Sunday, August 21, 2011

In preparation of our biggest deadline yet!

August 2011. A month before our new addition is due....!

 Upstairs, the bamboo flooring is due in a few weeks. Hopefully before the arrival of the little one...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

SuperSize Skip bin, Floor Boards and messy days.

The Christmas break is giving us a stretch of two and a half weeks to get things moving on the house. A lot of rubbish to be cleared – including the “sacrificial” straw board panels which we have had as a temporary floor during the messy render work. Finishing the internal render throughout is giving us a chance to get rid of this and install the final straw boards. (See the history of our straw panels which were in abundant supply. )

(above) New Straw Floor Panels being painted on the visible side before being laid onto joists. Painted side is seen as ceiling from ground floor.
(below) A few rarely seen shots of the structure/skeleton while the floor panels were being replaced.

(above) we believe in extensive testing - in this case, pushing the limits of our temporary mezannine stair structure.
(below) A very full supersize skip bin.
(below) Red bull gives you wings?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

100% Internal Render and 98% External Render Completed.

Phil and team completed the final walls externally. A few window reveals and edges are pending (hence the 98%).

(below) Die Neuffer Fenster looking sexy. Happy with choice of white sand for final coat as it works well against the maranti timber windows and the clear anodised window sills. This is the downstairs kitchen window.

More details coming through.

We have been sleeping on site since December – so installing the newly made curtains on special delivery from Delhi was a top priority. Also note the origami cranes by eddie tran crane company which some may remember from December 2009.
(above) Kitchen partly installed – just in time for having a few friends over for Christmas Eve.
(below) The roof does odd things from different angles. Very cool.
(above) Viewing Window - widely known as "truth window" amongst straw bale builders. will be a ply surround with glass infill panel to show the straw. Recent discussions are veering towards a glass surround to show the layering of render coats. Suggestion of a folded metal surround by a Rusty artist friend is also being considered :-)