Thursday, 28 April 2011

Happy Easter! How many choccies did you REALLY eat???

Okay, so we have had a really eventful week in the B-B house hold.

Last Saturday, R snapped his achilles in a footy match, resulting in a visit to the emergency room and a sad and sorry sidelined footballer three games in to the season.  So much for an injury free season and all that preseason prep-work thrown out the window.  Poor R! He isn't as young as he thinks he is! just jokes...

Anyway, he had surgery last wednesday and didn't come out of hospital until Good Friday and was under strict instructions to keep his heavily plastered leg elevated at all times.  There went our Easter Trip to our caravan in Deniliquin...i think R was more disappointed that he was missing out on the traditional Easter Golf Game with the Deni Crew if you ask me (me on the other hand thinks i would much prefer playing nurse maid to him with his bung foot than handling a very inebriated golfer at the end of the day! ha!). Guess the highlight of this weekend was being able to catch up on some much needed sleep, so i shouldn't complain :)

But i digress, this is also supposed to be about the house.

So, in between the shuttling between work and the hospital, I did manage to get on site to see if anything more happened as we were told the slab would be laid last week.  We caught up with our SS visiting the site last Monday so had a meet and greet and update on the expected happenings.  Apparently the trenching was to have been done that day but there was machinery breakdown so it was going to happen  hopefully Tuesday.

We didn't think much would happen as we had that infernal rain that night but was surprised when i went out on Wednesday to see that the initial pipes were in place. Got my new galoshes out and went wading through the mud...Was dismayed to see though that we have a nice new feature to our pristine shed...not really happy about that but have reported it to our CSC.

Glad to see our SS with intitiative.  After visiting and seeing the gates left wide open one day, this sign was slapped on and now no worries about people getting onto the block. YAY!

The pipes are in - oooh something is happening! YAY!

The dinted shed. Must've happened when they were digging the trench (See bottom of pic)

:( hope rust doesn't set in!

After visiting again on Friday and Monday (why was i actually hoping that something would be done over the easter break??? because murphy's law we had great weather!) i was happy to get an email from bed-bound R to say that he received a call from SS informing us that he visited the site and the slab materials were delivered yesterday and ProCon were doing their thing.  We should expect to have a slab by Friday! Woot!
The polystyrene mountain has something to do with the slab :)

Nice and flat and compacted

I have been strictly warned by the man NOT to etch our initials in the slab because the tradies take such care to make sure that there are no markings in the slab in the first place. Put a guilt trip on me why don't you R! but i get his point, maybe i'll etch a brick with our initials instead...hahahaha!

 Oh and for those that are crazy about this Nearmap fandangled site, below is the before shot of our house on the land (taken Jan 11) and the empty lot taken on the 6th april 2011. Can't wait to add the during and final shots! Yeah! :)

Jan 2011

April 2011

Hope everyone had a brilliant easter break! Now there is no more excuses for site delays (until the next Public Holiday?) :)

Monday, 11 April 2011

a cut above the rest....

Well Rob spoke to our SS today and in the conversation Rob asked when do you think things will start moving and the reply was "well we have orders to be put through OH! today! (should we be concerned that he was surprised:) haha) and expect to have base stage complete by the 25th and start frame on the 28th April" Noice PD! Now i have something to tell my mum when she comes back from her OS trip to south africa...everytime i speak to her she asks "what's news on the house?" i think she is just as keen as us to move into her little abode upstairs :)

Anyway, with that time frame i think our team must really eat their weetbix... :) that's fast as! but then i haven't got anything to compare it

I ducked around to the block after work and took the following pics of the beginnings of our site cutting.  Little things but it means a lot to us... :) it's called

from back corner of "house" looking at alfresco

from alfresco down back of "house"

a lil bit close to the shed? will have to double check the measurements but this doesn't seem like 2.5 metres.

our portico is the front rectangle hole :)

our "garage"

It's a melly measurement..lay out the keys and judge the distance...not 2.5metres



halfway down the side of our "house". bit squishy...should be just short of 2m
We went down to the williams landing display as well after not seeing it since december, as Rob wanted to check things for measurements, theatre room reconaissance and just to familiarise himself again with the house. 

Word of advice, don't go back to a display home under any circumstances after you have signed the deal! lol! i think i was driving Rob crazy with my second guessing of placement of things and muttering confirmations to myself as i wandered through and looked at things from a purchasers perspective.  I even drove myself batty! Trust your choices mel, there's nothing you can do about it now!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Construction plans received in the mail yesterday and they look gggooooddd! Excitement plus! With just two minor tweaks required to the plan, which was very efficiently actioned by our CSC, (We are so lucky to have her!) we are very much looking forward to our build now.

Since Friday, we've been provided the contact details for our SS and were given good news that because of the result of our second soil test we are going to be creditted some of our site costs! Noice! Rob has already spent this in his mind, allocating the money to the driveway and kitting out the

Just really want to see some action happening at the block but understand that there is still the prep work to be done to the site.  For those that know me, patience is something that i am lacking in...well this build might just teach this old dog a new trick :)

Friday, 1 April 2011

Thankyou for holding, you are now progressing in the queue...


Funny how something as little as having an icon updated on your account can make for excitement...this is just dragging on

Not much really to update folks.  Site start was confirmed as 31/03/11 but still haven't received a call from our CSC. 

Did get a phone call last night from what i am assuming is the draftsman confirming the placement of a cupboard on the other side of our island bench, and he did say they were working back to finalise the docs that night so that we can go into construction.  Bless his cotton socks...

Have resurrected my creative side and am starting to dabble in acrylic painting again.  Two reasons, it distracts me from thinking about house things and it will save us money in decorating hopefully. :)

I'll post pics once i'm done.