Thursday, July 28, 2011

We Have a Slab

After a few weeks of hard work filling concrete block cores we finally have a slab.  It took around 150 tons of fill once the foundation walls were core filled and today the weather held off enough for us to get the slab poured.  We had a few light showers but this didn't stop the slab being finished.

So now we have a few weeks waiting for the slab to cure in the Tassie winter before we can start getting the wall structures up and the roof on, which will lead to the all important straw filling and rendering. There's a lot more to do, but finally being out of the ground is a great start.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's been a year already

Wednesday last week was our one year anniversary of moving to Tasmania. We can't believe that it's been that long, although in many ways it feels a lot longer.

So a status update is probably in order to celebrate...

Lily is going well, she is generally very well behaved except that she needs to bury any bones you give her. Not for a long time mind you, it just seems that they have to be covered in dirt. Usually this isn't a huge problem, but with all the rain in the last few days we haven't really been keeping an eye on things and when we went out tonight we realised she's dug up about 1/3 of the vegie patch. Anyway, we'll get over it I'm sure

Assuming that it ever stops raining, we should have a house slab laid next week. Derek has discovered the worst job in building cement block walls - core filling them with concrete. He's made over 7 tonnes of concrete so far, and he's only just started doing the garage walls. Needless to say that he's much more like a tradie at the moment than a computer nerd, no more soft office hands :-)

On my job front, I've neglected to mention that I never went back to Housing Tasmania. Merc offered me a position to stay working with her in Disability, Housing and Community Services - I am the Manager, Service Improvement and Design (we're not entirely sure what it means yet either).

We'll post some photos of the house when the slab goes down.