Day 199: UFOs and Window Dressings

25 05 2013

Most of this week has been internal work.  The plumbers have been busy fitting the showerheads, taps, toilets, bathtubs and basins.  The bathrooms are now slowly looking more and more complete.

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Master Ensuite

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Shower head in the Master Ensuite

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Kitchen sink and tap

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Bathtub in upstairs bathroom

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Nice looking tiled shower base

The electricians have also been busy fitting off the light switches, ceiling light battens, powerpoints, exhaust fans and smoke detectors.  We added a lot of additional light points throughout the house for future downlights, and as a result the ceiling is littered with numerous Unsightly Fixed Objects (UFOs), also known as Conical Shades that comes standard with each light batten fitting.

Conical Shade and light batten

Conical Shade and light batten

These will look much better when we replace them with downlights.

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Ceiling full of Conical Shades

Quadruple powerpoint and tv point

Quadruple powerpoint and tv point

It’s been great to see the fit offs progressing well.

We have been spending a bit of our time looking at curtains the past few weeks and today we went to Dollar Curtains in Doncaster to finalise our selections.  They will take 6-8 weeks to produce which is why we wanted to order them now – they should be ready around the same time we get the handover from Metricon.  We have been pleased with curtains and prices from Dollar Curtains in the past.  The folks at Dollar Curtains, in particular Robyn were great – they were very friendly, helpful and thorough.

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Dollar Curtains, 1002 Doncaster Rd, East Doncaster, VIC

C&K





Day 196: Fit offs commenced

22 05 2013

plumberMonday saw the start of the plumbing fit offs including toilets, taps, bathtubs and basins.

The electricians have also been around to do some of the electrical fit offs.  Due to structural elements of the house we have had to shift a couple of the powerpoints to another location.

Tiling is almost complete – the laundry splashback is the only remaining tiling yet to be completed.

The majority of the painting is done – the painters will be back towards the end to do the touchups.

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?

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Day 30 – Retaining walls complete, power pole, concrete piers and plumbing

8 12 2012

Our retaining walls are now done – they were done by 30 Nov and only took 3 days of work. You can see from the photo that the wall on the left hand side is hard against the boundary.  However, the one on the right is away from the fence to cater for the easement.

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We also noticed some drains (?) connected to pipes coming from behind the retaining wall.  I assume these are the ag pipe to aid the removal of waste water and thus reduce the pressure placed on the wall.  If drainage is not placed at the base of the wall there is a strong possibility that the wall can be jeopardised and weaken the wall structure and a “blow out” can occur resulting in the wall being buckled or even worst knocked over .

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Other work that has been done include the drilling and pouring of the concrete piers to help stablise the slab to stop the house shifting from its intended position.

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A power pole has been erected with a meter box which will be hooked up to our underground power pit that we organised back in January.  Power will be required for the frame stage.  It seems the plumbing is also done – most of the pipes sticking up from the ground are within the house/slab boundary.

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We spoke to our Site Manager during the week and he expects that the boxing of the slab base and the pour should happen next week.

C&K