Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Sometimes a little common sense goes a long way, but not with Waimakariri Council. The lack of common sense is costing us just over $1600. Both the draftsman and surveyor have expressed similar thoughts, so I'm not alone on this rant of mine.
Our land is flat, but the council requested a survey to be completed with the property elevations, just on the build site. When I was advised I was like WTF... our land is flat!
I wasn't expecting any issues in this regards, as our land is flat, and we are building considerably above minimum requirements.
We have a requirement to build 400mm above the ground. Our plans have the foundations set at a minimum height of 600mm above the ground, and the finished floor height will be about 1000mm above the ground.
So common sense would suggest, flat ground and building in excess of minimum requirements, there would be no issue.
I even sent the council a photo to show the build site is flat:
That didn't go down well.
Now the council is wasting our money for us!
So we have employed a surveyor to complete and elevations report and to indicate the boundaries of where we can build.
On the property title there is a set area that we can build within. I had measured out where I thought the line was, but given the way the council is acting, I have asked the surveyor to mark out that line as well. I wasn't too far off!
Saturday, 10 October 2020
Well... I might be overstating that, as we have a very small flock since the big move, 19 Sheep and 6 lambs. A big day all the same and I always find it exciting.
The first task was to get the girls from the front paddock to the stock yards at the back of the barn. Sounds simple enough, but there is no enclosed connecting paddocks that I can walk the sheep through. We had to take them through the big wide open paddock, that we haven't fenced off as we are waiting for the house to arrive first. With beautiful lush green grass, it would be very easy for the sheep to scarper and make my day a lot more stressful.
Below is my facebook post of the video as the file is too large to be loaded here. FACEBOOK
We will be washing, carding and spinning the wool and will have this for sale. Also I'm very keen to learn how to make felted wool slippers so watch this space.
Thursday, 8 October 2020
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Since our arrival, one of the very first jobs was to enclose one of the 3 bays in the barn. To create a secure lockup for all the tools, building materials and to create a secure storage area for the Unicorn Fibre Cleaners that we import from the US. Really a place to put stuff, and to keep stuff out of the house. Our 3 bedroom house, is actually going to have a bed in each room!
So I started with a very simple, and cheap enclosure plan. Put in a couple of doors, and put up 2 corrugated iron walls, and then we would have a secure lockup. Well the more I thought about it, the bigger the project became.
What if I create 2 rooms. The back room for tools, storage etc, and a front room from where I can display the Unicorn Products, and also have it as a craft room of sorts to work from. Then we also want to start processing Arapawa meat to sell, so we will also need space for refrigerators. So with all this in mind, we will need a much better setup. The craft room will need to be a room that you are comfortable in spending time in.
CHA CHING!!! I was blowing the budget before I even started. I did do what I could to save money, buying off trademe, searching demolition yards etc.
I'm very happy with the end result.