Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Piering.....finally some progress

We must be the most impatient people going at the moment...lol, we popped around to the block today to see them pouring the cement for the piering.  Wayne wandered over and explained that they have had to make a change to the garage and that the floor would be 170mm lower than planned as we have a steep driveway - cheaper and easier than shifting 10 tonne of dirt to level out the driveway apparently.  So that our car doesn't bottom out we now have a single step down into the garage from the internal hallway.   He would have made it two steps but then we would lose a car space....not a big deal now with a car and a bike to house but in the future if another car comes along....or we could always borrow his four wheel drive as he says so our car won't bottom out in the first place ;O), so we have a sunken garage planned - more sunken than it started. 

Here are some pics of the tradies doing their 'thang' and Wayne (in the sunnies) sternly directing their every movement.

I asked if he didn't mind me taking so many photos and he says he just doesn't allow the full frontal, the rear shots, any side shots or head shots ......mmmmm....

So we are in for rain this week and the slab has been put off till next week....we are just happy for it to be moving along :O)

Till next time...

Kylie xx

Friday, June 24, 2011

Our dream home starts....

This blog was intended for craft but hey, life changes and so my blog must adapt to those changes ....and the fact that i really couldn't be bothered creating another blog for our build, hence a merge.

As most of my friends and family would already be aware we are entering the building world!  In early 2011 we purchased a 375m2 block right up the road from our first house in a home and land package with Zac Homes, a local builder who used to specialise in mansions but have started with smaller homes too.  Everything I write about or comment about in this blog is only info I have been told or things i am led to believe so I suppose it's all just heresay.....just so I can't get into trouble with someone saying "that's not right"  gotta watch you back with publishing things...

Anyway, we have gone through the loooong wait of our land being registered through council so we could finally pay for our block, start a new mortgage and begin the build.  All of that has happened in the last 2 weeks.  Today we went out there to inspect the progress as we were told it would be started this week....and lo and behold it has!  The blocks opposite us are a stage in front as it seems between 5 of us we are the last down the line....someone has to be...lol,   so I have some pics to post of the block block taking shape from the time we purchased up to today.  I am trying so hard not to take pics of the neighbours blocks with their one stage ahead of us and just focussing on ours which is hard as we are seeing what ours is going to look like in another week.

This is our baby block, from where Brock is standing over to the left where the phone box is.  It actually looks huge in the photo.

Some lovely green grass has grown there but is now gone :O(

This is our water tap out the front (not for drinking) as the sign says and the one on the right behind our Lot 9 peg is Lot 10's water thingy....

This is the view we have from where abouts our family room will be ..hehe...we have a one way road from right to left and a central park in between us and the matching developments across the road.  These guys are getting done first.

This is me looking very excited - kinda - Brock took the pic and I wasn't ready.

So now we have a few from today, the actual start of progress....

The bulldozer was there this morning and the final product is this....they have levelled out where the house is going, put the gravel rock down where the driveway starts - probably for the machinery to get up there and pushed all the dirt up the back. 

It seems like we may have a slight incline to the front and only a small patch of grass as our front yard- perfect for Peter who is so over mowing (coming from a 716m2 block) he loved the small patch of grass today.

Stepping back onto the road to show the fences up and the grass patch.

And here we are across the other side of the road showing our council tree - Peter says that's going - and when we were leaving the site manager was there affixing the necessary Construction signs.

His name is Wayne and first impressions is he is lovely and patient - something we are going to need - I told him we are new to the game and this is our first house and he says he prefers newbies.  He says weather permitting (a phrase I am very familiar with already) our slab should be laid by the end of next week.  I will take some more pics early next week to show the foundations and the foam - yes our house will be built on foam - a fairly common thing these days to allow for movement in the earth so the walls don't crack etc. as well as cement of course..hehe.

And to put the craft bugs at ease, here is Haylee's 5th birthday card from Tuesday that i made for her.

I used Fergus and made him all spotty and a little butterfly from Verve Stamps Blue Skies set.  Paper is a Big W pad i believe and some Bazzill from Kaszazz, flowers are from Spotlight and Fergus is coloured with copics.  I love colouring little Fergus he changes his whole look with every colour. 
So that's it for today.  I hope you will be back to follow our many joys and dramas throughout the build and I hope i don't bore you too much. :O)

Kylie xx

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Hello and welcome to my work in progress....I am a mum of two very outgoing children who keep me on my feet all day. A wife to a man who works hard for our family and doesn't like my craft at all (lol) and a dedicated yet part time Admin Assistant for a charity organisation. I have a love for motorbike riding as well as craft and love to shop - who doesn't right?! Back onto craft - craft in general has been a BIG part of my life for so many years I couldn't possibly tell you when it all first started. Around 2008 I fell in love with Papercrafting, of all forms, off the page, scrapbooking and card making and stamping (my fave). Going from just fun to running my own party plan business with Kaszazz and then back to "just for fun". I hope you enjoy the journey with me as I experiment with techniques, colours and product and learn with me also as I inevitably make mistakes and disasters....all in good fun. Enjoy!!