You put many high volume builders to shame. Just look through the "Building a New House" threads to see how many houses were flooded last winter as their builders stubbornly refused to install down pipes and stormwater pipes until the end of the building process.
Thanks Beetaloo - we've been jumping around with different jobs but this was one that really couldn't wait since I definitely don't want to be carting water all summer! It's started to dry out over here in the West already but we usually get a few good soakings in October/early November. One good flush through and then we're ready to start storing water.
That being said, we still have some drainage issues to solve. At the moment, we're just trying to send everything that's not caught on the roof 'down the hill' but we'll have to come up with a better solution before next winter. By then we should have driveway, parking and a bit of retaining and landscaping done so we'll have a better idea of where the water will go. We were originally thinking to install an underground tank to collect ground run-off and use as a dedicated fire tank, but I think we'll look at a less expensive option. With a combined roof area (shed + house) of more than 650m2, we have ample opportunity to catch and store water for firefighting, without the expensive of avoiding silt build-up in an underground tank.
Thanks Gandn, we really are having fun with the build. There have been many moments of frustration and I tell ya - if you want to test your marriage, owner building is a good way to do it! There's highs and lows and lots of trial and error but we can't wait for the day we can stand back and say "heck yeah, we built that"
Couldnt agree more! We have been in this owner build track now for 11 months. It's had its moments but overall I'm loving it! Brickie has even let me lay bricks in my own house! Who else gets to go that! Look forward to the next update!