Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Building starts

Now the site is cleared the first job is concrete footings to place the sea container. The container is to be used for site storage during the building stage and then as a workshop once building is completed. All concrete has to be pumped in due to the sloping site .

Once the container was in place formwork was erected to create the 2.4 metre high retaining walls that would encase the container and later be part of the underground fire bunker. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Site clearing

Building approvals have been received in record time and we can now start the building process. The first job is to clear the site and build a tempoary driveway for access.

Access to a bobcat makes the job much easier"

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Design & approvals

July 2013.                                                                

                                            Farnsworth house by Mies van der Rohe (1951) ( and Lego)

July sees the the start of our retirement house. It is minimalist design based on Farnsworth house in Chicago. Construction is primarily steel and glass supported above ground to give the illusion that the house is "floating".

Progress has been slow but still moving forward, planning permission by Kalamunda shire has been received and now waiting for the water board's approval. Preliminary site clearing has begun while the structural engineer completes the final design .