Readying the Block

Bit of a hard yakka weekend – after spending Saturday morning moving staff into the new space at work, I came home and spent the rest of the day emptying the 3×3 shed (which was filled with the leftover stuff from the previous shed – the timber, the dust extraction hoses, and a whole heap of miscellaneous stuff that I hope will have a use in the new shed, and if not, will quickly find its way into the skip).

That took much of the day, followed by the demolition of the shed itself.  Not sure what its long term future is, will wait to see how the main shed goes, and it may be scavenged for panels, or sold off altogether.

Today was another full day, cleaning up the block, then moving about a tonne of river stones, and another tonne of edging brick.

Not sure what else I can do – as far as I am concerned the block is ready for the concreter to come in, scrape the soil, remove the original slab, dig the footings, box it up, and pour the slab itself.  No idea when that will actually happen – done everything I can.

ready-1Late in the afternoon, I got out some spot marker (spray can), and again marked out the shed boundaries.  Hope the professionals can do a better job – I struggled to get square corners which made it a bit difficult.  However, it got there, and I alternated between it will be great to having a new shed, and not sure if it will be big enough.  However, no matter what, I know it cannot be any bigger, so it will be what it is.  The mezzanine will be a real asset in keeping the main floor clear.  No matter how much I plan, or try to visualise how it will work, it really means nothing until the shed is actually delivered.

Now time to hurry up and wait.

A Tale of Two Projects

During this process, I have heard a lot about just how long it takes to get things done, from permits to planning, construction and tradies.  Personally, I have found the waiting difficult, not only because I do want to be in the new shed (obviously), but also because of my day job, where delivery of large projects can flow (certainly not always), a lot smoother.

I have had two projects at work start, and run their course over about the same time period.  Both delivered last Friday.

So as a comparison, a little photo essay comparing practical progress side by side

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Project commencement – a destroyed area in a building (over 500m2 in total), and a backyard needing a “real” shed.  At this stage, an area was ‘sketched’ out on the ground with a spray marker can for both projects, so an interesting crossover between the two projects.
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Trades have been in for a while, plumbing for sprinklers done, main data and electrical run. Ventilation system being built.
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Glazing in, systems finished, finishing of surfaces well under way.
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Furniture delivered, progress going very rapidly at this point.
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Carpet done, painting finished, project delivered.

The work project was actually MUCH larger than the area you can see here – this is about 1/4 the total area involved.
This is not a commentary on a particular company or anything, it is just the difference between the commercial world and what the general public deal with. The time getting permits through, for getting trades signed up, having to wait for one step before the next can commence, having a team of one vs a team of dozens.  At work, I can get a delivery date 6 months or so out, accurate to a day.  At home, I can’t get a delivery date of a trade from one week to the next, and that is apparently acceptable.  A reflection on supply and demand.  In the commercial world, jobs are rarer, and fought for.  For home, jobs are a dime a dozen, and so we have to accept the service we get, because they can easily walk away to the next job.

This also isn’t necessarily the experience of the next person either – the “Stu’s Shed” thing has added a lot of time to the project.  So this is just a reflection of my own personal experience, comparing two of my projects to each other.  I sure didn’t expect to be out of action for what is now approaching 9 months, and still without the certainty of a date it will be over.

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