Starting to look like a house!

This exciting week has seen the removal of our old roof and a load of the nice new trusses secured in place. It’s given our house some real shape and definition, and is finally starting to look like more than just a jumble of wood and steel πŸ™‚

Trusses starting to be fixed into place, the day after they arrived on site - Queenslander renovation
Trusses starting to be fixed into place, the day after they arrived on site


The roof was removed on Monday morning, only hours before an official storm warning was issued for the area…what fabulous timing! Thankfully, though, it was pretty short and sharp, and nothing the tarps couldn’t handle. I can’t wait til we’re at lock-up stage, and hopefully we’re able to get there before the storm season kicks off in full force. Having no roof as we head into November is slightly sketchy!

The old roof trusses, exposed after the sheeting was ripped off - Queenslander renovation
The old roof trusses, exposed after the sheeting was ripped off
Old trusses and sheeting GONE! Queenslander renovation
Old trusses and sheeting GONE!

Anyway, on Tuesday morning the big crane arrived to hoist up the trusses. That was done really quickly, and the rest of the week was taken up with the team fixing them into place.

On Friday we had an early morning site visit and were so excited to walk through the place and see how it’d come on in the past week or so. More internal framing had been done, and with the trusses up over the back as well, the whole house looked like it’d come so far in only a few days. 

Back deck - with lovely trusses...a far cry from the hideous fly over we used to have! Queenslander renovation
Back deck – with lovely trusses…a far cry from the hideous fly over we used to have!
Backyard pano - Queenslander renovation
Backyard pano
Internal framing - front deck in the foreground, through to the living room, then kitchen, then rear deck. Queenslander renovation
Internal framing – front deck in the foreground, through to the living room, then kitchen, then rear deck

The front deck is looking good too (well, we think so anyway….I’m sure anyone else looking at the photo below will think it still looks a bit of a shambles!). Can’t wait to be out there when the house is finished!

The front deck outside the old part of the house (the section of deck outside the new part of the house is much wider)
The front deck outside the old part of the house (the section of deck outside the new part of the house is much wider)

Front deck pano - Queenslander renovation
Front deck pano

Learnings for the week

A big learning for us this week was how provisional costs (PC) and provisional sums (PS) work. I’d thought I was fully across them before signing our contract, but clearly wasn’t – whoops. For us, that’s not such a massive deal as our contract was largely fixed price with only minimal PC & PS inclusions. Still though, I’m slightly horrified at myself for not being on top of how they worked before I signed on the dotted line. 

We’d assumed that PCs were in the contract as a kind of budgeting tool – so if the contract stated, say, $10k for sanitary items and tapware, we’d thought that if we overspent on those items, we’d simply pay the difference. Turns out that a standard contract adds around 20% to any over spends…so if you have $10k in your contract for taps etc, and you choose items worth $13k, you’re meant to pay the extra $3k PLUS 20% margin. Same deal for provisional sums – if earthworks comes in higher than the amount in the contract, there’s a 20% margin applicable on top of the amount it’s gone over. Yikes.  

So…for anyone reading this who’s about to embark on a reno, learn from our naΓ―vetΓ© and make sure you really know what a PC and PS are. And with PCs in particular, make sure you really think through what you need and what it’ll cost – don’t guess anything! Thankfully our builder has been great in relation to all of this, but I can see how under different circumstances this could’ve been a stressful situation.

A bunch of decisions made

It’s been a big week of decisions (though actually the decision-making process has been going on over the course of a few weeks), with us confirming our tapware for our bathrooms (Brodware), basins and bathtub (Villeroy & Boch), the kitchen sink (1901 fireclay sink from Restorations Online), and my Perrin & Rowe Provence kitchen tap with matching spray rinse. I’m particularly excited about that kitchen tap and absolutely cannot wait to be using it!

We’ve also confirmed our skylight choices (square solartube rather than Velux). 

All in all, a busy week during the day for the team doing the build, and a busy series of evenings for me frantically trying to make decisions about fixtures and fittings.

Next week will see more trusses and framing up, and on Friday (fingers crossed) the roof sheeting will start! Hooray!

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