Sunday, December 26, 2010

Silly Season Bulk Update

Well, I'll admit that with silly season in full swing, I have been a little tardy in making updates to the blog, so I'll cover off the last couple weeks in this entry.

In the last post, we had just started to see the laying of the bricks for the first floor.  Essentially, the only change since then is that they have all but completed the brickwork for the ground floor, including the pillars for the portico.

The last thing that happened before the xmas break was the scaffolding had been erected in preparation for the work to begin on the second floor in the new year.

So in a nutshell, the builders reached the target they had set before the Christmas break (with the exception of a few courses of bricks, which I think is due to a bad thunderstorm day we had)

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Bricks & Mortar

On Wednesday we visited the site, and found that the bricks have been delivered and the laying of the bricks has begun.

We had beena  little nervous because we had heard horror stories from other people about bricks being out of stock and having to choose other bricks at short notice.  Given that we spent weeks/months deciding on a brick, had they been out of stock we would have been in trouble.  So thankfully, that didn't happen and now the bricks are looking great and strating to come together around the frames.

we had a little thunderstorm and some rain on Thursday (16th dec) so that probably cost us a day, but we're hoping for ground floor brickwork to be completed and scaffolding to be erected before the Christmas break next week.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. " - Kahlil Gibran

We went to visit the building site on Friday evening, hoping that the frames had been delivered and maybe, if we were lucky, that some of them had been erected.  And as it turns out, not only had the frames for the 1st floor been delivered, but it looks like they have ALL been erected, windows have been delivered and the majority of the windows and front door frames have also been installed.

Obviously we underestimated the amount of time it takes to get the framework up, so maybe we are still on track to have the 1st floor brickwork completed before the christmas break.

Here's hoping the rain holds out, the weather has been pretty good this last week.  Touch Wood!!

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away!!

Well it's been 10 days since our slab was laid. 6 of those days were required to let the slab cure, and basically ever since we have had nothing but torrential rain.

We visited the site today and we have an inkling that maybe some of the storm water plaumbing has been put in, but given that it is all underground, it's a bit hard to tell.  There has been someone at the site at least because there are a few minor things have changed and a chain and lock has now been placed on the fences which was not there before.  So being forever the optimists, we're assuming work is still progressing as much as possible considering the weather.

10 Day Forecast suggests we might not see a break in the rain through to the 14th Dec, and that's as far as they are willing to forecast.  If things continue as they are, we might not see any further progress until after Christmas, fingers crossed for the Sun to come through ASAP.