Monday, July 21, 2008

They're pouring the concrete for the raft foundation today!
Things are really flying along - blocklaying to start next Monday. Really, getting a contractor was the way to go - we'd never have been this quick to get things pulled together. I don't know how long blocklaying takes, but really that means that it will start to take real shape very soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Well, almost. It's over a year and a half since I last blogged and nothing had happened in relation to the site up until the last couple of months. Of course, we did have another baby...and so now a big new house is even more justified. While we didn't get our act together, the building trade has gone into decline, so we haven't lost anything by waiting...and hopefully stand to gain out of all of this procrastination. So, three weeks ago we got quotes from 4 contractors. We originally were going to do it by direct labour, but considering the delay in starting and how busy we are with work, kids, etc, we said it's worth paying someone to oversee and reduce the hassle. So 2 came back with reasonably close quotes - still a bit higher than we'd like. The third wasn't within an asses roar - he was literally 80K off the others! and the fourth was closer to the others, but someone we knew would give us very good quality and would be easy to work with - not technologically challenged, so I'm expecting email and text updates, etc and have been guaranteed that he will answer the phone!

So the digger (excavator, sorry!) moved in last night and they break ground today....drawing in stone from 10am! And I'm here at work!! Am tempted to put up a webcam, but maybe it's better I don't. I could put one in the creche too while I'm at it! Anyway, in order that we were the first to break ground, we decided to go out ala the TDs with a spade last the lashing rain! So this marks the real start of a major major project in our lives...wish us luck!
Here's the last picture of the site with no action! Hopefully there'll be plenty of action (and photos) in the weeks to come!