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.
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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.
Day 3 saw the workers commence on the sub-floor. After marking out the location of the holes Ash from Ashkavate turned up with his mighty machine and got stuck into it. A couple of challenges revealed themselves during the day – a small reef right where a post hole needs to go and the appearance yet again of more broken glass.
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!”
In an attempt to save some money the team decided to remove the cement floor themselves. It is an excellent example of the false economy one can experience when renovating. This task has included the hire and use of an electric jackhammer (great tool but no match for the thickest of the cement), 3 hours work by a professional cement saw operator ($400 blade worn through), four trailer loads of cement to ASQ for recycling (and counting), the removal and stacking of 100+ bricks and several appointments to the chiropractor. The finish is in sight, well at least for this particular chapter of the build – or should that be preparation for the build.
Using the hammer drill with the chisel bit we’ve managed to excavate down to the footings of the north wall. It appears that the footings are solid and well-formed. Hopefully that’s the case right the way around. Amazing to work through the most recent ‘cement pour’ to discover two earlier examples of cement floors. When all the cement is removed there should be plenty of space for air to flow underneath the building – and help manage any moisture around the site.