Saturday, September 26, 2009

It's Raining, It's Pouring...

the builders are snoring...

With all the rain, surprise surprise, but our slab is on hold again. The builders will be happy - they can have sleep ins every morning.

In effect - we have no new news to report this week.

Well, maybe...

We plan on going to Beacon Lighting tomorrow to buy a pendant light for our grand entry. I'm excited about that. It will be our one splurge with the lights.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fence Removed

The fence has finally been taken down after recieving permission and with thanks to brother D who is a very helpful handyman. We gave him a mixed pack of Mexican beers to thank him. He did it in no time at all, and enclosed the neighbours back yard better than we would have envisaged. Great job D.

Now we should finally see progress again, and maybe the slab really won't be that far away. We have been told trenching will begin this week (but we will wait and see, given 2 weeks a go we were told we would have the slab by the end of that week). Bring it on, I'm looking forward to a slab party!!!!

P.S. I hope you like the bigger font, as suggested by Annie. Cheers!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Site Scrape and Portaloo

There is no further progress with the fence removal, but here are photos of progress over the past week.
Site scrape 4-9-09
Steel reinforcement for the slab delivered 8-9-09
The excitement of the porta-loo delivered 10-9-09
Although many may not understand the excitement of this seemingly insignificant event, there is a saying 'from small things big things grow'. This is a small step. Plus, I know our fellow homeone forumites get it.

We were told in an email on Wednesday that our slab would be down by the end of the week. This has not happened, but that is probably because we are awaiting permission to remove the fence. (Although we are unable to understand how and why this would hold progress up and there is a retaining wall underneath the fence anyhow).
Maybe this week, we may have our first sighting of concrete :-)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sand (part 2)

Although not exciting for everyone else, here is a pic of our sand pile. I was rather excited by it, and D a bit surpised that I would want photos of it. Nevertheless, here it is...or rather was.
D drove past the block today to find the sand had all been levelled out. About 2:30pm he recieved a phone call from Henley requesting the side fence (which you can see in the above photo) to be taken down by the end of the weekend as it is full steam ahead next week.
Now that was a surprise, given the block was still a 'swimming pool' on Monday and we've had showers on and off all week, so there was no chance of it drying out.
As for the fence, well..., given we have intellectually disabled neighbours (lovely mind you), there will be no chance of us having that fence removed that quickly. I tried contacting their carers through the appropriate agencies, but they had gone home for the day, so nothing can be approved until at least Monday. The next step will be to actually take down the fence. Any ideas where to leave it? On our back fence line maybe? Will it get stolen (like the Hot Water System)? Of course this will be at our cost, and if the neighbour requests temporary fencing, that will be at our cost too. All these little things that you wish the builder would tell you when you first sign up so you are prepared.
At least we really are on the building journey now. We should continue to see action from here on in :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


While the footings may still be on hold due to the water collection on our block, two large piles of sand have magically arrived. At lease we know, Henley haven't forgotten about us and further action is just around the corner (albeit hiding hehe..)