The brickies have started thanks to a cancellation on another job.  After two days they have bricks to the wall height for about 2/3 of the house.  By the end of tomorrow they should have completed the first half of the brickwork.

Roof Trusses

roof trusses

The framing continues.  We took these photos on the weekend – about two-thirds of the roof trusses are up.

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By the end of this week we should have all the roof trusses up and we will be ready to start putting the roof sheets on and getting the bricks laid – all 19,000 of them

Bricks waiting to be laid



After several weeks in council, we finally got approval to start building and things have started moving ahead.

The first thing we had to do was prepare the building platform.  Unfortunately the lovely gum tree that first sold us on the block ended up being right in the middle of the platform, so it had to come down:

The remains of the gum tree

Once that was out-of-the-way, the bulldozer came in and excavated the building platform.  Here you can see the platform and the start of the formwork for the slab.  You can also see the kit frames and windows in the background.

The start of the form work for the slab

The slab was laid and a few days later they started the framing.  The frames in the picture were put up in one day.  It only took about 5 days in total to get all of the frames up.

The first of the framing goes up

Photosynth of our block

We were down at the block this morning, so I made a quick photosynth of our block. The sun wasn’t in the best position, and some of the sky is missing, but it still gives you an idea of the surroundings. I will make a better one when I get a chance.

The New Toy…I Mean Tool

I spotted this in the yard at the mower dealer in Lithgow. We had a chat to the guy who runs the place who told us he had it on consignment for a customer who wanted to trade-up and it was for sale at the right price. A quick phone call to the customer and it was ours.

The plan is to keep it at our (future) neighbour’s place until we have somewhere to house it.

It is a Kubota 6100 4WD 14HP tractor with 3′ slasher. We will use my father-in-law’s ride-on to keep the grass near the house in check and the tractor for the rest of the block where all that is required is slashing.

I am hoping that I can put a ripper on the back and use it to make some of the trenches we will need for water and electricity too.

We have a shed

We went down to our block for a look around yesterday. We took our two girls, plus our two dogs, plus my mother-in-law Anne with her two dogs and on the way we collected Mel (our neighbour to be), her dog and her three children. There were dogs and children running everywhere. This is the first time that we have had a chance to have a really good look around.

We had seen an old brick “shed” at the bottom of the block, but we though it was a pump enclosure on the neighbouring property, but it turns out it is on our land. It isn’t weather tight and there is nothing in it, but still it is ours. And we thought we were buying vacant land.

If you look closely you can just see the shed in the background of the photo I posted here

The Sold Sign

They do things a bit more slowly in the Blue Mountains.

We exchanged contracts on our land before Christmas, but by mid January the sold sticker still hadn’t been put up.

The property is a 15-20 minute drive from the Real Estate office and the land is at the end of a 2km road, so it doesn’t exactly get a lot of passing traffic, so putting up the sticker obviously wasn’t a priority.

Still, we wanted to see it up there.
Finally my mother in-law dropped into the office and asked for a sticker to put on the sign, explaining that we wanted to take a photograph. The receptionist was most apologetic and said that she would get someone to look after it.

The next day I passed by the block and lo and behold:

You can also see part of our front gate and the 50m driveway that leads down to the point where the land fans out to about 100m wide.