Building Sams House - Part One

Building a house and watching it come to life from intersecting lines on a piece of paper is a great feeling. I was lucky enough to be able to achieve my dream of building a new house starting in 2013 and finishing early in 2014.

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Building Sams House - Part Two

So it’s time to pour the concrete. Firstly we start pouring the concrete into the trenches and fill them up to the slab base level. To make sure that the concrete has filled the trenches correctly and there are no gaps a concrete vibrating rod is used. This vibrations moves the concrete so that all the air gaps are filled and the concrete is compacted.

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Building Sams House - Part Three (Wall Frames)

Now that the concrete has cured it’s time to start constructing the wall and roof frames. First the wall frames must go up. On my house the carpenters with the use of the plans marked out (using chalk line) the locations of the walls as a way to check that the plans match up with the space that there is to work with. If there is a discrepancy then the supervisor is called to sort out the problem.

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Building Sams House - Part Four (Roof Frames)

Now that the construction of the wall frames are up. The carpenter can now start building the roof frame. There are two types of roof construction, truss and conventional. A truss roof is a series of timbers connected using nails plates that form the roof shape. They are built in factory and are the carted to site for installation. Cause they are already made into the roof form this makes the carpenter’s job of installing them much quicker.

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Building Sams House - Part Five (External Wall Cladding)

We are at the stage where the next part is to install the external cladding to the building. This means the external wall cladding and roof cladding. Both of these could be next or can be installed concurrently with each other.

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Building Sams House - Part Six (External Roof Cladding)

As with the wall you have a choice to make when selecting your roof cladding. This is mainly between some form of metal sheet cladding or tiled cladding. I chose to use a metal sheet cladding. The profile is called Custom orb, basically a corrugated sheet profile. It was a colorbond finish.

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Building Sams House - Part Nine (Second Fix carpentry)

The next step was for the second fix carpenter to come and install the doors and skirtings. Firstly he installed the door frames for each door and got them levelled. He then hanged the front door, laundry door and garage entry door including working locks. So now the house is at a stage where it can be locked up. This means we can now have items delivered on site like the tiles and keep them secured and locked, ready to go.

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Building Sams House - Part Ten (Tiling)

It’s time for the tiles to be laid. This is always exciting as it means the project is almost complete. The tiler started with the wet areas first (bathroom, laundry & ensuite). This took longer than I originally anticipated due to the hot weather and some of the walls not being 100% level.

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Building Sams House - Part Eleven (Floor Coverings)

Now that the tiles have been started and close to finishing, I arranged to have the bedrooms and study flooring installed. I’m not a fan or carpeting so I went with floating bamboo flooring. This was a painless exercise as the installer was done within 2 full working days.

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