Commencing the new build – Base Stage

Exciting news, the builder has started working on the new build. They actually commenced a couple of weeks ago but the inclement weather we have been experiencing has put a dampener on getting things moving, oh and I forgot to get onto the utilities organisation to get an access point on the new lot, more on that later.

It's so exciting once you see the first holes dug in the ground or trenches being dug, the building work is finally starting after a couple of years planning.

Currently we have a lot of holes in the ground – with quite a bit of water in the bottom of them, I don’t dare let the dog run around the block at the moment, as the holes are two meters deep. The excavating team have been been back and forth, attempting to dig the holes. Initially the block didn’t dry out fast enough though and the site was becoming a bit of a mud bath. They decided to wait an extra week for it to clear up and then of course it would rain again. They were able to dig some trenches for the block walls and the concrete footings for these were poured some weeks ago now.

The builder has been around and commenced setting up the stumps and bearers for the rear of the house, including the rear deck. Yes there are two meter deep holes in to support the rear deck which sits about 0.5m off the ground – seems a bit excessive to me.

Footings have been poured to support a couple of concrete walls, the bearers will be tied into these.

I was asked by the builder to arrange for a water meter to be connected to the new lot. Now I was envisioning a water meter at the front of the house – and yes the water meter is at the front of the house – but there also needs to be a connection established at the rear of the lot where the water mains and sewerage is located. Of course once the house is built there will be no access for machinery to the rear of the lot.

This is where my busy schedule has impacted on getting an essential task done. In my defence I did attempt to complete this application months ago but the confusion over how to fill out the form meant I put it in the too hard basket, something I would get back to once I had more time. Unfortunately spare time has been in short supply and with my workload, settling into the new house and a myriad of other life demands I didn’t get back to it, oops. Anyway I completed the form last weekend, unfortunately it was the wrong one. The nice man I eventually got through to in the relevant department however steered me in the right direction and I now have an approval in place, am a few thousand dollars poorer and will hopefully have a connection made in the next couple of weeks.

So I’m off on the road again for a couple of weeks and the builder tells me that when I return the concrete block walls will be up and the stumps, bearers and yellow-tongue flooring down. I am hoping the water connection will also be in so that the rest of the building is not held up.

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4 thoughts on “Commencing the new build – Base Stage

  • July 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I was just wondering about this the other day. Looking forward to hearing what progress they make by the time you return. Isn’t it always the way with weather? We’ve had unusual amounts of rain lately too, after being in drought for several years. Then when it rains, we get 5″ in half an hour so most of it runs off. Grrr.

    • July 15, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Yes, it always seems to be the way. This is our ‘dry’ season in Brisbane, winter is supposed to be clear blue skies and calm weather conditions!

  • July 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

    We just recently completed a renovation for a client who has done exactly what you are doing here. This family moved their old small Queenslander to another position on the block to allow a new build on the now subdivided block as well. This one was located at Sherwood, and has come up so much better than I thought. xx
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    • August 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Do you have any photos on your site Nicole? I love seeing what others have done with their renovations.

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