All posts filed under: The Build

Vintage Gyprock

During the plastering process, we have decided to strip the original P&S lounge/dining room. It’s about 34sqm and needs to flow through to the new section. It’s got new doors and the opening to the new section but now it needs the timber flooring which […]

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Decision making

By March we had reached the 12 month mark of our project, although not all of that time has been spent building. Between August 2016 rains, a lot of excavation for the pool and drainage, Christmas break and so on…we probably had only done about […]

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Rain, rain go away

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. […]

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Our Pool

Deciding on the type of pool for our home was quite a dilemma for a while, which I enjoyed writing about. Happily, we went with the classic rectangle and felt we couldn’t go wrong with the geometry of the house. So that was drawn into […]

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Progress Photos 2016

Late August 2016: It was a happy day when my Dad came over for a peak at the progress. My parents tried not to visit the building site, as it was full of hazards. So, when he came around and had a look, he said […]

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The Middle Stage – Are we there yet?

I read once that every renovation has a difficult “middle stage” but until you’ve been through it, the concept seems less threatening. You reach half way and things get hard – for whatever reason. It couldn’t be too bad could it? More accurate for us […]

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Replacement windows

By November 2016 we had addressed the problem of all of our P&S original windows being at a height of 2100mm while the ceiling was actually 2400mm high. We decided to take the brick all the way up so that our replacement doors and windows […]

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The importance of windows

As Andy Dwyer said in Parks & Recreation, “Windows are the eyes to the house”. Although he’s a slightly offbeat TV character in our favourite TV show, he’s not half wrong. Typically Pettit & Sevitt homes were characterised by floor to ceiling (or to beam) windows and […]

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When Dad comes to visit

Late August 2016: It was a happy day when my Dad came over for a peak at the progress. My parents tried not to visit the building site, as it was full of hazards. So, when he came around and had a look, he said […]

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Getting out of the ground

We’re finally out of the ground, after about 8 weeks of digging, drainage, fill, pool dig and concrete, and foundations. Yay! At every step our builder has been excellent. As we are living in the existing house, being owner builders has worked well. We usually […]

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