Day 261: Final (Pre-Handover) Inspection

26 07 2013

home-final-inspectionWe originally had booked in for the final pre-handover inspection on Wednesday, but Metricon had to move it to today (Friday) as they wanted to get more painting fixes done before presenting to us.

It was busy at the house when we arrived with Simon, our Site Manager going over things with one of Metricon’s QA guys (Mick).  Theo from New Home Inspections (who was doing our independent inspection) was also there, and a few tradies doing maintenance works such as putting locks on doors.

Its been a few weeks since we have been inside the house and it was very exciting to see that we are so close to finishing. Having an independent inspector was good as he would pick up any structural or building regulation issues which we would not know about.  Theo did pick up a few items, one of the major ones was the surface finish and cracks in the garage which will need to be topped up with more cement concrete.

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Armed with a box of red dots, we went through the house with Simon inspecting the finishes.  Anywhere we found a fault (eg paint blemish, cracks, holes, damage etc) we put a red dot so they can be fixed prior to PCI (Practical Completion Inspection). Metricon will have a combined list of defects from their QA person, New Home Inspections Report and our list of defects to fix next week.

It was good to see Simon pick up a few issues as well as it shows he wants us to have a quality house.  Some of the defects we found included:

  • Scratches in floorboard (hopefully these can be fixed up well).
  • Damaged fly wire screens.
  • Front door lock mechanism needed adjusting.
  • Light switch not working
  • Power switch plate had a white plate when it should have been a metal/chrome plate.
  • Scratch in powder room mirror.

Early next week will also see the final electrical items go in, including all the kitchen appliances, hot water system, outdoor fan and ducted vacuum.

Here’s a few photos we took today:

Our pretty house!!

Our pretty house!!

Pillar lights

Pillar lights

Pillar Lights from another angle

Pillar Lights from another angle

Today was the first time we saw the stain on the stairs which has definitely finished off the stairs quite well.

Stained stairs

Stained stairs

Close up of stairs

Close up of stairs

View of the stairs from above

View of the stairs from above

View of stairs from leisure room.

View of stairs from leisure room.

Bi-fold doors complete with door handle

Bi-fold doors complete with door handle

Close up of door handle on bi-fold

Close up of door handle on bi-fold

Laundry splash back

Laundry splash back

Laundry splash back

Laundry splash back

Lock and handle on sliding door to powder room

Lock and handle on sliding door to powder room

Study 'feature' door now complete with handle

Study ‘feature’ door now complete with handle

Balcony

Balcony complete with wire balustrades

Some of the dots throughout the house indicating some maintenance need

Some of the dots throughout the house indicating a defect

Aircon unit

Aircon unit

Speaking with Simon, we are his last house in the Northern Suburbs.  Due to some changes at Metricon he is now working out in the East (around the Wantirna area).  Whoever has him now will be in good hands.

We also got the final invoice from Metricon’s office today.

We need to start packing soon….

C&K





Day 212 – Latest review of progress – Electrical Fitoffs

7 06 2013

powerpointIts been awhile since we have provided an update on the house.  This week Kristen met our Site Manager, Simon, on site for some plantation shutter measurements and to get an update on progress.  Things have been progressing well and looks like we can finally say we will have handover NEXT MONTH !!!  (assuming things keep going well).

Last time we saw a lot of the plumbing happening.  This time around we have seen a lot of the electrical fitoffs being done.  Many of the powerpoints, tv aerials and data points have been installed.  All the light fittings have been done including the light bulbs.

Many of the door handles have started to appear and the robes now have mirrored doors installed and fitted out with rails.  Also the windows have been cleaned and the fly screens have been installed.

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We have lights!

We are looking forward to replacing the light fittings with LED downlights and last weekend we have started to visit some lighting stores – we will need to purchase around 84.  That’s a lot of downlights!

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Kitchen

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Sitting Room – Kristen loves the feature wall!

During the electrical appointment we weren’t sure if we should got with 2 or 3 stair lights.  In the end we went with 2 and we are more than happy with our decision.

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Stair lights

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Light up the stairwells

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Mirrored doors for the robes – these were part of a promotion

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In the master bedroom we elected to have a set of double rails – one on each end of the WIR

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All our thrones (toilets) look like this

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Family room electrical fitoff – ready for some serious entertaining. 2 Tv aerials, 3 data points (CAT 6), quad powerpoint and a conduit for the TV cables

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Door handle

A few things that still need following up:

  • A powerpoint in the kitchen needs to be relocated due to it being in the way of the glass splashback.
  • Water not draining properly along one side of the house
  • Brick mortar need fixing near kitchen (brick cleaners blasted some of the mortar out)
  • Laundry splashback still needs to be completed – looks like not enough tiles were ordered.
  • Pillars need to be re-rendered
  • Gables need fixing as it was not installed properly
  • Some replaster and plaster fixes

It’s really great to see things progressing well.  Floors should start sometime next week.

C&K





Day 189: Photos of garage doors

15 05 2013

day189-2Here’s some photos of the garage doors.  The colour of the garage door goes well with the other colours we have selected and matches well with the timber stains on the door and window frames.  The gables above the garage still need to be stained with Cabot’s in Rich Walnut colour which should make it match the door better.

Overall we are very happy with how the whole facade is coming together!

Kristen met the tilers from Beaumont Tiles yesterday and they went through how the tiles will be laid out.  As our two main tiles are slightly different sizes they explained how in some areas the tiles will not line up.  It was really good that they explained this as it helps manages our expectations of how the final layout will look.  The tiling should be completed by this week.

The latest update from Simon indicated that the electrical and plumbing fit outs will start next week and the painting will finish on Saturday.  And Simon mentioned he will continue to follow up on a few quality issues.  Looks like we are making good progress – great job Simon & Metricon.

Front of garage: Gliderol Panel Glide - Classic Cedar

Front of garage: Gliderol Panel Glide – Classic Cedar

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Rear of garage: Roller-a-Door - Evening Haze

Rear of garage: Roller-a-Door – Evening Haze

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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.

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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.

C&K





Day 130: Brickwork complete

17 03 2013

It’s been a while since we have provided an update.  As of today, the scaffolding is still up and it seems the bricklayers equipment have been removed from the site.

Our usual front of the house photo

Our usual front of the house photo

The the first floor bricking was completed on Wednesday (13 March).  We think (???) this completes the brickwork part of the lock-up stage.  There were a few bricks left over which we will want to keep, but will probably not enough to do anything significant with.  One of the next things to be done is to clean the bricks.

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Some of the nice brickwork. We love the colour. Bricks will need to be cleaned.

We have noticed the eaves have been installed but not sure if they are complete (???).

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Closeup of the eaves at the front of the house.

The carpenters have been back to work on the pre-plaster defects and the balcony.  The cladding (Scyon™ Linea™ weatherboard) has been delivered and it looks like the carpenters will be putting these up in the coming days to the front and rear of the house.  The metal capping has been installed on the balcony in preparation for the weatherboard cladding.

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Balcony is starting to come together.

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Metal capping on bricks ready for cladding.

Below: We went through the house and marked up on the frame (which you can see in blue in the photo) and on the plans where we would like towel rails and toilet roll holders.  Our site manager, Simon, got the carpenters to put in some noggings for the towel rails and toilet roll holders which was great based on our markings.

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One of several noggings throughout the bathrooms and toilets – this one is for toilet roll holder.

We have been really pleased with the work our Site Manager, Simon, has been doing.  Simon has been fairly prompt with replies and has worked with us to find solutions to any issues that have arisen and has been following up with the quality issues and defects which has been great.  We might have to nominate him for best site manager award (if there is one). 🙂  We are hoping to get a walkthrough in the coming week with Simon once all the pre-plaster defects have been fixed and before the plaster goes in.

We are also waiting on Telstra to provide a quote/solution to the Telstra phone pit on the nature strip – it is currently where we will need to locate the driveway and the new crossover.

Below: We have noticed the following signage put up on our fence.  Looks like Metricon is getting in as much advertising as possible.

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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





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

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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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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.

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Days 75 & 76: Balcony, Roof Trusses & Scaffolding

22 01 2013

day72-featurepicThere was some work over last weekend on the first floor frame and yesterday (Monday 21/1) saw the first signs of some scaffolding going up.  More scaffolding went up today.  We have also noticed the balcony go up which has made the house feel a little closer to the street.

Spoke to out Site Manager, Simon, today it seems like the fascia and guttering is booked in for Friday and next week should see the roof go up.

Its really good going pass the site and seeing daily progress.  Every day it looks more and more like a shape of a house.

Here are the latest photos taken over the past 2 days.  As I am taking the photos from outside the fence using a 17-55mm lens, I think I will need to bring my 70-200mm lens on my next visit so I can take some close ups. 😉

Day 75: View from the street

Day 75: View from the street

Day 75: Most of the first floor frame is complete.  Parts of the scaffolding goes up.

Day 75: Most of the first floor frame is complete. Parts of the scaffolding goes up.

Day 75: View of the right hand side.

Day 75: View of the right hand side.

Day 75: Closeup of first floor balcony.

Day 75: Closeup of first floor balcony.

Day 76: Trusses that got delivered today

Day 76: Trusses that got delivered today

Day 75: View from the street.  You can see some of the truss installed at the front.

Day 75: View from the street. You can see some of the truss installed at the front.  It’s looking more like a house.

Day 76: More of the scaffolding is installed.

Day 76: More of the scaffolding is installed.

Day 76: Full frontal view of the first floor balcony and truss.  In the middle will be french doors and windows on either side.

Day 76: Full frontal view of the first floor balcony and truss. In the middle will be french doors and windows on either side.

Day 76: View from the right hand side.

Day 76: View from the right hand side.  Large window on right is the sitting room.

Day 76: View of the garage side.

Day 76: View of the garage side.

Day 76: Upstairs leisure room

Day 76: Upstairs leisure room

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