The builders finally have only one last day on site - to sort out the last of my snag list. And that day will probably be next Thursday (18th October). Silly, but necessary things, such as completing the cementing in of the roof ridge tiles, closing up the gaps where the wall meets the roof, and which the birds have delighted in finding, as it provides an ideal, protected, wind-free space to build their nests - and to also work their way into our ceiling area.
They started Phase Two in mid / late August.
This is what Phase One looked like before they started...
|Mid-August 2012 state of build|
|I couldn't push that wheelbarrow up that ramp|
not even with assistance - no bloody way...
|Early September 2012 state of build - gable walls|
and windows went in
|Mid-September 2012 state of build - roof trusses|
|Roof tiles and plaster work|
This is what our build looks like at this moment in time...
... we're still waiting for our double glazed glass to make the structure weather proof, but hopefully we'll get those this coming week.
|Double glazed glass, paintwork and tidying up is|
all that's left
And I need to get everything out of the storage garage - my measuring cups, scale, pots, pans and decent plates to eat off. My TV chair, and RMan his TV couch. Pictures to hang on the wall. And more boxes than I know what to do with, or where to empty into, to unpack... Can't wait!
In other words, it is now time to change this house into a home.
But, before we can do that, we need to at least splash on a coat of plaster primer. We still have 25lts of Harlequin Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Plaster Primer so that has been slapped onto the main bedroom walls this morning. RMan likes, and has the patience for the finicky work...
...me - give me the wide open spaces :)
Jack Sprat and all that...
RMan and I compliment each other in order to get a job done. Only problem is when we "meet" at a particular painting point. Then, my large paint roller beats his small paint brush hands down. And, being a gentleman, he gives way to me until I've got my bit done LOL It's either that or I may mistake him for being part of the wall...;) Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
I have also found that Plascon makes a Zero VOC plaster primer, wall and ceiling paint, and so, because there is no supplier of Harlequin paint in our area, so (yipee!) we will be using Plascon Evolution to coat our walls :) Even though it is slightly more expensive, it's better than Harlequin because it's zero, and Harlequin is low, VOC.
Ah, I love it when a (my) plan comes together... :)
Btw, it's tiring work - project managing. But, I will soon be able to hang up my building inspector gloves and become who I am again - Dani - wife, mother and grandmother, gardener, bookkeeper, blogger and, most importantly, homemaker. For the home in the center of a family. A place of refuge, of solace and of comfort- even if your kids are all grown and have fled the nest. And, in my book, that centre must be organized to function as it should...
Happy days :)