After twelve months of roller-coaster building preparations, we are FINALLY ready to start building.
During this time I have to say, I lost the will to do anything other than just "get through".
We are essentially camping. Very comfortable camping. But pretty basic living nonetheless.
I can't access half my wardrobe because in a fit of optimism I packed all my summer clothes into a storage container thinking "Of course we'll be done by Christmas!".
My brain is fried.
It's been a year full of challenges, but my amazing mum and brother have been INCREDIBLE.
Mum is thrilled as she is finally building the house of her dreams and will have a purpose built wing with absolutely every thing she needs for optimum mobility and entertaining comfort. We have dubbed it "The West Wing" as she is obsessed with the show and, in a delightful coincidence, it happens to lie to the west of the building. We're getting a plaque made in the TV show's font as a house-warming gift:)
Anyroadup, last weekend, my brother Ian who is now a mining engineer, dug out his old skillset and started excavating the rear yard.
It used to look like this:
It now looks like this:
A couple of trees have been taken down - another happy coincidence, as they were pretty diseased and mum was worried about the huge branches taking out the roof in a windstorm.
The terrace is gonski, as is the deck. We took up the deck by hand and "de-nailed" every single piece of decking to be re-used in our new deck. The timber is in such good condition it seemed ridiculous not to recycle it. I wore workgloves people! Even got a couple of blisters....I loved it!!
Welcome to my future living area!
This area above will be the "great room" housing kitchen/dining/formal lounge/fireplace etc. Then at the far end, behind the double-sided fireplace, will be rumpus room and powder room.
All our bedrooms will be in the existing house.
I really need to rethink my choice of site footwear.
The tradies just aren't going to take a housewife in sequinned Keds seriously are they?
Awkward selfie standing on the rear steps looking down onto the site.
These steps will become our internal staircase linking the two buildings.
Can you see the smoke haze in the background?
We are currently facing catastrophic bushfires in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Our home is about an hour and a half from the Blue Mountains, yet we have had burnt gumtree leaves and ash landing on us here. There's even been reports of ash over Bondi!
Over 200 homes have been destroyed and they think the worst is yet to come.
Puts our building project into perspective very sharply.
I've missed blogging. If I'm honest, I've probably felt quite emotionally spent by the process up until this point. Now I feel that I actually have something concrete to blog about and hopefully workshop some ideas with you.
Our budget still remains super-tight. So there'll be upcycling a plenty & lots of bargain hunting to be done.
The builders start in the first week of December, just to finish the excavations, the bearers and joists and then after Christmas the building shall start in earnest.
My dream vision, after a year of delays, is a sea of builder's cracks hard at work.
I won't care one bit.
Love you more than my work gloves,
Thank you for sticking by me and for your messages which mean more than you could ever know.