Steve on watch.

Rob on the excavator. Brad on the level. Steve on watch.

A section of the leach drain. Rob making sure it goes in straight.

A section of the leach drain. Rob making sure it goes in straight.

Pipe up and backfill.

Pipe up and backfill.

Away with the old

At the start of 2015, the task of clearing the block to make way for our new home began. It culminated on the 1st of May, in the demolition and removal of the beloved old place.

Phil Mell and his team at Prime Contracting Pty Ltd took care of the entire job.

Inside stripped of asbestos

Inside stripped of asbestos.

Then the outside asbestos was removed.

Then the outside asbestos was removed.

The naked frame.

The naked frame.

Going. . . . .

Going. . . . .

Going. . . . . .

Going. . . . . .

Gone.

Gone.

Hello world!

Welcome to 17 Coronation. We’re going to track the buildling of our new home in Binningup, Western Australia – a town 150km south of Perth. We will be living 300m from the shores of the Indian Ocean!

History

In mid 1961, Alek’s parents bought the block for 100 Pounds. They immediately had a small house built and by Christmas of that year we had our first holiday there. There were just 16 other houses in the township. The roads were gravel and there was no electricity.

The house had sevaral facelifts, inside and out over the next 53 years.

The original house - Dec 1961

The original house – Dec 1961

The house a few years later - fully modernised.

The house a few years later – fully modernised.

A sunny day in 2007

A sunny day in 2007