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Monday, January 27, 2014

'Forgive me my trespassing...'

From May 2013 I regularly did updates on the building work next door to our home, where one 50's style house is being replaced by 6 terrace houses and 1 detached house...7 on one block, yikes!
My neighbour Judy took photos of the demolition while we were away in New Zealand...


Within a month, trenches were dug, pipes laid, the footings were made ready and the  floors of the new houses were poured and the walls were started...

The walls of the house grew higher and higher...most of the houses were 3 levels, but some were 2 levels...


By the end of November the site looked like this...

Now the trespassing bit...one Friday, a week before Christmas the tradesmen left a sliding door open at the back of the house which is built at the back of the property.

Tradies working near our side fence...

The detached house at the back of the terrace houses; this house lies adjacent to our backyard...the sliding door that I mentioned is at the back of the garage which is on the right of the photo...
On the Sunday I became rather bold and took my camera and slipped through the temporary fencing...

And I then sneaked into the house via the open courtyard door...well it will be a courtyard one day! lol

The garage...note the roller door at the front of the garage isn't closed completely either...

Looking from the door into the house from the garage

The kitchen was being installed...

Another room at the front of the house on the lower level...
 The rather narrow stair case leading to the second level...which I didn't explore...
 Back outside, this is the backdoor of one of the terrace houses; you can see through to the street in front of our houses...

I'm now taking photos from our front yard, showing the terrace houses and the front door of the first one...these first 3 houses are 3 storeys high....
 So before Christmas, the front yards are still pretty rough...

The building site was idle for a few weeks after Christmas but mid January, the tradies started returning...tilers, kitchen/bathroom installers, plumbers, electricians etc have all been coming and going. The street has been full of utes like these!


I don't plan to do any more trespassing but I have continued to take photos of what is happening on the outsides of the buildings and will continue to write occasional posts until the building and landscaping are finished and people are moving in :-) .
Ooops! I forgot to announce the winner of the Fantazia Fabricland pack...the lucky person was Becky from Life for Us blog. Congratulations, Becky :-)

12 comments:

Tanya Murray said...

Oh my goodness, how bold! I would have been peeing my pants, I'm not brave enough to do that.

Susan said...

Good on you - you were hardly going to cause any troubles after all..and if they want to leave a door open...well....
Good to see an update.

Fit and Healthy Baby Boomers said...

I guess they call that progress, knocking down one home and replacing it with 6 terrace houses. Oh my. Well I would have walked in too.
Sharon

Dee said...

Congrats to Becky on winning the fabric.

There is a FBI page where someone photographs the interior of Abandoned Brisbane homes. Some of those are trashed but some are beautiful and others look like someone has just left for work.

Sue Niven said...

Brave girl! going through a building site like that! Have the buildings taken away any of your light? Congratulations to Becky!

Vireya said...

You are cheeky sneaking in like that! I must admit I always want to do that, but have only gone through building frames. Once there are walls and doors in place I'm too chicken!

Nanette said...

I would've been right there trespassing with you Maria, probably gone upstairs too! Congrats to Becky for wining the gorgeous fabric.

shez said...

gee i bet you will be glad when they are finished,seems like its been going on forever.lol.xx

Cath said...

I would have been there in a flash, I love looking through houses! Congrats to Becky.....lucky girl!
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Jindi's Cottage said...

Oh I'd have wanted to do that too...after watching all the outside activity I'd be wanting to see what was on the inside...boy they are small spaces, wouldn't want to be trying to get furniture up that staircase...

Lin said...

Good to see how the plot started out - that was before I found you! Glad you went in and had a look, obviously that is why the door was left open!!

Susan said...

Hi Maria, I've just been reading about your second visit to the flats. It obviously must be a safe neighbourhood where you live. Those tradies are very naughty leaving the doors open.
You're a true Blogger Maria, "have camera, will seek and snap" lol! it was interesting seeing your photos :D)