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Groovy Pad continues

And so building goes on. And on. Just as well we are still having a good time in La Studio, but oh! for a flushing toilet. The external cladding is on and plasterers are working hard on the inside. Tomorrow I shall be discussing the delights of solar panels for the roof. Funny how solar companies sell several brands and tell you how they are all really, really good but prices differ substantially for the various products. Anyhow, we shall see.
Everything is on budget, which is great. And the deck looks fabulous (at least to us). Planning for the kitchen and the Responsible Adults’ extra large walk in wardrobe are underway. So it’s all good and we should be in before July. Meanwhile, the weather is staying warm at least during the days, but I’m not sure how comfy La Studio will be if it gets cold. Here’s a pic:
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Groovy Pad update

Well, it has been a long time in between blogs. After getting home from Vietnam and Bali, then the Responsible Adult finding out she had no work, plus the weeds took advantage of our absence to grow, grow, grow, there hasn’t been a lot of time.
Anyway, we got home to find the frame and roof trusses up. This made us very happy. Last week the roof went on. Don’t know about traditions where you are, but in Oz, roof going on means that the owner (your trusty Paddock Worker) gets to buy beer and nibbles. We then all sit around under the lovely roof and drink until there is no more light to see your stubby. So much happiness as we are closer to moving in to the groovy pad.
In the meantime, the Responsible Adult has scored a job selling rugs. Fortunately, it is not one of those purveyors of rugs that has poorly made advertisements on telly proclaiming to their own insanity at selling cheap rugs, well, cheap. She is working for a Chinese outfit that employs about 1200 people in China to hand make quality rugs. So far, she is loving it, and our bank account is loving her.
Back to weeding.
roof on

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The Love Seat (or why you need to love your builder)

You may have noticed in my last post, where I was showing off the lovely mulch I put on the bank, a stunning rock wall. This engineering marvel was created by our builder. And it demonstrates why we use him. Paul organised the wonderful Bob the Bobcat man to create the house pad. This left us with about a 2 meter high cut at the back of the house. Paul then organised the big rocks to come up from a local quarry and an excavator to pick up and place the rocks. The rocks are roughly 1.2 meters high. If we went any higher, we would need an engineer to design and sign off on the rock wall. So he just went one rock high up against some Lomandra that I planted a few years ago, then had the excavator pull out the Lomandra and replant them behind the rocks. The result is that it looks like the rock wall has been there for a long time. Fortunately, we have had a bucketload or three of rain since this has been done so the Lomandra should thrive and survive.

In the meantime, the Responsible Adult and I have been visiting every 5 minutes or so to see how it was all going. At one point, we saw a rock that looked like a natural love seat. So we asked for it to be placed at the end of the house pad so we can go down in future to have a cuppa and look at the world. Paul obliged. You need to have a builder that wants you to be involved in the small details like this. But wait……..there’s more………coming soon. In the meantime, here’s the loveseat:

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Groovy Pad

Even before we have left the cubby house, I got some works started on the new Groovy Pad. Living in slopesville means that you have to build on poles or do some serious moving of the earth. Fortunately we have Bob with his Bobcat. Even though it is a small machine, Bob really knows his stuff and has done some serious leveling for us. Groovy Pad will start at the end with a concrete slab for rainwater tanks, then proceed to build Groovy Pad about 400mm off the ground and finish up with the garage on concrete. We also had him level a space for customer parking and level out some roadbase for the builders to use instead of churning up red mud.

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