Friday, August 28, 2009

Fence - Part 1

As promised, a couple of outside pics.

This side fence has been more trouble than the entire house put together. Finally, the bricking is complete. We will shortly be ordering rod top aluminium infill panels for between the brick piers.
Also, we have finally found a fencer to install the lap'n'cap fence & double gates joining the brick fence & completing the side wall. That should be going in, in about 2 weeks.
It's just so annoying to have every process take weeks & weeks. Just getting a tradie to turn up is a frustrating feat. Some don't even bother to ring to say they're not coming.

S & his father have painstakingly built a retaining wall around the bakc of the house. It is starting to look tidier. At this very moment, both are cleaning up the rear yard of bricks, concrete, rubbish. So next is to tidy up, level off & bring in the good dirt in preparation for turfing. Yippee!!!!!! Can't wait !!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sorry but nothing really new to add except that our retaining wall is almost done & our brick fence is now complete. The hard part is finding timber fence tradesmen who actually turn up to quote, when they say they will. Grrrrr!
Apart from that, our blinds FINALLY go in on Thursday. A seriously looong wait after the fiasco of the discontinued chosen fabric. Now that was a major disappointment.

Our US trip is getting closer. Have booked all accommodation (Disneyland, NY, San Francisco) & now organising a side trip to Toronto to see relos. A lot still to finalise in addition to the house 'stuff'.

We still haven't gotten around to buying our light fittings. No where to store them while we do all the other things.

Will post some boring outside pics this weekend of the fence & retaining wall & maybe of our blinds.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Did I mention how much we love living down here??
It's taken us years to get this location. The market is soooo difficult to get into down here. It's so tight that in the last 6 months, I'd say only about a dozen properties - if that - have been listed. Thank goodness this one came up when it did. Both S & I are sure we were destined to have this place.

The sounds of the birds are great, particularly the kookaburras. Reminds me of the bush, not that that enthralls me, but it's a wonderful feeling to be in the city of Sydney & yet feel as though you're not. We have all the facilities of a major city but it feels as though we're in a country town.

Did I mention how much we love living down here?? Ooop I did, didn't I? The best decision we have ever made. Such a shame we couldn't buy into the area 27 years ago when we first looked. Back then, it was even harder to get in.

The quiet is amazing - no sirens, no traffic. And the people in the neighbourhood are just so warm & friendly. Everyone says hello as they walk past. And there's a lot who walk past. Quite a few have even welcomed us to the area.

Did I mention how much we love living down here??

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The quotes are rolling in & as expected they are obscene!!!
3 built-in robes & WIR - $4,700 & $3,700!!! I'd hate to see the cost of added doors!! Yet to see the 3rd quote.
Flyscreens for the entire house, not including the french doors - $ 1,500 & $3,000!! How on earth can you compare those 2 when one is double the other?? Will try 2 more recommended by a couple of Homeone members.

I'm sure these companies see a new house & decide ' let's see how much we can gouge out of the suckers '! Grrrrrr.

The 2 upstairs bathrooms & toilet have finally be tiled. Poor S! He hasn't a moment of peace, what with his job and the tiling. His take on it, is that he's putting his stamp on the place - a kind of bonding - oh brother ! I'm sure I could find a less painful way of bonding. Hahaha.

Yippee, the brick fence goes up this week. Should be finished Friday. I also need to get on to a couple of fencers to quote on the lap'n'cap fencing. It'll be great to have privacy. Once the fence is done, we can clear out the mess on the alfrecso and place our outdoor furniture there. That means the garage gets somewhat freed up & we might even get a car in there.

Our concretor/landscaper has been AWOL for 2 weeks. Pretty frustrating, as he was supposed to level our yard with his bobcat & build our retaining wall. Finally heard from him yesterday after I text messaged him to say that we had bought retaining wall blocks & that we were going to start without him. Apparently, he's taken on so much work, he hasn't had time to come back. Tradies !!!!
Anyhow, hoping he'll be back next week. No point this week as S is in NZ.

That's it for now. Veeeeery slow progress but atleast things are moving, albeit slowly.