|Plumbed water tanks|
|Spiffy wheely bins|
At this stage handover is still expected to be next Tuesday. It will probably just be Daniel going to handover as I already have a 3 day week next week as it is. Stay tuned folks!
We had PCI today. It was meant to be at 2pm but our SS arrived at around 1:30pm so we got off to an early start.
Daniel and I got there a little early and spent some time putting in more light bulbs. We now just need 2 more bulbs for our bedside pendants, we had some cheapies but they just wouldn’t fit, for no logical reason other than they are cheap junk. So we will buy some that cost more than a dollar and see how we go.
Things got moving pretty quickly once our SS arrived. We all started scouring for any problems room by room. To be honest, 99% of the problems were paint work related, and boy were there a lot!! Every room has quite a lot of red dots drawing attention to things the painter will need to fix. Unfortunately a lot of little tiny insects have died in the paint work.
We did the inside of the house first, signed off, then checked the outside of the house. There were very few areas needing attention on the outside of the house. While we were there it started storming, which was perfect timing as two of our three water tanks were plumbed earlier today. Yay for free water from the sky! We will still need to buy a few truck loads of water to start us off, but it was great to see that we are already capturing some rain.
Only two of the tanks have been installed so far. The third fire tank is aluminium and they will need about 4 guys to lift it into place. They won’t have the man power ready until next Friday. Initially our SS was talking about having handover next Friday instead of the following Monday, but then he remembered that the plumber won’t even be back until then, so we should keep handover as the 2nd of October after all. Fine with us! This will also give us a chance to get a few loads of water brought in before then.
While we were at the house the gas fitter came by. He connected up the gas hot water system and left a letter for us to give to the gas company. We’ve chosen a local gas bottle supplier from Samford who apparently get them from Elgas anyway. They will be hooking up the bottles on Monday.
Our carpet has also been installed! It’s Andrew Karaoke carpet. It’s a very dark grey. There wasn’t really a huge amount of choice since we went with the C grade carpet, but it will serve us well as it won’t show up too many marks. It looks a lot nicer than I thought it would, it shows up very dark in photos though.
We also discovered all of our screens have been fitted. Yay!!! Hopefully this will help with all of the bugs we have come across lately. I’ll still be booking in a pest control spray asap though.
We are still scheduled to have our walk through on Friday at 2pm. We have definitely noticed a few issues we want to make sure go on the list to be fixed, mostly painting issues (and a million little bugs that have died on the pantry door while the paint was drying) and a few plastering fix ups.
|Daniel’s baby: Patch panel installed in the store room.|
|Mirror and shower screen|
|Kitchen, well lit with only the pendants.|
|Shower screen and mirror|
|Creepy crawlies have started moving in before us, who gave them a key?|
The biggest stress this week has been a ridiculous issue with the potable water tank. Somebody on site decided to be really smart and put a brick under the side of the tank to get more water out of it…which resulted in a crack. As we have mentioned before, the guy who owns the water tank is difficult enough to deal with as it is. The guy was not impressed, and now says we owe him $1000 to replace this shitty old tank (and of course SS claims it’s not their fault, well it isn’t ours either but yet again we cop it). The most annoying part is that we really only need to provide water for another few days. So we have a replacement water tank for the next few days. The only funny thing to come out of all of this is that the tank guy told Daniel this is the 6th time this has happened to one of his tanks on a building site. And yet the guy still doesn’t bother to develop a proper business model, no insurance, no deposit for the tank, still hasn’t bothered to even invoice us for the time we’ve had the tank, no signage on the tank saying not to touch it, nothing. I can think of more than a few strategies for him to avoid this happening again.
|Someone’s smart idea|
|New shitty tank for potable water|
Hopefully from here things will be a bit more smooth. Seriously, how many more issues can come up within the next two weeks? All going well, we will still hopefully have handover on the 2nd of October. We’ll take more photos to share on Friday! Until then, wish us luck, and let’s hope the tradies don’t find something else to wreck.
On Friday morning I had to go round to the house to help flip a water tank. The builder had delivered two polyethylene tanks the day before.
The tanks come with two guys and they need a third to help flip it off the trailer, so that’s why I had to be there.
Since the tanks already on the area prepared for them were still on their side there wasn’t really enough room to plonk it down there, so we put it nearby. Hopefully they move them all into place upon installation.
I also noticed the telstra contractors have connected the phone line to the outside of the house. It looks like they’ve used the conduit that we provided, which is good since they were saying earlier they might retrench it and lay cable without conduit. The tiler told me they couldn’t do the internal stuff because of his tiling 😛
I don’t know what’s up with that earth stake, they really can’t find a nicer way of doing this?
Earlier today we went out to install some of our lightbulbs, though we couldn’t get everywhere because of loose tiles. We bought a whole bunch of lightbulbs at bunnings – you know they have these great value packs of bayonet bulbs, but none of the screw ones?? Our kitchen pendants look amazing, we didn’t get to see our bedroom pendants in action because those did turn out to be bayonet fittings, and the bulbs we got for the facade lights were 50W but the fittings are 35W max, so we’ll have to sort that out.
We also set up the pads for the gas bottles.
So first things first… PCI is booked for next Friday at 2pm. At this stage handover is likely to be the 1st or 2nd of October (though obviously the 1st is a public holiday). This has been exciting news today, but also very frantic! The amount of information that Daniel has had to retain today is beyond ridiculous, hence the ‘TMI’ as this has all suddenly become too much for one day.
We got to the house, saw the front lights, everything seems good with those. I went straight to the bedroom and was immediately horrified to find that our bedside pendant lights were WAY too short. After that I could barely focus on anything else because I was so upset that the one thing that I was particularly excited about was all wrong. We also realised the wrong fan had been installed, which was puzzling at first, since we had actually delivered the fan ourselves. Turns out Coral had ordered the things that were in the contract-which we had been told many times not to worry about. So the electrician got confused and just put in the fan that Coral provided, which is exactly the same as ours but with a light in it, and hideous.
|Front lights installed|
|Pendant lights, way too short, and fan with a light, ughhh..|
|One sad little broken pendant|
Toward the end of our visit we looked in the pantry and found a whole heap of stuff that Coral had ordered, which they had already said would not be ordered and we would be credited for. So no idea what will happen with that, hopefully they can just return them.
On the way home we got in touch with the electrician and we were able to explain the issues we had found. He was pretty good about it and will be working on fixing it tomorrow. Luckily the pendant lights in the bedroom just have the chord looped up in the ceiling, so he can lower them (Happy Lauren). We just have to go to Beacon and get them to replace the broken glass in our kitchen pendant lights, and we should then be able to sort this out ourselves because it won’t require an electrician to change the actual glass. He will also switch the fans for us and fix a few other issues.
The oven, cook top and dishwasher have also been installed.
|Oven, cook top and range hood|
In addition to the electrical stuff, the plumbing fit off has also commenced. The basins, toilets and taps have all been installed.
The water tanks will hopefully be delivered this week and they have setup the sand pad for them to go on. That’s all a bit of a worry for us, but hopefully it will all come together in the end. It’s been extra hard because Coral are providing two of the tanks, and we have to coordinate a third coming from a different supplier.
|Pad for the Water tanks|
Our potable water tank also ran out again, which was a surprise. This time we have gone with someone else to refill it, and honestly, it has been so much more straightforward. They are going to do it by tomorrow morning, and we have already paid. One sigh of relief right there!
Tiling is due to commence this Thursday, so we will be staying away from the house on those days. I guess that means carpet will go in very soon too.
It feels like there were so many things to finish, and now all of a sudden I can’t even think of what else needs to be done.
This will mean we will be out of our rental in time without having to ask for an extra week. I have already booked mini movers, we both have the day off for PCI and have the second week of October off work to move.
We will add some more photos in the next few days. It was so late when we went today that we really didn’t get many good pictures.
The painting has been going on for the last week and a half, but a few other little things have happened.
|This is the colour of our front door, and you can see the painted downpipe
on the left, and the painted weatherboard on the right.
|Hey! A door knob.|
|The Toilet roll holder!|
|OK I know it’s weird to get excited about what is probably a 50 cent door
stopper, but I even went to the trouble of taking a photo of it, so I
must like it.
|Some more deliveries, it looks like there is an oven, a dishwasher, and the
hot water system on the left, and the toilets, knobs, and taps on the right.
|One of the shower heads. We don’t love it, but there wasn’t much to choose from.|
|I took a peek inside one of the boxes.|
|Sliding door latch.|
|The towel rail in the main bathroom. Now here it looks too small for the
space that it’s in, hmm…
|Clothes rail in what is planned to be our guest room.|
|Clothes rails in the WIR.|
We’ve also got the local landscape guy to pinch a few of those rocks that we’ve got piled up because of the clearing for the water tanks, though it looks like we’re stuck with the big ones.
Still not sure when exactly the water tanks are going in, should be in the next week and a half, that’s really our next ‘challenge’.
|Front door base paint, and painted eaves|
|Media and study|
|Fixed pipe/ wacked into place with a hammer…|