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
The children were so excited to begin the task of laying the decking boards and
thus began a couple of weekends of selecting timber,
measuring and cutting to size
and spacing and screwing down.
The first weekend the younger boys as well as the two girls stayed on the task for hours,
by the second weekend, it was a Dad and girls team only, (with a little help from Mum)
Six years ago we selectively logged
timber from our land, we then milled the timber ourselves
(hard, hard work) and sent it to town to be finished
. We still have a couple of piles of timber left and a couple of sections of verandah to complete.
We are using Ironbark
, a species of hardwood timber which is white ant resistant, a necessity in this area.
Laying the boards is a four step process; spacing, marking holes, drilling, counter sinking and then screwing.
By the end of the weekend the boards were all laid and we were racing to beat the sunset.
Just the way PC wanted to spend Father’s Day, quality time with his girls, working together, creating memories. These girls of ours, 13 and 11, they worked all weekend and didn’t stop until dark
Another section of verandah completed:)
Next task is to replace the old posts (on left) with new posts to bear the weight of the new roof trusses.
Once the trusses are up the roofline will run continuously and externally it will no longer appear as old house, new house but one house.