And it feels like we’re at full gallop! The house now boasts external AND internal walls (!) as well as a roof, doors and windows, a floor and an enormous new deck, complete with awning! The gyprockers have whirled in and out again, and what a difference it makes having the walls in place! The plumbing and electrics are roughed in, and all other trades are lined up like ducks, ready with tools in hand. Now’s not the time to mention all the custom made furniture that’s also currently being built across Sydney, so more about that in another post.
It’s been a very busy 21 weeks since exchanging contracts: starting with the all important search to find a builder, a draftsman and all other advisers and permissions involved to make sure the house remained standing on the edge of a windy cliff. The main mission was to get plans drawn up AND the DA in and out of council within the 8 weeks between exchange and completion: it took 10 (not bad… considering!) We’re now in week 13 of the build and have only slipped behind by one week, which, given all the variables, is to be expected. Especially since as we gave the boys the tightest of tight time lines to work within, which luckily includes a 4 week buffer.
We’re now zooming towards the finishing line and could not be happier with the way things are going; everything’s looking bigger, brighter and more fabulous than expected. And although we’ve said it before, we’ll just have to say it again: Troy and Pete from Benchmark Building, YOU’RE THE BEST! So glad we found you!
Even though the project has been a lot of work and a colossal amount of organising (that’s the understatement of the century!), it’s been so much fun. For us, it’s like visiting Disney Land every week to discover another amazing new ride, but with an incredible beach as a beautiful backdrop.