Winter is here, but so are our brickies!

Winter at Stonecutters Ridge

The rain is gone, but winter showed up. Judging by Amanda’s photos from earlier in the week, it’s been cold out at Stonecutter’s Ridge. It hasn’t stopped our brickies though, as they’ve been working full steam ahead – resulting in some great progress on the house this week. They were even out on site today, working until around noon. According to our site supervisor, who rang with updates on Tuesday, the brickies should be finished by the end of next week, with work to start on the roof next.

Fantastic work by the bricking crew this week. Not only did they get a tremendous amount of work done, but the quality has been top notch. Even the fiddly bits around the entrance and the outdoor room was seemingly flawless. We’re very impressed.

As we watch our house ‘grow’, it makes us very aware that we’ve built a pretty big home. It’s only Megan, myself, and a very demanding black lab at the moment, but that’s likely to change as we get settled. Granted we’ll have a multitude of visitors stay with us from overseas ( a big reason we added the ‘guest quarters’ downstairs), but even then we’ve got plenty of space. Metricon offers two versions of this home – the Liberty 42 (which is what we’ve built), and a slightly smaller version at 38 squares. When deciding on the model of home to build, we flip flopped between the two and very nearly went with the Liberty 38. But in the end, we opted for the 42 square version, as the base price difference between the two was only $11,000. We said,”What’s $11k in the grand scheme of things.”, and anyone that has ever built a home before knows how many times you end up saying that, and how fast those “trivial expenses” add up.

I think we’ve finally learned not to get caught saying “in the grand scheme of things.” any longer.

So while it has been cold this week the day reached a balmy 18c. With Megan’s parents out at the house with us today, we took a walk out into the undeveloped and yet to be grated portion of Stonecutters Ridge, and to see where the Stonecutters Ridge Clubhouse will eventually sit. Jake loves it. So do we. It’s a very relaxing area to stroll around in, and see the layout of the golf course. While the homes, roads, and utilities are not yet there, the golf course is. It’s pretty interesting to see the course taking shape out of the existing landscape. But it’s only a matter of time until the open fields become homes and people like us experience the joy (and hardships) of building a house.

So with that, I leave you with a few photos from today. And here’s hoping the next time we talk, the bricking will be done, and we something that resembles a home!

About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.



  1. […] finally able to inspect much of the brickwork up close – and we’re very impressed. The brickwork has been completed, and while they may not have been the quickest crew, the finishing work is fantastic. It really […]

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