Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beams, bricks and births. Oh my!

We have had a little progress this week despite the terrible wet weather. Rain, hail and storms at the beginning of the week certainly didn't help at all. In fact, the weather ruined the site clean near the rear of the slab so that will have to be done again so the drainage can be finished off. 

Here are some pictures taken today of the progress this week.

The metal 'I' beams have been put in place. One above the rear sliding door and two across the man cave ceiling. 

Here is the beam across the top of the rear sliding door. I don't know where the other door panels are. I suppose they will put these on later?? 

The inside bricking has started for the double brick storeroom walls. As I understand it these walls have to be built in approximately 750mm high increments. The walls will be bricked to 750mm high then cavity filled. Once that sets then they will build another 750mm high double brick wall and cavity fill it. This process repeats until the entire height of that wall is built, which is approx 4 meters tall. We expect that this will take at least 4 to 5 weeks to complete. 

Brickies completed some more of the west facing wall. 

This is the inside section of the west facing wall. You can see where the timber beams will sit for the floor of the main level. 

The excavator operator's wife went into labour today so he's not available to perform the site clean tomorrow as previously arranged. Luckily our builder has agreed to use a friend of ours instead for the site clean. This means that the brickies shouldn't be held up any further and can continue their work this week and next week. 

This week I ordered two of these leather and recycled bike rim stools from Milan Direct. These will go in the man cave. Delivery was fairly fast, I received these two business days after ordering them. These will be used for the sit down/table top arcade game we ordered for the man cave. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Slow and steady wins the race

They say that slow and steady wins the race. Apparently. 

This is the progress for the last couple of weeks. 

Framing for the downstairs man cave continued. 

Some windows have been installed 

Opening for the double stacker door. That tree HAS to go! 

Staircase to the right 

Man cave bathroom

The bricking was then commenced. I laughed when I saw the foil insulation. We are not using that builder so I have no idea where that came from. Oh well...

Store room walls then started to be bricked up. These will be cavity filled double brick walls - no timber frames. 

Some bars were then put in. 

Bolts into the slab for the upright steel posts that have to help support the big "I" beam that will go above the stacker door. 

One of the upright posts. Clearly not upright at his point in time. 

We had terrible weather this week. The only dry days were the weekend ***rolling eyes*** Storms are predicted for tomorrow ***sigh***

I'm hoping the weather can hold out so they can get a decent amount of work done this week. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

RSPCA Cupcake Day 19th August 2013

I have decided, rather last minute, that I will be participating in the RSPCA Cupcake Day on Monday 19th August 2013 to help raise much needed funds for the RSPCA. 

To view my fundraising page, or to donate, visit


***UPDATE ON 23rd AUGUST 2013***

I raised a total of $206.75 for the RSPCA from my Cupcake Day. Thank you to everyone who donated.  There were a selection of chocolate/strawberry, vanilla/strawberry, rocky road & vanilla/coconut cupcakes available on the day. I also baked a batch of very yummy gluten free cupcakes for those who are gluten intolerant. 

I'll definitely participate in Cupcake Day next year, although this time I'll be better prepared and hopefully I'll be able to raise more money.