Thursday, 26 July 2012

Week 3 update

Couldn't think of a catchy title this week .... :)

With some good weather over the last week things are rolling along really well. The brickies have finished their work and the sub-floor has gone in. so in the next couple of days the frame will start to go up.

Just a quick explanation for those wondering why this looks different to most houses. With building on a slope you have 2 choices:

1. Use a traditional slab with a cut and fill approach. However this has several disadvantages such as, large retaining walls, possible house shift in the fill section, does not use the fall of the land well.

2. Use a pier and beam approach. Much like building a deck, the house is built on stumps made of bricks (piers) using large steel bearers (beam) and wooden joists. The floor (with some insulation) is then placed on top of this. In the long run, the costs associated with this approach are comparable to the cut and fill approach when you take into account the large retaining walls required.And the house is designed to suit the fall of the land better.

So quite obviously our builder uses a pier and beam approach.

The garage is finished ....

The front section....

 The back of the house

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