Today was the day we have been looking forward to for a LONG time. Our slab was poured! This is such a milestone in the process and something we have being planning for the last year and dreaming about for the last decade.
Before this could happen the block had to be leveled, which was a little more complicated because our block slopes upwards and the difference between the street level and the back of the block is almost a metre. It doesn’t look like that much and we had already allowed for the slope by designing the house to be raised at the front and end up level at the back, but we will still need a retaining wall in the backyard at some point.
By the end of last week the block was leveled, the sand was poured and the trenches were dug.
I am so enjoying watching the process and know we are going to have such a wonderful sense of ownership and history with the house, having seen it come together step by step. It’s like making a weatherboard baby! I love that the kids have been a part of it too. I still remember our house being built when I was a kid, and maybe that’s where I got my love for it. Actually, I also remember going to a lot of carpet shops with my mum and being bored witless, so maybe that’s why I have been opposed to carpet until now!
I had to share this shot of my dad and his mates working on our build in 1988. How 80’s tragic are the shorts and terry-toweling hats?!
Our kids sharing the excitement about our build. Poppy had just been to fairy ballet, she doesn’t normally dress like this. Actually, that’s not true, some days she does.
Then today the first official step in the building process took place, with the slab being poured. It wasn’t the best of conditions, as you can see. It was cold, wet and muddy, but nothing was going to stop us being there!
Of course Phil had to be involved and our Scott Salisbury Homes site manager Thomas agreed to let him be his trainee. He did say that trainees had to start by washing the shovels, but Phil wasn’t overly excited about that!
He thought the concrete pump was more his style and the concretors very generously let him have a go. However I stayed out of the way for fear of him pointing it in the wrong direction!
I have been told it’s a rite of passage we have a slab party, so stay tuned for that one! I’ve also been told that the slab will look smaller than we expected, which it definitely did. But it’s so great to see where things will go and feel it taking shape. I can’t wait for it to dry so we can walk on it and show the kids were their rooms will be. But in this weather, that may take a while…