Day 236: On the home straight

1 07 2013

We have been advised by Simon that we are looking at a handover sometime this month.  Woo Hoo!!  The final straight.

The last 2 weeks has seen various final touches being worked on – there hasn’t been a lot of obvious change but its all this little bits and pieces coming together. The security fence around the front of the house is now taken down and we can get a full view of the front of the house.  The scaffolding has been put up again so the gables in the roof can be fixed up.


Parts of the colorbond roof near the rear have been replaced due to some damage caused by contractors when they have been working on the roof.

The RHS glass splash back in the kitchen has been installed – we are becoming more use to the colour and actually quite like it now.


The mirrors in the bathrooms have been installed – which has made a major impact to overall feel and look to the bathrooms.

Powder room vanity with mirror

Powder room vanity with mirror


Master bedroom ensuite vanity with mirror

The glass shower screen (frameless) in the master ensuite has been installed.

Frameless showerscreen

Frameless showerscreen

We have also found a bunch of items that needed attention and forwarded them to Simon.  He has been good in asking for us to let him know of anything we pick up so he can fix them.

Due to a supply issue, our appliances that were part of our contract (and part of the promotion we had) are no longer available.  The Zampetti appliances are now replaced with Technika equivalents:

  • Technika FHEE22A9S BOX Rangehood
  • Technika WD904SS & TT904 Microwave
  • Technika TDX6SS-3 Dishwasher

For amusement, here is a photo of a door stop that we found installed which seemed rather pointless.

Door stop that doesn't stop the door

Door stop that doesn’t stop the door

We have received a first draft of our landscape design from Ben at Daviscapes which we were impressed by but will tweaking to be more functional for our needs.  We have provided some feedback and look forward to the updated design.

We are also having some issues negotiating the replacement fence with one of our neighbours.  We hope to book in a fencer in a weeks time.


Day 215: Timber floors goes in

10 06 2013

day215-6Today saw the start of the timber floorboards installation.  We upgraded the laminated floors included in our promotion to Timber Floors – Boral Blackbutt.

The locations of the timber floor includes Entry (through to Kitchen), Kitchen, Walk-in Pantry, Family room, Dining room and storage under the stairs.  The timber floors are installed over a high density foam, moisture resistant underlay.

Note – if flooring is included in your purchase as part of a promotion, you should check to see if this includes the storage area under the stairs.  Normally this area is NOT included and you will need to add it in.  Otherwise when you open the door to under the stairs you will just have concrete which we didn’t think it would look too nice.


The timber floors really start to transform the look and feel of the rooms – it really brightens up the space compared to the dull concrete.

There are a still a few fit off and painting activities to go and we were worried about the floor being damaged.  However, looking through the contract we found that there is a “Protective sheeting will be laid over the completed timber floor to provide protection against accidental damage during the final stages of construction. The protective sheeting becomes the responsibility of the client after handover.” This protective sheeting will also be handy when we move our possessions into the house.


Timber floors in the dining area

Timber floors in the WIP

Timber floors in the WIP

Timber floors in the kitchen

Timber floors in the kitchen

View of the timber floors in the kitchen area

View of the timber floors around the kitchen area

The last week has also seen part of the glass splashback installed in the kitchen.  The colour of the splashback took a bit of time for us to warm to – at first we thought it may have been too dark, but over time we think it does go well with the Cesarstone bench.

Glass splashback and ceasar stone bench top

Glass splashback and ceasar stone bench top

The tiler has been back to tile around the glass backing boards in the powder room, bathroom and ensuite.

Tiling around mirror - Powder Room

Tiling around mirror – Powder Room

Tiling around mirror - Bathroom

Tiling around mirror – Bathroom

Tiling around mirror - Ensuite

Tiling around mirror – Ensuite

The shower in the ensuite had an extra row of tiles added as the glass frame is higher.

Ensuite Shower

Ensuite Shower

We are looking forward to seeing the remainder of the timber floors installed this week.