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Another Step Closer

If you have been following our building journey, at A Home by the Sea, I can tell you that we are yet another step closer.

The weather Gods were not kind to us this week, but it is becoming more and more apparent that our building team are the very best. The forecast of rain so concerned us given that our upper floor would be open to the elements and the floor is not at all weatherproof!

So we were extremely relieved when our weekly visit revealed the builders had finished the complete guttering and roof (at least the roof that is over all upper floorboards) in just one day.

Timber Frame and Roof Trusses

Great team effort guys! (and girls?) *

*Note: No sexism on A Home by the Sea.

Perhaps they tried their very best given that a week of rain was on its way. I like that they are so conscientious and pro-active. They is very reassuring. We have come this far in four weeks!

And now the remaining roof, more plumbing/electrical on the lower floor comes next!

We decided to take some time out to support local business and mingle with the locals at the Boat Club. There is a great view of the Marina from there.

The large boat in the foreground of the next photo is a Marlin fishing boat, and the official weighing station is on the right of the photo.

I have to say that view was pretty hard to take!

More next week.

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Wilderness It Is

The builder informed us an error had been made and they had delivered the wrong brick to the Little Home By the Sea.

I thought it had to be wrong, but what do I know?

Tim checked into it and found they had delivered the wrong bricks. Austral will swap them over. That feels a lot better now. I can sleep again.

This is the Wilderness design – Blackbutt – with two shadows looming over.

It even looks black. Quite different from the grey with white flecks, seen below. They realized the bricks delivered on the palettes that had sat there for several weeks were completely wrong. Thank goodness we checked.

The waterproofing was complete and excess soil removed and spread out. So now we were starting to get an idea of the internal size of the rooms and yard.

More will become obvious when the frame begins at the end of this week. Then it will really look like a house.

Frame starts soon

Looking forward to that.

It was a gorgeous day in the bay with only a SW zephyr. Perfect beach weather, really. How lucky are we to have a piece of paradise to retire too.

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The Slab is Down!

So this week things started moving on our new little Home by the Sea.

From this:-

To this: –

The Concreting team have been and gone. The Slab was laid last week, and by 3 pm that same day, we were walking on what would soon be our new floor. Woo hoo!

Amazing what quick dry concrete can do.

And this is what is underneath the concrete – Polystyrene Waffle pods.

Our block is all fill. The concrete needs to be able to shift a little when the fill settles, otherwise the slab and walls will crack. Hence we will be living on top of polystyrene.

Ah the wonders of modern engineering. Who would have thought polystyrene, something you can crush with your hands, would hold up a double storey house?

Then we noticed the bricks they had delivered! They looked wrong.

This is the sample we ordered: –

Austral Bricks – Wilderness Blackbutt.

A new range of coloured bricks.

This is what was delivered to our site. A bit different?

Should we question them about it?

We did.

Tim, our Site supervisor followed it up for us, and yes they delivered the wrong brick.

After all the time we took to decide on the right brick for our new home, even checking the sample colours in natural light and on demonstration websites, imagine if we hadn’t of asked for clarification.

We would have ended up with a house that looked very different from what we planned.

Austral bricks will remove the brick and deliver the correct one this week.

Phew! Another lucky break. We noticed it before they were installed!

Did I tell you it is my lucky year! I firmly believe so.

The frame goes up next week!