The End Of Week 8… half way mark?

This could very well be the middle of our build if the 16 week build time is right.  It seems to be at a point now where the house is transforming from a skeleton to a closed structure.

Our first look at some brickwork.  This is the front right corner of the house. The brick is Boral Slate.

Brick wall and pier in the outdoor living area.
The IRL version of the background on this blog.

Some plasterboard around the feature shelves in the entry way.

A first look at the oversized manhole in the garage.

The bathroom, looks smaller than it is, though it’s still pretty small.

We’re pretty happy with all this stuff, the only issue we’re having at the moment is with the water tanks – the area where they are meant to go is very rocky, and the usual equipment they use isn’t up to the job.  The SS is talking to another guy with slightly bigger equipment to see if he can get it done, but his fallback plan is to reposition them into the middle of what is essentially our front yard, so that would not be good!  We hope if it doesn’t work out with the other earthmover we can have the opportunity to bring in some big equipment to get it done right.

Speaking of tanks, we had to get our temporary water tank refilled – not sure if that’s done yet, but I did arrange it.  Apparently the brickies use up quite a bit of water.

Fixed

We’ve been back to the house today, my Brother and his Wife and the kidlets came out for another tour. We went back again later in the day to do some mowing as well. Here’s a few photos from today’s trip.

The cutout has been fixed

Brick delivery

Temporary pipes hooked up

Plasterboard delivery

Rough in and wrapping

This week we had our electrical and plumbing rough ins. We (Daniel) had some very specific requests for the electrician, so it was important that we go through all of that with him. Luckily the electrician was brilliant in that he completely understood where we were coming from. Anytime an issue came up where he couldn’t do exactly what we asked for, he worked with us to come up with a reasonable alternative. I really got the sense that he understood that this is going to be our home, and everything needs to be user friendly and make sense.  We were also relieved that the electrician was happy to sort out our double meter box issue without much fuss. We have finally got the message through to the right person that we already have a meter box and therefore only need a switchboard inside the garage. So glad that is sorted out! We also had a separate company come out at the same time to do our Ethernet cabling. 
You can just barely see the brackets to hold our light switches there. 
We were also excited to find that the house had been wrapped. It feels like there is a lot of progress going on at the moment. 

Front door installed
There was a lot going on while we were there. We had the electrician and his apprentice, the plumbers sorting out drainage around the house and another company doing the data points all at once. I’m sure it’s like this most days, but we’ve never been there to see it. 
Plumbers doing drainage

Plumbing

We also met with the SS on site. He let us know he is trying to sort out some issues with the area where our water tanks are going, there’s a chance they will have to move them over more. We aren’t too happy about that, but understand he is doing his best to sort things out. We’ve offered to get in a larger excavator if that will help, especially since we’ve had good experiences with one of the local excavator operators and he has access to a 14 tonner.

The SS also ran through the schedule with us. I can’t remember everything he said but it sounds like bricks should be started this Monday, plasterers sometime after that. The tiler is booked for the 17th of August. We explained to him that our rental lease ends in the second week of October and he felt that we should be able to move in before then at this stage. Phew.

We had another ‘oops’

So, we made another mistake, all of our own doing again, shall we blame it on stress?

In between our activity room and living room, we requested a window sized cut out where we would later add plantation shutters. This was added as a variation, and was not originally in the plan. The idea was to let a little breeze and light through, and also keep an eye on any future kidlets that may be hanging out on that side of the house.

This is our shutters idea photoshopped into a photo of a Marcoola display home.
We sent this to Coral when we requested the variation.

It wasn’t until the framers were finished that we realised the measurements were way off. It was meant to be a window sized cut out, but what’s actually there is a 2100 x 2100 opening, only 30 cm off the ground which goes fully to the ceiling. We saw this last weekend, but just thought they hadn’t finished with that part yet. Then somehow it clicked while we were going for our nightly walk on Tuesday night. We rushed back to check the measurements on the final plans and the variation, and sure enough, we had signed off on a 2100 x 2100 window. Farrrrk!!

“A walkway with a tripping hazard in it? Oh those crazy clients…”

We fired off an email to our SS and hoped for the best. Daniel spent the next day trying to get in touch with him- on a Wednesday, which we already know is the day that our SS is out of reach. Thankfully by about 3:30pm Daniel heard from our SS and we were promised that it would be sorted asap, and all it will cost us is a couple of cartons of beer! Never felt so relieved! Plus it lead to this little gem of a quote from Daniel: ‘I’m so damn happy it’s like there are fairies sprinkling fairy dust in my head’.

Neither of us have any idea how we managed to let this happen. The only thing we can attribute it to was that all of the requests were verbal, and the people involved knew exactly what we wanted and why we wanted it, so we didn’t really think to check the final plan. Stupid! Plus every time we did a variation it usually had a fair few things on it which were a tad more stress inducing, so we somehow managed to miss this.

Ah, relief.