Thursday, 19 June 2014

Trees, trees and more trees

Hi There,
     My husband and I are working towards owner-building a steel-frame kit-home on rural acreage at Drake NSW and so I decided to create this blog in order to be able to show a time-line of progress. We are currently at the stage where we are almost ready to submit the application to the council to receive a Complying Development Certificate. We are waiting for the kit-home company to make the engineered plans while we finish making some site-plan maps. It's a bit of a frustrating stage as there is not much to do except research, and I feel like I have done most of the research needed at this stage.
     We are going to be more hands-on than most owner-builders, many of which seem to basically be project managers at most. We are going to do everything that we can legally do ourselves, so will require tradies to help us out with *tree removal *earthworks *plumbing (water and gas) *concreting *waterproofing and maybe at some point electrics ( if we can afford the new connection). The local council seems quite good for negotiating so hopefully that will be helpful in the long run.

     We have pinpointed where the house is to go pretty much exactly, which wasn't really up to us as we are squeezed between the BAL ratings for bushfire, the distance to the little creek and the frontage from the road, only leaving us a few metres wiggle room. Luckily it's a lovely location and there will be stunning views from all windows and the front verandah will look over to the creek, and across to the tops of trees which are full of noisy birds.

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