Update: Go Time = Next Thursday… it’s booked in

31 10 2012

Got a phone call from Megan today to advise us that site start is next week on Thursday (8 Nov) and that it is now “booked in”.


Next Monday = Go time… we hope…

30 10 2012

Today we got a phone call from our CSC, Megan, advising us that we are ready for action and that we will have a site start next Monday, which was very exciting news!! Having said that, this is the third time we have been told in the past month of a new site (re)start date. We’ve got everything crossed that this time it will be for real.

Today also marks the 1 year anniversary since we officially engaged Metricon to build Our Nolan by signing the Preliminary Works contract.  It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride with the issues we have had and we are hoping from next Monday onwards it will be smooth sailing.


Waiting on Metricon on a Date for Site Start….

28 10 2012

Ten days ago, on 18 Oct our demolishers, VicWide Demolition, returned to clean up the debris and rubble that was left in the top 200mm of soil.  To their credit, the demolishers came back and completed the job relatively quickly.  On the next day Metricon got their contractors, Earthworks to inspect the clean up and they gave the thumbs up.  We also spent time over that weekend cutting down the grass and weeds that has started to grow towards the back of the block. This was the last major hurdle so construction can begin!!!

As a result of the site clean and site scape, Metricon ordered another site survey as the ground levels may have been affected.  We were advised last Friday morning (26 Oct) by our CSC, Megan that they were to receive the site survey that afternoon.  We are now waiting on Metricon to provide us with a variation and site start date.  We are hoping to receive some positive news on a site start by the end of Monday.


Rubble between us and site start

16 10 2012

Thanks for everyone asking us how things are going.  Unfortunately, 12 of October has gone past and still we are yet to have site start.  Sigh.  😦

We have another hold up this time with Metricon stating there is too much building debris and rubble in our soil left over from our demolisher.  Metricon did mention this at the same time when the pipe issue came up back in May.

Only recently after the pipe issue was sorted out with the council did Metricon come back to us with some quotes to clean up the soil and provide a site scrape.  Needless to say, the quotes were not trivial amounts and we are freaking out about the additional costs.

We wish we could have got this issue sorted out weeks ago but we are where we are.  Kristen met our Site Manager, Simon, for the first time to go over the soil issue.  It was really good to meet Simon and he explained things well.  Though we haven’t started yet, meeting our Site Manager did give us a feeling we are not that far away from a start.

Now we are chasing up our demolisher, Moe and Amor from Victoria Wide Demolition Services to come back to finish off (clean soil of debris) that they should have done in the first place which is proving to be frustrating. We have been getting other quotes to get a site scrape done which have come back a lot cheaper that the quote Metricon gave us. Having said that it still grates on us big time that we may have to pay any additional money at all given we have already paid a significant amount to get the original house and site cleared in the first place. Still, tomorrow is another day.


Do not pass Go

27 09 2012

Well, we had hoped to be reporting on how much progress had been made on day one of site start but alas we are still waiting for that to eventuate. Despite having been told for the last week and a half that today was the day, when we spoke to our site supervisor, Simon, this morning he advised that he hadn’t been given our file yet. Grrrr

Once our initial anger subsided, it was on the phone to Metricon for some answers. We are trying so hard to be proactive and positive but it just feels like one set back after another with this project. We know things will happen eventually and that we will love our house but it just feels so far off and constantly out of our reach. We know Metricon are doing what they can to progress things I think there’s just a breakdown in communication at times. We know our CSC Megan is doing what she can to keep us posted but can only tell us what she has been told.

So what’s the story? Due to the changes in our outdoor room dimensions, all the materials have had to be reordered and some re-engineering done to accommodate the change. This couldn’t be done until Metricon received the approved plans from council which only arrived at the start of this week.

I guess for us, the most frustrating part is that we have had so many issues and delays so far which are out of our control, to then get back on track, only to have a further detour kinda does our head in a bit.

Ok so rant over. When we spoke with Metricon today we got some clarity on what is going on and hope to have the earthworks people on site next week to start sifting the soil on the block. This is due to all the rubble that our less than satisfactory demolition company left on site. So site start will now be at some stage during the week of ending October 12.

We got out our sample folder tonight to review all our colour selections for a bit of therapy and to refresh us on what our beautiful home is going to look like.

So here’s hoping we don’t have too much longer to wait before we can really start reporting on progress.



26 09 2012

Site re(restart) is tomorrow!!!  Only one more sleep!!

On Monday we confirmed with Metricon that they had received the stamped approved plans from the council and that only the engineering plan permits were left to come through, however, this shouldn’t hold up the start.

We are really looking forward to seeing some action.  Bring it on!



19 09 2012

We got a phone call today from our Metricon CSC, Megan, to give us some great news, wait for it………we have a site RE(START) DATE – Thursday 27.09.2012!! That’s right, we will have a start by the end of next week!!

Great job from the folks at Metricon to get a response and a date on a site start quickly. Let’s hope it goes according to plan and no major issues from here onwards and we get some solid progress before Christmas.

Now when everyone asks “how’s things going with the house?” we can now provide a progress update rather than just saying “we’re still waiting for Metricon and the council to sort out the pipe”.

Easement back on the title

Today we also received a copy of the title with the easement back on the title as per the original creation.  A dashed line (cirecled in red) went missing in action at some stage between 1959 and 2011.  So when we did all our house designs and initial permit approvals, an easement was not considered.

Here’s something that made us laugh – when we read the title, we saw the following regarding the easement:

“…[we] give and grant unto the said [council] the full and free right and liberty to and for them their servants, agents, contractors and workmen at all times hereafter to enter and reenter upon and to pass and repass for all or any of the purpose hereinafter mentioned and either with or without horses or other animals carts or other carriages through over and along the land….”

Besides being a long sentence, there’s no mention of motorised vehicles or equipment.  So does that mean we can refuse entry if they don’t come with horses or carriages?  🙂

It will be 133 days (4.5 months) delay when site re(starts) next week.  In the end, the cause of all of this is a dotted line missing from the title!!!!!!!