Friday, 25 October 2013

So, we went from this –


To this!


And it only took, 6 trucks of cement,  6 hours and 4 guys working flat out!!  Our mate, Ric Cardinal, his off-sider Rod, my hubby and various truck drivers didn’t stop until it was perfect and ready to dry.

But here we are – we are home builders!!!

I have been so excited all day – woke up at 4.30am and realised that they were probably going to start mixing our concrete at 5am – I was beyond excited!! 

All day I have been close to tears – happy tears – this is just such a milestone and until today I didn’t want to get my hopes up that it would really happen.  But it has and it will be there forever now.

I need to say a special thank you to my parents, Lois and Peter, for today – they really helped us out with this concrete pour XXXOOO.

Wow – we are home builders!!

Thursday, 24 October 2013


What did I say about communication?!...

Hubby read my blog post last night and said, “Honey, we aren’t pouring the concrete until Friday.”

“And when did you know this, darling?” I ask.

“Today at lunchtime”, he says.

And did he tell me?!!


Lucky I love that guy!  So here’s to tomorrow instead J - I can hardly wait!!!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

How quickly a week can change perspective!  And what a mixed week it has been!! 

Lots of  progress, accompanied with lots of stress L, and surprisingly, homesickness (on my part) for our old town... 

They told us at the Owner-Builder course that it is all about communication.  Ok, we know that, we knew that, we thought we were on top of it – but we weren’t - and we had a few mix ups this week that would have been better to avoid – but, thankfully it is all with a happy ending (so far) J!

Our concretor has been!  Twice!  Firstly to do the set out and dig the foundations and secondly to put out the rebar etc – after the plumbers had been.

So, our plumbers have been too!  Great team at South West Environmental Plumbing, Mat Lepidi and his offsider, Kent J.

And our pest control man has been!!  We are looking forward to the healthier product we have chosen with JyeBarnett at Ecological Pest Control.

And our building supervisor, Richard, has been J.

And hubby put in his electrical conduit where it needs to go J.

 And the shire have been notified of our intention to pour the slab.

So, this sunset marks a new dawn for us – I think we will be finally be able to call ourselves home builders tomorrow!  Tomorrow the concrete will be poured for our new home – and to me that is the start of building!! 

I can hardly wait!!!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

So, no action on this blog - due to no action on this build!  L  Here’s hoping for Monday!!!

 I have spent this waiting time – stressing, thinking, talking myself up that it will actually happen – then repeating all that again and again.

The only thing that has got me through has been enough work elsewhere to keep busy (back to school, progressing the shed kitchen area etc) and reminding myself that, “Yes people are trying to help us and when they give us their opinion which is completely opposite to the one you have decided would be best for you, that they are only trying to help”.

I think I need a holiday! 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Still waiting on anything to progress - but we have a date (always tentative...) for our concreter to start formworks by the end of this week J - and we had a quick meeting with Richard, our building supervisor - so I that is some progress really.

In the meantime, what a wonderful week it has been - enjoying the school holidays with the kids - visited the beach, lavender farm, gnomesville, bushwalks, native plant nursery (did some volunteer work for Joey Scout badge J), library - and took some lovely photos of the blue wrens and an orchid on our block - so pretty!!


We really do live in a lovely part of the world.