We completed our Fire Deck a few months ago, but still had some final touches to do to finish things off. We are almost there… but after the week we have just had we thought it was time to fire up the fire pit and see how everything works.
So we did 🙂
When we purchased Arborlon 18 mths or so ago, one of the existing problems we knew about was the footings that supported the SW corner of the house. They were in bad shape and needed repairing/replacing. So much so that there is a 50mm drop in the floor of our lounge room from one side to the other.
Unfortunately we needed to support other elements of the hill the house is built on, before we could get to actually permanently fixing the damaged and broken footings.
With excavation and planning done.. it is time to start the bottom steps. This is a big job and will be part of a bigger job – The Tank Level Wall – as well as being a huge step forward for us in regards to navigating the levels surrounding the house.
This is our second lot of earth steps, and the job is made a little more complicated by the fact that the steps have to fit into other structures.
The Fire Deck we have been planning will be really special once it is done and finished and one of the reasons why is that it will almost encircle one of our multiple stem Grass Trees on the Tank(Fire Deck) level.
Because we are building walls, deck, garden beds etc, we make regular trips to our local hardware for the supplies we need. But today disaster struck!
While collecting 3.0 m pine sleepers from our local Bunnings, we dropped one and it landed on Shionagh’s foot!
Access has been an issue here since day one, and it is an issue on almost every area of the property. So it is time to build some better access.
We are building stairs that will take us from the House level to the Plot Level. Sounds easy.. but…
Being avid gardeners and active community gardeners we had plans for growing our own produce(as we had done in Brisbane) from the very start. So one week after we arrived, we started on the new vege plot.< br/>< br/>
We started from scratch, on a barren piece of the house hill, that gets lots of sun and is easily accessible.