First and last DIY project of 2014!

I’m back again!!! It’s been quite a few days since I blogged, but I swear I have a very good reason!

I got myself another rabbit.

No, I’m not getting obsessed about those very (re)productive creatures, but I thought Hazel might like some company while I’m away in Melbourne, cafe-hopping over the Christmas week. And, as a result of having 2 rabbits, I had to put them in a more comfortable housing, which leads me to the next decision that made my weekend reaaaaally busy.

I made a rabbit hutch!

Ok, I lied. I can’t build stuffs for nuts. But the rabbit hutch is indeed home-made, just that I only contributed to about 5% of the work lol. I’m thankful I have an awesome guru who has all the tools and even got me great scrap materials to work with, so the cost of the hutch is very low! Now brace yourselves for the materials and methods section.

At first, I had no idea how it was going to look like. Chris told me that it’s going to be a 800mm x 1800mm long hutch, with triangular doors on either end of it, and about a third of the hutch to be sheltered. I was kinda expecting him to draw me a blueprint lol. I can’t work without knowing what it’s going to look like! But apparently he had it roughly mapped out in my head, so I just had to follow the instructions. Here’s some of the materials and tools we used:

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We had 3 long pieces cut out to be about 1800mm to make the corners of the length of the hutch, and 6 short pieces to hold the 3 long pieces into a triangle shape. Fast forwarding a little, here’s how it looked like next:

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Chris had already made the partition for the hutch when I got back to it! I guess he was hoping for the hutch to be finished by the weekend, with or without my input :S

We started securing the mesh onto the bottom of the hutch. We got the mesh with the big gaps so that the rabbit poo can just fall out of the hutch onto the grass and we’ll just move the rabbits around the lawn. So I watched Chris hammer a few of them:

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Looks pretty easy! Ok, my turn!

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OMG it looks terrible T_T I swear the hammer is against me!!!

So I tried harder, and managed to get a few half decent ones out of a gazillion:

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I saw this bad boy and I was looking for an Occ Health and Safety sheet for instructions on operation. Men and their toys, huh?

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Anyway, the next step was painting the frame. Finally, something that I am relatively adequate at!

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Being the clumsy me, I consider having just a bit of paint on myself a pretty good day.

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We put up some smaller mesh on the “outdoor” bit of their hutch and a bit of sheeting to make their sleeping area a bit more waterproof:

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By then, I was pretty exhausted and forgot to take pictures of the making of the doors. And that was the toughest bit, trying to get everything to fit snugly. We managed to complete the hutch today, and let the rabbits try out their new home. 🙂

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Hazel and Mocha checking out their new home. Dang, they’ve got their new home built before me!!!

The doors are completely detachable, held in place by just a bolt that slots into the block of wood on the door. Voila! 2 happy bunnies!

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As for updates on MY new home, I went around the block today to pick some fresh grass for the bunnies and behold, toilet is up!

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Not my toilet though. Hahahahaha.

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I think I’m going to have the busiest month of the year ever! I’m going to start building a house, my workplace is planning the layout of its new building, planning the Melbourne trip that’s happening over Christmas, my lease is running out in a few months’ time and struggling to decide what to do about temporary accommodation for my Brother (who’s arriving in February next year) and myself when the lease is up while waiting for the house to be built. Phew. Don’t think I could ever verbally say that whole chunk in a breath.

On Monday, I was anxious to find out when the site works are going to happen, because I had this impression that the land had to settle for a few weeks after site works before they could do the footings and the concrete slab. As we all know, things don’t happen for a couple of weeks before and after Christmas, I was hoping that the site works can happen BEFORE the closure so that the land can settle over the holidays.

Good news from the builder a couple of days ago – the site works will be done on this side of Christmas! 😀 Awesome or what!

At the same time, I heard back from the guy doing the retaining wall, and this was his email to me:

Just a thought based on worst case, if your builder has not started site works before xmas I am prepared to excavate the area alongside the remaining retaining wall allowing me to construct prior to site works. (at no extra cost).
Our schedule is rather busy when we return to work in January and it would be good to finish your project without causing any delays from us.
We could commence on Monday the 15th December, are you happy for us to proceed with these dates.

You know what? I reckon he is the sweetest guy in the construction industry ever! I am just hoping the builder gets the site works done before he rocks up so he doesn’t have to waste his time doing something that he doesn’t have to do. That man and his crew deserves some beer!

So I guess the slab wouldn’t be in by the end of this year, but at least a couple of things will be happening before Christmas hits.

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First day of the next season!

IT’S SUMMERRRRRR!

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-looks out of the window and sees grey clouds- Oops.

Well at least it’s not a scorching summer’s day! Regardless of the gloomy weather today, I actually had a pretty significant morning:

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TADAAAAA! I signed the construction bank loan papers this morning! Finally got to do the real deal after all the signature practices at home! Nah just kidding. Anyway, the signing didn’t take long nor did it feel all that important, instead I think it was the 25 mins walk there and 25 mins walk back to work that made the whole event feel significant haha. Afterthought: That’s a lot of words to go through in order to borrow a few hundred thousand from the bank. Must be pretty serious stuff to warrant so much paper isn’t it? So, I guess I can officially say I’ve put myself into a bigger debt now lol.

What’s next: Find out when the builder has scheduled for the siteworks to begin (so I can have an excuse to take a day off work and really, just to pop by to have a 5 min look, be nice to the construction supervisor, but the real purpose is to spend the rest of the day having a nice break sipping some coffee and maybe working on the rendering software again muahahahaha). Of course, not forgetting that I need to schedule retaining wall part 2 to happen before any slabs go down! Oh I can’t wait!