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Andy_Mann
Former Community Member

Re: From Scratch

@Baretta11 it's a mega buzz reading your updates, & I acknowledge what you've said about the trials of doing the seemingly trivial stuff. :wink:

 

You & hubby are taking on the ultimate project, well below your age group, busting butts, yet come across as laughing off the hurdles. Have I ever mentioned here that I love country folk? I've met plenty in my working years, & never met one that I didn't like.

 

Best wishes to you the Barettas, & Barettaettes, life's good.

 

 

 

 

 

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: From Scratch

@Andy_Mann,

Hi John,

Thank you for your lovely kind comments.

The ultimate project heh!!.....I like that, sounds challenging and even makes me feel smart ha-ha

We will get there and I'm so proud of that for sure. Two more sheets went up today, yay!!!

There is an annoying problem though, I didn't know just how important it was to make sure that the rafters were not only straight but exactly at 1200mm spacings albeit I did try to do it right.

Hubby told me to measure and mark when there was terribly rough and uneven ground underfoot with fill for the veranda sitting at different levels, thank goodness for a ladder that can be adjusted to uneven ground, anyway, whilst

perched precariously at times on the ladder, I've obviously not been as accurate as I should have been and  now my rafters aren't too straight or at precisely 1200mm spacings and that has meant extra little chocks and noggins to be able to secure the sheeting properly.

Hubby has a bit of a grumble now and then and I simply say, "it is what it is" I did my best and he agrees with that and we march on. We've been using some 3 x 1"1/2" batons, no one will see my stuff up once the eave sheets are up ha-ha

Cheers,

Barbara

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: From Scratch

Hi everyone,
Busy hay season is almost over, just three more paddocks to go, one tonight and the other two over the weekend and then we can say OMG what a busy few months it's been!!
Biggest season we've ever had with a running total of16,330 bales.
Anyway, nothing done at all on the mansion, plaster lifter is still holding an eave sheet in place and has been like this since sometime in Oct I think ha-ha
BUT
Just paid for the septic tank this afternoon, so we'll be on the go with the excavator in the next few weeks to dig the tank hole and trenches, as well as the trench for the power, woohoo!!!
I'll keep everyone posted but in the meantime, hope everyone had a great Xmas and happy new year to all.
Cheers,
Barbara
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Helen
Senior Contributor

Re: From Scratch

Good on you, great thought went into your project, can see you sitting back in later years feeling very proud & extremely happy! Will be following your progress with interest!

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Jason
Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: From Scratch

Happy new year Barbara (@Baretta11) and many thanks for the update. Glad to see you have survived the busy season. Looking forward to seeing more progress on your house soon - hopefully after a well-earned rest.

 

Jason

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: From Scratch

Hi Jason,

Thanks for the welcome back.

Acually I would have found time to make contact earlier but I was waiting for a post or discussion to come up but the Workshop seemed to be as quiet as I was busy, so I really haven't missed out on anything or had to read up pages of news!!

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: From Scratch

Hi Jason,

I started this post and didn't realize I had actually sent it so it was sort of half finished.

It's now officially March, my goodness my last post was wishing all a Merry Xmas, where has the last few months gone??

Indoors:

Hubby and I are getting lots of those little fiddly things done like the plumbing for the vanities etc...

Only 7 sheets of plaster left to put up and plasterer is due to begin stopping and sanding soon and then I'll begin painting. Tiles will be after that.

Outdoors:

Well septic tank and trenches are in and power has been laid as well.

Still have a dozen odd eave sheets to put up and have been busy today finishing vents for the range hood, inline fan for the bathroom and clothes dryer that are all vented out to the veranda.

Also been under the house and finished bringing the power cable up through the bottom plate to the internal power board.

Motoring along well.

Cheers,

Barbara

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Jason
Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: From Scratch

The year is indeed going quickly Barbara (@Baretta11).

 

What will you be working on next?

 

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: From Scratch

Hi to everyone!!
Just quickly posting before I head off to milking a few hundred cows for a neighbour.
The house is coming along in leaps and bounds this year and could be that it will be finished by early 2018!!
All outside work is complete.
Painting is all but complete indoors, so fans and downlights are in with just a few pendants still to hook up in the bedrooms with two rooms already partly furnished as I had some family come and stay and at least they didn't have to sleep on the floor anymore ha-ha.
We have a working toilet!
Power is on in most areas with just the pool room, a group of outsdide lights and the HWS to connect up.
Kitchen is being started and should be in situ by the end of Sept minus the benchtops at this stage but it's a start.
So finally everything is coming together and we are almost at the end, albeit we have a power of tiling to do with over 100sq mtrs of flooring and then two bathrooms with tiling going right up to the ceiling but first we must complete the skirting boards with almost all the architraves done!!
Will try to include some pics soon.
Cheers,
Barbara
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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: From Scratch

My last post was Oct '16 and so much is now complete but especially the eaves or veranda lining spoken of the last time.
All the plaster and villaboard is finished, including in the pool room, all painting is also pretty much finished in the home, pool room still to go but that's a different type of paint. Final wall choice was Berger Polished Stone, half strength and the trim is Dulux White Exchange, quarter strength having gone through another 4 sample pots making it a total of 15 pots!!
Septic system is done, power is on, down lights are in including all ceiling fans.
Just completed the main bathroom having tiled to the ceiling. Huge job especially using 600 x 300 wall tiles and making sure we matched the grout lines with 300 x 300 floor tiles, very tricky but we got it!!

Still have to finish grouting but I've attached a few pics although they are only progress photo's.
Busy tiling the floors now and managed to lay about 150 tiles myself so very pleased with the progress. A few more weeks and we should have all the floor tiling that can be laid, finished and then we start on the second bathroom and hope to have it completed before we start with our busy silage and hay season that will probably start sometime in Oct again.

All in all, we've had a very busy 10 months with a wonderful hay season hence plenty of money spent since on the home!!

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