Effendi builds a Howse

The last job I have left is the exterior roughcasting - Chap today suggested a date next May as the earliest he could do it :-o :-(

Can't you get a machine and do it yerself? If it were me I'd set up a couple of sheets of 8x4, have a practice and then go for it.
 

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The floor sits at a pretty even 20 degrees, which is very pleasant as it is currently 13 degrees outside. The fire went out 15 hours ago and the heating has not been on today at all.

100mm PIR seems to let the concrete and stone floor act as an effective heat bank.
 

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Kent, my digger bloke told me the county are looking at where the main actually runs with a view to moving it.

Drilling through the pipe was not the builders fault as he was working to the maps provided by the county, and had submitted his lot plan with house location to the county for their approval.

Imagine this drilling through one of those big blue plastic water pipes:

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1990's, Croydon. Redevelopment of ? Allders? department store. I was doing some related survey stuff when they were piling.
They managed to drill through the mains AND tip three trucks of concrete down it before they realised.
Ooopsy.
 
1990's, Croydon. Redevelopment of ? Allders? department store. I was doing some related survey stuff when they were piling.
They managed to drill through the mains AND tip three trucks of concrete down it before they realised.
Ooopsy.

I went along this morning to see my plant operator bloke and bumped into the site developer.

It turns out that when the surveyors ....... errrr surveyed, they cocked up the survey at the far end where the bloke was having his drilling for piers done. Apparently they were out by 20 feet???? Seriously??? Anyway, the builder was putting his house up where the plan showed it could go and as the plan was inaccurate the location was out, and his blokes drilled into the pipe.

So the surveyor is liable.
 
Ok, a couple of piccies:

The geo-technical drilling to get core samples to send off and find out the soil structure which will determine the type of foundation.

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Before things started:

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After me and the lad put up the erosion barrier.......They charge $5 a linear foot for this and we need 300 ft, so it was a DIY job; minus the cost of barrier for 3 hours work it was $1200 saved.

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My bloke Kent is delivering dirt and bulldozering to level the lot. Approx 900 cubic yards of dirt to be moved in and then levelled.

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giatttt

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Wifey wanted to make music with her iPhone and not have speakers sticking out of the walls. Went with Yamaha MusicCast and electrovoice ceiling speakers coupled to an existing subwoofer.

It’s way better than expected, but now suffering as I rejoice in turning everything to 11.

Top tip, anything relying on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is shit. No, really shit.
 

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Wifey wanted to make music with her iPhone and not have speakers sticking out of the walls. Went with Yamaha MusicCast and electrovoice ceiling speakers coupled to an existing subwoofer.

It’s way better than expected, but now suffering as I rejoice in turning everything to 11.

Top tip, anything relying on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is shit. No, really shit.
Have you lost a thread?
 
Wifey wanted to make music with her iPhone and not have speakers sticking out of the walls. Went with Yamaha MusicCast and electrovoice ceiling speakers coupled to an existing subwoofer.

It’s way better than expected, but now suffering as I rejoice in turning everything to 11.

Top tip, anything relying on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is shit. No, really shit.

Which is why during the chat with the electrical company on Tueday I told them I want hard wired internet points throughout.

Had ceiling speakers in a place we bought, but to be honest never used them. Its the same with swimming pools here, no one uses them; everyone thinks they want one because it gets so hot in the summer. The reality is that with temperatures of 90F to 100F for nearly 4 months the pool water gets up to the high 70's and instead of a cool refreshing dip it is like jumping into a hot bath. Then when you get out the humidity hits and there is no pleasure in it at all. I kept tabs on all the neighbours with pools last summer and most of them used their pools 2, or 3 times that I counted. Summer in Texarrse is like winter everywhere else, just that unlike cold it is the excessive heat and humidty that keeps you indoors.
 
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Well, not a great deal of visible activity going on. The land is levelled, my Cajun bloke Kent and his gang of Mexicans have done a great job of moving in dirt and levelling it. They shifted in 150 wagon loads at 10 cubic yards per wagon @ what has effectively turned out to be mates rates.

I actually met Kent well before asking him to do the job for me and he struck me as a fair bloke. I had two quotes for doing the job: 1st one was $65,000.00 ; the 2nd one was $46,000.00. I bumped into Kent on site one afternoon and asked him if he was busy, he said he would get the job done for me at a fair price. We shook on it with no mention of how much, he charged me $19,000.00..........chuffed to pieces with that.

I have been gathering quotes off everyone, and boy do they vary from take the piss to fairly reasonable. The biggy at the moment is waiting for the engineer to produce the foundation plan, and the framing plan for the roof and roof supporting structure. Once I have the foundation plan in hand the whole thing can kick off fully.

I now have a hickey hovering over the project though. Mrs Effendi has mentioned, and I did not react, that the land has gone up in value since we bought it, and we had the site prepped at silly cheap. So why not sell it as is without the inconvenience of building and making less from the extra hassle of building than we have made on the land so far. I would like to build the house, but she does the money and admin, so I am waiting to hear what she comes out with next.
 
Well, not a great deal of visible activity going on. The land is levelled, my Cajun bloke Kent and his gang of Mexicans have done a great job of moving in dirt and levelling it. They shifted in 150 wagon loads at 10 cubic yards per wagon @ what has effectively turned out to be mates rates.

I actually met Kent well before asking him to do the job for me and he struck me as a fair bloke. I had two quotes for doing the job: 1st one was $65,000.00 ; the 2nd one was $46,000.00. I bumped into Kent on site one afternoon and asked him if he was busy, he said he would get the job done for me at a fair price. We shook on it with no mention of how much, he charged me $19,000.00..........chuffed to pieces with that.

I have been gathering quotes off everyone, and boy do they vary from take the piss to fairly reasonable. The biggy at the moment is waiting for the engineer to produce the foundation plan, and the framing plan for the roof and roof supporting structure. Once I have the foundation plan in hand the whole thing can kick off fully.

I now have a hickey hovering over the project though. Mrs Effendi has mentioned, and I did not react, that the land has gone up in value since we bought it, and we had the site prepped at silly cheap. So why not sell it as is without the inconvenience of building and making less from the extra hassle of building than we have made on the land so far. I would like to build the house, but she does the money and admin, so I am waiting to hear what she comes out with next.
Just be sure to build it out of balsa wood, matchsticks and Papier Mache like the rest of America seems to make their houses out of :cool:
 

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Well, not a great deal of visible activity going on. The land is levelled, my Cajun bloke Kent and his gang of Mexicans have done a great job of moving in dirt and levelling it. They shifted in 150 wagon loads at 10 cubic yards per wagon @ what has effectively turned out to be mates rates.

I actually met Kent well before asking him to do the job for me and he struck me as a fair bloke. I had two quotes for doing the job: 1st one was $65,000.00 ; the 2nd one was $46,000.00. I bumped into Kent on site one afternoon and asked him if he was busy, he said he would get the job done for me at a fair price. We shook on it with no mention of how much, he charged me $19,000.00..........chuffed to pieces with that.

I have been gathering quotes off everyone, and boy do they vary from take the piss to fairly reasonable. The biggy at the moment is waiting for the engineer to produce the foundation plan, and the framing plan for the roof and roof supporting structure. Once I have the foundation plan in hand the whole thing can kick off fully.

I now have a hickey hovering over the project though. Mrs Effendi has mentioned, and I did not react, that the land has gone up in value since we bought it, and we had the site prepped at silly cheap. So why not sell it as is without the inconvenience of building and making less from the extra hassle of building than we have made on the land so far. I would like to build the house, but she does the money and admin, so I am waiting to hear what she comes out with next.
Have to say if you are not emotionally attatched to the site, and you factor in the higher quote of the ground work plus the higher cost of the land, then its a sensible idea to pass it on. (Probably better than some local "banjo player" leaving dead rabbits on the property for the rest of your lives :).
 
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Well, not a great deal of visible activity going on. The land is levelled, my Cajun bloke Kent and his gang of Mexicans have done a great job of moving in dirt and levelling it. They shifted in 150 wagon loads at 10 cubic yards per wagon @ what has effectively turned out to be mates rates.

I actually met Kent well before asking him to do the job for me and he struck me as a fair bloke. I had two quotes for doing the job: 1st one was $65,000.00 ; the 2nd one was $46,000.00. I bumped into Kent on site one afternoon and asked him if he was busy, he said he would get the job done for me at a fair price. We shook on it with no mention of how much, he charged me $19,000.00..........chuffed to pieces with that.

I have been gathering quotes off everyone, and boy do they vary from take the piss to fairly reasonable. The biggy at the moment is waiting for the engineer to produce the foundation plan, and the framing plan for the roof and roof supporting structure. Once I have the foundation plan in hand the whole thing can kick off fully.

I now have a hickey hovering over the project though. Mrs Effendi has mentioned, and I did not react, that the land has gone up in value since we bought it, and we had the site prepped at silly cheap. So why not sell it as is without the inconvenience of building and making less from the extra hassle of building than we have made on the land so far. I would like to build the house, but she does the money and admin, so I am waiting to hear what she comes out with next.

Because the value of the house as an improvement will be even greater. Say the land was $100K and it would cost you $500K to build it. And say shit’s gone up 50%. 50% of $100K is ’only’ $50K, where 50% of 500K is $250K. Meanwhile you can borrow money all day long at 3-3.5% fixed for 30 years. Even if you had $600K in the bank, it’d be worth playing the arbitrage game.

At one point, I honestly thought building our house was going to bankrupt us and we’d have to give it up to the bank. We got through it, and 2 years later, we’re in good shape. Even if the market tumbles, it’ll recover to present levels. It always has and always will. As they say, “they’re not making land anymore”.
 

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Well, not a great deal of visible activity going on. The land is levelled, my Cajun bloke Kent and his gang of Mexicans have done a great job of moving in dirt and levelling it. They shifted in 150 wagon loads at 10 cubic yards per wagon @ what has effectively turned out to be mates rates.

I actually met Kent well before asking him to do the job for me and he struck me as a fair bloke. I had two quotes for doing the job: 1st one was $65,000.00 ; the 2nd one was $46,000.00. I bumped into Kent on site one afternoon and asked him if he was busy, he said he would get the job done for me at a fair price. We shook on it with no mention of how much, he charged me $19,000.00..........chuffed to pieces with that.

I have been gathering quotes off everyone, and boy do they vary from take the piss to fairly reasonable. The biggy at the moment is waiting for the engineer to produce the foundation plan, and the framing plan for the roof and roof supporting structure. Once I have the foundation plan in hand the whole thing can kick off fully.

I now have a hickey hovering over the project though. Mrs Effendi has mentioned, and I did not react, that the land has gone up in value since we bought it, and we had the site prepped at silly cheap. So why not sell it as is without the inconvenience of building and making less from the extra hassle of building than we have made on the land so far. I would like to build the house, but she does the money and admin, so I am waiting to hear what she comes out with next.
I bet she started off by saying, "I've been thinking"



The dreaded words, I just close my eyes and think, WTF now
 

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