Thursday, 31 January 2013

Yard Secure

Gates and block offs are finished, so happy with them and glad I paid an extra $200 for the black powdercoating!

Now I have to let it weather for a while and oil up the Merbau slats

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

First feature wall

Well my son is crazy about Orange and has been telling us for months he wants his new room to have an Orange wall......

So off to Masters today and grab a whole heap or orange samples, we worked it to 6 colours we would like. I think it is Toffee Orange

Gates and block off install

Had a call mid way through the day, my fencer Peter (Macarthur Fencing and Glass) is back out and finishing off the block offs so went past to check out the progress

Driveway process begins

The process for the driveway has started, even though the pour is at least a week away my concreter (Aaron's Aussie Concrete) is doing the excavation of the site today to save some time as he is also excavating the other job too. He has told me he will come back each afternoon to do little piece's of form work to make sure mine is done ASAP.

He is taking his kids away for a few days from Friday so will hopefully have the other place done by next Thursday and have mine read to pour early the week after

Saturday, 26 January 2013

More soil, got a helper

Day 2 of the great soil spread and I got there early, there was a helper coming today (my father-in-law) so would hopefully get through it quicker...

I moved the soil and he spread it, worked pretty well and we got it done in a decent time. Wet it in a few times

Managed to have just enough to spread down to the edge of the dinning room slider so worked out well with plenty of room for the conreter to come in for the slab outside that area.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Today = Hardwork

Well I have moved a whole mound of soil today and my god it was harder than I thought...... was cracking along early in the morning but had some visitors around 11:30am and after they left it was tough to get going again....

I managed to move a whole pile!!

But it did not cover as far as I thought it would have....... maybe I did not order enough


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Soil Delvered

With the gates and block off being done soon I have had soil delivered this arvo, 8.5 cubic metres for me to move around.....

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Driveway quotes

Finally got the final driveway quote in!! They have ranged from $7500 - $13,000..........

The $13,000 one is out so 3 quotes left so have driven around to look at the quality of the work and the $7500 + tipping fees guy actually look like the best quality work.

So called up Aaron's Aussie Concrete this arvo and booked him in. Unfortunately I missed out on having it done next week by 1 hour. Should have called them before I had lunch :(

Monday, 21 January 2013

Appliances installed

Appliances installed and the Electrician's chased down the power issue we had so can finally plug in a drill or vacuum anywhere (YAY). The electrician noticed an issue with the data cabling at the hub and then checked all the data points through the house. A few wired wrong but also when he removed a wall plate gyprock came away so now have a patch that needs to be fixed and the points migrated down the wall a little.

Our gate and block off are ready and the fencer wants to install them Wednesday so need to work out how much soil I need out the back yard to get it in before I block it off to the world.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Hangin at the house

Although we are not living there we try to all get up there once a week even if it is just of the morning so we can have some family time in the house and our son is happy to be there.

Plenty of cleaning to be done, and fun to be had inside :)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Tiles almost finished

Internal tiles almost 100% finished grouting today, external tiles all down and need to be grouted tomorrow. Should only be a few hours work then all done :)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

No TV and no Internet make me........

Found out the fibre for our street is not setup correctly so no TV, phone or Internet for at least 7-8 weeks....... AWESOME

They are working out some form of work around atm for when we move in.

Tiler has finished inside and done the screed of the Alfresco today, he picked and good day to be outside tomorrow doing the Alfresco

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Tiler started!!

Tiler started on Monday, most of the internal done. Just some cuts and in the pantry to do so am guessing grout on Thursday

Trying to find a concreter to do the driveway, the guy up the road is too busy finishing his place to do mine himself. Sent a mate out to quote me last week and still waiting for the price, my DW is going to call up a couple of others tomorrow to get a couple of other quotes. Want to get that sorted and done quickly so we don't have to walk on dirt to get in once we get our flooring done.

We have an Electrical issue in the house meaning we can't use 2/3rds of the powerpoints...... the on call electrician was out last week to look at it, after spending about 4 hours at the place and changing a heap of stuff he was scratching his head. They start back with all the staff next Monday so will bring the guy out that wired the place and hopefully sort it out

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Fences complete

Fences finished today and look great, no pics but I'm sure they will be shown later ;)

He will give me a couple of weeks to sort out my grass etc and call me a few days prior to when he is coming out to make sure I am ready....

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Levelling the yard

Bobcat in at 7am this morning and got it all dug out and levelled pretty quick. Only one load to dump so cost was lower than I expected but an unexpected (budgetted) cost....

I used JASA Bobcats, they were really good operators so if you need anything call John on 0416085185

Monday, 7 January 2013

Fencing started

Our fence has begun and is the first job to be started after Xmas. Peter from Macarthur Fencing and Glass was there nice and early and got one and a bit sides of the house posts done.

I had to quickly organise a bobcat for tomorrow to level off the back yard after talking to him today, we will be leveling off the yard and will need some sleepers installed to retain some dirt so my cost is up a little but only really for the material so that is good.

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