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Site meeting – floor levels

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.

Decisions, decisions, decisions

The team have entered the next challenging stage of the Cordial Factory renovation – design development.  Decisions need to be made regarding the type of cooktop, width of oven, tapware (mixer or separate?), what do we think about pendant lights, do we have strong feelings regarding tiles in the bathroom? (‘Yes’, says my co-worker!), etc.  Many, many decisions.  Thank goodness we’re not building a home from scratch.  That would be way beyond our abilities.  It’s good to know we have seasoned professionals to help us through this bit.  We just don’t want to sit down to a catalog of 37 taps and be asked which one we like.  A choice from three will be fine.

Wet weekend – tools down

A very miserable weekend weather wise has provided an excuse to ‘down tools’ on exterior walls.  There was some progress made with the north interior wall, but criticism from the apprentices has hampered results a little.  Apparently the noise of a hammer on bolster disturbs their ‘train-ing’ – and obviously leads to disharmony and conflict, if the photo is anything to go by!

The moisture in the north wall is a great example of why we are toiling away at removing the cement render.  The bricks desperately need to breathe.  If you look closely between the bricks it almost looks like soil from a garden bed – probably could grow a few plants in the old mortar.

Disharmony amongst the apprentices


The Lifehouse Design team are visiting on Tuesday to share their ideas.  My co-worker and I are a bit like kids before Christmas, wondering what ‘Design Santa’ might have for us.