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4 years ago my wife and I bought this house with the intention of turning it into our forever home. For 4 years we have saved, planned, procrastinated, changed plans, had plans drawn, changed them again until it eventually dawned on us- why bother trying to turn a very ordinary 60s fibro home into anything else? So a full demo/rebuild instead, to try and make the most of our highly prized, very nearly flat Adelaide Hills block.

 

To keep it simple we began with an existing layout from a reputable builder which we flipped, changed, stretched, shrunk, deleted, added, changed again til what we wanted was right there on paper, including her walk in wardrobe/stadium and my very modest room for the finer things in life, ready to be…..gulp….costed. Oh well, in for a penny, in for a metric tonne of Krugerand…..

 

Though almost everyone who has see the plans points immediately and cries “WHAT is THAT?!”, it’s not excessive at only 6.9 x 4.5m surely? And I’m not going berserk with mad ideas, just a few sensible concessions to the nature of the pursuits observed within. Things like solid doors, 20 amp power spur, staggered studs and noggins and whatnot. Perfectly normal stuff.

 

So, after all this we approach our beloved financial institution and you know, the whole process only took 19 weeks. Quite remarkable really.

 

It’s going to take a while, and we’re ok with that, but this week the smashers moved in. Huzzah!!

 

Step 1, remove all of James Hardies finest building materials.

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4 years ago my wife and I bought this house with the intention of turning it into our forever home. For 4 years we have saved, planned, procrastinated, changed plans, had plans drawn, changed them aga

A long wait between updates- after lockup everything seems slower, especially when you can't just let yourself in for a gander after hours!   We now have cabinetry, cornicing, interior doors

I imagine that's all based on soil types and their propensity to movement. Here seems pretty benign I think. Anyway after a couple of rain delays (what an an odd spring!) and subsequent tradie re arra

Great read Grizzly. I hope your new room is everything you've patiently been waiting for!

I'm in a similar position to you with constantly changing design etc and it's finally taking off now (albeit in an existing house rather than demolition scenario). :D 

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Ripper Ant!

If wasn't for the covid I'd come down and do your earthworks/drainage/landscaping/stoneworks for a good wine and some tucker(and a bed of coz, we'd just hire a machine from Kenards).

 

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This is gonna be one interesting thread!  Congratulations.

 

"it’s not excessive at only 6.9 x 4.5m surely"   Too big for a dunny.  Good for a bedroom or bathroom, or kitchen.  Workshop?  Mmmm, maybe.  Nope, still don't know what it will be.

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I'm no accountant, but I'm assuming you can claim some of the room cost if it is going to be a showroom.

 

I think the Govt is giving 25k bribes at the moment too.

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2 hours ago, Luc said:

Ripper Ant!

If wasn't for the covid I'd come down and do your earthworks/drainage/landscaping/stoneworks for a good wine and some tucker(and a bed of coz, we'd just hire a machine from Kenards).

 

Dang, I'd love to save a little on that side of it too!

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I could, I've got rellys in Radelaide. and could grab a bed in Glenelg or another place below the hills. Never remember the name but you drive down a straight road from the centre of Adelaide and when the hills show as grass your there.?

 

Nothing much happening up here but fishing and gardening.

Hourly rate for bobcat/mini excavator with XP operator is about $100+gst and travel to the site.

Daily rate for 1.8t excavator is about $280 or so from hire service. You supply the toasted sangas at smoko and the IPA's at knock off...done deal?

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27 minutes ago, Darryl said:

I'm no accountant, but I'm assuming you can claim some of the room cost if it is going to be a showroom.

 

I think the Govt is giving 25k bribes at the moment too.

Nah, doesn't qualify sadly

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22 hours ago, Satanica said:

I never thought I would thumbs up the destruction of ones house but here you go mate. ?

I've shed zero tears thus far and it looks set to stay that way

22 hours ago, McCvinyl said:

Thats awesome Anthony! 

Exciting times ahead. No doubt there will be a "Grizzly room" penciled in there somewhere.

Hmmmm possibly!

22 hours ago, OzJustin said:

Great read Grizzly. I hope your new room is everything you've patiently been waiting for!

I'm in a similar position to you with constantly changing design etc and it's finally taking off now (albeit in an existing house rather than demolition scenario). :D 

So exciting when it starts to become less abstract and more real!

21 hours ago, Antipodean Brad said:

This is gonna be one interesting thread!  Congratulations.

 

"it’s not excessive at only 6.9 x 4.5m surely"   Too big for a dunny.  Good for a bedroom or bathroom, or kitchen.  Workshop?  Mmmm, maybe.  Nope, still don't know what it will be.

It'll be a very slow reveal. House burlesque

19 hours ago, Luc said:

I could, I've got rellys in Radelaide. and could grab a bed in Glenelg or another place below the hills. Never remember the name but you drive down a straight road from the centre of Adelaide and when the hills show as grass your there.?

 

Nothing much happening up here but fishing and gardening.

Hourly rate for bobcat/mini excavator with XP operator is about $100+gst and travel to the site.

Daily rate for 1.8t excavator is about $280 or so from hire service. You supply the toasted sangas at smoko and the IPA's at knock off...done deal?

Reckon I could achieve that mate, see you soon!

18 hours ago, Hydrology said:

Why not?

The criteria count us out Mark, sadly.

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Even better when it is all finished the Hills Gentlemen’s Society get to visit and enjoy the new audio room.  Personally if I was building a dedicated audio room those would be pretty much just the dimensions I would go for.

 

All the best Anthony, I have watched Grand Designs, it always seems to take longer and cost more than originally planned!

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15 minutes ago, sir sanders zingmore said:

reminds me of this:

 

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Actually Trevor it seems that nobody here has discussed petunias for a far longer time than I feel comfortable with.

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4 minutes ago, thejt said:

Will be looking forward to see if a house build is faster than a SNa members system build! Best of luck!

Should I challenge @acg to a race?

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Gee @Grizzly that's a bit harsh!  Pick on someone your own size...

 

Haha.

 

There is something innately satisfying about rolling through something with a dozer or excavator...like it was meant to be. 

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We have dirt!! That trampoline is staying on site for the tradies to blow off some steam, because jumping makes you happy?

 

Now waiting for SA water to figure out exactly how they plan to connect us to the sewer, life without a septic tank is going to be so luxurious. 

 

Next, trenches and concrete!!

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On 01/10/2020 at 7:30 PM, Luc said:

Trenches...??

You rang?

 

Of course after last night it's going to resemble France circa 1917

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12 hours ago, Grizzly said:

You rang?

 

Of course after last night it's going to resemble France circa 1917

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Old style slap prep that and also the eventual slab. WTG.

Here it's all waffle slabs these days none of those beams and trenches..

 

I'd like a dollar for each one of these I've done.

 

 

Actually I did get a dollar...more than one! Lol.

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12 hours ago, Grizzly said:

You rang?

 

Of course after last night it's going to resemble France circa 1917

 

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Wow, interesting - when I had the slab built for my last house, in the late 80s ... the trenches went down at least a metre, to get to some solid foundation!  :ohmy:

 

Andy

 

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On 30/10/2020 at 9:35 PM, andyr said:

 

Wow, interesting - when I had the slab built for my last house, in the late 80s ... the trenches went down at least a metre, to get to some solid foundation!  :ohmy:

 

Andy

 

 

I imagine that's all based on soil types and their propensity to movement. Here seems pretty benign I think. Anyway after a couple of rain delays (what an an odd spring!) and subsequent tradie re arranging we finally had the ethnic lawn poured a few weeks back. That made the overall scale of the place a little frightening but hopefully just an optical illusion. Little Grizzly for reference. She was calibrated in October, for any pedants out there.

 

Fast forward to the week just gone and, like mushrooms (but thankfully not just a hallucination) we now have a house shaped structure!! Second photo taken yesterday after I swung past to net the cherry tree, keep those pesky builders out of my precious fruit!

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Wow, that's amazing progress, Ant.  When's the ETA?

 

I think Adelaide Hills soil tends to be fairly stable, unlike the reactive clays in much of the Eastern suburbs.  We've had 40 + years of living in houses we've built in Crafers and Hahndorf without seeing a hint of structural movement.  It also saves a lot of $ on footings.

 

I know you're going with the Hampton's style cladding rather than brick veneer.  Does that get attached to the walls that have been built or do they build a seperate wall so you end up with a cavity between the outside walls?  I'm thinking here of the need to make all wiring provisions you might need in the future if the exterior walls don't have a cavity?  Lots of conduits down through the walls on a "just in case we need them sometime" basis can be a good idea.

 

And, of course, take heaps of construction photos for future reference.

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That's quick.

 

Around here there is a lot of knock down a house and build between 3 and 5 townhouses. It takes them 18 months to finish them. There's only ever someone on site once a week at the most.

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2 minutes ago, scuzzii said:

cant wait to see the listening room........

 

Me too!! 6.9 x 4.5 with a separate 20 amp power spur that runs to power outlets (not the lights) in this room only.

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2 hours ago, mattjtaylor2809 said:

Isn't that just the listening room?? The rest of the house is built later?

 

Rest of the house?

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