Monday December 26
A few days before Christmas a friend of mine said to me: you must enjoy going home, it’s such a great place. Up until then I had always looked around and all I could see was an endless list of jobs that needed to be finished. The house had slowly been transformed out of the mud from a building site into a home – and I hadn’t stepped back to realise it. Now when I drive home I look forward to walking into a warm, comfortable, set-up home.
It had been frustrating trying to get Greg the builder back to finish things off – only two days in four months. He was busy with other projects and mine had slipped down the list. I guess it is true what they say: the final 10% of building a house takes the longest. It certainly rings true for this one.
Under the roof
Last year I hosted our family and two other families for Christmas day drinks and nibbles. It was a stinker of a day – 35 degrees. 60k House was still only a shell. An unadorned pine tree was occy strapped to the veranda post. Everyone sat around outside, under the roof.
A lot has changed in twelve months. The house still wasn’t (and isn’t) quite finished but it’s getting close. This time it was just our family – minus dad who died only eight weeks before. It was never going to be the same, but I think even he would have been proud of the Christmas we put on. The oven was tested with the roast turkey and assortment of veggies, a proper Christmas tree with lights and decorations stood tall above a pile of presents; a table cloth draped over the table, the Boxing Day test match and start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race was on the TV, and once again we all sat outside under the roof – but this time only to watch my two year old nephew play in his sand pit / paddling pool.
After New Years I was able to encourage Greg and Mark back for a couple more days of work and we were able to finish off a few more things (I will write about them in upcoming posts). I then hosted a couple of friends from overseas for a week and needed to be able to offer them an indoor shower. It turns out they both loved the outside shower! At least the option was there. 60k House was trialed as a two-bed house: a second bed (mattress on the floor) set up in place of my desk. A week later mum hosted a dozen people for her book club at my place – this saw the living space rearranged once more. The size and layout of the house has proven quite flexible – something I had considered but never tested before.
The plan is for one final effort to finish everything off in the next few weeks before getting the project photographed and submitted into this year’s architecture awards. I will keep you posted on the progress.
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