Sunday, June 20, 2010

fine weather and roof slabs

After last week's on-again, off-again wet weather, we have finally had a couple of days of clear sun and a chance to pour the roof slab! With a vast bevvy of grano workers tramping all over the very carefully laid structural reinforcing and electrical conduits, the day began at 7.30am and lasted for 6 mini-trucks worth of concrete.

The neighbours all stuck their heads in to have an inspection whilst enjoying their (disrupted) morning coffee, but no complaints, and one of the tradies asked if this was actually a house: "I thought it was going to be a club-house or something"...everyone's a critic.

Tomorrow they wash it to expose the aggregate and by the weekend we should be up there enjoying a glass of something and a sunset.

Monday, June 14, 2010

rainy days...

Work has slowed somewhat on site with the onset of winter in Perth. Rain, rain, rain. However, the reo is in for the roof slab, and the electricians are on site today laying conduit and chasing walls.

There have been a couple of your standard construction 'bumps' over the last week, but that's par for the course, and our builder is doing his utmost to rectify everything to a high standard.

With any luck the slab can be poured first thing next week...

Friday, June 4, 2010

city views!

Zac & Phil survey the work.

Notwithstanding the fact that I don't necessarily believe in the idea of houses as merely economic currency, those that do always subscribe to the 'location & views' mantra. Well, listen up, real estate agents - we just discovered we have city views! Two, to be exact.

One occurs if you stand in the very north-east corner of the roof deck and look down our laneway: in the distance like a beacon of real estate gold stands the Bankwest Tower. And the second, somewhat less neighbour-friendly view comes when we look straight through the first floor windows of our southern neighbour. In respect of retaining at least some of their privacy, I will not post any photos of that view.

And of course the formwork is now all but complete. Concrete pour expected in about ten days...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

photo shoot for the bird

In a side note, last night I went into The Bird with Matt Biocich, this great photographer I spotted at an exhibition last year. He took some photos of the bar for the office portfolio and some great shots of the owners Mike & Brenton. Keep an eye out on the PrevostWeir website for the results.

formwork for roof slab

Formwork supports for the roof slab went up yesterday, so we can now see the finished extents of the box that is the apartment house. We have decided (for the time being) to leave the internal ceiling as exposed soffit to see how we go with concrete floor and concrete the office kids designed up a layout for the form-boards and lighting conduits...hopefully the boys on site follow the plan first go, or I will be on site with a crow-bar!

Zac also managed to clamber on top of the building in the early evening to snap some pics of the view and the sunset - turns out we have an even better view than we hoped. Good progress.