The courage and determination of owner builders who tackle challenging projects single-handed is admirable.
Brendon of Lilydale, Victoria, built Paal Kit Homes’ large Castlereagh design on a deeply sloping block and made a magnificent job of it.
As well, he saved at least a quarter of a million dollars by tackling as much as possible of the work himself.
The commanding outlook was achieved by positioning the house and deck on 88 steel piers that were nearly three metres high at the deck edge.
Fascinated by the engineering side of the project and never daunted by challenges, Brendon taught himself new skills, including pier placement and support for the elevated timber flooring.
He combined his long-service and annual leave to make a strong start on the house, later employing a professional plasterer to save time.
He used the mandatory tradespeople for roofing, plumbing and electricals.
While admitting that his 420 square metre home, including a double-garage and deck, was ambitious, he said, “It was also straightforward in a lot of respects. I’m very happy with the result. It’s certainly an achievement.”
A building surveyor, who inspected the construction at various stages, said, “I’ve been in the game for 40 years, and I haven’t seen it done as well as you have.”
Brendon confesses: “Our neighbours initially felt sorry for me, out there every day in rain or hail or sunshine, but they now take their hats off.”
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The Paal Castlereagh Kit Home.