Day 253: Full frontal exposure

18 07 2013

The scaffolding has come down and we can finally see our beautiful house from the street in full frontal.  Doesn’t it look pretty. 🙂

Our Nolan from the street

View of Our Nolan Plantation Facade from the street

Balcony

Close up of Balcony

The gables are now how they should be.  When they were first installed there was no recess.

Gables

Gables

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Day 186: Drip Drip Drip …

12 05 2013

It’s been a little over two weeks since our last post.  The exciting news is that painting has started although sadly it stopped almost as soon as it began.   Unfortunately the plasterers had hit a water pipe with a screw and a leak had slowly developed which had gradually got worse. This was  discovered over the Anzac day long weekend when some water was found on the floor in bedroom 4.  The water leaking increased and found itself into the first floor ceiling and onto the ground in the family-kitchen area.

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Water pooling in Bedroom 4 – coming from behind the plaster and skirting

The green L & H on the concrete slab below are areas where it needs to be leveled before floorboards can be installed.  L – indicating it is low and H – indicating it is high.  These were later leveled out with cement.

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Water from the ceiling dripping onto the ground floor

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Water damage in ceiling.

Once alerted to the issue our Site Manager, Simon promptly organised the plumber to investigate and fix the leak.  Once the leak was fixed, parts of the damaged plaster and skirting were replaced.

Ceiling replaced and re-plastered

Ceiling replaced and re-plastered

We have been really pleased that Simon acted on this issue straight away and made sure it was fixed quickly.  Whilst the water damage issue is not ideal, the positive from the situation is that it occurred at this stage before any floor coverings had been laid.  In the end we have probably been delayed by about 2 weeks. The good news is we are now back on track and painting has recommenced.

Other progress made in the past 2 weeks include:

  • Completion of the external cladding to the rear of the house
  • Completion of the gables above the garage
  • Cleaning of the ground floor bricks
  • Plumbing works including installation of downpipes
  • And various quality issue fixes around the house
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Last of the cladding now installed – just needs to be painted.

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Gables installed above garage. You can also see downpipes connected to the house.

The base coats of painting to the house have been done and some of the staining of the timber windows have started.  Here are some photos of the painting progress:

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Rumpus

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Study doors with Cabot Stain – Colour Rich Walnut

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Family-Kitchen area. The ceiling where it was water damaged is now fixed up, good as new.

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Kitchen area

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Master Ensuite

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Stairs and upstairs leisure room

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Front door with Cabot Stain – Colour Rich Walnut. Door handled installed.

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Siting room window stained

We got a call from Beaumont tiles today, to say that tiling will start on Tuesday. They have invited Kristen to come and have a look at the tiles before they start and discuss the layout which we weren’t expecting but are quite pleased about.

We also had Dollar Curtains and Blinds come in to do a measure and quote for all of our window coverings. We are keen to have these ready to go once handover takes place. Simon was happy to meet us on site so we could do this which was great. it will take 4-6 weeks for the curtains to be made once we confirm what we want and 6-8  weeks for plantation shutters which we are planning to get in a few of the rooms.

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Day 133: Plastering begins…

20 03 2013

Today we met Simon on site first thing in the morning to go through the latest updates and a walkthrough of the defect fixes from our independent building inspector’s report.  When we arrived it was a busy morning on site with lots of activity:

  • Carpenter fixing one of the last defects where the top flange of the SmartJoists has been notched through for the installation of the ducted vacuum system pipe.
  • Brick cleaners in their protective suits cleaning the first floor bricks – they use acid and then high pressure hose to rinse.
  • Scaffolding being reinforced and extended at the front to allow access to install the gables.
  • Electricians and plumber fixing minor issues.
  • 5 people working on putting up the plaster.

We spent about an hour with Simon walking through the house and going through the items in the report.  There were a few things we couldn’t see anymore as it was covered up, but we have asked Simon to send us the photos that were taken of the fixes.  There were a couple of items that weren’t fixed and Simon took it upon himself to rolls his sleeves up and fix them.  We are really pleased that Simon and Metricon are taking the effort and additional time to fix the defects to make sure the house is right.

In the afternoon, the carpenters were back to install the gables to the front of the roof and start on the weatherboard cladding to the rear of the house.

Ready for some photos?  Here’s what we took today.  Enjoy – we sure did 🙂

View from the street

View from the street.  Facade is looking great!

Master bedroom - double cavity sliding door with opaque class into ensuite

Master bedroom – double cavity sliding door with opaque class that opens up into ensuite.

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

Very pink room - this one is of the upstairs leisure.  The two black items are plaster boards.

Very pink room – this one is of the upstairs leisure. The two black items are plaster boards.

Window still to be installed in upstairs bathroom.  The size of the window needs to be reduced to accommodate the roof

Window still to be installed in upstairs bathroom. The size of the window needs to be reduced to accommodate the roof line.  The old and incorrect window can be seen in the foreground.

Bedroom

Bedroom number 3.

View from the corner in the upstairs leisure

View from the corner in the upstairs leisure area.

Scaffolding being worked on.

Scaffolding being worked on.

Latest view of the rear of the house.  That's Simon standing in the outdoor room taking a phone call

Latest view of the rear of the house. That’s Simon standing in the outdoor room taking a phone call.

That's a lot of broken bricks!!

That’s a lot of broken bricks!!

Rumpus Room - first signs of plaster!!

Rumpus Room – first signs of plaster!!

Plasterers working hard in the family room.

Plasterers working hard in the family room.

Another plasterer working in the kitchen.

Another plasterer working in the kitchen.

Bi-fold doors - the glass has finally been put in.

Bi-fold doors – the glass has finally been put in.  These  will be nice to open up the dining and outdoor rooms.

Balcony

Balcony – nice and wide.

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Weatherboard cladding.

View of the side of the house

View of the side of the house.

Clean bricks!!

Clean bricks!!

More clean bricks!!

More clean bricks!!

Gables have been installed into the roof.

Gables have been installed into the roof.

Plaster ceiling in the outdoor room.

Plaster ceiling in the outdoor room.

Weatherboard cladding at the rear of the house.

Weatherboard cladding at the rear of the house.

Plastered room - standing in the dining room.  Left is the kitchen, straight ahead is the family room and the doorway on the right is the rumpus room.

Plastered room – standing in the dining room. Left is the kitchen, straight ahead is the family room and the large opening on the right is the rumpus room.

Plastered room - standing in the opposite corner in the family room.  Opening to the left is the rumpus room.  And straight ahead is the dining and kitchen.

Plastered room – standing in the opposite corner in the family room. Opening to the left is the rumpus room. And straight ahead is the dining and kitchen.

Plastered room - rumpus room.

Plastered room – rumpus room.

So what’s next?  Well lock-up completion is not far away, most likely just after Easter break (early April).  Which means another payment milestone.  The scaffolding will come down this coming Friday.  Next week will see the garage truss and roof installed, final coats of the render (coloured) and a site clean.

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