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.

 

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