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Losh's house build 5 years in the making

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by losh1971, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. losh1971

    losh1971 Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if I will sell the house next year and get another one or if we will keep it and try to get a block and stick a shed on it for the time being. I've put in 1000s of hours so it has some sentimental value as well as monetary. Oh yeah can't go past proper coffee. ;)
     
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    Some more pics from early this year. house25.jpg house28.jpg house29.jpg
     
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    I got the kitchen bench tops in in Sept this year, I need finish the kick panels that I am making and install them. Did nearly the whole lot myself. All I had help with was cut the hole for the sink. I may have been able to do it but I don't own a jigsaw, which we needed to cut the very last bit into the corners that the circular saw wouldn't reach. I was also a little nervous about making a $1900 mistake. I was fortunate that in my searchings on Gumtree I found enough cupboard door handles for all my doors including the laundry and scored them for $15 which new they are $7 each. I had to buy four new ones but they are longer as I want them to suit the 2400 laundry and pantry doors that I am yet to have made. Took me a while to fit the soft closers on the drawers as I was retro fitting them to SH drawers. Worst part was getting the gaps right all the way around.
     
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    veranda.jpg It was around late Aug this year I was able to get a mortgage. Up until then I just had to do what I could with credit cards and a couple of tops ups on the personal loan and some help from my mum. Reckon I tried 4 or 5 times to get a mortgage without any success. But I tried a credit union about getting a personal loan when they said they would look at a mortgage on an incomplete house, which was my biggest hurdle.Getting the loan meant I have been able to get most of the veranda completed.
     
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    20171205_173945.jpg Around 6-8 weeks ago we finished all the framing for the veranda.
     
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    Your dog looks happy with his new home.
     
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    Kitchen is basically finished as is the laundry. Laundry still needs doors on tje linen press but they are really expensive. 20171206_113142.jpg 20171206_113128.jpg 20171206_114001.jpg
     
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    20171206_114016.jpg The laundry trough i bought second hand for 25 bucks and i just had a new door made for it so it matched the rest.
     
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    Mate,
    I'm loving this thread - good on you for doing it all yourself!
    Keep it up, i'm hooked
     
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    Big challenge, never built a new home, last one was a full reno , did everything myself with help from my father , except for electrics and bench tops, very challenging and rewarding
     
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    Got the rail along the front of the house today. Yesterday I fixed up some of the deck. I had to replace one board as it was a tad short. I aso had some temp offcuts in the middle of the deck where the temp downpipe went through. I also managed to finish the last down pipe today and mounted onto the post. Next week I hope to fit the short intermediate posts between the structural ones. I also have a 240 board-rail that goes along the other edge on the side facing the street and mountains where we can chill and have a beer while sitting on a couple of stools. Hoping i might also get time to sand the bog on the veranda frames ready for paint. 20171209_145434_resized.jpg 20171209_145520_resized.jpg 20171209_145540_resized.jpg
     
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    Any updates mate?
     
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    Nah Pete. Slow going for a bit yet. I have run out of funds, about $2.5k short. I have my brother coming grom SA in three weeks for my wedding. He is a qualified builder. He is going to help me with the last of the balustrade rail which doubles as a bar to sit at and have a beer. Hopefully also get the last four corner flashings on while he is there too.
     
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    Great read and awesome job. I'd never take on anything this huge but my hat goes off to you for dreaming it and making it a reality.
     
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    That balustrade rail /bar sounds like a great idea.
    Wedding, now that sounds like the big challenge / hard work =reward, nice one , life's so much better when you get to share it with that special someone and friends
     
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    Got the outdoor bar installed a couple of weeks ago. Also started on the balustrade cable, managed to get one short run completed. Hoping to get some help in a few weeks to finish the balustrade wire. Then pretty much only have the laserlite over the deck and some doors on the linen press and pantry to go. 20180207_171722_resized.jpg
     
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    Most important thing done.:D
     
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    Hoping to get some more balustrade wire installed this weekend. Have to chat to my neighbour and see if he will give me a hand. Thinking about the cheapest way but still look good to finish the linen press. I can get white coated 16mm mdf that looks nice and is like 50 bucks a 2.4 × 1.2 sheet from the joinery supplies. My bro in law works there and can get the sheets cut up at the joiners as well as drill the hinge holes. Last time it cost me a pack of Cc and dry for the drilling the hinges on a few cupboard doors. I need to get the veranda roof on but need 1800 bucks to get the builder out as the laser lite is a bit over a grand. Looked at getting a credit card to fund the roof but not sure if they will knock me back because I don't earn enough. Already was declined a few months ago and too many knock backs reflects bad on your credit rating. I did apply for a top up on the mortgage but not sure if they actually recorded the application or if they just run the figures to let me me know i wasn't earning enough. Hoping it was the latter as i had a slight pay increase which means I might be approved. Trouble is i hate the idea of paying 500 bucks in fees to borrow a mesely 3k. Might have a 200 buck bill waiting for me at home once i get my mail because my building permit run out last Dec. I wad hoping to get the house ready for sign off before they sent me the letter.
     

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