So the brickies started on site last week and are storming ahead.  Brick of choice is the Windorah.

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Garage wall was the first to be complete

It’s so hard to select colours  from the small sample boards, looks like the Windorah bricks goes well with the Bushland roof.

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The back wall nearly complete

Eastern side has been going well, the outdoor room and about half the other walls are done.

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The outdoor room almost done

Not sure about these protrusions out the front of the house.

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Funny bits out the front

Internal plaster sheets are up.  It’s really starting to feel like a house now.  Can’t believe it only took 2 days to put up all the sheets.

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Front windows in the rumpus room

Kitchen should be a nice place to be.

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The view from the kitchen sink

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Ready for the kitchen cabinets

Back bedrooms should have nice aspect.

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Bedroom

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The builder has charged ahead a busy couple of weeks.

The roof & gutters have gone on.  Colorbond Bushland was our colour of choice, looks like it will blend nicely with the surrounding trees.

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Colorbond Bushland roof

Internal services have been installed.  Plumbing seems to go every where, I hope they’ve done the connections tight, don’t want any leaks.

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Copper must be to expensive to use in the house

Electrical, phone and data cables have been pulled in, hopefully there’s enough powerpoints for everything.

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Kitchen services in place including island

Windows in and house wrapped.  Window frames look dark because of the protective wrap, they’re actually champagne in colour.

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Starting to look more like a house!

The stacker door to the rumpus room, could have gone bigger now we know that we don’t have to put bushfire shutters on.

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Stacker door from the rumpus room

Around the back of the house, so much landscaping to be done.

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Laundry entrance

Solar hot water and PV panels already on the roof, if only they were connected up we’d have “green” builders.  Lots of room for a few more kilowatts of panels.

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PV & solar hot water already on the roof.

Our ‘green’ house.

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Looking good, bricks to start soon

 

 

You’ve got to love pre-fab framing, a week after the slab was poured the builder has not only put up the wall framing but also the roof trusses.

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View of the house from the driveway

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View of the house from the driveway

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Looking south from the rumpus room stacker door

Starting to get a sense of the views we will have.  If only we could cut down all those trees we’d have views to Brisbane city.

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View out the stacker door in the rumpus to the North East

Still got a big pile of wood to get rid of.

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View out to the undercover area to the East

And views to Ipswich on a clear day.

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View out the window in bedroom 4 to the South West

 

 

Window Dilemma

Comments off

Our builder has now advised us that if we want to keep the double hung windows, it will cost an extra $6,000 to get windows that comply with the BAL40 bushfire rating.  Bugger that! 

 So after a bit of discussion & research, we’re going to have to settle on sliding windows.  We didn’t want awning windows and couldn’t get casement for the builders supplier.

What a busy couple of weeks our builder has had, in about 3 week they brought the power and phone up from the street, installed the sewerage treatment plant (HSTP) and 31,500 L water tank, and in the week just gone they’ve poured the slab, somehow managing to miss the rain.

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Was meant to be underground, but too much rock.

32kL of rain water should see us through any drought.  We’ve got town water too, so no worries at all.  This was to be an underground tank but when they were installing the tank they hit rock and still needed to dig down another 1200mm.  We thought we’d leave it partly out of the ground and save the cost of a rock breaker for planting it out.

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Poo tank hidden near the boundary

The home sewerage treatment plant (HSTP) got down far enough, it’s not as tall as the water tank.

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PVC pipe garden

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Pipes, footings and piers

We turned up one afternoon and all these pipes had sprouted over the building site.  They look like they’re in the right spots.  There seems to be a lot of rainwater catchment, maybe we should have put in another tank.

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Eastern side of the house

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Western side of the house

On Friday the slab was poured, just before the heavens opened and poured all day Saturday.  Should help the slab cure nicely.  Framing was delivered to site even before the slab was poured.  Looks like they’re keen to get this house built.  Excellent!!

 

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Setout point near the garge.