A lot has happened in the past week. The rest of the back of the cottage has been demolished, new stumps in, bearers and joists laid and foilboard and yellow tongue flooring started. Yesterday was an RDO for the builders and today was the Melbourne Cup public holiday so no progress yet this week. The accompanying photos barely skim the surface of the amount of activity we had here last week. There is lots of timber in the driveway – plenty for framing up over the next few days.
Category Archives: Demolition
The end of the working week sees the work site in a state very different from what it was like on Monday. The chimneys have gone, along with the asbestos sheeting, roof and much of the framing. It shouldn’t take long for the last of it to be cleared on Monday. At this point we are not sure whether the floor will be retained but we do hope that at least the stumps and bearers can be used. That would save a bit of time and money (perhaps). We’ll wait and see what transpires next week.
It is official. We have a kitchen, dining area and living space that we are now using. It’s a bit challenging juggling between the two separate spaces across the driveway but we are gradually developing a routine. The builders started tearing apart the read end of the house last Monday. They’d done as much as they could by lunch. A lot of asbestos sheeting was used in a previous ‘upgrade’ so a team of experts will be in this Tuesday to remove all the sheeting safely. Then it’s full steam ahead with the rear of the house and the link. The Cordial Factory Crew have been flat out this past two weeks and are feeling somewhat discombobulated.
What prophetic words in the last post. At the end of day 57 the Cordial Factory has been transformed (Well, it looks that way to us). The wooden walls at the rear of the hall have been removed and the joists have been laid. The old window frames have been removed and the ‘bricked up’ window cavity on the north wall has been opened. The wooden lintel is still intact. The red joists are a stronger wood and will support the new walls that will be made of polystyrene – like an Esky.
This morning the Cordial Factory Crew had a site meeting with Paul and Robyn from Lifehouse Design and Dugald and Ross from VRBS. The number 1 item on the agenda was floor levels. During the design phase a final floor height was not specified. We were wanting to determine that at the beginning of the build – match the new floor with the existing floor level if possible. Of course, the challenge was always going to be the link between the two buildings. There will now be a step up into the hall and the house from the link.
There was a discussion about drainage and a decision was made to install a sump and pump under the floor of the hall. This could prove invaluable in the event of significant flooding.
Yesterday marked Day 1 of ‘the build’. A small crew from Vic Restorations arrived early (just after 7) to prepare for a day of wall and cement floor removal. By the end of the day the end wall was down and much of the back floor had been broken up. Today they continued the work, removing the rest of the floor and the old loft. As you can see from the photos they have begun the east wall. Next week they intend to make inroads with the subfloor. We are told things will move quickly now. If the first two days are anything to go by we’ll be at the end before we know it (TFIC – tongue firmly in cheek).
After toiling away with the jackhammer we finally reached a point where we could bring someone in to cut up the concrete. Then it was a matter of removing the ‘giant pavers’. That’s where Ash Bannerman and his Vermeer s600tx rubber track mini loader burst into action.
As my Dad always says – “You just need the right tool for the job!”