The finishing stage

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The framework of a house is there, all we need to do now is finish the job. We are very lucky to have a builder (with great support from his like-minded subbies) who is so good at improvising, as the nature of the site, combined with the fact that we don’t have a lot of experience building a house out of shipping containers, would certainly test most builders.

We (Ian & Alan) have redesigned the track and it is a lot easier to negotiate now, however when you are visiting, after you pass the electricity transformer on your left, veer right up onto the new track and keep to the outside of the new right hand bend and don’t slow down too much, you need to keep your momentum up unless you are in a 4wd. That complicated set of instructions should restrict our visitor numbers!

There is a stage in the building process when progress seems a bit slow as the framing, wiring and plumbing all take place in preparation for the lining. Prior to that of course we had to install the small retaining wall next to the boardwalk by the entry door, the main decking, and the stairway.

We can’t finish the decking yet as it appears some of the trees may well be still standing, but Richard from Lyndon Engineering has installed the balustrade around the top deck and it does make enjoying the view feel a bit more secure.

The kitchen is half installed and the fire and solar hot water system are functioning.

All we need now is a shower and hand basin and we’ll have to watch out for squatters.

September 18. We have just returned from a week living in the house! The top floor is virtually finished except for carpet and cupboards in the lounge, plus TV & computer.  The bottom floor is next!!

French Farm is a very sociable district and we will have to dry out after our week! So satisfying to start to live the 9 year dream. Getting to know the new kitchen, dining at a dining table, sleeping in a real bedroom and waking up to that magnificent view (new photo added below). We’re really pleased with the ply walls and ceiling, especially at night when it seems to come to life. I’ll take a few more photos next time I’m over there. The builder, plumber & electrician are planning to ramp it up over the next few weeks so it’s all good.

OSH will be pleased the balustrade is up!! Ace was.

OSH will be pleased the balustrade is up!! Ace was.

Natural beauty!! (and 2 hot chicks)

Natural beauty!! (and 2 hot chicks)

Getting ready for the kitchen

Getting ready for the kitchen

The kitchen has started!

The kitchen has started!

Solar Panel installation

Solar Panel installation

Adam the plumber, looks like Kieran Reid's big brother! He reckons the flue is straight and we agreed!

Adam the plumber, is built like Kieran Reid’s big brother! He reckoned the flue was straight and we agreed!

The eagle (bench top) has landed

The eagle (bench top) has landed

That's what I call a fridge!

That’s what I call a fridge!

I put some Heinekens in the fridge in case Penny thought it was just for food!

I put some Heinekens in the fridge in case Penny thought it was just for food!

Walk-in wardrobe, complete with builder (who will have to leave when we move in)

Walk-in wardrobe, complete with builder (who will have to leave when we move in)

Finishing in the dining area

Finishing in the dining area

Nice view to wake up to!!

Nice view to wake up to!!

The granite bench wasn't designed to support a digger, hope he doesn't come through the window!

The granite bench wasn’t designed to support a digger, hope he doesn’t come through the window!

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