Day 108: Almost Complete…

Hi guys, I went to the house last friday, 17th May, to meet up with a concreter who is giving us a quote on our driveway. He is actually quite cheap. $45 m2 for basic concrete and $50 m2 for coloured.

In any case, as per usual, I did a walk around the house, it was very muddy due to having being raining for the two previous days. There are a few minimal changes, as it is close to the end, however, I did notice that the Timber window seals were completed, and the seal around the stack stone column was completed as well.┬áAs an added bonus, our front entry door had its handle installed too. ­čÖé

As the concreter was leaving, Dan (SS) turned up. So, I ┬áhad to go inside of course. Unfortunately, the flooring wasn’t laid as of yet, but that’s no big deal. But, the mirrors, bath tubs, sinks, taps, kitchen splash-back, range-hood were all in. And there were lots of little red dots spotted throughout. You may notice there are 3 A4 sheets of paper on the kitchen cabinets. They are associated with the red dots. A list of all workmen that need to return to fix things up.┬áTo top the day off, we received a very nice letter in the mail from our builder.


Woo hoo! Our final inspection date is set for Friday 31st May 2013. Which hopefully gives us a handover date between 7th and 14th June.

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Day 099: Grouted, Heated, Tapped & Electrified

IMG_1927Today was a massive day. I went to meet up with Dan (SS), we’ve kinda made 9:00 am Fridays a habit. But this might be the last mini inspection I do before our Pre Completion Inspection check, which is tentatively slated for May 25th. YAY!!! Also as promised here’s a picture of the stack stone column to┬áthe facade. Looking awesome – can’t wait to┬álandscape to tie it all together. Anyways, today we went over the concerns we had from the previous visit. Most of which are listed in the previous post. I then got too marvel at the additions to the house.

All the tapware (Internal and external) are installed, shower heads as well, except for the bath tub areas. The tiling is all grouted and ready to use.  The ceiling lights and external flood lights are all in and operational, as are the switches and power-points. The NBN data points are in as well. Heating vents are completed, and the control panel installed.

However, we all know that concerns and missed items are forefront to peoples minds and they need to be fixed. Luckily Dan (SS) is quite a calm and collected guy, because I can assure you that when we point out mistakes, I notice a lot, many that some people would glaze over or think we were being a bit nit picky.

But, it is our house, and they must be fixed. Here are the findings so far:

  1. The Laundry Door will be fixed (not replaced at this stage) and a new handle/lock installed
  2. The extra tiles we asked for to the en-suite shower area will be installed early next week
  3. The light spot next to the down-pipe on the garage unfortunately cannot be removed completely. This is due to the wire being active and connected to a switch. DAMN!
  4. The light that is off centre in the stack-stone pier will be realigned.
  5. All timber windows will be sealed and aluminum windows will have their seals checked
  6. Areas where the mortar has hairline cracks are apparently considered fairly normal, and unless they were quite thick, they don’t worry about them
  7. The protruding black sheeting along the walls will be cut back and hidden
  8. The uneven paint lines and blotchy paint work will be fixed over the coming weeks
  9. The poorly cut and installed cement sheeting to the eaves will be replaced, and the joins between each sheet (there are gaps) will be replaced
  10. The capping above the stack-stone pier will be a tricky one to fix due to the cedar cladding being cut to as close to the capping as possible. Not sure how thats gonna be fixed but Dan said that he would look into it
  11. There was also a new issue of the light switch to the en-suite walk in robe being positioned to close to the left wall, instead of next to the door frame. This will be fixed prior to our PCI

Lastly, with our PCI slated for May 25th, that means our handover date is still looking to be around the first week of June. Less than a month away potentially. SO EXCITED!!!! In the mean time, here are more pics at the bottom. Enjoy!


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Day 090: Stained & Stoned

So, as usual, J went to meet our SS Dan. We had a massive list of things that we needed to make sure would be fixed. Otherwise, it’ll drive us mad thinking about them. The list (which was saved on the iPhone, to the dismay of the Dan) and responses are as follows:

1. The ensuite toilet door frame has an additional piece of wood to the top. Which we were unsure of why, as it didn’t match the WIR frame. Dan says that is a requirement due to the frame and door being only 720mm. The door itself isn’t hinged in the traditional way, it is a door that can be lifted off the hinge, should anyone get stuck in there. We have since asked Dan to add to the WIR frame so that both look the same.

2. The guttering behind the Garage had appeared to have fallen again, as there was a noticeable slant. Dan said that there does need to be a slight slant, to guide water in the correct direction, but that he would look into that for us.

3. Dinting in the cornices in all bedrooms. Dan says this is quite normal during the process and would be fixed during the final 4 week prior to our Pre Completion Inspection.

4. The laundry door has an unusual staining occurrence caused by the handle, which looks rather rusted. Eventhough the door has been stained in our merbau selection, the rust stain is still noticeable. Dan has said he would need to see what can be done, most likely a new door will be installed.

5. Sealing below and next to timber windows and timber bi-fold doors is inadequate. Sections of the house wrapping can still be seen. Dan again said these are generally fixed during the final 4 weeks.

6. The base for the Hot Water System has been chipped. This will be fixed.

7. There has been a downpipe installed very close to a light electrical point, which basically renders it useless as no light will fit, and it would detract from the overall aesthetic. We asked Dan if we could remove that light option. He would look into it, but didn’t see why not.

8. Window Alignment to the study was way off, either that or it was shoddy brickwork. The gap at the bottom of the window to the brickwork increases from one edge to the other. Dan has said he will need to get the brickies in to figure out how to fix it. (I would suggest they remove those bricks and redo that section.)

9. We noticed after the render had been completed that there was an expansion point next to the door frame which had been sealed, but was very ugly. Dan has mentioned that they will render over that part to give it an even look.

10. Missing power switch in study. Dan says easily fixed. That we already thought but best to have it pointed out earlier rather than at the end.

The tradie that was installing our stackstone pier was there as well. Inside, the tilers were busy laying the rest of the tiles in the bathroom, ensuite and laundry. The painting had already concluded.

No photos were taken as there really wasn’t much different.

So, knowing that the stackstones were being installed, J insisted (He’s way excited, as am i) we go again the next afternoon to see how they looked. We were literally less than 5 minutes from the house and torrential rain started pouring. Luckily, it didn’t last too long.

The stackstone pier, LOOKS AMAZING. It completely finishes the external look of the house. As everything is locked, we had to peek through windows to see things. It looked like the tilers had finished, all that was left was the grouting.

We also noticed that the staining to the timber windows, entry and bi-folds was done. And it looked very very sexy.

We didn’t stay too long as it was rather muddy and wet and cold. Again, no good photos due to it being a bit dark. We will be going over the weekend, so expect a big photo update soon.

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Fridge, Freezer and Couch

So, it’s been a week since visiting the site, and since Thursday was a public holiday, our Site Supervisor was unable to meet us. So no house pics this week. ­čśŽ

We did however, do some shopping. Woohoo!

We have finally purchased our Fridge/Freezer from Harvey Norman. The Samsung SRS600NLS. They’re even going to hold onto it until we move in. Even better huh. Below is a pic of the fridge. And also the Landmark couch we bought from Freedom a couple if months ago. Again, they’ll hold it till we move.

There are lots of other things stored in our current house which have been purchased along the way a still in their boxes. It’ll be like Xmas in July when we move and unpack everything.



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Day 078: Front Entry

A small but very exciting milestone was achieved today. J went to meet Dan (SS) today and our front entry door is installed. YAY!!!!!! And it looks absolutely amazing.


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Day 072: Rendered & Panelled!

IMG_1869Hey guys, this is J (My first post)… be kind… So, I made the trip to the house on Friday on my own as I am still on holidays. Many of our concerns had already been fixed which is great, such as the crooked guttering at the back of the garage. Although I noticed that some of the bricks to the garage were not quite right. The update with the use of incorrect bricks on the retaining wall is that they will knock it down and rebuild it. They are also going to throw in a little extra rendering work to cover the brickwork to the garage completely on the entry side. We then went together the next day, as A hates missing out. The sun was out and the house looked spectacular. It is really starting to look like a house, and the facade is taking shape. The front has had its first coat of render applied, the cedar panels to the entry have been installed and the scaffolding around the roof has been removed, giving us unrestricted view of our tiles. The front entry door was left open so we obviously went inside. Like there was a chance we wouldn’t. Right. All the plastering is completed, including the fixing of the Theatre entry and the move of the En-suite walk in robe door. Bases for the showers are in and waterproofing completed. Skirting and Cornices are almost complete, and the wet area tiles are there ready to be laid, which will happen this week. YAY. And the most exciting thing is we have an approximate hand over timeframe – 8 weeks to go… maybe.

Anyways… have a squizz through the latest photos.

Cheers – J

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Follow Ups and Color Schemes

IMG_1832There will be two parts to this post the first being the follow up from yesterday’s update “This is not a Dream ” and second Color schemes. The latter is probably more exciting but I’ll get the former out of the way first. We met up with Dan (SS) today as scheduled and there are a couple of tradesmen setting up scaffoldings around the house, presumably they are going to start work on installing / plastering the eaves in. J thinks they are just making a lot of noise and not doing any work. There was a lot of noise but I was more concerned on going through the defects list and being annoyingly anal about everything. Anyways, the below is the outcome from today’s site visit.

  1. Sag to the gutter and fascia below the garage door will be fixed before the plastering of the eaves take place
  2. There are gaps at the bottom of all the windows are normal This is part of the national building standard for all houses, must have a 10 mm gap
  3. The gap where the insulation and moisture barrier wraps are still visible above the alfresco bi-fold doors will be covered with a timber sheet with the same stain
  4. The windows that wrap around the master en-suite will be concealed with Merbau stained timber, not bricks
  5. The height of the french doors to the theatre room are standard 2.04 meters, the framers missed out that part. This will be fixed
  6. Different bricks were used at the bottom of the entrance door and part of the retaining wall. Entrance will be rendered so not much of an issue but the retaining wall will be if it left exposed. Dan will follow up and if needed the wall will be re-bricked
  7. Dan will schedule a meeting with J to go through the tile skirting height with the tilers when they are on-site late next week
  8. The wall on the garage side will be 3/4 rendered – the mortar is rolled at the moment but will be filled when the render work is carried out

Also to our surprise the cabinets are all in. The only thing remaining to complete them is for the caesar stone benches to go on them. They look awesome already but we did not manage to take any photos as we wanted to maximize our time with Dan to get things fixed before it is too late. I already noticed some of the cabinets are scratched and not properly installed – a few misalignments basically. Dan said that these can be fixed after the PCI inspection. Just have a feeling I’ll be so anal that day I’ll blow up. I guess I’ll have to park that aside for the next few weeks.

Now, on to the second part of our day. We were bored so decided to visit Henley’s display home center in Clyde North – the intention was to re-visit the color schemes that we have in our head. Manage to take a few pictures of the color scheme that we like and they are in the gallery below.

Most of the colors are pretty much from the Chocolate / Brown / Beige scheme. Just to finalize the colors we laid out all the color palettes we took from Bunnings Warehouse over the past couple of months along with the preliminary color of our chosen fabric to the blinds. OurIMG_1851 blinds supplier will conduct a final site visit to go through the colors again to ensure they match the base and feature walls. We have decided to go with the Arava color scheme which consist of Arava, Warm Neutral and Deep Bamboo. The idea at the moment is to paint the lounge, kitchen and butler’s pantry Deep Bamboo. Arava to the study and theatre room. We have also chosen Brazilian Bean from the Dulux Suede paint range where it gives a slight textured finished. The Brazilian Bean has a significant red tinge to it but this color very closely matches the tiles in the master en-suite. Therefore we will be painting feature walls to the master bedroom and master en-suite with patterns the same direction as the tiles. Of course having said that we are open to what the painter has to say on our color choices.

It is starting to feel time is dragging but it’s only been two months so in retrospect it has gone up pretty quickly. I guess I’m just growing more impatient as the days go by – Just can’t wait to move in.

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