The Build’s Begun!

Today is the day that I begin my house build. I finalised the plans with the architect and engineer last week, and the project has been approved to commence. I’ve bought out almost all the Cheltenham timber supplies available, and I’m driving down to the property in my work car as we speak. I’m ready to start building the rest of my life, and I’ve never been happier.

Today I’m going to prepare the spot where my house will be positioned as a construction site and then pour the foundation. I won’t be able to do anything for a week after that, because I need to wait for the foundation to dry before I can do the rough framing. That will be done next weekend. Once the framing is in, I will get a plumber and electrician in to do their rough-ins. This is something that I don’t need to be there for, but I want to oversee the entire project and so it can only be done on the weekends. Their rough-ins will take a couple of months, maybe even longer if they’re working on the weekend.

I am going to give them all their equipment such as plumbing and electrical supplies. In Cheltenham, hardware stores allow you to buy in bulk for cheaper and so it’s more cost-effective for me to supply everything. I also have a good understanding of what they’re doing and so I know what needs to be purchased and what doesn’t. This is one of the big perks of being a builder myself – the ability to oversee the whole project and know what needs to be done, and seeing as I have an emotional attachment to the project, I’ll be making sure it is done right. 

I’ve arrived at my property and I’m going to start preparing the site now. I’ll update you in a couple of months once the property has been roughed in.