I’d mentally prepared myself to expect some disappointment. Maybe the house would seem small. Maybe the retaining wall – house relationship was not right. Perhaps I’d added a big window where there was nothing to see but brick wall, or the building neighbours might have blocked out all the morning sun.
But my first (and probably only) visit to our house whilst under construction revealed nothing but excitement. Naturally I took a zillion photos, but I’ve narrowed it down to just 10 for you.
1. The first floor brick work is complete. The scaffolding and planks are installed in preparation for pouring the second floor slab at the end of this month.
2. Our fireplace in the living room. The First Little Pig was a bit worried that Santa won’t fit down the chimney.
3. From the canal side, looking through the dining room to the kitchen (marked by pipes for the sink). The three openings at the back of the kitchen are for the hallway, cellar and scullery (L to R). I was relieved to feel that the ceiling not too close. The dining room is 31 courses high.
4. View from the future couch location. Looking from the living room, through the alfresco area to the canals. Both traditional paddlers and stand-up paddlers passed by while I was there.
5. Stairwell. And a bit of blatant evidence that I missed an opportunity in the planning stage to incorporate access to the under stairs space. Never mind, my lovely old Tasmanian buffet table is going to look perfect right there.
6. The alfresco area seemed huge. Probably large enough for sofa and dining set.
7. Checking out the deck width from the dining room to the planter boxes. Could be a bit squeezy for outdoor dining. (2.2 metres across.)
8. Kitchen sink view test.
9. The First Little Pig made a movie starring brick walls, scaffolding and herself.
10. This week’s work. Steel reinforcements for the second floor slab. I had no idea so much steel would be involved. I find it very reassuring. I met the fellow who is singlehandedly going to lay the steel this week. He said he’d been doing this job for 25 years. He looked tough!
I met our site supervisor from Webb and Brown-Neaves, really just to be acquainted. We discussed a few minor details and he explained the process for the next few weeks.
There wasn’t a lot of time for soaking up the atmosphere but I had my fix of all-things-house for a while and now have a better picture in my head of the scale of things.
Next week I’ll post about my other activities and discoveries during my visit to Mandurah and Perth.