Monday, September 27, 2010

Wet Red Mud!

Yesterday we visited the block to check on progress. The building pad was complete, the crushed rock temporary driveway was finished and the footings had been started!

Once we were on the building pad we soon realised the red clay was quite wet and soft and our shoes were soon covered in thick red mud!

Some of the footings were full of water.

I was able to stand in various places and see what our view will be.

All in all I was pleased at the progress of the works considering they only started last Monday and it's rained every day since.

I'm hoping the weather will fine up soon to allow things to progress as planned.

Hope you all have a fabulous week!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cupcakes, Sequins, Beef Cheek & Cheesecake..........

Yesterday I went to my old school friend's Bridal Shower, she's getting married in two weeks. I'd never been to a Bridal Shower before and was anticipating the event for the last few days. Her future sister in law hosted the Shower and did a fabulous job arranging all the games, prizes and afternoon tea.

I won two games, the A-Z of weddings and the garbage bag designer wedding dress game. My prizes were a tea towel with lovely cup cake design and the dvd Made of Honour with some lovely treats in the package.

I gave her a Bride & Groom Family Tree Photo Album that I purchased at New Farm Editions. I was the first to leave (had to get home to prepare for another party) and was presented with this gorgeous boxed Cupcake as a take home treat.

That night Hubby and I went to his friend's 40th Birthday Party at a gorgeous little restaurant in Toowong. The theme was Black or Bling and I wore a sequined dress from Jules and Roc by Vallen.

The food was equisite and each course had matching wines. The Degustation Style finger food consisted of Freshly Shucked Oysters, Duck Liver Pate, Mushroom Cappuccinos for starters, Beetroot and Ginger Palete Cleanser, Confit Duck, Pork Belly & Ballontine and Braised Beef Cheeks for Mains and a Chocolate and Rapspberry Creme Brulee.

And the Birthday Cake was a Cheesecake.................................

We are off to the block today to check on progress.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Construction Update #1

As promised here are a few shots of the new building pad being constructed.
Despite the rain they've still managed to get the job done!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Work Starts!

As mentioned in my post on Friday we were supposed to meet the builders on site this morning bright and early and when I woke up to the sound of rain bucketing on our roof I thought, no chance. Until I turned my phone on and there was a message from the Foreman saying it was still all systems go.

It was magic at the site, with the clouds nestling the mountains in the distance and the misty rain and lush grass.

The truckdriver with the bull dozer was a little late but he turned up and was quick to get his machine off the truck and was ready to go.

They checked all the boundaries and then used spray paint to mark the area for the building pad and what trees are to be removed. This took over an hour and I had to get going off to work so didn't see any soil get moved.

 This one below is the neighbours house, I posted a picture of the cut and footings the other day and now it's quite advanced.

Will have more pics of the finshed building pad later in the week.

So exciting!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Watch this space................................

As of 7am, Monday morning it will be a Construction Site!

I received a call from our builder today asking us to meet them onsite bright and early monday to check the final positioning on the block before they commence earthworks!

So we're planning on heading out to the block over the weekend to say goodbye to the lovely trees and grass we've come to know so well.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!

I'll have an update for you mid-Monday morning.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Thanks Dad.......

for being the most caring, supportive, encouraging and wonderful Father anyone could have. It means so much to be your daughter and know you'll always be there for me xx.

This was taken on my wedding day, despite the weather, much like today, it was the most amazing day of my life.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Can't wait.................

I just can't wait for this gorgeous old Queenslander to be finished! I've had my eye on it each day on my way to work and just had to get a snap of it so I have a 'before' shot. You wouldn't know it from the front but the house is quite big, I'd say it goes back about 40 metres, it looks as though a large extension went on.

Found a few older snaps too....

Will make sure to post again on this one when there are advancements.

In relation to the pavers/tiles, I visited Majer Tiles yesterday during my lunch break and found a tile product which looks exactly what I'm after. I'm hoping the builder's tile company can help me out and find what i'm after.

By for now!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Outdoor Tiles v Pavers....................?

Since we did the colour selection last Thursday I've been tooing and froing about the Outdoor Tile we picked for the front verandahs, terraces and the alfresco. I've always had pavers at the houses I've lived at and I just can't get my head around an Outdoor Glazed Porcelain tile, especially in the country estate we'll be living in.

In my head I'm picturing a square 45x45 sandstone colour paver. They tell me it's not possible to lay a paver on a slab as it won't be at the right level.

Does anyone have any feed back on this?

Update on Neighbours!!

On Sunday afternoon we visted the block to check out the neighbours work, looks like the slab will be laid this week and I'm also guessing it will be a double-storey - which is unusual for this estate.

Also the Neighbours on the other side have finally moved in, they used the same builder. We actually popped over to meet them, lovely couple with three gorgeous little girls under around 5 years old. They had nothing but positive comments about the builder, it took 29 weeks from site start to completion and they are extremely happy with the finish.

Another house being built in the street

Sunday's view of the mountains

Beautiful wild flower growing, there were so many of these it was quite pretty

Our update: Plans are about 2 weeks away from approval! Yay! Then about 2 weeks to get onsite.