Art Deco Joe

At the commencement an agreed MS Project schedule is given to everyone including the client so everyone knows approximately when things are planned to happen. Of course things change with availability of men, materials and the weather but it is updated weekly or whenever something significant occurs.

No one can ever say I didn’t know that job was coming up (the booking is confirmed a couple of days prior) or a client saying their late selection shouldn’t have held up anyone.

The plans can often be months in the council so what better time to go shopping when it is at the most laid back part of the process.

Getting the job done


With the agreed magic formula worked out between all parties it’s time to get a little grubby. Bulk earthworks and surveyor. Final earthworks, compaction and set-out with the grano worker. Clients don’t make any changes past this point please.

Brickwork in accordance with the plans, specification and building license. In the 1930’s most of the bricks were red with trowelled joints and we usually follow this as it’s safer. Tumbled cream bricks with white sand won’t blend in with the area or streetscape. Tuck pointing to the front elevation may be worth it on something like an ensuite bathroom off the master bedroom but would be prohibitive for a development.

Re-cycled roof tiles are better for an addition.

Timber joinery is better where it’s seen with other existing parts of the old house but maybe not on a rear elevation with a home theatre or alfresco dining.

As many of the old houses were painted, MDF mouldings are best in a similar profile than 60mm bull nose and metal door jambs are best used elsewhere. This is consistent with the ICOMOS Burra Charter where one builds in the materials of the day. Things should be in sympathy and harmony with the old building but no attempt should be made to replicate for the benefit of future historians.

I think that covers the facade as for the fit out watch the preceeding You Tube clip.


Art Deco Joe

As well as site meetings it’s nice to catch up and have a yarn about how things are going. Stories or anecdotes to one day tell your grandchildren.

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