Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
It was a bit of an anticlimax as there are still so many little niggly things to be done.
It was a quiet week at the house except for Friday? So as a result we'll have to have the painter, the electricain, the lock smith, the plumber and the chippy all back to finish things also we have no gas or phone connection, the fence, the toilet, the excess concrete has to be removed and of course the upstairs cladding is still painted that shitty mustard colour.
So this week I've organised Carpet Monday, Timber flooring Tuesday & Wednesday, Skirtings Thursday, Appliances Friday, move Saturday - Sunday. I need to get a dingo to clean out the driveway and get some crushed rock so we can get a truck in.
Oh and work as well
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The plumbers had a bit of trouble fitting the taps we supplied to the basins although they all came from the same plumbing supplies.
The Electricians fitted the ceiling fans (all 8 of them) and found most of the wires in the wall.
The ducted heating tech had to cut a couple of holes in the upstairs floor to find his ducts.
I've attached a couple of photos of the kitchen splash backs (or lack of in the case of the south wall). Lesson learnt is make sure the lousy Architects draw an elevation of the kitchen. We would have realised that the window was too big which sacrificed our splash back leaving a section on the left side and a ridiculous 10mm strip of red glass on the right.
... and what about those mighty Cats?
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The tiler is in residence at the moment and seems to be doing a good job. The painter has finished inside (we made sure he had the right colour by sticking a sample card to the wall)
We have been busy sorting out flooring and have booked them in for early October after consulting with our SS (I feel this date may be optimistic but we'll push to have the builder out by then)
Whats more after 2 weeks in the ground our 7000 litre tank is full to the top!!!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
We'd had a shocking wet and windy week but Friday was a nice fine day.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
There was more preparation for the under ground water tank last weekend. I'm a little concerned about the amount of ground water (as can be seen in the photo) and whether my tank will stay under ground or bob to the surface? Anyone know a good civil engineer?
No doubt the rain will stop as soon as the tank is installed and need to be filled.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Our neighbours son (30 -40 y.o.) yelled at me to stop hammering (inside my roof space) as he was trying to sleep at 4:45 Saturday afternoon. So I did.
This morning I got to the house at 10:15 and began moving the bricks in my front yard to make way for a in-ground water tank we plan to put in, next thing he leans over the fence yelling and screaming ordering me to stop making noise. I told him to calm down, stop swearing at which point he ripped the trellis off the top of the fence and stormed off.
It has sort of taken a bit of the shine off looking forward to moving in. We are a bit scared what he may do next.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
We also went out and bought a fire place and 8 ceiling fans so the credit card is maxed out.
We are still have a couple of issues with the builder that have yet to be resolved. (one being who is going to pay for the repaint).
The roofer has finally turned up to finish the roof on the single story parts of the house which will trigger the lock-up payment (a big one).
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Firstly most of the downstairs studs seem to be factory joined, ie. not one length of timber.
Secondly the sales rep for NDH said stud spacing would be 450mm. Well downstairs is but upstairs is 600?
A builder friend claimed both of these are normal practice.
The builders have started upstairs with the framing.
They had a bit of drama mid week when a nut-case from up the street took exception to the noise from the generator being used which resulted in the Police having to sort him out. What sort a neighbourhood are we moving too?
All seems to be fine now (back on his medication)
We also settled on the sale of our current house which is great news financially but also means we have 2 weeks to find a rental.
Rita has been looking and has been finding it depressing. It is appalling the condition of some properties but they still ask full market rental. Anything in reasonable condition has a queue of prospective tenants. The other annoying part of the procedure is having to deal with the rental agents who almost never return a phone call and often just don’t show to appointments.
The good news is that we have been accepted for a tidy house close to the kids school and footy club and the landlord is a nice bloke we know.
It all happening!!!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
who ended up pulling out about 20 tonnes of concrete from the rear of the site. (Apparently from a previous owners attempt to build a unit minus a permit).
as they fell into the ‘project builder’ category as far as price but also allowed us to design the layout ourselves.
A lot of project builders say they’ll accommodate design changes but you quickly realize their list of allowable changes are limited. Not only that but their pre-prepared floor plans are very general and don’t take into account specific site and orientation requirements.
A great source of information and advice was the forum http://forum.homeone.com.au/index.php