Saturday, September 08, 2007

Getting ready for bricks

We spent about 7 hours with the brickie yesterday basically drawing the house on top of the concrete. It was great fun marking out all of the walls using a permanent oxide compound thingy (very technical) and being able to picture the house in much more detail. He also used the high tech approach of spray painting where he wanted the brick palettes placed in preparation for starting in about 4 weeks.
Before we started marking out the walls, he made Helen sweep the concrete. Initially she thought he was just trying to keep her busy and teach her how to be a proper wife through thorough house cleaning but it turns out the surface has to be clean for the oxide marker to stick!
After a full days work I have realised how hard these guys work and that they really earn their money. It has also made me realise one of the reasons people may choose NOT to be owner builder and go for a project build!! We still haven't negotiated the per brick price so hopefully the blisters we developed from helping him out are still obvious when it comes to negotiating!!

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