Monday, April 30, 2012

Polar bear in a snowstorm

Not much time for updates today, but floors in... check, painting well under way.... check, joinery started... check, deck nearly finished.... check.  Everything is very white... like trying to find a polar bear in a snowstorm.  Latest move happened on the weekend - back to Chris and Jen's to earn our keep looking after the cat whilst they're on holidays.

No time to learn the wonders of html to format these images better either.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter plaster

 Back from the Easter break and the plasterers have been putting in some overtime on Easter Saturday just gone and last weekend also to get things covered up.  We've got a wonky wall in the passage which won't work so well with the sharp shadowline specified at the wall-ceiling junction, but we'll live with the character.  Other than that the plasterwork is nearly done.  All the plasterboard and final coats of the hard plaster areas have brightened the place up quite a lot.  Tiling to start in the next week or two also.  The final paint coat's done on the external steelwork, so the final steel cladding should also go on soon and then we'll be very close to lockup.  Back wall is in place and waiting for steel cladding also.  The floor's been sanded down to be level, in preparation for the bamboo floor to be laid next week.  This will then get covered up with protective foam and boards while everything else happens, with joinery carcasses to follow soon.  And the deck timber is due to go on next week.  Full steam ahead! We've had the tree out the front trimmed and it's looking a lot better but still so enormous that it casts a lot of shadow on the front yard.  May have to rethink that plan for a fruit orchard.

24 March update

Another month, another house.  Late this month saw us moving out of the Bayswater rental to a house sit in Ormond, where we're looking after Milly the labrador, Tigger the cat, and lots of fish (no names that we know of).  We're here for all of April and DrK is enjoying having kitchen utensils again.  Ruby is enjoying the company of Milly and discovering her inner bully.  Now that the window saga seems to finally be over, the builder can finally make some progress on the interiors.  So the insulation is in and the plasterer is shortly going to be covering all this up. After a bit of a clash with the architect, we've also picked colours for the outside trim (gutters, fascia, porch posts etc) - all done in a bit of a rush as the builder needed it to finish the roof flashing.  Woodland grey has triumphed over federation green.  It's good to see things on the move again.  And we've found some housing that'll take us to the end of June, so here's hoping that'll be the last move.