Week 62

Welcome to Week 62 in our 36 Week project.... It's all about finishing now. Lots of pressure to Buy Things like... doorbells. Have you ever given much thought to them? The button bit can be a nice design piece, and there are many many different types to choose from. But the ringer, chime, sounder, whatever … Continue reading Week 62

Week 61

Clinton celebrated a penultimately significant birthday on the weekend by going back to school: blacksmithing school. He's always happiest when he's making and building and doing. So with some stout shoes and safety glasses, off he went to the Quinnells' at Fire and Iron to get stuck in to Make Stuff.  The course was about … Continue reading Week 61

Week 58

Without going into too much drama about tempers flaring, lines of communication being tested, inspections on the edge and deadlines looming, ..., despite all this, it's all mostly going to plan. This week's post will be mostly pictorial as I'm struggling to write anything at all coherent in the rush to finish this project. Loose ends include … Continue reading Week 58

Week 55

It's official: we've Given Notice on our rental house. This event sparked a flurry of activity in the household. Given that we've moved out of the old house in the first place (after 15 years of living there--there should be a law that people are forced to move every five years in an effort to decouple themselves … Continue reading Week 55

Week 51

Ben had the drone out and it's great to finally see the roof in its glory. Here's a visual progress report from the get go. And these.... Tony had the fire on early in the week, so he kindly invited Ben and me to have a look at making balusters. Each of these is completely hand made … Continue reading Week 51

Week 47

We have a flue! Actually, it's a flue liner, not to be confused with the identically named but made of pumice 'flue liner' that was already installed with the chimney went up. All very technical, but for the past few weeks, Dave has been developing the plans to make this thing work. Terry and Josh … Continue reading Week 47

Week 46

Most of the action this week occurred behind the scenes. Lots of planning and sorting and choosing more than cutting, sticking and building. We've chosen a fireplace, paid bills, decided on tiles, placed thermostats, chased electrics, considered ironmongery and built-in furniture, and we started thinking about wardrobe build-ups, kitchen pendants, sofas and curtains. I thought … Continue reading Week 46

Week 45

Early birds, these guys. On my way to meet the electrician at a lazy 7:30 am, I saw that they'd already had a delivery that was just departing down the lane. More oak arrived late yesterday via Neil and his Land Rover with trailer; it's always a pleasure to have him onsite. These pieces will cover the … Continue reading Week 45