Sunday, June 28, 2009

Roof Finished

This week the roofing contractor finished the roof. The garage floor was also concreted and the brickies finished the window sills.
Roof complete.

Just some more weatherboards to be installed, (and painted).

The remaining scaffolding will be taken away this week.

Almost there apart from the porch.

This is it so far.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Roof almost finished

The builders have successfully tackled the front part of the roof. It is now almost complete apart from a few finishing touches and the installation of the shingles.
Despite the weather being cold and wet, I managed to finish paining the eaves and weatherboards before the scaffolding was taken down. I'm pretty happy with the end result.
Dormer and West gable completed.

Most of the scaffolding has now been removed.

Last week I had a few consultations on site with the builder about he roof form at the front of the house. It is important to have a strong working relationship with a builder to achieve a good result. This part of the roof was always going to be tricky. I decided not to detail it too much on my drawings but instead built a scale model of it for the builder to refer to on site. The scale model, some technical discussions and a bit of arm waving got the result we were after.

This is what remains of the scaffolding.

That's all for now. Better get back to drawing houses.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bricks & painting weatherboards

This week the brick layers have been trying hard to finish off their works. Rain has been hampering their progress so they worked on Saturday and Monday (Queen's birthday) to catch up. They were rained off again on Monday and the weather was too cold for the mortar to set so they will be back on the job this week to hopefully finish off.
Brickies scaffold to reach the top of the wall.

Weatherboards have been installed to the dormer and the west gable. Instead of timber I have chose 'Hardies Linea' weatherboards which are a cement based product. They look identical to a timber weatherboard but are much lower maintenance. They do need to be painted but unlike a timber weatherboard this product will not deteriorate and will not require repainting after 10 years.

I have chosen another Hardies product for the eave lining. This lining is cement sheet and comes in a grooved finish to emulate timber lining. Again, low maintenance but with the desired aesthetic.

Coming along quite nicely.

The scaffolding on the west side is to be taken down soon so I decided to take advantage of it and paint the gable while I still have access.

I took a few hours off on Friday to make the most of the sunshine. Managed to get 2 coats of paint on the eaves an 1 coat on the gable. It was actually dark when I finished so I couldn't step back to admire my work until the next day. I had intended to get a second coat on over the weekend but the weather was against me.
We'll see how this week goes.