Apparently Christmas is not too far away….. again…. Yep the house was going to be a two year project……three and a half years ago!!! As I gaze at acres of plywood that needs to be sanded, undercoated and painted my mind drifts.
When you are Owner Building it seems that time stretches, in the words of Buzz Lightyear “To Infinity and Beyond!!!” then folds in on itself, has a bout of hysterics and then tells you that your Owner Builder permit needs renewing.
Life it seems has a nasty habit of getting in the way of building. Does this mean that professional builders do not have lives I muse. Hmmmmm. Take for now for instance. Put my trusty Hiace van in for a much needed service and get told that it needs a new or reconditioned head. Bye bye $2000 ish or in other words the money for the Laundry and part of the kitchen. Or that other bit of life ….. work. Yep that is a necessity to pay the bills but it gets in the way of lifw/owner builder unbalance.
People do ask “Hows the house going?” as you see a macmansion pop up it seems very other week. Grrrrrrr through clenched teeth politely. I am now rambling.
On the plus side you do get a warm fuzzy feeling when the Building surveyor comes around and passes everything bar two minor things and you get a Certificate of Occupancy. That’s right we can legally occupy the house that we have occupied since we bought the place.
S.O.B.S or Slow Owner Builder Syndrome has been borne out by at least two articles in Owner Builder Magazine that I can recall and probably more. One “Owner Builder Limbo” in issue no 142 Aug/Sept 2007 and the other more recent “Finding Zen in the process of Owner Building” issue 168, Dec/Jan 2012.
I do wonder how a house gets built at all somedays. On others things start to come together and projects get finished only leaving a million small unfinished things like wardrobe doors to be built, bathrooms not even started, Mosaics for the laundry splashbacks and that is without going near the garden. still there is satisfaction when you look back on what you have achieved. It is easy to forget what the place looked like when you moved in and what it does today. the other realisation with renovation is that you spend an awful long time taking things apart and cleaning them, stripping paint, denailing, storing them, measuring them, knowing that Murphy’s Law will say that a piece of timber will be just too short, narrow, or shallow.
So to allay Murphy and to keep it all in perspective I thought a slide show of now and then with a bit in the middle might help.