Monday 22 December 2014

The Shed is Built !!

At long last the shed is finally up, proving once and for all, all good things come to those who wait... actually, as my shirt says, to those who work their asses off and never give up! 

Yes it's been a while, starting way back here on 3 July 2014, dealing with unexpected set backs due to sewer pipes and council building regulations, subsequently learning about the history of the property through the council building searches, choosing a builder and signing contracts, before finally seeing some progress with the form-work done for the slab to be laid. So without further ado, see the shed evolve through the photo essay below...

A big thanks to Trevor from McSheds and Cameron from Gun Constructions for getting the shed delivered and constructed by Xmas. I can honestly say that while we were limited to a 3m x 4m shed due to the council building regulations Trevor and Cameron ensured we got value for money. Best of all they took care of all the non-construction related aspects for us as well from design, to council approval, to final building certification. Last but not least, a big thanks to Kate for coordinating everything as resident on-site construction manager, so that the only thing I needed to do was pick out shed colours one lunchtime (thanks babe x).

Cheers, Col

PS. In lieu of a topping out ceremony yours truly celebrated this building completion with one of James Boag's finest :-)

Monday 1 December 2014

Building the Shed - Update # 2

Sometimes it feels like you're getting nowhere fast when renovating... and then it all starts to come together at the same time. This week we've had a new pool pump installed, new LED lights installed in three of the four bedrooms, two new Solarstar roof vents have been installed, the new hot water system has been installed, and we even managed to find some replacement floor tiles for the laundry (now that is a story that deserves its own blog post in due course as we progress through the laundry renovation). 

Even better, I managed to score two slabs this week, both of which managed to put a smile on my dial :-) The first slab was a reward for taking the old hot water system and copper piping to the metal merchant, who gave me enough gold coins to stop in at the Bottle'O on the way home and grab a slab of XXXX Summer Lager - who says renovating is not without its rewards.

But even better than that, was finding out on Friday arvo that a second slab was only a few days away, with the form work for the shed's slab to go down on Monday, with the concrete to be laid Tuesday. How very cool to come home today and see the slab for the shed ready for a pour tomorrow... sweeeeet!!

It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a concrete pour !! Best of all it will be done by the time I get home and then it's a short wait for the slab to cure and the shed goes up the following Monday.

Cheers, Col