Construction update 7: Frames and trusses

Now that the holiday season is over, work on our block has started again — and I could not be more excited to see the frames and trusses go up!

The main structure is done (just waiting for steel to be delivered on site to do the second level) and in the second dwelling the roof trusses are also done 🙂

Keep scrolling to see photos of the progress.

Related article: Construction update 8: Bricks and windows
Related article: Construction update 9: Taking shape and the freakout

Looking at the progress of the frames and trusses from the front of the block
Main entry
Main entry
Front of house frames and trusses
Front of house

We made a few changes on the fly as the frames and trusses were going up. For example, the image below shows our kitchen and dining area but closest to the camera should have been a laundry. We decided this would have made our dining space too tight for large family gatherings and fitting a sideboard in there would have been impossible. So we moved our laundry into our oversized garage and have kept this space as a larger open plan kitchen and dining area.

Kitchen and dining frames and trusses
By mid-January the lower ground frames were up
Sliding doors to outdoor entertaining area frames and trusses
Sliding doors out to outdoor entertaining area. We’re making allowances for an outdoor kitchen
Butler's pantry
That small framed room will be our butler’s pantry and the pipes sticking out of the concrete will be the island of our kitchen
Second dwelling entry frames and trusses
Second dwelling entry

Next week the brickies will be back on site and then the windows will go in — WOOT! Selecting windows for our home has been a saga and a half, so I’ve written an article on all the things I wish I knew earlier. You can read my guide on how to select windows for your home (and avoid the headaches!).

It’s surreal walking through the house now and seeing the build progress. Now I just can’t wait to move in but as you can see there’s a while to go yet 😉

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      • Thanks Nick. I can’t wait for next week when we start bricking up and get windows… then it will almost be a house!

      • Yay. It’s taken a while to get to this point but I’m hoping the next few weeks/months go fast so we can move in soon 🙂


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