Those of you that have been following the blog for awhile will know about this home owner/builder thing that Kane and I are doing.

For those that haven’t, here’s the short version:

Kane (my darling hubby) and I bought this land, up a mountain, on the edge of the Yarra Valley. The plan was to live in a converted shed for a year or so while we built a house… (You can catch up on the rest of the story here —>part 1.  part 2. part 3.part 4.  part 5. )


A little slice of our mountain view.

Fast forward four years  and two kids; and the house is still very much a work in progress.

Where we’re at now.

Spring weather and longer days mean more work around here. Kane’s day starts as soon as he gets up, he’s usually outside before the kids and I get up. He usually comes in so we can have breakfast together, then he’s back to the building site and I won’t see him till sometime in the afternoon. When the weather is nice and the kiddies can play outside then I try to come out for a couple of hours  and help out or do stuff in the garden. His work day doesn’t usually finish until around 7.30/8pm, he won’t come inside until it’s too dark to do anything else outside.

It’s long days, and really hard, physical work, but it has to be done and it will all be worth it in the end.

Kane painting the chimney.

Kane painting the chimney.

We try to take time out to do fun stuff together and try and get to most family occasions, but it’s a balancing act. Every day spent doing something else, is a day further away from having a finished house. We often have to choose between going to an event and seeing people we’d love to catch up with, but often that means wasting a day of good weather and falling further behind schedule.

Spending some time getting to know our newest additions to the farm...this one is Timmy.

Spending some time getting to know our newest additions to the farm…this one is Timmy.

After the ongoing dramas with the renderer we hired to do the outside, we have decided to cut our losses and get someone else to finish it. The new guy starts this week, so we’re trying to fix up anything that needs fixing up so that he can come and do the final coats that need doing. I won’t even begin to tell you about the problems we’ve had with the original renderer, but it is taking a long time to fix up everything that needs doing so we can finish the outside and move on to starting the inside.

One of the many cracks in the render that need filling before the final colour coat goes on.

One of the many cracks in the render that need filling before the final colour coat goes on.

That is going to be huge milestone. To have it properly to lock-up and all the external stuff totally done will be amazing.

Now that Carter is a bit older and is a little bit happier to play independently or with his big sister, I’m looking forward to being a bit more hand-on with the next stage of building.

The kidlets enjoying some play time in the mud!

The kidlets enjoying some play time in the mud!

So, that’s what we’ve been up to the last couple of months.

Until next time,

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3 thoughts on “Where we’re at.

  • November 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    awesome Beck….a lot of patience still needed until the finish…well worth the wait……enjoy…it’s an awesome project….. <3

  • November 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    You guys deserve your own little Grand Designs episode! Sounds like such hard yakka. You’re definitely in a slog it out stage but I have no doubt one day you’ll look back at this, in your mighty fine home, and be so grateful you were able to do it. I love that you have a goat by the way!

    • November 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Yep, I wish we’d got in touch with grand designs when we first started, we’ve had so many disasters along the way it would make for a great episode. (And I have five goats now: Timmy, Tina, Vienna, Larry and Griff. They are so funny, love em!)


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