Saturday, October 08, 2016

The final update.

The last few weeks have been a tad too busy to keep up with the blog.  I'm back in Melbourne now with a busy teaching schedule and a shit load of other things on my 'to do' list so the next few months are looking busy too. So here's the final update. The granny has moved in to the flat. (Umm, rumpus room. Ya know what I mean).
I found the whole 'owner builder' process really enjoyable and challenging and stimulating and rewarding. I'm proud of the end result. I'm most proud and pleased, however, with the piano waterfall. I just wish I could've hung around to enjoy it for a bit longer. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Not a Granny Flat - Update.

The washing's on the line. We have very dodgy pavers to the front door. We're very excited. 


 Measurements for where the nogging is so I can bang things into the wall. Photos taken of all walls before insulation and plaster goes on. Good also to avoid ever drilling into wires or water pipes.

And it's time for the insulation. It just happened to be the hottest, muggiest day we've had.

And, the piano is in place for the waterfall.

 Now I just need to figure out how the heck it's going to work.

Next up will be the tiler. I've checked out lots of tile shops and it's a Henry Ford situation. You can have any colour you want, as long as it's a shade of beige. 

And then the plasterers arrived (and the sparkie too). And it was all action.

And suddenly, it's looking like the real deal.

It's not a Granny Flat - Update. Windows and Doors have arrived. YAY!

You should've seen these guys throwing the windows and doors around like they were made out of cardboard. I was holding my breath as he sauntered up the side of the house handing onto a massive sliding door with one hand. Geez.

And next thing you know, the doors are in and we're celebrating Mum's birthday with a pav in her new home.

Cladding is on. Clothesline is up. Now for some puttying and painting while we wait for the plasterer.

Lock up stage. Pass me a Dark & Stormy to celebrate.

Friday, September 16, 2016

It's not a Granny Flat - Update. The retaining wall.

Still no windows and doors so the boys set to task building me a retaining wall in the front yard. 
I can't help myself. 
I start taking pure documentary shots and then I get distracted by the flowers in the garden.

So the long term plan is to have a horse shoe driveway. But the council don't like to make things easy. Nearly $400 just to apply for permission to have a second driveway crossover. And if they knock you back, you do your dough. So that's on hold. But in the meantime, I'm getting a small retaining wall built in the front yard. This kills lots of birds with one stone. Ugh, that's a terrible saying. I do like it when I can solve multiple problems with one solution though. 
With this little wall, I'll not only make the front yard look prettier, it will provide a level platform that can be used to park a car, it will create a new garden, and most importantly, it will be an area I can move much of the massive pile of dirt from my backyard to. 


Now I just have to catch the guy who parks his truck at the top of the street with a bob cat and mini-excavator in it, to ask if he wants a little extra job on his way home one day.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's not a granny flat - The pergola.

First day of spring. 
Plumber and Electrician have done their bit. 
Joey's been around with the blower stirring things up. 
Deano's been back and finished off the roof.
Can't proceed now until the Windows and Doors arrive. 

So, we'll make a start on the pergola instead.