Black beauty? Panda? Black box?

Just a few of the nicknames being thrown around to describe the house.

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The painters finished up today and I can’t wait to get some turf down to soften the appearance a bit. It’s quite distinctive, not to mention hard to photograph because we are on a ridge. If I try to walk back to get whole house in shot I walk down hill, so it just doesn’t happen.

Less than two weeks to go before pre-hand over meeting. Sparkies finish fitting out Electricals tomorrow and then it’s just plumbing, screens and wardrobes (I think??).

Expenses you don’t count on

Think twice about building on a ridge. That is my wise advice to everyone today. If you build on a ridge, expect to build retaining walls if you want flat areas.

I probably walk (ok, drive) passed fifty retaining wall type structures a day and, thanks to our experience, now notice every single one of them. If you need retaining walls, factor in about $150 – $250 a metre for a 1m high wall if you plan to build it yourself. If you are rich and can pay someone, allow about $500-1000. Seriously, I had no idea how much you can blow on these things.

We’ve now built two and I am hoping the second one will back-fill itself because I am buggered. The build coincided with very hot days, high humidity, kids not sleeping properly and a tummy bug.

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Watchful eye

I think it was becoming a bit of a joke amongst the chippies with how often I’ve been dropping in to see progress. Builders love you watching over their shoulder, right? I wasn’t really checking up on them (much), there was lots of exciting progress to check out and turf to water.

We’ve started making progress on the embankments to try and prevent erosion. It’s an expensive and therefore slow process!

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We’ll get there!

Cooking with gas

Ok, the title is slightly deceptive, no actual cooking going on at the house just yet. But things are steaming along nicely! Actual walls appeared this week, as did windows and doors and a bathtub. All the pipes and wires are obviously in place too. External cladding is getting there and we hope that the predicted rain arrives but does to interfere with progress (not asking too much I don’t think!). Everywhere is desperately dry and in need of a good drench. Come on Huey, send it down (at night time!).

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