On Friday 17 June we had the site excavated, then on the Monday 20 June we had the piering done. Dad went out to inspect with D3 on his RDO.Mum was at work on stanby to hear the good and bad news! The good news....hhhmmmm..... well the piering had started. The bad news the costs of our build were going up, and up with each new hole.
Dad says you could hear the drill hitting the clay then you would know the pier had hit it's limit in depth. It was a great sound when you knew it wouldn't go further. Mum says it should have sounded like a cash register..ching ching!!
|D3 site supervisor! You do not want to know what is in the pink Hannah Montana bag?? They had better get that slab right or her Zu Zu pets will be unleashed!|
|Piering work underway|
The removal of the spoil was something that we didn't realise was not included in our contract! It took us by surprise so we had to go back and read over the contract to make sure. In hindsight it is funny that it did not register with us though. A few months before we were furiously getting quotes for an in-ground pool for the block. Every quote had a sketchy answer for the spoil removal and varied from company to company. Friends and family were always quick to point out that the spoil would be an added cost "don't forget the fill removal"! blah blah Well, nobody mentioned that for the house did they? It was off the radar.
BUT we have piers....and what lovely piers they are
So over the space of 4 days we had the site leveled and marked out, then our piering undertaken. Next thing to come was the....???
|The site prepared and ready for concrete!|
It is a reality check once the slab is in, as it helps you see the foundation of the house. It helps you gain a perspective of what goes where and exactly how big/small everything will be!
We have been really worried aboutthe size of the yard..or lack of it, since our last home was on a beautiful quarter acre block (and so is the house we are renting) but with the slab down we could now step and walk around in what will be our yard. It is not too bad which is a comforting relief.
On the sunday 26 it was D3's birthday (she turned 4) we had an eventful day and then in the evening went to The ponds Dinner night to check it all out! It was lovely. The girls had a ball (I think that it may have been from the lemonade and birthday cake they had before we went) and the adults had some friendly banter with other people in the area. Most people though, had already moved into their homes. We were very proudly proclaiming though that "we have a slab!".
We heard from the Landcom Project Manager who told us a bit about the rain gardens. It was quite interesting and we look forward to seeing them progress also. Has anyone seen a concept of what the Riverbank Drive bridge will look like? Love the red pylons on the Stanhope Parkway one! Hope the Riverbank one gets a bit of razzle dazzle too. We cannot find any info or pictures of it! Google has let us down on this occasion.
|Check out the backyard!Hope the new neighbours don't hear us yelling at the girls!|
We didn't put up too many photos of the foundations of our home.So hopefully they will not bore you to tears..or bring you to tears like they did us! Tears of joy that we have started building and tears of sadness as we buried our pool dreams under a heap of concrete.