As of today, we are several months into the owner-building of our house. So, I'll list a brief timeline of works and movements to date to bring us all up to the here and now before I dribble out more (ir)regular posts...
Jan 2006:12 months of searching before we found our hilly, bushy, rocky and oh so sweet 53 acres of Strathbogie. It also has a lined and insulated shed with firebox and kitchen...more than comfortable for weekending.
|the view to next door|
|the shouse (shed-house)|
July 2006: Planning permit for residence and b-n-b issued prior to purchasing the land.
Sep 2006: Settlement finally through - it's ours!
Cup Weekend 2006: Blockwarming party and Johnno 40th. 4 days they did come and go, 4 days I cracked a beer well before lunch and 4 foot wide was the average smile. What a fun time we all had...
|slow morning that day|
2007: Looking, planting, weeding, sitting, exploring, photographing, weeding and exploring some more. Unfortunately, the ideal site for the house is right where the previous owner had a terraced vegie garden and dozen or so fruit trees just coming on. So, with heavy hearts, we dug out the trees and transplanted them back to Melbourne for distribution to family. Most of them live on...
|garden / orchard / house-to-be|
|friggin posts in friggin hard friggin clay had to go|
|big boys toys|
|bye bye old driveway|
|hello house site|
|this will make awesome render|
|the moulds think it makes ace campsite|
2008: Worked hard saving the building fund, also worked hard on 58,932 versions of the main house design and then refined them into a 3D model in Google SketchUp. Got an architect mate (thanks heap Jonas) to turn the blocks and shapes into CAD lines and spent many hours to-ing and fro-ing between him and the engineer, ironing out the wrinkles and bringing everything into line with our view of how it works.
In the meantime, we commenced building a 12m x 6m x 3.6m high shed. Had a dodgy auger, so hand dug the pad holes, got 'em in the wrong place, re-dug 'em, formed up, got 'em inspected, mixed and poured all the concrete ourselves. Life, the universe and everything conspired to drag the completion of this sucker all the way to 2 weeks ago (and about 10 days before it's permit expired!).
|yay shed crew|
|she's a beauty (2010)|
Early 2009: Fires, job loss, family loss, long term rental house loss, moving all our stuff to another rental. What a doozy of a start to the year.
Mid/Late 2009: Back on track. New job (3 days per week), new (second hand but ace) 4WD ute. Plans submitted for approval
Dec 2009: Building permit awarded for house. Game on...