Thursday, 24 November 2011

Bricked & Guttered!

Its only been a week since our last update and we are happy to report the following has been completed:

  • Brickwork (check) 
  • Power meter (check) 
  • Fascia (check) 
  • Gutter (check) 
  • Anticon Blanket and Roofing delivered (check)!!!

The completed brickwork and front piers really give some perspective and size to both the exterior and interior of the house. I'm also pretty happy to report some of the unused bricks left over will go to good use during the landscaping stage!

After a night of pouring rain which continued through the next day we decided to drop by the site to check out our castle and moat. To our amazement there was a little yellow rain coated tradie, hard at work installing the Fascia and Gutter. Commitment plus! Top Bloke! By the end of the day it was all done and dusted (more like mud really).

With the Anticon Blanket and Colour Bond sitting at the ready, it looks promising that sometime next week the lid will go on and if this weeks weather is anything is to go by, the gutters will get a good test as well!

Wait and see what happens!


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Fully Bricked Mate! (Well almost)

Finally some fine hot weather. It fact it was so hot on Monday, our Brickies decided not to show up. We can't win, its either too wet too work or too hot! Nevertheless I'm not about to complain because we are more than happy with the job they are doing on our brick work at the moment.

At the present stage the entire house has been bricked up to at least head height or higher and the bricks look better than what we expected now we can view it in large sections rather than single bricks.

The Brick layers have been great. On the weekend we noticed a broken brick that had been laid. On Tuesday when we spoke to the guys on site and they were more than happy to pull it out and replace it with another. After watching them for half an hour or so it was clear to see how careful and selective they were being with the bricks not to lay any that had slight imperfections. Can't fault these guys as they have been friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. So far the McDonald Jones Tradies continue to impress.

While on one of our daily visits to the house we were luckily enough to meet the carpenter who will be installing the Kitchen and Study desk etc. It is always great to meet the person building the items in our house that we will be living with for years to come. He was double checking and measuring up benches etc and said work will commence on them and will be ready to install in about six weeks. Very impressive.

Anyway hopefully the next time you here from us we will be happy to report that we are water tight and have a lid on the place, here's hoping!


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Bricks have arrived!!

It feels like ages since the last mass activity on the block, even though the frames only finished a bit over a week ago. But alas our beautiful PGH Mild Steel bricks have arrived and the first course is already down!

Last week saw the installation of our power box to the side of the house frame as well as the running of all recycled and mains water throughout the house to the desired locations. Along with this, the gas piping and points were installed, as well as all the exterior taps on the house. The frame work is also now totally complete. All in all we are happy with the progress and quality of the workmanship so far!

On another note, I was contacted by the slab supervisor, (like I was promised), to inform me to meet with the concretor on site yesterday, to witness the repairs to the Hob in the garage, which I had raised concerns about a number or weeks ago. To the builders and concretors credit, the work was carried out without hassles and to the required standards. 

I was also lucky enough to meet the bricky, who clearly illustrated to me how the brick work either side of the garage would work in with the overhanging frame. Within a number of minutes, all my concerns were resolved and I was more than happy with how things were going to progress from now on. Full credit to the tradies again! 

Our Site Supervisor also called today to notify us that the things were on track and if the weather remained fine the Brick work should be complete by this time next week when the roofing would then take place shortly after.

If all goes well and mother nature is kind to us, we may even get some internal work complete before the jolly old fat man in the red suit arrives at Christmas. I have everything crossed!!