Posted by Charles Gregory
The first floor framing started just before Christmas!
... and as before, it went up rather quickly..
The relatively steep slope means that we can get a view of the roof by just walking up to the next block! Here is the framing completed, ready for the roof to go on.
Keen eyes may see some of the decks are in... the internal deck has been covered with cement sheeting (waterproofed - since it is above the home theatre room it is fairly important!) We will have another finish on top of this, details to be confirmed later.
.. and the room under the rear deck - which will contain the water tank, hot water cylinder, and so on - has had a treated pine deck - nothing fancy. In the picture below it had been raining which makes it look all shiny!
Both the rear deck and the lower (drying) deck have been done in Modwood - a product made of recycled plastic and sawdust! It doesn't require lots of maintenance like a timber deck, is environmentally friendly and looks great! The finish we have used is 'Silver Gum'.
Plenty of updates in the next couple of weeks, roof and cladding of course, but also bathrooms, kitchens, electrical, and more!
Posted by Charles Gregory
Time for a series of house building updates ... When I last posted about the house, I think it was still at excavation stage... well, it is well past that, but let's tackle it a step at a time!
The slab was poured on 14th October!
In the photo above, you may also notice the doorway in the block wall at the back. This provides access to the under-deck area with the water tank. The door was originally going to be in the western wall (from the backyard) but it was easier to do it this way as the level of the slab was closer. We decided to put a treated pine deck in there to give it more of a level floor so it can be used as a shed type area - technically outdoors, yet secure. The hot water cylinder has also been relocated here from the garage. I expect it will become a dog sleeping area as well, especially in the colder months!
From here, things progressed quickly. By mid-November, all the walls downstairs (including the concrete block wall next to the garage) and most of the floor joists for upstairs had been done:
A week later, they were all done (the front ones were waiting on the steel beam across the top of the garage door):
Notice the joists in the middle which are perpendicular to the rest - this is the internal deck area. They are aligned the other way so that rain run-off from the deck will fall into the courtyard area.
By early December, the flooring for the upper level was complete:
Note both decks and the stairway sticking out here!
This step was important as we could now determine whether or not we have a water view! (we are not quite on the top of the hill, so while the southern view of the mountain is amazing, the northern view is.. well, if you stand in the right spot, peek between the neighbours houses and the trees, and squint.. you can just see the Derwent River. I'm going to count that!)
To be continued!
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