Rain, rain go away

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General, Sydney House - Original, The Build

It’s been a few months since my last post, which is pretty lame. February in fact…! I cannot believe how or where the time has gone. But we have made significant progress.

So, I’ll be trying to post a bunch of articles to catch up. As is typical of Sydney, and our particular area to the north, we were beset by rain in February and March. We thought we’d had the worst of it the August (2016) before as that wet season had set us back approximately 6 weeks. It’s hard to wrap one’s head around why or how 3 weeks of rain sets back the project by 6 weeks …but it’s usually because things need to dry while trades need to be rescheduled.

But we reached February with the exterior up, and the second level Weathertex (mostly) painted before the weather turned bad.

Fortunately, the rain also helped us check for any last remaining leaks – a job best done long before internals are done and good quality floors and walls are installed.

Onto the pool completion, the master bathroom, more plumbing and electricity, and some travel in the months between March – July, but first here are some a photos from late February:

Pre-primed, unpainted Weathertex Weathergroove Smooth 150s. This is a wonderful sustainable Australian invention, 97% hardwood and 3% wax. Looking up to the cedar sashless bathtub window by Moars. Brick below will be painted Natural White (Dulux)

The new back deck, washed before and drying before oiling, runs along the entire rear of the original Pettit & Sevitt Lowline structure. Our bedrooms will stay much the same, we love the feel of the house inside. The original painted bricks needed to be stripped in order to take fresh paint properly. This will be restored to Dulux Natural White in keeping with the whole Lowline and bottom level.

Painting Weathertex is ideally, a 2 person job. One person painting the grooves while the other rapidly smooths the paint onto the board with the roller. Use good brushes and microfibre rollers. This Weathertex is so smooth that some paint does not apply to well. Dulux was the answer for us. We gave the new cedar windows another coat of Sikkens oil while the scaffolds were up.

The two extensions in Dulux Monument. The first is above the old carport (now garage), and the second (on the right) is on top of the additional room added to the Lowline. The new Lowline fascia is also Weathertex as the old timber had been replaced in small pieces over the years and was fully rotted. New roof and fascia are in Colorbond Monument. The cedar windows mimic, in style, the original Pettit & Sevitt floor to ceiling windows. Our box gutters are absolutely massive, on account of a general paranoia and wish to avoid future water or roof issues. All up we needed about 5 packs of Weathertex 

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