• Bathroom slab and reading nook after - south view
    Renovation La Shacka

    Filling in the gaps

    Since the shack was stripped back, we have been busy filling in the numerous gaps that were a result of poor concreting done by the previous owner/s. This shack has had a few modifications over the years, and the original concrete slab that was part of the work shed is fine, however the additional concrete poured around this slab was not connected via reo bars. This disconnection has meant that the concrete floors for the bathroom and bedrooms have slumped over the years, and are a gateway for creepy crawlies to enter through. The slump has also meant that the floor steps down as you enter these areas. We filled…

  • The aftermath
    The Nest

    ….and then there was a slab

    The concrete truck arrived 20 minutes ahead of schedule, and took just over four hours to complete pouring. One of the concrete trucks hit a power pole at their depot which caused some delays, we had to wait for over an hour till we got the next batch of concrete delivered.  This caused some concern as the previous concrete poured was starting to set, but thankfully the delay didn’t cause any issues.  Turns out it was a blessing in disguise as the fish tank needed to be secured furthermore before more concrete could be poured around it. No more hurdles were encountered, and not much more can be said about the happenings…

  • The Nest

    Fish tank setup and pre pour jitters

    Less than 12 hours to go till the concrete truck arrives and the pour begins.  Matty and I are feeling excited, nervous, worried, exuberant all at the same time.  A minor (major) crisis was averted today as Matt found out that the formwork was 40 mm shy of the expected height.  A somewhat cruisy day turned out to be a full on day fixing other people’s stuff ups. Despite the frustrations, Matty managed to get everything done for the 7am start tomorrow morning (along with extending the height of the formwork to the required 100mm).  Here are some pics to commemorate the day: This house has a few little quirks, but…

  • The Nest

    It’s All Hallow’s Eve and still no slab….

    The past month has been frustrating with  unnatural amounts of rain being the main culprit.  Despite the delay, progress has been made on other fronts, like building a chook pen, getting some chooks, setting up the veggie patch and picking up other building materials such as tiles and windows. The rain finally eased off about two weeks ago, and Matt hired Rob to come in and dig the slab footings. Once those were in place, Matt was busy pumping water out of them two days later (thanks to the glorious rain), then finally started putting the clinka fill in (more about clinka here). Two labourers assisted with doing the form work and putting up…