Monday 21 July 2014

Project owner build- a lot can happen in a week

There hasn't been a whole lot of updates lately on our build because there hasn't been a whole lot going on. With the exception of some serious algae growth on the setdown areas for our bathroom and laundry. Yep it's been a long and frustrating few months waiting for things to start back up again.

That was until last week when we got the call at last our structural steel was finally ready! I'm a bit of a internet shopper junkie so I love the excitement of expecting a postal delivery quite a lot but it all pales in comparison to this special delivery. 

Like a super dork I was out there running about and taking photos to capture the momentous occasion. 

And then again a few days later when we were ready to bring our steel frames onto site

I am a little embarrassed about how many photos I have of this from every possible angle, like I said I was feeling excited..

Last Friday this is how it looked out the back

I have never been one to miss a cheesey portrait opportunity...

And today it's looking like this..

We went down the path of prefabricated framing that was built to our specifications and met the engineering requirements so it is pretty much one giant mechano set complete with instructions. 

A bit of Lots of messing around with measurements and levels to make sure everything is square and in the right place and some re-cutting and re-jigging of some parts that didn't quite work but otherwise it's gone together pretty nicely. 

After the pad went down we had the expected panic of the it's too small moment but with the wall frames up you certainly get a better idea of the space and I think it's pretty much perfect for our needs now I can visualise it better with the frames in place.

I think our idea of a modern take on the old skillion roof is coming off pretty well, the high line windows are designed to let lots of natural north facing light in and I think it's going to be quite beautiful. I can't wait to see this once the plaster is up and the windows are in. I found this image on the net last week and felt super excited as this is pretty much how it's all going to look (with different styling) but the overall structure is very similar.

Image via temple and Webster blog HERE.

I am completely amazed at how fast the skeleton has gone up and how hard the hubs has worked to do it.

We are also so very grateful for having some AMAZING family and friends who have given up their free time to help us out. There is no way that the hubs could have done it without them. Not only have we had our awesome dads to help us we have had people we only just met, friends who have up their time off to help, a friend who spent his last days before flying away on a year long trip, a friend who drove forever to get here, another who is a building machine who has been amazing, we even had our building designers hubs help out when they came to take some progress shots (how's that for service?!)

I am really looking forward to having all our helpers over for a big celebration once it's all complete. I'll cook in our new kitchen and we will casually lounge in our new alfresco and admire a job well done

Next jobs to do on the list are 
Blue board (cement fibre cladding) and insulation on the external walls
pre wire and plumbing

The hubs will be doing the pre-wire as he's a qualified electrician and will be getting help in for the cladding all the other jobs will be contracted out to the specialists.

Coming up in the next few weeks I'll have some updates on our progress, an interview with a very cute owner builder couple and some furniture up cycling make sure you check back!

Dani xo


  1. How handy that your hubs is an electrician! They are hard tradies to come by!! So excited for you :)

    1. yes it certainly helps that he's a electrician, it will be a big saving for us to not have to outsource plus I can boss him around a lot more than the other tradies we have had. The downside is he expects me to make his lunch and coffees everyday haha


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