Hey, guess what we did this weekend?

Yeah, more house stuff. What a surprise.

The floor is continuing to expand and should be finished tuesday. The curves are not quite perfect, although you’d have to be lying on the floor looking very intently at all the cracks to notice. We never have people do that, oh no. Currently it looks like:

This is, or will be the view from the bath, on a rainy day:

And just around the corner, they were doing things the quicker way. I’m pretty impressed they got that in there, up the slope, around the corner, and over the concrete walls. Turns out that those guys have a pretty good reputation and pretty fancy kit


11 thoughts on “Hey, guess what we did this weekend?”

  1. Wow! You guys got a tonne done, I know how long that takes. It’s really looking fantastic.

    I’m kind of surprised by the house they’re moving in there–it’s nothing flash. Seems if you’re going to go to the trouble of moving a house, it would be. Maybe they were just quite attached to it, and took the phrase ‘moving house’ a bit to literally?

    1. By “you guys” I think you mostly mean Cliff and Carley, who have been cracking on.

      But yeah, that house looks pretty skoddy. I can only presume it’s good and solid underneath and will come right with a lick of paint.

    2. Moving house

      As points out, moving a house is much cheaper than building one from scratch, providing that the access is at least possible to the source/destination sections. Typically old already built houses can be hand for low tens of thousands of dollars, and moving them can also often be in the low tens of thousands of dollars. (I’m told, but have not seen, that there are even some “houses for sale” places which let you select your pre-built house and throw in delivery of the house for you.)

      I suspect I’d be tempted to go for an older house too if it saved a couple of hundred thousand dollars.


      1. Re: Moving house

        Yeah … except you’ve still got to build the access, the foundations, install the electrics, the plumbing, and fix the holes and rotten bits (this house was being re-roofed while we watched), and then most people decide they want insulation, a new kitchen, a new bathroom, a deck, and a complete redecoration, and … wait, where did that $200k – I mean $300K go?

        But yeah, may work for some I guess.

        1. Re: Moving house

          Well, yes, if what you really want is a new house, then buying an old one and “doing it up” is a pretty expensive approach…. (Friends of mine managed to spend almost as much as my house on completely renovating their house — and it cost more than mine to start with. It’s a nice house now, but definitely in the “where did that $200k go” territory.)

          But generic foundations, and hooking up electrics/plumbing, enough to get the basics of a liveable house, is relatively cheap. (Even re-roofing can be “relatively cheap” in general housing cost terms, at least if the roof profile is simple enough.)


          1. Re: Moving house

            Yeah, fair enough. I suspect the owner of this property might be setting it up as a rental, and it’s probably a pretty good way to go about that. Generally people start to want a bit more when they build for themselves, to the point where building new makes sense, or at least that’s my experience!

            /expectation creep
            /oops, where did all my money go?

    1. There’ll be more mud for the plastering. And hell, if you miss out on that, you can always come and roll around in the garden. The drainage in the lower paddock needs sorting out.

  2. Buying and moving an old house is still a truckload cheaper than building a new one, and for some that’s all they can afford…

    Or he is stuck with a wife who likes “olde worlde charm” and wants to live in such a place…

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