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    Looking good Rickey.

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    And last week the roof went on! So now we are up to date. Plan now is to start on the house whilst at the same time work on the Guest Wing. Builder coming up next week to hang the doors and set up profiles for the house. I will start doing the block work. Compressed earth blocks on their edge on both sides of the stud wall. Looking forward to it. We have enough bricks made already.

    Our plan is to get the house to the same stage by the end of the year. Sounds easy but it is not a straight forward build.

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    Will keep you posted.

    Rickey

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    Howdy, apologies. I know it's been a while but I have been busy. We are now well under way on the house and hopefully will be up to ground level soon. More on that another time.

    Work has stalled on the guest wing whilst we concentrate on the house but a few more up to date photos:

    The guest wing from the drive way. The concrete blocks and the compressed earth blocks will be rendered at a later date. Doors and windows are now in and we are very happy with them.
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    The view along the verandah. Temporary props under the lintels until the block work is complete.

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    Our son Matthew digging the trenches for the storm water. This was in April and as hard as a rock. Down pipes have since been completed,
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    Regards

    Rickey

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    Good to see your back Rickey. There's been a lot of progress made. Build is looking great.

    Ross

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    How's the building going Rickey?

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    Hi Ross, yep I've been a bit busy but slowly getting there. Hopeful of having the footings poured for the house before Christmas ready for the slab early in the new year.

    Guest Wing is nearly at 'lockup'. Just need to build the wall between the Games room and the Outdoor Kitchen.

    Still enjoying the process and at this stage plan to move up there permanently around the middle of next year.

    A few photos. More can be found at

    https://plus.google.com/photos/11734...28285390619665 for the house

    and

    https://plus.google.com/photos/11734...83444382910273 for the Guest Wing


    The steel frame in place around the door between the games room and the outdoor kitchen. Mudbrick will hide all the steel work.
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    The view of the site from Jacks Road.
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    A view of the house site overlooking the Guest Wing.
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    In the cellar looking out.
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    Stone work completed at the front of the house. This is below the verandah. We got a stone mason in to do this using local stone. Love it!
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    Will try to update a bit more often if there are people interested.

    Regards
    Rickey

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    Ricky you won't know yourselves when you get to live there. It looks absolutely beautiful up there. The building is a credit to you.

    Ross

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    Thanks Ross. We are really looking forward to living there full-time. My wife retires at the end of June next year so that is the timeframe I'm working to. House won't be anywhere near finished but the Guest Wing will be pretty comfortable.

    Rickey

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    Well it's been a big 12 months. I know I've been very slack with the updates.

    We hope to have the power on with a fortnight and a flushing toilet! Family Christmas will be in the house (25 coming) so the next 4 weeks will be pretty big. The house will be at lock-up (if you count builder's paper as lock-up) by the end of next week.

    Will post some more photos of the journey when I get the chance.

    Rickey
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    You have been busy Rickey looks great.

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