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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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    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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    Roof Line Changes

          Last month we completed another major project,  replacing the temporary skillion (flat) roof between the ‘two houses’.             As with many projects, one task needs to be completed before another can begin. The deck had to be laid so the posts could be go up,       the edge of the roof on the original house removed, including the TV antenna (we haven’t missed having TV yet),             the beams were then lifted and bolted into place.                 We then removed the existing ‘temporary’ roof (temporary as in two years;)        …

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    A Real House!

    On Saturday we were rather excited to begin painting the front exterior wall, our biggest expanse of wall, and the first noted as you travel down the driveway. The warm tones look far more inviting than the white undercoat The time passed quickly with the lovely company Our next decision is, what colour to paint the front door? Now it is starting to look like a real house.

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    All Covered Up

    With two exterior walls successfully painted we moved onto painting the walls surrounding the deck. With only two short walls and large glass doors, each coat only took an hour and a half. Once again I had the help of team Michelangelo and Princess. The above blue area is waiting for the roof trusses which will cover the deck. Hopefully going up in the next couple of months. Really loving the colour. Children are getting quite handy with the brushes and roller. Still some jobs to complete around the deck but the painting makes it look so much more ‘finished’. Now, to-do-list … roof trusses, steps, sitting benches, decking oil, posts,…

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    On A Roll

    Inspired by the successful outcome of the painting of the end verandah we decided to continue on our painting roll, and chose the side wall as our next project. After preparation we decided we could manage to paint both coats in one day, due to the size and numbers of windows this was possible.  Once again we had the help of ‘the team,’ this time Princess(8) and Jack Jack(6) were also keen to join in the fun. By the day’s conclusion we were racing the sun to finish the second coat, succeeding just in time. A couple of times a day I find myself standing outside admiring the painted walls. To have two…