Kicking and Screaming

More disappointing news for the shed today.

After paying for a Private Building Surveyor to get the Owner/Builder and Building Permit last week, a phone call today changed all that.  The PBS disagreed with the information I had been provided by the Council Building Surveyor, and flat refused (surprisingly bluntly) to continue with the process – no argument (there was no opportunity to argue), no discussion would be entered into. Money will be refunded, all the documents submitted torn up as if they were never seen.  And here I was under the misguided illusion that the Building Dept of the City Council were the ultimate authority on what can and cannot be built in their district.  Oh wait, they are.

So now I have to do it all myself.  Dragging this damned project kicking and screaming to the finish line.

It will play havoc with the original timeline.

I now have to apply for my own Owner-Builder Certificate of Consent (3 weeks), then apply for the Building Permit (2 weeks).  So instead of getting the Building Permit by the end of this week, it will now cost me another month (assuming no problems (yeah, right)).

So for my own benefit, this is the new timetable (worst case scenario).

Project Stage Original Estimate New Worst Case New Best Case
Owner-Builder Certificate  7 Oct – 25 Oct  7 Oct – 18 Oct
Building Permit  30 Sep – 13 Oct  28 Oct – 8 Nov  21 Oct – 1 Nov
Order Concrete  14 Oct  8 Nov  1 Nov
Order Shed  14 Oct  8 Nov  1 Nov
Shed Manufacture  14 Oct – 10 Nov  8 Nov – 8 Dec  1 Nov – 1 Dec
Clear Out & Remove Shed  19 Oct – 20 Oct  16 Nov – 17 Nov  9 Nov – 10 Nov
Order Skip  21 Oct  18 Nov  11 Nov
Block Clearance  28 Oct – 29 Oct  25 Nov – 26 Nov  18 Nov – 19 Nov
Casting Slab  30 Oct – 31 Oct  27 Nov – 28 Nov  20 Nov – 21 Nov
Shed Arrival  11 Nov  9 Dec  2 Dec
Lead Time for Assembly  11 Nov – 24 Nov  9 Dec – 22 Dec  2 Dec – 8 Dec
Shed Assembly  25 Nov – 1 Dec  6 Jan – 10 Jan  9 Dec – 13 Dec

So now, best case scenario adds about 2 weeks to the delivery.

Worst case, and this has now added 6 weeks, and means delivery won’t happen this side of Christmas (or this year).

Just for once, it’d be nice if things worked out like they could, not as they always seem to.


I received the invoice today to pay to start the building permit process.  Probably the fastest bill I have ever paid.  The digital ink wasn’t even dry before the bill had been paid, and the receipt (as proof) sent back.

So time to break down the timeline and see what it may mean.

1 October – 13 October: Obtain building permit

14 October: Place order for concrete

14 October: Order placed for shed

14 October – 10 November: Shed manufacture (I am really hoping we can hit this window – this is the highest risk to the program)

19 October  – 20 October: Clear out current 3×3 shed and deconstruct

21 October: Order skip

28 October – 29 October: Block clearance including skip for waste removal

30 October – 31 October: Casting slab

11 November: Shed arrival

11 November – 24 November: Lead time for shed assembly.  Once construction starts, and the slab is in, I don’t see why the assembly can’t be booked in, so it happens only a few days after arrival, rather than a few weeks.  That would bring shed assembly forward to around 13 November through to 20 November.

25 November – 1 December: Shed assembly

It would be tempting to have the electrician in straight after and get the power sorted out as well, but going to take a more sensible approach and use the shed as is, with the Promac generator providing primary power (especially 15A), and some 10A being run from the house.  That will give the time over the Xmas break to get a reasonable idea about tool layout, and the corresponding power requirements.

I have the lights sitting in the garage, so they will be up very early on (light is one of those mandatory things!)  They currently have 10A plugs on each, so temporarily wiring them up will be easy.

I have to remember to run some piping under the slab for the dust extraction, and mid-floor power.

It feels like it is still going to be a long time – another 2 months!  But when I break it down like this, there is something happening almost every week so it will really feel like it is moving quickly.  It won’t take much to knock this program right however, and if it moves to the right much, it will clash with Christmas and that would be disastrous (as that would cause another month delay, and at a time when I would be on leave and actually able to make use of it.

Going to need new carpet after all this – have worn an absolute track over the last 6 months!

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