Happy Labour Day, South Australia!

Today, is the 5th of October, Monday, and a public holiday too. This is probably the first day since handover that I am actually chilling out at home and not racing with time to get something done urgently. It’s Labour Day today, and I think I’m going to reward myself for all the labour in the past few months by not labouring. Lol. I’m sitting here thinking to myself, I could get used to living here. Haha.

I guess you would say
– Duh of course you would! You designed it yourself!
– It’s your first home! It’s impossible for you to not want to live there!
– You’ve just moved in, there’s no way you’re sick of it already.

I guess that’s all correct, but it is also true that many times during the entire process, I was getting sick and tired of it, ready to give up and just build a crap house, forfeit my deposit with the builder and just keep the land till I’m more ready for it, etc. I wish I could say the entire process was extremely pleasant, but the truth is, it wasn’t for me. Truth is, it was quite nightmarish, and I was convinced that I wasn’t going to complete this project.

But today, as I pottered around the house doing laundry, buying a long garden hose, cleaning out the rabbits’ new and bigger hutch, watering the gazanias, picking out caterpillars from my kale shrubs, it dawned on me that this is where I’m going to be for quite a long time. So, at the end of all the stresses and anxieties, I am starting to find that sweet aftertaste in having my own house.

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!

Retaining wall part 1, completed!

At 7pm yesterday the 6th of Nov 2014, I packed up and rushed off to the block of land to have a look (and take a few pictures) before the sun sets. The beauty of going into summer, the sun doesn’t set till really late!

On my way there, I was organising myself in my head, thinking about getting my camera ready to take a few shots and where to take the pictures. I parked and fumbled for my gear, had everything all ready to go.

As soon as I stepped out of the car and saw the retaining wall all done up, I was hit with a flood of emotions. It’s a bit surreal seeing something constructed on that land, when I’ve seen nothing for a good year but weeds growing on my block. A lot of times I had imagined myself living there and falling a lot deeper in love with that place, but it had always been just a figment of my imagination, almost feeling like an unrequited love that’s never bound to happen. Now that the retaining wall is a reality, seeing it for the first time is probably akin to your first-born calling you for the first time, you know that at some point it will happen, but never could fathom that pride and joy till it happens.

So, here I present to you, the retaining wall part 1. It’s only part 1 because there’s another bit of retaining wall to do, but that can only happen after the site works are done.

Tada!
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I was going to spray the weeds before they did the retaining wall, and looks like they have done a much better job than I could have, so I’m pretty pleased. I cannot describe how thankful I am that God has let me cross paths with this really great guy doing the retaining wall, that everything with this bit of the process has turned out so well.

Yesterday was an especially good day for me, because I have also received the final quote to send in to the broker/bank, so hopefully the finance approval can happen and site works can finally happen! 😀

Lastly, here’s a little short clip showing the drive to my future home. 🙂

Hiccup.

Mid yesterday while I was ploughing through work, I received an email from my mortgage broker, telling me there is an issue. My heart sank so low I’m almost sure it was as deep as the Mariana Trench.

The gist of the email is basically saying that I need to provide quotes for a few items and provide proof that I have enough funds to make the house complete before the mortgage insurer would be satisfied. And the quotes they are after are:

1. Fencing
2. Driveway
3. Front landscaping
4. Window treatments

I understand the need for fencing and driveway, but front landscaping and window treatments? I was just going to buy wood chips and a few shrubs for the front yard! How on earth am I supposed to get a quote for a job so small that no businesses will want to do? Curtains are the last to go up in the house, who would have thought about that even before the slab is down?!

Yes. I’m frustrated. So close, yet so far.

I typed away at the computer, sending millions of inquiries for quotes for the 4 items listed above. I never knew I could type at that sort of speed, and I could almost swear in my previous life I must have been a computer hacker. Not that I believe in previous lives. I was so anxious but yet proud of myself at the same time. I hate it when things are sprung on me like that, but I guess the rest of the building process isn’t going to be without any surprises so I might as well get stuck into it.

So exhausted just from sending and replying to all the emails. Pleasepleaseplease let it be all over soon.