Do not plant a poinciana in a suburban backyard

Yesterday was site clean up day, and I think it was expensive. I haven’t got the bill yet but it looked like a big job.

And the walls came tumbling down.

And the walls came tumbling down.

The backhoe and truck arrived around 6.30am to skies that were threatening rain. The Backhoe operator took one look at the site and ordered a second truck. I watched from my office window throughout the day as they discovered the second slab underneath the first one and old septic pipes. On the bright side, the light rain throughout the day kept the dust down and a building site is meant to be muddy, isn’t it? Read more

and the secret is…

Soap!

Did you ever wonder how they slide a house across a block of land? I did. I had visions of them using rollers or airbags or something fairly sophisticated, but no – it came down to a few well placed pieces of steel, some bottle type car jacks, square pieces of timber that looked like large Jenga blocks, a bobcat and a bar of soap.

House starts to be raised, Lower section of stairs are now detached from main part of house

House starts to be raised, Lower section of stairs are now detached from main part of house

It’s been an interesting day watching the team carefully move the house across the block. Read more

The demolition site

Ok, now I officially have a demolition site. A safety fence has been placed across the front of the block and after two days work by the house raising company, and lots of noise, I have a number of holes in the lower walls of the house in preparation for the placement of steel beams for the lift.

The demolition of the lower level has started

The demolition of the lower level has started

We had a slight glitch on day one when the destruction of a dividing wall revealed that one of the old timber bearers had been installed at an angle to match up with the placement of an outside supporting post. Read more

What else would you expect…

Second day of demolition and the tradesmen had a beautiful day to complete the job. They told me that the job was not without its excitement, though, when one of them fell through the bathroom floor. This was due to a rotten board giving way, the timber under the concrete that had been laid to level the floor for tiling was a little worse for wear after 90 odd years.

The old decking disappears as the last of the demolition is carried out. The steps were the last to go.

The old decking disappears as the last of the demolition is carried out. The steps were the last to go.

The roof definitely needs to be replaced so we had the roofer out today to give us a quote. It appears that the Decramastic tiles need to be stripped off and the existing battens replaced before the new Colorbond sheeting can be laid. Re-roofing is one of those costs of renovating that an end buyer usually won’t notice, but it will increase the renovation cost significantly. Read more

Demolition Day…

Sorry guys, it was my fault it rained this morning in Brisbane; we’ve started the renovation.

Commencing the demolition

Commencing the demolition

I can hear the sound of the chainsaw as I type from my temporary office next door. It was fortunate for us, and probably our neighbour, that he was moving out and we have been able to rent his home for the duration of the reno and new build. This means I can keep an eye on what is going on and also be annoyed by the hammering etc along with the rest of the street. Read more