This past week a few small things happened afterall - we owe Eden Brae this much acknowledgement.
Their carpenter has been slowly replacing/repairing frame timbers which have bowed, twisted and warped due to long exposure to the elements. For that we are relieved.
Our 2 solar panels have now been installed on our west-facing roof, as our north-facing roof is too small to accomodate them, BUT the installer mounted them flush with the roof WITHOUT installing the accompanying frame, which would have angled the panels correctly to the north- instead the panels are facing WSW ie about 100 degrees west of true north. Hellooo, how could he get this so WRONG !!! He is supposed to be a professional installer !!!! A pocket compass would have told him that it ain't going to get any sun in its current position.
EDIT : We have since been advised that we will have only 80% solar efficiency without the frame. Apparently, this is an acceptable percentage. So the installation of the frame is not a necessity.
The installer was correct & we are reasonably satisfied.
The west & south brick walls of the house have been cleaned, along with the upper walls of the 2 balconies. This alone has made a difference to the look of the building. We are impatient to see the rest of the bricks in their true state.
Finally, the carpenter installed a few metres of cladding - YAY !! See below.
Unfortunately, yesterday was a no work day for the carpenter, as his apprentice was unavailable (TAFE ??). Another day lost !
Finally, our concern with the cupping of the flooring has somewhat abated, though not entirely - the emphasis is 'somewhat'. After having done a bit of technical research, spoken to friends who have built & spoken to the SS, we are satisfied that the flooring is passable. At the moment, we have no bounce or squeaks due to the use of glue and the floor being screwed rather then nailed (which is a plus for EB). Whether in future years problems develop as a result of the long exposure, is just conjecture at this point.