Day 111: Pre-Plaster Inspection and Electrical Review

26 02 2013

Construction inspectionWe were notified by our Metricon Site Manager, Simon yesterday that the house was ready for Pre-Plaster inspection either today or tomorrow.  I was able to get Theo from New Home Inspections (the same folks who did our Frame Inspection) in short notice to do the inspection today at 10.30am.  And by 4pm today I got the report.  How’s that for prompt service by the folks at New Home Inspections!  Needless to say, I have now forwarded the report to Simon to followup.

As part of the Pre-Plaster inspection, Theo went over the defects that were identified from the Frame Inspection to make sure they have been fixed satisfactorily according to the building standards.  Whilst some items from the Frame Inspection have been fixed, there are still some defects still outstanding.  Hopefully it won’t take too long for Metricon to get the remaining items from Frame Inspection fixed in addition to the new Pe-Plaster defects.

bob_the_builder-can_we_fix_itWe also did our own walkthrough of the electrical work ourselves yesterday evening to ensure the switches, powerpoints, data points and TV connections were at the right locations.  We identified 3 items that were not correct which Simon has already raised with the electricians today.

We are making good progress into the build.  But what is more important for us is the quality of the work and the integrity of the build is vital and  that any defects get addressed.  To build a house is not cheap, so we want to make sure it gets done right.  Fixing defects now will be easier (and cheaper) than fixing them later.

C&K





Metricon Electrical Prices (2012)

23 02 2013

powerpointWe have been getting various people asking about the electrical prices in preparation for their electrical appointment.  The provisions provided in the standard Metricon price is very basic and it’s easy to spend $8000+ during your electrical appointment to add/upgrade items to something that is suitable to your standard of living.

You may also find our blog post about our Electrical Appointment useful.

Here are the prices based on our appointment back in February 2012 (prices may changed since then).

Lighting

  • Ceiling Light Points – $56 (The Nolan included 32, we added an additional 61)
  • External Light Points for light fitting – $56
  •  Junction Box (for future lighting connection outdoors) – $56
  • Extra Light/power Circuit – $168 (we had 5)
  • External light sensor to existing external light point – $105

Light Fittings

  • Stairwell light fitting – $98 to $117 depending on your selection
    • We selected the DL36 Slimline Fixed Square Downlight – $98
  • External floodlight 2 x 75W Halogen – $100
  • Exterior Fluorescent Up/Down Wall Light (EXLSST5108) Crompton Lighting – $125 (for the facade pillars and garage)

Tip:

We didn’t bother with internal light fittings, we will do this post handover as you will have a better selection.  For some comments about downlights see our Electrical Appointment post.

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Exterior Fluorescent Up/Down Wall Light (EXLSST5108) Crompton Lighting

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2 x 75W G9 HALOGEN (DG9602CS) External Floodlight.

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DL36 Slimline Fixed Square Downlight

Switching

  • 2-way light switch – $51
  • 3-way light switch – $100
  • 4-way light switch – $145
  • Dimmer switch – $82

Powerpoints

  • Single powerpoint – $51
  • Double powerpoint – $61 (we added about 18)
  • Quadruple power point – $117 (we added 8 – expensive but better than having powerboards cluttering the floor)
  • Double powerpoint to island bench – $95
  • Double power point with extra switch – $158
  • Single weatherproof powerpoint (external) – $90
  • Double weatherproof powerpoint (external) – $112
  • standard metal plate finish surrounds to powerpoints – $13 (we did these for the tiled areas eg bathrooms)

Tip:

When looking at your powerpoint needs, think about areas where you can conceal stuff eg. having dustbuster powered inside a broom cupboard rather than out in the open.  If you put up Christmas lights, you may want to consider some external powerpoints.

TV & Home Theatre

  • TV point and coaxial cable – $101
  • Digital TV points – $134
  • Wall conduit (for future high mounting of TV) – $290
  • Antennae – $500
  • Foxtel Point – $300

Note:

House price does not include TV antennae – you will need install this yourself after handover.

Telephone & Internet Data Points

  • Pre-wired (CAT 5 cable) and socket for room to room internet – $134
  • Pre-wired (CAT 6 cable) and socket for room to room internet – $146
  • ADSL point – $134
  • Telephone points – $134 (Nolan included 2 points as standard.)

Other

  • Single phase surge protection from external surges – $240
  • Three phase surge protection from external surges – $700 (this will be required if you went refrigerative cooling)
  • Clipsal 4FCC45 internal flush switchboard – $970
  • Heating an Cooling – this depends on your house size and what system you go for – quote.
  • Outdoor brush aluminum ceiling fan – $560
  • Bosch Solution 16 Plus Alarm System – $1580
  • DSC 6 zone alarm panel – $1370
  • Smoke detector – $152 (Nolan standard includes 5.  We didn’t add any.)
  • Ducted Vacuum (4 points) – $1595
  • Intercom Genie 2 (Audio) 1 Door 2 Room stations – $730
  • Intercom Genie 3 (Audio) 1 Door 3 Room stations – $930
  • Look C hands free colour flush mounted camera intercom – $1660
  • Kokom colour Intercom – $1415
  • Door Bell (hardwired) – $274

C&K





Day 107: Bricking continues…

22 02 2013

We didn’t go past the house yesterday so we went past today after dinner and more good progress has been made on the bricking.  Looks like the ground floor should be bricked by midweek next week.

Also the temporary doors to the house have been installed.

Front view of the house

Front view of the house.

View of the portico - you can see the brick pillars holding up the balcony have started.

View of the portico – you can see the brick pillars holding up the balcony have started.

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The bricks are going up and around the front sitting room window.

Internal garage walls making good progress up to the first floor

Internal garage walls making good progress up to the first floor.

View of garage - the external walls that goes along the boundary with the neighbour has started

View of garage – the external walls that goes along the boundary with the neighbour has started

Bricking making good progress down the left hand side of the house.

Bricking making good progress down the left hand side of the house.

Bricking along the right side of the house - view from the rear.

Bricking along the right side of the house – view from the rear.

Bricking along the right side of the house - view from the front.

Bricking along the right side of the house – view from the front.

We are really loving the Mocha bricks.

C&K





Day 103: Bricking started

18 02 2013

Today was a hot day with a top temperature of around 36 degrees, and it was the first day of bricking.  We are having rolled joins as suggested by Simon, who also consulted with the brickies, becuase he felt that it would work better with the type of bricks we had selected (Boral Mocha).  The flush morter had the capacity to look “messy” when finished with our bricks whereas the rolled joins will produce a much neater finish and will do justice to our lovely bricks.  So if you are thinkig of having Boral Mocha bricks keep rolled joins in mind.

We love the look of the bricks so far, the colour has come up great even though they are yet to be cleaned.  We are using off white mortar colour.  The brickies have managed to start the internal garage wall and along the left hand side of the house.  All in all good progress on such a stinker hot day!!

Things are hotting up, and we just don’t mean the weather.  The ground floor bricking should be completed by mid next week.  We should also have the rear roof completed tomorrow – just in time for some thunderstorms later in the week.  Plaster delivery tomorrow.  Frame defects to be fixed.  And the sparkys should be on site the next 3 days.  *Phew*

Hope you are staying cool.

Bricks that were done today.

Bricks that were done today.

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Boral Mocha bricks

Boral Mocha bricks

Boral Mocha bricks

Zoom in view of the Boral Mocha bricks

C&K

 





Day 101: Tour through house with our Site Manager

16 02 2013

100DaysYesterday was our 100 Day milestone!    Lots has happened in the past 100 days.

We met up with our Site Manager, Simon on Thursday and he took us through the house.  We took lots of photos around the house and posted a few here for you to see.

We walked through some of the defects found in the independent building inspection report.  Some of the items have been fixed but there were still a few items that Simon needed to follow up on.  Simon was very good in explaining the issues to us and he reassured us that he will get them rectified.

Many other people have said that having a good Site Manager makes a big difference to the construction phase.  We have to say that Simon has been doing a really good job so far, both in progressing the build but at the same time ensuring we are getting a quality output.

Simon also took some time to explain things that have been completed and what is coming up next.  The immediate items that will be commence are:

  • Bricking to start Monday
  • Electrical rough-in
  • Putting up the sarking and colorbond roof for the rumpus, dining and outdoor areas.
Sitting room window frame and front door frame has been installed.  You can also see the sand for the bricking in the foreground.

Sitting room window frame and front door frame has been installed. You can also see the mound of sand for the bricking in the foreground.

View of the rear of the house.

View of the rear of the house.

Standing in family room corner.  From left to right you can see rumpus room, dining room and kitchen.

Standing in family room corner. From left to right you can see rumpus room, dining room and kitchen.

Bi-fold doors opening up the outdoor room. Chris' favourite.

Bi-fold doors opening up the outdoor room. Chris’ favourite.

Dining room window and kitchen to the right.

Dining room window and kitchen to the right.

Standing in family room looking towards kitchen. Kristen's favourtite is the window splashback,

Standing in family room looking towards kitchen. Kristen’s favourtite is the window splashback.

Roof truss above the dining room.

Roof truss above the rumpus room.

View of the bi-fold doors from the ourside.

View of the bi-fold doors from the outside.

Plumbing rough-in has been done throughout the house.  This one is the laundry room and powder room on the other side of the frame.

Plumbing rough-in has been done throughout the house. This one is the laundry room and on the other side of the frame is the power room.

Large ducts in the roof space.  You can see the sarking under the roof.

Large ducts in the roof space. You can see the sarking under the roof.

View of the master bedroom.  From left to right you can see the entrance to the room, ensuite, walk-in robe and door to the balcony.

View of the master bedroom. From left to right you can see the entrance to the room, ensuite, walk-in robe and door to the balcony.

View of the ensuite bath.  The basins will be to the left of the bath.

View of the ensuite bath. The basins will be to the left of the bath.

View of the master bedroom double french doors that open up to the balcony.

View of the master bedroom double french doors that open up to the balcony.

Butter - is this the trade secret building ingredient?

Butter – is this the trade secret building ingredient?

C&K





Day 93: Bricks delivered and house is wrapped

8 02 2013

day93-4We didn’t get on site today, but on our drive by after work we saw that the first floor is now also wrapped in blue.  The whole house looks like a smurf hut!

The scaffolding is gone which means most of the first floor external frame and wrapping is complete.  However, we are not sure if the wrapping is totally finished as there are a few loose bits hanging loose and just flapping about and there are parts still not fully covered.

We noticed that the bricks got delivered today.  Bricking should start next week.  Our bricks are Boral Mocha and from what we can see it has some nice blue tinge to it.

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Front view of house – lots of bricks in the foreground

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Side of house

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Bricks delviered – our bricks are Boral Mocha

Brick - Boral Mocha

Brick – Boral Mocha

C&K





Independent Frame Inspection Completed Today

6 02 2013

Construction inspectionToday Theo from New Home Inspections went on site this morning to do our independent frame inspection.  We received the written report in the afternoon which we have forwarded to Simon, our Site Manager, to resolve and fix.

The report summary stated the following:

“A check of the framework found that the walls had been plumbed to within their allowable tolerance and the trusses and joists were bearing and connected correctly onto the wall frames, generally, the framing materials are of a good quality and put together well. However the items detailed in the attached ‘Schedule of Building Defects’ require further rectification and/or justification prior to this home proceeding to the next stage.”

The report’s Schedule of Building Defects outlined 14 items that needed attention.  So far the interaction and the service provided by New Home Inspections has been good.  The above feedback from Theo on the quality of the building work so far has been positive and despite the 14 items raised, we have been reassured that these issues will be resolved. Having the independednt inspection done has provided us with peace of mind that another set of eyes have looked over the house.

Hopefully it won’t take Metricon too long to fix these defects in addition to those that may have been identified by their own building surveyors.

Reference: According New Home Inspection’s Website – 

FRAME STAGE INSPECTION

This inspection is carried out after the frame has been approved by the private Building Surveyor who was appointed by your builder. It is a more detailed inspection than the one carried out by the builders surveyor (who would normally only take 10-20 minutes and may have several hundred jobs on for your builder at any one time!!), and includes-

  • The checking of the as-poured concrete slab for any exposed steel around its perimeter; any blow-out along its edges that will potentially block the cavity width; as well as for any bottom plate overhang which if not rectified will allow rotation of the walls bottom plates.

  • The finish of the concrete is also checked for excessive cracking and/or dusting.

  • Floor levelness is also checked across each storey (whenever clear and where possible).

  • The checking of the constructed wall frames for their compliance with the Building Code, their plumbness and the correct installation of their bracing.

  • The checking of the roof truss installation and bracing.

  • We also systematically go through the approved engineering design to ensure that the as-built structure is compliant whenever these have been supplied to us.

C&K