Our Veranda Project: A gruesome discovery (Part 1)

Posted: March 31, 2012 in Around the House, Mystery, Short Story
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Five years.  That’s how many years we have been scouting around for a ‘new’ abode. It was not an easy quest, especially so, when both my other half and I work full time during weekdays and coming home each evening parenting our two boys at the same time. Exhausting. Debilitating. The only reason why we wanted to move out from our former abode was because the 3-bedroom apartment became too teeny-weeny. We are not Lilliputians, I’m afraid. LOL!

The Quest

We pictured a house with a good sized garden, not too far from the city centre, the school, college, university, a garage for a second car, a veranda, and yet we could sit back and relax in tranquility.  Tall order, innit?

We have viewed, not a few, but a zillion houses in the past five years, but most, if not all, were missing some of our prerequisites.

We’re 5 years older now and getting way too tired with our search, hence, we trimmed down some of our criterion.

Dream House

We finally found our house. It’s not a castle, but one that we can call home sweet home.

If you have read my previous post Of Walnuts and Cups from the US of A, I mentioned we moved into our present house 3 months ago, where I introduced our walnut tree:-D

This house has most of the criterion, except for the missing extra garage and a veranda:-(

That’s it! Let’s go for the veranda project!

The Right Spot

Here’s a picture of the back façade of our house, where the family mutually agreed the veranda would look extremely stunning standing there. 

Why a veranda? Because a veranda provides that extra space where we can enjoy our garden all season round. As someone once said, “A beautiful veranda is an oasis of light and peace… a natural transition between the house and the garden”, so there!

Enough said, we flipped through the catalogue and found what we wanted. The choice was endless.

Putting our plan into action

We visited a few showrooms and finally found one that we thought stood out amongst the rest. That was in August last year. We signed the contract with the Builder in October. There were a few documents to be filled in prior to our appointment with our local Municipal Planning Department for a building permit. We received the green light. Yay!

We made our first down payment end of January this year, while work on the veranda had not even started!  The builders would only start with the groundwork end of March! Call us stupid, but, unfortunately, that’s the name of the game.

A Gruesome Discovery

Before the veranda contractor could start with the groundwork, we had to clear the surrounding area and make space in close vicinity of our would-be veranda.

Our absolute main task was to remove the flowerbed which was definitely in the way of the setting up of the underground water pipe.

This was the picture of the flowerbed that had to go!

My husband singlehandedly cleared the entire flowerbed, leaving only the two trunks jutting out from the ground. Anyway, it was more than enough work for him that day, or rather, that evening,  and he said he would continue the next day.

The following day, the digging continued. We could not believe what lay beneath, what seemed to look like a giant octopus!

Our finding became more gruesome when we discovered there was not one monster of an “octopus” but two!

By the way, our target deadline is Thursday, 5th April. Now tell me, how can we pull off from this unnerving scenario?   I’m totally and utterly gutted!

As I write this post, we haven’t got a clue!  This is serious real time sharing….

To be continued…..

Stay tuned!

  1. melharry says:


    Perhaps che can check online. Iv checked one url above on how to kill deep roots with biosafe chemical killer root and weed killer. Website di uk..perhaps ur place ada juak. jangan sik berik cadangan bah. Mun style kampung di sitok..main tunuk ajak..of course lah tmpt ktk di sia nei boleh nak.

  2. Maria says:

    Lovely house Dora. The “to be” verandah looks really nice, but the flower bed WAS pretty too.
    AND Dora, contractors in this part of the world will do all the clearing for u 🙂

  3. Nasifriet says:

    LOL!! Mun main tunuk, kenak saman straightaway, and permit kenak retract. Thanks for the idea Da :-)) Will check the website u mentioned..

  4. Nasifriet says:

    Helloooo Maria!!! So good to read you here, my dear 🙂

    Yah lor, they don’t do the pre and post cleaning and clearing up for you over here. The veranda-to-be should eventually look like one of those 4, if we pulled off this gory find asap. Hopefully weather will be good. They don’t work weekends, so have to wait for Monday. Meantime, we’re struggling with the “monster octopusses” LOL!!! Even how green you may claim your fingers to be , this is one BIG challenge, for us greenhorns 😦

    Hope to read you again now and then. Have a great weekend!
    P/S Thanks for the compliment about our house. Yes, the flowerbed WAS pretty, but we’re kinda OK with losing that one as that would be an extra energy in maintenance. We’ve lots of other flowerbeds around. Will slowly post pics of these, when flowers are in full bloom 🙂

  5. Chris says:


    First of all, what a gorgeous place you guys have. And that beautiful flowerbed – too bad it has to go. Was wondering which one of the four styles of veranda did you guys decide on…guess we’ll have to wait and see. 😀 As for the “gruesome” tree roots, looks like your husband did a good job in exposing the bulk of it…can you guys just cut/chop off the roots that are already exposed so you’ll be able to remove the trunks and leave the rest of the minor roots to the builder (assuming that they’ll be digging some to put the base of the veranda in)? I think I read somewhere before that the rule of the thumb is that tree roots are usually as long as the tree is tall…not a comforting thought if the trees that were previously there were tall. Keep us posted! Hope everything works out.

  6. Nasifriet says:

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for the compliments. Yeah, I know, it was quite sad to lose that flowerbed but no worries, we have many more around the garden. It’s a tough job trimming, pruning, weeding these beds, so at least that didn’t make us feel too bad to let that one go 😀

    I’m glad my husband did the bulk of the work already by exposing the roots, but you will have to wait for Part 2 if help came or will come and if we miraculously came or will come out of this dilemma. But I can tell you, the veranda is not up yet, so stay tuned 😉

  7. X says:

    The only way I guess is to pull it with a tractor… Have you found someone to do it? A gardener?

  8. Miss B says:

    What a beautiful garden you have! We have a fairly large garden, but no verandah, I would love to have one of those verandahs you posted, have been dreaming of one of those for years but that needs major renovation to the existing old house that we have.:)

    For the old tree trunks, I suggest you engage a professional tree cutter. We had one of those guys who came along to cut or prune our old trees a couple of times. They will first come to recce and give you advice on whether the tree can be cut. What I am afraid of, is the roots may extend deeper than you imagine, maybe even creeping under your house. You can always check with the gemeente or maybe consult the yellow pages for the contacts of tree-cutters. Hope this helps 🙂

  9. Nasifriet says:

    That should definitely work, I’m sure, but since it’s the back façade, no drive-in, only the garden. Guess, the tractor won’t help 😦
    You know there’s no way to get help on weekends. Let’s see what happens tomorrow. Fingers crossed…

  10. Nasifriet says:

    Thanks, Miss B. That’s one of the reasons we bought the house 🙂 !

    We’ve seen a few contractors, and found one somewhere in Limburg, which we thought is good, ie pretty good finishing touches. Then again, having these veranda’s is not a cheap affair, but we’re taking this as a lifetime investment 😀

    Thanks for the advice, which we will only know tomorrow. We’d like to cut off those roots ourselves, but without proper equipment, it can be a nightmare, as indeed the roots go down much deeper than we expected. I guess those must be walnut trees at one point of time. We have one matured one, standing, luckily quite far from the house.

    Let’s wait and see….

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