Thursday, 21 June 2012


After work this afternoon I drove by and saw that the plumbing work has been completed. Now we are looking forward to the bricks to arrive.

I am very impressed with how tidy Wisdom Homes are. They have done another clean up of our yard. All the left overs from the frame and windows has been removed, and they have made little bridges to get over the muddy clay.

Here is our bath tub frame. I had a lie in it to make sure I could read a book and soak. AHHHH!!!!
ps. I paid a 20% progress payment yesterday for frame completion...ouch!!

Monday, 18 June 2012


I spoke with our Site Supervisor (SS) today. The rough plumbing for the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry should be put in this week.

Bricks will be delivered next week and hopefully getting laid. The brickies are running behind on schedule due to all the rain in the last few weeks. So there may be delays.

 The plumbers still can't find the fresh water pipe running past our block. I have to get maps from Sydney Water tomorrow. Lets hope they are locatable.

Friday, 15 June 2012


Even thought it is Saturday the men were working in the pouring rain, WOW!!!. I am so impressed with Wisdom Homes tradies. They have now finished the garage and put all windows and doors in, this morning they put the beams up for the porch. My better half and I was comparing our 'box' house to what it should have looked like before council 'massacred' the sad.

 The pictures below were taken last night so some doors were still to be installed.
The Eastern Elevation.
The bi-folds and windows are installed.
The sliding glass door leaning against the house was installed this morning.

The North Western Corner.

Thursday, 14 June 2012


This morning the men were working on the roof and a few windows have been put in. Can't wait to see what has been done by this afternoon.
The Eastern Wall. The kitchen window is in

North Western Corner of the house. Bathroom and entrance window is in.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


I arrived as the windows were being delivered today. They are sitting in mud as they have no choice on where to put them. There is mud everywhere. On the walls ceiling etc. I figure this is good as mud is a great insulator and we will be warm in winter.
The bi-folds and sliding glass doors.

The windows have been placed in a sheltered place

I have been asked how the frame is attached to the slab. Here is the answer, they drill it in and attach it with cement screws.


It was raining on and off today so after work I went around to our block not expecting much. My heart almost popped out of my chest when I saw what had been accomplished . The first floor frame is just about complete. There were heaps of men working and they were going flat out.

This is such an exciting stage. We have spent 2 years on the planning/bankrupting/everything possible going wrong. The house has only been on paper and never 'real'. As it becomes a 3 dimensional reality it now seems surreal, I can't believe it.

This is the front (Northern) side of our house. The big hole on the left is a window and the big hole on the right is the front door.

The Eastern Side of the House.
 Left hand hole is for the bi-fold doors to the dining room. 
The middle hole is the big kitchen window. 
The Right hand hole is for the bifold doors coming off the living room. We are going to have ample morning sun.

 Western Wall- Where the powder room and laundry are going to be.

North Western Corner- the little square hole is a window.

Monday, 11 June 2012


The Frame arrived this afternoon. It is prefabricated in Coffs Harbour then sent down on a freight truck when ready. It only takes a couple of days to put it all together on site. How cool is that.!!!!. I now can't wait to see it become a house.....if it stops raining.

It just doesn't look like much, but here is the frame. The block is starting to look like a pig sty again.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Drainage- Working on the House Anatomy

A few things have happened while our slab cures.

1. They have removed all the excess clay. The port-a-loo has been straighten from it's 55 degree angle. Im sure it will be more comfortable to sit on and help with accuracy.

2. Today they have been working on the drainage. BIG PROBLEM...the plumber can't find the fresh water pipes. According to Sydney Water they are there (put down in the 1800's so maps are sketchy). But the plumber is struggling to find them. I really hope he can as it will be very costly to hook up to the main junction 40 metres away.

Here are the water works. I can't believe they were working on this as it was raining on and off today and they were in big gumboots getting wet.

Here was the nice man on the digger.