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father, husband, technology geek.

Week 8 – insulation, bricks and plaster

Wall insulation went in last week, and bricks were delivered on Thursday. Plasterboard went up on the ceilings over the weekend, and bricking started yesterday, too.

The bricks look amazing, again one of those things we decided on so long ago, nice to see it on a grand scale finally.

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Ceiling!

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Finally we have bricks 🙂 Austral Pepperwood, to be exact.

We were disappointed to see a bit of sloppy workmanship this week, the plaster in fill underneath the pantry window is both smashed and also not supported by anything:

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Plus one of the timber windows in the family area has taken a beating and there’s a big chunk out of it:

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Hopefully they can sort these issues out pretty quickly.

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Week 7 – plumbing and electrical

Got our outer foil wrap yesterday, as well as all the plumbing. This morning the sparky was on site roughing in the electrics.

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Bath hobs were also built this week:

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Just before the insulation went in the walls, a mate and I took the opportunity to run a ton of cat6, plus speaker cable and coax in the theatre. Stud mount brackets directly opposite the sparky’s work, as well as a ton of photos and measurements should make it easy to fit off later.

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Quite a bit of cable running to the garage. This was only part way thru, I think we ended up with 26 runs all up.

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Weeks 5 and 6 – windows, gutters, roof

Windows, stacker doors, gutters and roof all delivered and installed. Things are flying!

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Timber windows for the big ones – all double glazed.

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Gutters and temp downpipes

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Windows are fitted, as well as timber stacker sliding doors to alfresco.

We finally got to see our Colorbond choice Basalt on a large scale (it was new at the time when we chose it, so no big examples to go by).

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Roof material delivery

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Roof done!

Also we got a shitload of plasterboard delivered. 3400kg to be exact:

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Plumbing and electrical should be next.

Week 4 – frame is up

The frame went up in 3 days, roof trusses in two. According to our independent inspector, the quality of workmanship is very good so we’re pretty pleased with that.

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Early stages of framing

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Roof trusses and funky light

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Frame complete!

And this also happened during the week.. I guess they want to be able to bill someone for power usage? Well, if you insist.

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Week 3 – slab

Feels kinda slow given that we officially started the build about 3 weeks ago, but this week we had our plumbing/drainage done and slab poured. Our builder came on site the following day to set out the frame and construction should begin tomorrow!

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underground plumbing

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slab pour!

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slab thickness at rear. that’s a lot of concrete.