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Baretta11
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Re: Introduce yourself to the community

Hi Andie,

Welcome to the community!!

Sounds like an amazing project that you and hubby intend to undertake.

I'm always in awe of people who do reno's, as they are infinitely harder to work on than simply building a new home.

Best of luck and hope you will provide progress reports, as well as before and after photo's.

Hubby and I are building our dream home with our own savings and we've been at it now for 9 years and have finally made it to lockup with some brickwork still to complete but we're further along than the photo I've provided. Sometimes when I'm a bit down about how long it's taking to get it done, I look at the first photo taken when hubby dug the founds and then look at the progress to date and I'm darn proud!!

Enjoy the journey.

Cheers,

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Jason
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Welcome to Workshop Andie (@Gwandalan_Tales). It's wonderful to have you as a member of the community. Many thanks for introducing yourself. I'm sure that community members will appreciate you sharing your projects as you transform your home. I'm confident you will also get plenty of great advice along the way.

 

Jason

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Natasha
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Hello everyone!

My name is Natasha and I'm one of the Moderators on the Workshop.

I'm not a DIY genius but I love giving things a go and trying out new little projects around my home and garden.

@Jason Its most definitely a sausage sizzle :smile:

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Natasha

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Isobel
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Re: Introduce yourself to the community

You should be proud of what you have achieved @Baretta11. Perhaps you could start a new discussion and share some of your photos so they don't get lost here. I'd love to see more of your house.

 

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: Introduce yourself to the community

Hi Isobel,

Thank you for the kind words.

I'm just a newbie here so still learning to navigating but perhaps I can start a discussion if there are others interested in my journey.

Cheers,

Barbara.

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Jason
Community Manager
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Re: Introduce yourself to the community

Please do Barbara (@Baretta11). I'm sure many members of the Workshop community would love to see more. 

 

I'd suggest posting in the Interiors board. Just click on the Start a discussion button, add a descriptive post title and pick a label like Building and Construction.

 

Looking forward to seeing it.

 

Jason 

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Andy_Mann
Former Community Member

Re: Introduce yourself to the community

@Baretta11

 

What @Isobel & @Jason say, please start a new thread devoted to your  build, as I applaud what you & hubby are doing.

 

I also tip my hat that you're including an indoor pool. As a long time outdoor pool owner (ours built in '81), I know full well the seasonal useage limitations, evaporation issues, the effects of UV exposure depleting the usefullness of Chlorine, weather blown in garden foliage contamination, & stabiliser saturation. All of our pool complications/frustrations would've been eliminated if we'd included an indoor pool in our '75 build, which wasn't to be, as having a pool at all wasn't something that we'd envisaged back then, & totally outside of our budget in anycase.

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Baretta11
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Re: Introduce yourself to the community

Hi Andy,

Thanks for your comments.

I guess hubby and I are totally at the other end of the age bracket being well past our 50's. We're farmers and decided some 10 years ago now, that the little relocatable home we're living in simply wasn't adequate, so we put plans underfoot to build our dream home or what I affectionately call the "mansion", considering that the little home we're living in at present is only 7sq, a glorified caravan without wheels I say ha-ha

We're building entirely with our own money, so a terribly slow process and we're at the 9 year mark so far and estimate a further 2 years before we're hopefully in!!

We both decided a pool would be great for our health but of course living where we do, we would hardly get to use an outdoor pool for about 6 months of the year at best so it was a no brainer to go for an indoor pool.

We of course decided to do absolutely everything ourselves, so hubby borrowed a friends excavator to dig the hole, we had a truck to remove the soil, we also had a front end loader and a forklift, so we were able to install the pool, so the money saved I guess would be quite allot!!

An indoor pool meant no mess for one thing, not to mention all the other negatives of an outdoor pool  like pool fencing etc...

By the way, there is a sanitiser that can be used in place of chlorine that has no smell, costs about $7 per week if I remember correctly for our sized pool which again to memory is supposed to hold about 27,000 ltrs of water. There is a company called Crystal Waters that specialises in spas in Bayswater and supplies this sanitiser for use in pools too, so we will be very lucky not having to use any sort of chlorine or salt and that means, no showering just because you've had a swim!!

Cheers,

Barbara

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Andy_Mann
Former Community Member

Re: Introduce yourself to the community

@Baretta11, I'm lov'n you & hubby even more after hearing that you've been nestled in a 7sq dwelling, & busted your butts for the last 9 years.

We all need to pressure @Jason to arrange an annual "Gold Workie Award", so you guys'll need to work on your acceptance speeches. ; )

Indeed your pool with be therapeutic in the latter years, it's non-loading on joints, & with the very effective heat transfer properties of the water mass, there's a lower risk of elevated body core temperature while exercising.

Good thing that you're looking to limit the use of Chlorine, as inhaling the vapours/dust is dangerous, akin to breathing in Hydrochloric Acid. I imported a UV Pool Sanitastion System, as I've experienced breathing problems while dosing the pool in recent years. Problem being, that between arriving at Customs & landing here, a UV tube went missing & the other arrived damaged. Please, please, please don't ask how long the customs & duty processing took, or how incompetent the system is, all I can say is that whoever was in control, needs to be given a brown paper bag separation package.

Cheers

John

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Baretta11
Super Contributor

Re: Introduce yourself to the community

Hi John,

Gosh there must be plenty of people worthy of such an award of just being enthusiastic, hard working and dedicated!!

Sorry but I'm laughing at your customs experience, I know it's not funny what happened but your story telling was funny.

So is the sanitation system going?

Were you able to replace the damaged parts?

Hope so otherwise I hazzard a guess, it was an expensive overseas order!!

Cheers,

Barbara

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