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    "Brian (excavator guy) will be back soon to tidy up and place all the rocks for retaining walls."

    The above quote was back in May, 5 months ago. Tell you what, waiting is not something I do well at all. Weather has been to wet to get it done sooner, so finally all the ground work is done and it's looking really neat.

    Ready for asphalt, lawn and tree planting. Will get onto the trees on Wednesday when things cool down again. Same with the lawn. Got some really long hoses.

    The trees will be aspen. Just planting root stock so it'll be a while before they are prominent but that gives us something to look forward to. Was going to plant 4 but now that I've seen the size of the front lawn area, I think I'll get more than that in.

    Will also plant natives in the rock walls to soften them up a bit. Can't wait to see that take off.

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    Welcome back! Progress to boot.

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    That was quick OBBob. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shauck View Post
    That was quick OBBob. Cheers.
    I was just wondering about how you were getting on the other day ... and hoping that the radio silence didn't mean it'll all fallen in a heap.

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    Nice rocks
    Home for lizards
    "A big boy did it and ran away"

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBBob View Post
    I was just wondering about how you were getting on the other day ... and hoping that the radio silence didn't mean it'll all fallen in a heap.
    Nah, just had to get through winter to kick on again. Still here just a bit of a break.

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    Is that parkland at the bottom.... BTW howdy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondog55 View Post
    Nice rocks
    Home for lizards
    Rocks are the best spot for them. The Kookaburras will come back for the feast.

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    Looking great Su, lets hope the weather stay kind so you can finish

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild01 View Post
    Is that parkland at the bottom.... BTW howdy
    That's the neighbours back yard. Howdy back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodobird View Post
    Looking great Su, lets hope the weather stay kind so you can finish
    Thanks mate.

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    Looking good! It's great to have the warm weather back (finally!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnstiles View Post
    Looking good! It's great to have the warm weather back (finally!)
    Cheers. Lovin the weather. Bit of a prelude to summer.

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    So, house done before xmas Su ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ringtail View Post
    So, house done before xmas Su ?
    Not this one. I'm not a magician.

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    Lots of progress Su Whens it start coming out of the ground

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldie1 View Post
    Lots of progress Su Whens it start coming out of the ground
    That will depend on getting the driveway asphalt done, the final paperwork through council and then planning permit/building permit which most of the paperwork is ready to submit. Then it'll be dependent on how long it takes to sell the cottage. I reckon it should sell pretty quickly, well I have a feeling it will. I'm hoping we are ready to build in 3-6 months.

    I've been growing grass down the bottom and it's starting to take and have transplanted some aspens which are also sprouting new growth. I'll add a few pics a bit later.

    The budget has been blown slightly with the cost of the rocks (8,500) and an overspend on service trenches (7,000) but other than that, everything has been on budget. We're either going to borrow a bit more from the bank or a short loan from my Dad. Working that out today.

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    The asphalt is done. I bit the bullet and redid the existing so it's all new. Another budget blowout but it's a virgo thing and had to be done. The conveyancer has told me paperwork is in the titles office now. Not sure how long that takes, especially over Christmas period. I think 6 weeks, tops? So close, am doing a happy dance when I think about it. Feels really good. Some pics of driveway and new lawn.img_0345.jpgimg_0346.jpgimg_0350.jpglawn-area.jpgimg_0356.jpg

    Tanya brought one of her co-workers (real estate agent) to see the property and his feedback was very encouraging. Happy with his ballpark figures as they pretty much matched the ones in my mind. All I gotta do now is get a soil test and 6 star energy rating on the plans and an owner builder certificate thingy so I can submit planning and building permit.
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    Sweet! That driveway needs a big jump or a nice tall berm in it at the end...makes me feel all yeehah at the thought. Tear down the Hill on the treadly and...
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    You need a dam at the end of the driveway Su. The run off would be epic

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    Cheers guys. I like idea of swimming hole at the end. Woo hoo!! Getting to end of posting on this thread. I'll hold out till planning and building permit pass and sale comes thru then start a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seriph1 View Post
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    cheers seriph. I think I know what GD stands for.

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    yep

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    Hey Su - was all your paperwork approved? Ready to launch??

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    So far, yes but a few things had been missed by the conveyancer and the surveyor which has delayed it. I'm close to done. This process is so convoluted and difficult to steer if you've not done it before. It could have been over months ago. Ah well. I'll look back one day and smile.

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    I guess an architect would take care of all of it for a price Su ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shauck View Post
    So far, yes but a few things had been missed by the conveyancer and the surveyor which has delayed it. I'm close to done. This process is so convoluted and difficult to steer if you've not done it before. It could have been over months ago. Ah well. I'll look back one day and smile.
    Story of my build Su - delays have set me back at least 6 months or more. There are probably more to come!
    It's all a steep learning curve which would make the next build so much easier. But who wants to build another one after all this?!!

    And for me it is as much about the journey as it is the destination so I continue to enjoy even the frustrations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ringtail View Post
    I guess an architect would take care of all of it for a price Su ?
    That's true but then I did my own plans. I may have wasted time but I've saved some money.

    Quote Originally Posted by turnstiles View Post
    Story of my build Su - delays have set me back at least 6 months or more. There are probably more to come!
    It's all a steep learning curve which would make the next build so much easier. But who wants to build another one after all this?!!

    And for me it is as much about the journey as it is the destination so I continue to enjoy even the frustrations.
    I've had a number of setbacks. Some due to excavation hold ups (winter), some due to plumber availability, some due to the stuff mentioned above. It's how it is. I am getting a bit antsy now tho.

    I'm in the process of sorting out building and planning permits for a job I'm doing. My neighbour is up here part time and so it's easier for me to handle it. The more I learn about the process, the more likely it is that I might end up doing more stuff like this in the future.

    Is there some sort of course that is out there, other than Builder? One that handles only paperwork for subdivisions, planning and building permits?

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    Town planning maybe ?

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    I thought I ought to finish this thread with a fond farewell. As some of you already know, things didn't go quite to plan. Life has taken a new direction. I am flying solo these days, pretty much just as the subdivision and all the work was done.

    We have sold the house and the block of land is on the market. The house sold within several weeks and got what we wanted for it. The block is likely to take a bit longer as that's pretty usual round here. As It wasn't ever intended for sale, I probably won't see it's true value in the sale price but hey, someone will get a nice posi.

    I hope to take my portion of the spoils and maybe build a transportable dwelling. I'm living in a hut on a bush block a little out of town. Loving the simplified life. If I can generate interest in these little dwellings, all good. Worst case, I'll have one that I can transport when I get the chance to own a bush block. I'm pretty much converted to the bush ways now. I do miss flicking a light switch and instant hot water but I hope to make some of that better with this idea.

    I will start a new thread when and if it becomes a reality. Cheers all for your awesome support over the years. It has made the journey all the better.

    As I still maintain the block, here's a pic of the view from the house site of the lawn freshly mowed (first of spring) and the gully beyond.

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    Wish you well Su and do pop back from time to time, please.

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    Ditto!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shauck View Post
    I thought I ought to finish this thread with a fond farewell. As some of you already know, things didn't go quite to plan. Life has taken a new direction. I am flying solo these days, pretty much just as the subdivision and all the work was done.

    We have sold the house and the block of land is on the market. The house sold within several weeks and got what we wanted for it. The block is likely to take a bit longer as that's pretty usual round here. As It wasn't ever intended for sale, I probably won't see it's true value in the sale price but hey, someone will get a nice posi.

    I hope to take my portion of the spoils and maybe build a transportable dwelling. I'm living in a hut on a bush block a little out of town. Loving the simplified life. If I can generate interest in these little dwellings, all good. Worst case, I'll have one that I can transport when I get the chance to own a bush block. I'm pretty much converted to the bush ways now. I do miss flicking a light switch and instant hot water but I hope to make some of that better with this idea.

    I will start a new thread when and if it becomes a reality. Cheers all for your awesome support over the years. It has made the journey all the better.

    As I still maintain the block, here's a pic of the view from the house site of the lawn freshly mowed (first of spring) and the gully beyond.

    Wishing you all the best , and hope to hear good things in the future.... Wishing you the very best always

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    Good luck with what ever you choose. Looking forward to your next adventure - your posts are always good for inspiration.

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    good luck Su
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    All the best. You'll be back. It's never fun bouncing from a great height but we do bounce...often in wildly entertaining directions.

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    I echo the sentiment of everyone else that has commented. Best wishes, Su.
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    Me too. Your posts have been a great inspiration to me.

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    All the best Su. Good luck with your new venture and don't be a stranger

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    Thanks all. This is truly the next big adventure. Will be sure to hang around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seriph1 View Post
    Kettle's on chick.
    I will definitely take you up on that. Got a bit of spare time at the moment. With all this rain....

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    All the best! You would've learnt so much on this build, so all is not lost. I look forward to bigger (or smaller ) and better things down the track.

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    We will be watching your new mini projects for sure
    Wishing you well for the future
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    Planning transportable at the moment. Think I've found a spot to do it.

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    Another 'go to whoa' thread? Please...

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    Perhaps 😎

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