Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Its all happening

We were contacted yesterday by our site supervisor and told to be onsite by 12pm to inspect the piering. We arrived at 10:30 to find that work had already begun and they were nearly ready to start pouring concrete. After a brief introduction with the concreter on site, we walked around inspecting the depth of the piers. This is because we had a standard allocation of 45m, and any additional piers would be charged at $70 per lineal metre.

Of course we went over double the allocated amount! we ended up with 90.2m of piers. After reading various other blogs I soon realised that extra piering would be inevitable anyway, so it wasnt much of a shock.

After the piering was done, the engineer arrived to inspect the work. He had a quick chat with the piering people, and called out somebody from sydney water to come and inspect the piering. This is because our site supervisor forgot to supply crucial information about the sewer line. Anyway, that was all good and the engineer wished us well and went on his way. Next, they began putting soil on the block, and then the concreter's arrived.

Three concrete trucks later and they were all done. Unfortunately the law required that they cannot take extra concrete back with them. So they proceeded to unload it all on our temporary driveway (making it a bit more permanent?) - which was a bit strange. It will be interesting to see whose responsibility it will be to remove the excess concrete and soil - stay tuned!

Once the concrete was all poured and flattened, they began building the framework for the slab. So we managed to see an outline of our house by the end of the day (which was exciting). Tomorrow the plumbers are scheduled to arrive and do the pre-slab work. And then between Friday and Monday, weather permitting, our slab will be poured.

We both enjoyed our time watching and talking to the builders, and meeting two of our neighbors. The concreter mentioned that there would be noway that the house will be finished by Christmas. But we are still hoping. Lots of pics below


  1. Hey

    Just a thought, given the tyranny of distance for you.

    As we are reasonably close by (30 mins) and Nick drops in several times a week on his way home from work. I wondered if you would like us to take photos occasionally as your house progresses.


  2. Would absolutely love for you to take photo's if possible. Our other neighbors are also taking photos for us. It would be great if you could snap us some shots and email to me @

    I did take a few shots of your block, when they started, but ran out of space on my camera!