Sunday, August 29, 2010

Let the Brickwork Begin

After not a lot of action, we now have lots happening. I had a site meeting on Friday with the builder-project manager, the architect and his side-kick, an Irish work-experience architect and the foreman, plus four brickies and three other workman working on the site. As the only female there, you could say I felt outnumbered! But it was very exciting to see the old bricks from the original house being laid as part of the reverse brick veneer cladding. Already the outline of the downstairs rumpus room, guest bedroom and ensuite and their window placements are clearly visible. It was amazing to finally get a concrete - so to speak - feel for some of the house and to walk through it. Over the next two weeks, the pool will be formed, more bricks laid and all the dirt next to the concrete slab moved so the second slab can go down. And next time I'll remember to take my camera on site so I can take better pictures - instead of taking them behind the fence after everyone had left for the day like I did here!

The alcove, if you can call it that, in the middle is the guest ensuite.

View through Hugh, the digger.

The concrete block retaining wall on which the second slab will be formed. The rectangular bit sticking out is where the bath in the master ensuite will be, with a window so you can look out at the trees beyond.

My friend, Hugh the digger, takes a rest after a long week's work.

I think I know why I love him so much: his colour brightens the drab grey of everything else!
Even the frangipani tree, which hasn't come into flower yet, is grey.

Hugh's girlfriend has come onto the scene. I think we might have to christen her, too ...


  1. Exciting! I'd love to build my own home. Love the idea of the original bricks.

  2. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
    This is such a treat to see unfold.
    As for the next friend's name...
    Ok, so the obvious choice for Hugh's mate would be Deborah-Lee so that you could amaze your friends with quips like..
    "So Hugh and Deborah-Lee have been busy/whipping up a storm/brilliant etc etc at our place..."
    But I don't want to be greedy with the naming rights of your beloveds.
    x Felicity

  3. Congratulations- how exciting to actually see progress:)

  4. Does this mean you will have lots of little baby tractors running around?

    Cool to watch the progress!

  5. Personally I think Hugh is such a lovely colour that he can park himself infront of my place anytime! Thanks for dropping by. I'm a bit of a frazzled blogger at the moment but I'll be around from time to time until the cold weather forces me to come inside more often ;-)

  6. ooooh exciting stuff. hope it keeps going great!

  7. how exciting seeing the progress. Can't wait to see the end result ...


  8. This is going to be so fun to watch! I am about to move back into a house I restored 5 years ago that has been rented to college kids for 2 years. That should be scary/fun!

  9. How about Harriet for Hugh's girlfriend? Two will be better than one for the workload. Everything is looking so well organised. Well done!

  10. Awww its looking better and better...I am so loving those posts:)
    Happy Monday,sweetie

  11. Some major progress is taking place! You must be so happy! xx

  12. and then there were walls! :) Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

  13. OMG. I cant believ how much has happened since I have been away. Your house is starting to look like a house. YOu must be soo excited.

  14. I am so glad that I came across this post.
    Thank you so much for sharing.


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