In March 2010, Nic and Stef bought some land in Pemberton. And in October 2011 they found they were expecting a baby. Now they just have to build a house... and a home!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pemberton at a glance

On the weekend we hiked up past the waterfall to the top of the cliff (Pemberton's local version of the Grouse Grind. Stef suggests we call it the Pemberton Plod).

Here's the view from up there, to help you find your way around.

2nd floor

Is up! Apparently the roof will be on by Friday (!)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Floor plans

So you can get a feel for the 'guts' of the place, here are the floor plans.

And an artist's impression of what it might look like. But we won't have such fussy windows or siding - it's going to be a simpler, cleaner look in the end. But it's this shape!

Friday, June 10, 2011

One floor, two days

This movie shows the ground floor going up, in a record 2 days...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Movie madness

Not sure if this will work... here's a video made up of one shot per day, from when we started in late April, to early June. Basically it shows some blasting and the creation of a very nice gravel driveway!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A room with a view

The walls have now been put up on the ground floor, and the concrete flooring has been poured (this was delayed a few times because of rain). Now it really is starting to look like a house. You can go inside (the concrete dries in just a few hours, so you can walk on it surprisingly soon) and wander around, pretending to wash dishes at the sink or sit on a sofa. And the view, though of course it has always been there, looks different now that it's framed by a window (here is Stef looking through the window of the smaller suite bedroom).

I still haven't seen Ricardo's team actually at work. I imagine there must be a thousand small elves to make it all happen so quickly. Every time we swing by the site in the evening Ricardo is there with his wife, swinging a hammer or knocking out a bit of cement. I'm not sure why. Perhaps he has too much work on at the moment so has to work nights.

The concrete floor was poured over two days. On Tuesday they poured the bit in the suite. But because the forecast called for rain, Stef asked them to delay pouring in the garage. This is because the rain can ruin the 'fine finish' (if concrete can be thought to have a fine finish) on the surface of the concrete. This doesn't matter for the suite, where we'll be putting cheap flooring on top of the concrete anyway. But it matters for the garage, where the concrete is the floor, period. Stef says that practically everyone on the street has cracks in their garage floor, so he's trying hard to prevent that (not that it really matters) by compacting the gravel underneath "like a crazy person". Turns out that the pour is slightly thin at the back end of the garage, where Stef's workshop will be. It's still level, so I didn't understand why 'thin' was a problem -- turns out that thin concrete is more likely to crack. I'll keep you posted if any cracks appear.

A truck also came and delivered some huge, scary looking metal beams, of the sort you see in office-block construction. These will hold up the next two floors, and could be installed within a week or two.

Meanwhile the interior walls of the ground floor still need to be put in. When they poured the concrete foundations, they stuck metal screws in the concrete, so the wood for the walls slots onto that and gets bolted on. That's how it all hangs together. Just like meccano.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Going up...

The ground floor is being framed! Ricardo's boys did this in one day.

Here's the view from the street, showing off our 'bouldering wall' and newly constructed wall for planters.

And here's our front yard, and view, on a sunny June evening... (7pm). You can just see the waterfall on the far right.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Striking gold

Our neighbour is convinced that we have gold nuggets on our property. Cool. Stef is equally convinced that it's fool's gold, which is a shame, but at least means the building can continue uninterrupted.

The sewage piping is done and tested for leaks (Stef stuck an inflatable bladder in the pipe and filled it with water, and then you watch and make sure the water level doesn't go down, which it didn't. I'm not sure how he gets the bladder back out again though...). They filled in the foundations with gravel, and moved all the big boulders down to street level to make planters for us, levelling out the front yard. So you can now really see what the lot is going to look like when it's finished. The gardens are surprisingly big (yay). It's just gorgeous.

The plan is to lay concrete for the ground-level floor on Friday, and then the framing -- ie putting up the wooden walls -- starts on Monday. It's all happening so quickly, it's astonishing.