Thursday, December 31, 2009

A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION: AN EXACTING CHALLENGE

IT only dawned on me as I compose this essay, that I am imposing on myself quite a challenge i.e to start building a new house out of the old timber home. Seeing the happy, smiling faces of the children on the concrete staircase way back in early 1970's, it has to be accepted that this is a challenge not to be taken lightly. The old home has certainly seen better days and it would be a pity to discontinue its grand contribution to the family. So what more auspicious than to start the NEW YEAR with a resolute intention.


In happier and youngish days the children had fun posing for this picture on the staircase. I guessed they had come to the house for either the son or daughter's birthday. Observe the car in a natural garage under the house. I really regret for not keeping the antique vehicle. It was a Hillman Minx 1725 cc even with disc break and floor gear which I had in 1973. I remember driving it up Genting Highland once. Notice the two sector windows:the upper with special louvres too and the bottom can be wide opened too.

Since the last posting, the house that has stood for decades is no more. The carpenters or builders have removed the frames, pillars, doors, windows etc and carted them to a place designated for the reconstruction. I am told almost 80% of the wood works are intact meaning not attacked by white-ants, declaring the top quality timber used. I had to hunt high and low for the new piece of land realising that it has to be acquired fast as the timbers from the house have to be located where the building should be erected. Blessed that the piece of land came into sight and acquired.

The fruit trees are matured and as much as it would be regretful that one or two has to be cut down to make way for the site of the new building. Still I would have a small orchard ready when the house is completed. Better still there is a mini tar road adjacent to the river that flows close by



Two pictures showing the old home completely dismantled, piece by piece. I believed they did that in less than a fortnight. The lorry was there to take the timber to the new site 12 kilometres away.

The plot has been cleared to allow for the timber pieces from the old home to be stored here. Notice the wooden staircase which will see it welcoming guests again as they step up into the home later. The rambutan tree is seen while the mangosteen is by the right hand corner.

The river with the tree trunk bent over and the flock of ducks in the water.

I guess this is the first of many updates that will appear as the old home comes alive again.

May I take this opportunity to wish all my friends near and far a wonderful 2010.

4 comments:

Ocean Girl said...

Assalamualaikum,

Alhamdulillah that the immense task started off and progresses excellently.

The new home for the old house is unbelievably perfect, and just 12km away! Amazing.

Thank you for sharing this Kota Star. I am beginning to feel a part of a blessed effort in preserving something that is good. If there is anything, I could do to assist and contribute, please let me know.

I wish you a slight belated Maal Hijrah and Happy New Year.

kotastar said...

Ocean Girl,
Thanks and for visiting quite early in the morning: an early riser or ready person for the business of the day. Thanks too for yr warm greetings and intended assistance. Will let you know when the house is ready. The least is to come visiting. Let's hope it will be in time with the fruit season up here in the north.

Queen Of The House said...

That pic on the stairs was taken in 1975. It was my 12th birthday. Many of the friends on the stairs still remember being there!!

Once again, very excited to see the outcome.

kotastar said...

NINA.
TRUE BUT i FORGOT THE DATE. LET'S hope several of yr friends will gather again one day at the newhome and relive the exciting time when you all celebrated a birthday. i WOULD APPRECIATE.