January, and all’s well

All’s well except for Colin’s run in with a solid Ironbark post. It’s not called Ironbark for nothing, being seriously dense and heavy. We have to use it at the front of the house because the top of the block falls slightly into the lowest bushfire zone, and so have to use timber that practically won’t ignite. It takes two to lift a moderate sized beam, and as you see from the below pics, these are big babies. Luckily it hit below the knee and not on the kneecap, and even so left a very large and painful swelling and nasty gash. So, the builder is hobbling and we’re lucky to have Phil back this week to help with the heavy lifting.

Progress has been happening, but not photogenic things. The kitchen is ready to gyprock and I’ll be ordering the kitchen on Monday. The six week turnaround will be fine, as gyprock can’t go in until there has been a Council frame inspection, and that can’t be done until the front and couple of internal walls have been framed up. I’ll put up before-kitchen and new-kitchen when it happens, and expect loud cheers from around the world!

The house front is started – see tall timbers below.  Lots of bitey things, mainly redbacks, zapped by a builder’s boot when this started. Summer in Australia!

The metal posts are close to where the front will extend to. The tall timbers are the deck edge.  More consultation than action here!

The metal posts are close to where the front will extend to. The tall timbers are the deck edge. More consultation than action here

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These aren’t going to move anywhere.

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Colin making room so he can butt floor joists into the original floor.

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Tall timbers to hold deck and look wonderful when finished.

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