Monday, January 7, 2013

A second opinion

I've been really happy with the builders so far, everything looks like it's in the right place. But my knowledge of building is really limited so I dragged a builder friend over to check out the structure.

His verdict? All good. Very reassuring. Not that I had any concerns anyway, sometimes it's just good to get an independent second opinion.

He particularly noted the workmanship on the front portico deck.

Happy days.


  1. We too chose to pull down our beautiful old home (heart breaking)and build something new high above the flood line. Our build clearly has gone smoother than yours as we have been back now for seven months.Was it the right decision? Yes, I think so for several reasons the most important being that the new house is worth more than the old, we have more space and hopefully no risk of geting wet again.Do I miss the old house? Yes, every day. Even more so I miss the garden which was totally destroyed. Second anniversary of the floods this Friday and this year because I am back in my street it bothers me a lot. Last year I was fine. We were living accross town and had been in NZ for Christmas/NY. this year I look at what we have and what we lost and I fell sad. The water does not bother me and I do not freak out at rain however we lost a lot of history and to a degree a lifestyle. That said, the feeling you will get when you move into your new home will be one of great joy and relief.I will think of you on Friday.

    1. Oh my god I completely understand about missing the garden. I lost all of my beautiful hedges, gardenias and magnolias which will take forever to replace. It breaks my heart.

      Thank you for your words, you are right, I know deep down that despite the incredible stress I've done the right thing by demolishing and rebuilding. The valuation has come back and has been valued at higher than pre-flood prices because it's new, much bigger and above flood levels so that is reassuring. I'm sure you feel the same.

      I find it astounding that two years have passed already but we have had so much happen in that time, including three house I am definitely ready to settle back in. Most of the people in my street have been back for a long time, but I'm a little apprehensive about how I will feel being back in the house and the neighbourhood but I think it will be fine.

      I will be thinking of you too on Friday, I hope it doesn't bother you too much. Last year at this time absolutely nothing had happened on site and I was feeling frustrated and stressed. This year at least I will feel like the new beginning is around the corner.

      All the best xx

  2. Forgot to mention we are at Graceville. :)

    1. Ahh just near me! :-))

      It's a nice community. I think everyone pulled together so well during the floods.


  3. Awww... don’t worry, the garden will follow. It seems like it’s the first one to suffer when you’re doing outdoor renovations, but after awhile, you’ll be able to putter down and make it flourish again. :)

    The deck looks great! Really a big fan of staining rather than painting. Two thumbs up!

    Angelina Garcia