As expected Monday was a write off weather-wise – Adelaide was hit with a bad storm with high winds and heavy rain. I thought there was no chance of any concrete slab Tuesday either, but alas at 7am the concreters arrived and at 7.30am this little baby arrived…
The guys got cracking out the back and thankfully the weather cleared away.
Any water that was in the trenches rose to the top due to the density of the concrete and was swept off the top. The “helicopter” smoothed the slab to a perfect finish for the internal section.
There’s going to be quite a step down to ground level from the terrace so as well as raising the ground level, we’ll put a timber step as well.
Isn’t it beautiful?
On Thursday they were back to do the front slab, cleverly they started with the garage so we could still get out the front door to go to work and school!
By the time we got home in the afternoon the concrete was too firm to stick our handprints in so I just inscribed it with a stick instead. This was on the garage floor so we’ll always be able to see it.
The kids were stoked to finally be able to scoot around outside again, the poor things! They loved their new skate rink over the weekend and spent hours out there.
On Sunday my biggest thrill was being able to hang the laundry outside again for the first time in 5 weeks! And it was a gorgeous day too. Not having dust blowing around outside is fantastic.
Timber arrived too on Friday so I’m excited for framing to start next week – no time to waste.
Now one of the more interesting things to happen was with our bathroom plumbing. When the old plumbing was disconnected and the gully traps removed outside, the kitchen and laundry were reconnected to a temporary pipe but the bathroom was missed. So when we were showering it was just filling up right from the start, the water wasn’t going anywhere! When the plumber found this out he freaked cos there wasn’t a great solution to the problem. So, this is what he did..
That’s right folks, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you! We have concrete blocks holding up a plastic shower base that we have to step up onto to shower. The drain pipe then runs across the front of the bath and out through a hole in the wall. You want to see real life renovating, this is it my friends! Poor Mr B’s head nearly hits the roof lol!
Ahh, “short term pain, long term gain“, that’s my motto and I’m saying it a hell of a lot right now. It’s only another couple of months tops before the bathroom will be history forever, so I’m sure we can cope.