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    Beams in Place

    Building work on the roof has begun in earnest, firstly however preparations had to be completed. PC measured, cut and painted these posts in readiness for the beam to go up, the beam will be load bearing for the trusses. Working with old houses is never smooth sailing, it took time for PC to find the point to measure from.  It is essential for the supporting beam to be the correct height and level for the trusses. Ready and waiting for the big day when the trusses go on. Related Reading: Demolishing The Front Of The House Walls Go Up, Roof Comes Down Trusses Are On!

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    Chances Of Roofing Have Improved

    You know for certain that ‘it’s really going to happen’ when the materials start arriving:):) Front wall here, ready made for speed. The walls all have to be ‘built up’ higher to match. Always soo exciting when you can see the next stage of a project is closer to being a reality. Though beginning to be a little daunted when I realise that the girls and I are going to have to hoist these ‘babies’ up to our waiting team on the roof. Praying now it doesn’t rain for the last two weeks of November. *Sharing with Nicole and Bec over at The Builder’s Wife

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    On the Board Walk

    Prior to demolishing our old laundry a few weeks ago, PC began laying piers for a new section of verandah. Thus far we’ve laid three sections of our verandah; the end, the front (22m/72ft) and the deck. It was now time to complete the section in front of the ‘old house,’ bringing the total of the front verandah to 40 metres (131ft) in length.   Once the laundry was removed PC could then lay the bearers   and joists.   With the help of visiting friends, the joists were completed in one weekend.   The children were so excited to begin the task of laying the decking boards and   thus began a…

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    Demolishing the Old Laundry

    Finally the big day for which we’d been long working towards arrived, the day to pull down our old laundry, this will be replaced with a verandah, thus wrapping our verandah from one end of the house to the other.   There were many eager hands to help with the demolition   even the youngest two insisted on being given loads of timber to carry. We began ripping off strips and weather boards on the outside,   internally the linings and plumbing hardware were removed,   windows were gently taken out with the intent to recycle for another project.   Once the inside was gutted the pace picked up,  …

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    Verandah With A View

    We’ve just completed a major building project, the addition of a verandah running the length of the house. Let’s travel back to see where we started. In August 2012 we began laying out the bearers and joists. We ‘divided’ the verandah in half, and nailed and bolted down the foundations.  Then began laying the boards. Carpenter had not yet left for College and was still living at home, he was a major contributor to this section. We began this project after completing the deck and the end verandah. It took up the majority of that August, it was a long, hot job. We completed half the verandah, oiled the boards and then…

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    Stairway To Heaven

    Every night last week, until all hours PC has been tinkering in the shed, welding, grinding and painting.  His latest undertaking has been designing and welding stair frames.  His first welding project in years, I confess to being rather impressed. The treads are crafted from our own timber matching in neatly with the verandah timber. Just off the laundry, in direct line to the clothesline, the width of the stairs are perfect for carrying clothes baskets;)   After clambering up and down on crates and chairs for the past two years the availability of stairs on the end verandah has simplified living:)

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    Exploding Verandahs

    Following our decking success and keeping the momentum flowing we began laying the end verandah last Monday (Public Holiday). It was wet, windy and cold but ‘the team’ persevered despite difficult conditions. At the beginning it took some time to establish (it always does …  I’m told if we want to do it right…) but then the pace ‘picked up.’ By the end of the first day one quarter of the deck was completed:) At this stage we felt two more weekends would see the job completed. Saturday we had guests and we put Daniel on the job.  Whilst the ‘children of the house’ were off at soccer games and work, our guest took their place.…

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    All Decked Out

    Seven months ago in November we began work on the foundations of our deck.  The deck unites the ‘two houses’ together, it is the central meeting spot. Carpenter discovered a love of brick laying and happily enjoyed adding another building skill to his repertoire. We were disconcerted by a seemingly insurmountable problem, the existing house foundation pier clashed for space with the new pier.  We discussed the need for a house jack, but where would we source one? and our need was for months.  PC  recalled he had inherited his father’s house jack, unused for 30 years it still worked well.  Goes to show you should never throw anything;) The bearers and joists where milled…