Mitchell Zachary Close Is Born – Bub arrives early!

Posted by Benjamin Close on September 21, 2009 under Country Living | Read the First Comment

As of 16th Of September 2009, at 5.36pm Carly and I are proud parents of little Mitchell Zachary Close. Born 37.2 weeks, 2.69kg (5 lb, 15oz) at the North Easter Community Hospital. Our lives have now changed for ever – in the best possible way! Checkout some of the photos we have of Mitchell:

The frame complete

Posted by Benjamin Close on August 27, 2009 under Country Living | Read the First Comment

The frame is now up! As of today the frame is finished an the windows are starting to go in, starting with the bay window at the front.

The Shed, Septic & Frames Take Shape

Posted by Benjamin Close on August 18, 2009 under Country Living | Be the First to Comment

After a couple weeks with little happening, it seems things are finally starting to pick up. Last week saw the shed start to go up, and the house being rubbled and the septic tank going in. It’s nice to finally have the rubble in place. We’ve been told quite a few times it’s too wet [..more..]

Progress On The Block

Posted by Benjamin Close on August 3, 2009 under Country Living | Read the First Comment

With winter well underway, it’s time for another update. Since the last blog post, quite a lots has happened. Format has poured the slab and hence our house is taking shape. I really do feel for the folks who poured the slab. I went up there and saw it taking place. The day was an [..more..]

Ready For The Concrete

Posted by Benjamin Close on June 29, 2009 under Country Living | Be the First to Comment

It’s amazing how things happen quickly when they get started. After nothing really happening for quite a few weeks, things have really started moving. The house is moving on quite a bit. Format Homes have dug the trenches have been dug, the piping layed, the plastic’s down and so’s all the wire mesh. The house [..more..]

The House Begins

Posted by Benjamin Close on June 19, 2009 under Country Living | Be the First to Comment

It’s been a little while since the below photos were taken and sadly not much has happened since they were due to the weather. However, our house has been started! (well as of the Thursday 4/6/2009)

There was movement at the station… Our Driveway is in!

Posted by Benjamin Close on May 18, 2009 under Country Living | Read the First Comment

It’s been a while in the making but our access track (aka driveway) is done! Starting last Sunday, the driveway was started and finished the following Tuesday. The driveway was constructed of 25mm gravel and took 155 tonnes of the stuff! The driveway is 255 metres long and it’s funny it sort of goes to [..more..]

House Sold, Development Approval Granted!

Posted by Benjamin Close on April 27, 2009 under Country Living | Be the First to Comment

Well after a few hickups things are all on track. Since the last update Carly and I have officially sold our house, gone through settlement and are Living with Carly’s Parent’s John and Denise. At the same time we have got Development Approval from the Tea Tree Gully Council for our house, the shed and [..more..]

Septic tank Approval Given

Posted by Benjamin Close on March 3, 2009 under Country Living | Be the First to Comment

Today we received council approval to put in a septic tank… we think. You see we lodged plans for a sepage based septic tank with Tea Tree Gully Council, however our approval letter indicates an Aerobic septic tank.  We’re currently working out what approval we have via way of contacting council.

Explaining the concept of a Hot Water Plumbing Loop

Posted by Benjamin Close on February 21, 2009 under Country Living | 13 Comments to Read

Example Of A Houses Plumbing with / without a hot water loop

One thing that a lot of people don’t fully understand is the concept of a hot water plumbing loop (also known as a hot water return or a ring main). The reason for this is not really all that surprizing. Anyone with mains water to their house probably wouldn’t even care about the concept. Most [..more..]