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The house that Howard built!

Old 10th Dec 2007, 22:39
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The house that Howard built!

Well not so much Howard, but those he is paying to build it!

Finally after 10 1/2 months of planning, day 1 has arrived.



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Old 10th Dec 2007, 22:45
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Congrats HH, nice pad - but you might want to get yourself a tarpaulin or something just in case it rains.
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Old 10th Dec 2007, 22:49
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After years in the NT one is rather partial to a piece of corrugated iron, but not that fancy colourbond stuff!
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Old 10th Dec 2007, 23:09
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Oooh, lovely pad. Hope we're all getting invites to the house warming I'll bring me wellies!
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Old 11th Dec 2007, 00:04
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Will the living accommodation be all on one level (like a bungalow) with utility resources (including garage and 'cellar/den') below at the front? Or will the bedrooms and reception rooms be spread across two stories?
Does it rain much (or, indeed, heavily when it does rain?) as I can see significant fluid-pressure impinging on the rear retaining wall causing possible problems with damp penetration (though I expect you would 'tank' the structure - or provide drainage channels to ease the hydraulic pressure).
No doubt the lower storey will be formed from cast concrete with the upper storey more traditional (for Oz) timber-framed with a board-lap finish?

Hope you got a good price for the excavated topsoil.
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Old 11th Dec 2007, 00:07
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Dont forget a generous "entertainment area" for those NT guests



And of course the Top End BBQ

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Old 11th Dec 2007, 00:12
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Oh flippin' ek, don't tell me they don't have auto-claved bolcks there either!

I would ban the use of wood in houses if I were king.

One has been looking at some concrete structures here. They claim to cut the cooling bills from $200 to 59/month. 'spose the heat ratios would be same.

Here, one of the worst mistakes is not porting the water round the structure. Just stopping it seems to be a formula for disaster. But then, 7 inches in 40 mins is the kind of rain that Texas sees.
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Old 11th Dec 2007, 00:22
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G-CPTN,

the ground floor has a 2 car garage, guest room with patio and seperate entrance, another room which can be either 5th bedroom/study which will also be wired for home theatre! For the time being this room will house my drum kit and any other stuff we can't find a place for anywhere else!

The middle floor which will have a balcony at the front facing the escarpement and some views to the sea, with a large formal lounge, behind that kitchen, family and dining rooms which will have their own patio/balcony area for the 'plumbed BBQ'! Second and third bedrooms, another patio, laundry and bathroom are all located on this floor!

Finally the top floor located to the rear of the block will be master bedroom, ensuite, walk in robe and balcony facing the Pacific Ocean!

I might have to start a website, so you can all see the plans and know what is going on, their will be an open invite to all JB'ers for the house warming, some time around April/May, or at least that is the expected completion date at the moment!
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Old 11th Dec 2007, 00:43
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Ooooooh! Copy of plans please, sounds very exciting!

I just have to decided which room I'd would spill my red wine in first - which has the most expensive carpet?
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Old 11th Dec 2007, 01:02
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Only the bedrooms will have carpet, this house is designed so that the entertaining areas have 'red wine resitant tiling'!

Not only that it stops the sand being walked into the carpet...
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Old 1st May 2008, 12:08
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After 4 months finally got a slab!


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Old 1st May 2008, 12:10
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Then we got a ground floor!


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Old 1st May 2008, 12:13
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Then finally this week slowly starting to look like something!


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Old 1st May 2008, 13:04
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Nice, Howard, especially if your view can't be built out.

So, I would guess somewhere between Sydney and Merimbula, perhaps even between Nowra and Merimbula? Or am I 180 degrees out, not for the first time in my life?

Wherever it is I will make sure I drop in with a carton of booze at a most inopportune time.

(Actually, the more I look at it, the more it could be Coffs or thereabouts. Aww, **** it, it could be anywhere I suppose, but that green doesn't look like Qld.)
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Very good Bino's your first guess was indeed correct, although a lot closer to Sydney than Merimbula!



This is the view to the sea which doesn't look like much from this photo, but this is taken at ground level and viewing height from the master bedroom balcony will some 5 metres above this!

View out the front is to the Illawarra Escarpement, there will be houses there one day too, but we are sufficiently high enough to still have uninterrupted views!
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Old 2nd May 2008, 03:07
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Ahhhh, I see.

AS the old song goes, I've been to Woollongong Woollongong Woollongong Woollongong Woollongong, Dapto Dapto Woollongong Woollongong Woollongong ............
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Old 13th Sep 2008, 07:12
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Not finished yet, but still going slowly....

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Old 13th Sep 2008, 07:57
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Looks good HH, but one question,whereabouts are you gonna put the barbie and the beer fridge?

Sorry HH just read through your earlier post,looks like you have the ESSENTIAL services covered.

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Old 13th Sep 2008, 08:36
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Amazing how it keeps growing without a single worker in/on sight/site!
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Old 13th Sep 2008, 08:44
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After 10 months let me tell you, it ain't growing anywhere near as quick as I would like!

Perhaps you have just hit on the reason why...

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