Day 35 – Hold that Frame

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So today’s visit to the block saw the frame just about finished.  The second storey is almost complete and the scaffolding is up for construction of the front balcony. Tomorrow should see the completion of the frame stage and that stage invoiced.  Next should be guttering and fascia delivered and put up and then the roof sheeting going on starting Wed or Thursday?

We had our first minor hiccup with the build as David discovered the concrete slab edge for the alfresco bi-fold doors had not been rebated.  It was found that the concreter’s drawings did not indicate the rebated edge so they were not aware of it.  Which now begs the question….

bob the builder – YES METRICON CAN!!

As always, Metricon give you options as to whether you want to leave it without a rebate and receive a credit or if you would like them to rectify the oversight.  Of course, we requested rectification as that was one of the first things we put into our contract.  Basically it just means the door frame won’t step out, it will drop down in line so less of a trip hazard and looks neater.  It was great as David was straight onto it and had the concreter back up there Friday wet saw cutting the rebate for us.  So now the finished result will be the same, it was just a different process to achieve it. Fine by me! Sometimes human error just has to be accepted and luckily it could be fixed without too much hassle.

Anyway here are some updated photos of the frame and scaffolding…

23 April 2013


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24 April 2013

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25 April 2013

Lest We Forget – ANZAC DAY



26 April 2013

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28 April 2013

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Day 25: Frame It!


Well, I casually drove to the block to check whether anything was going on, not really expecting anything but just addicted to watching each stage.  Then SURPRISE – I saw that most of the frame on the ground floor was up!  No mucking around here! I must have heard incorrectly, about Wednesday as it seems that the frame might be finished by Wednesday! WOW


It is amazing how it is all pieced together like a puzzle! Let’s hope all the pieces are there and in the right places! I am really excited now and can’t wait to get the opportunity to walk through it!


Day 24: The Mothership has arrived!

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As previously mentioned in selections, our Metricon special offer included a steel frame.  Well that arrived late yesterday afternoon. Thank god we got rid of that soil – just in the nick of time as it is a mother load delivery! From what I can remember after talking with our site supervisor, work will not resume until next week – Wednesday perhaps?  That is just so the slab can sit and cure!

I also noticed that there was more rock on the driveway to try and stop the “spread of the red” – dirt that is!!  Lastly, there is now a waste/rubbish bay which has been nicely scribed “Keep Site Tidy” – yep, something wrong if you miss that!

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Days 19, 22 and 23 – Waffles & Slabs!

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Ahh – enough about food and drink for now – I’m talking about building a house!

Day 19: Friday, 12 April

I went to see what was being done on the block today. There were busy little bees on site boxing everything up and laying out the waffle pad, ready to pour the concrete slab.  I have learnt the following about waffle pods slabs:

– they require no trench work and are therefore of simpler construction

– less work means faster turn around time

– able to proceed in adverse weather conditions

– interlock components hold pods in place to prevent movement under pressure of the concrete pour

– cost effective

– higher accuracy method for different concrete specifications

– little or no waste as there is less soil disturbance

– the design uses an on-ground slab which contains air pockets which contribute to the provision of a layer of insulation between the ground and building

Diagram example:


Here are photos of our waffle pod slab





The concrete slab was due to be poured on the Saturday, however, as mentioned previously, the rain quickly put a stop to that.  So the pour was then rescheduled for Monday.

Day 22: Monday, 15 April

I decided to take the boys up to see the cement mixers up close! I got there just in time to catch a few action shots. The boys were really excited to see the concrete coming out of the chute at the back of the mixer and then out of the hose onto the slab.  They were also really lucky that one of the drivers let them sit in the driver seat of their truck for a quick photo! Thank you.  You can see by the huge grin on my son’s face, that you made his day. He couldn’t wait to get to kinder and tell everyone about it! Image





Day 23: Tuesday, 17 April

I can’t believe how quickly that was done! Pour concrete in the morning, Whala – one house slab ready in the afternoon!

I met the building supervisor on site this morning to see the finished slab. It looks amazing – although smaller than I thought. I am sure it will look much larger once the walls go up. It was great to walk around though and really get a feel where the rooms will be and what sort of space there is.

We have ideas about the backyard design, but think we’ll get someone in to help us plan it out properly.  For now, the plans include a nice large alfresco area (of which Metricon do the ceiling – but not the floors. You can request them to do flooring as well, although they openly say it will be more cost effective to do if yourself after handover), a pool, room for the boys’ jumbo trampoline, the clothes line and room for a future boat down the side of the third garage. Trust me, it looks really small, but I am sure it will all fit.  We just need an expert to assist us with the design of it!

I must say here that Metricon have been excellent in the fact that there is absolutely no pressure whatsoever for you to do things through them and no pressure for upgrades either.  They are just really helpful in letting you know what the majority of their clients do upgrade which is great as some people may not have thought about some of those things.

We found Metricon to be quite flexible when we decided to supply our own appliances, (of which they are designing our cabinetry around) our own carpet after handover and our own ducted vacuum system. Thank you!

Also this morning the huge piles of dirt have now been carted away allowing a more level and clear area to work and store materials at the front of the block.

Now for some photos of the finished slab to end this very long post!Image






Where’s all the dirt gone mum?!

Rich Red Soil Removal

Calling all those who want clean fill!

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Our site supervisor requested on Friday, that we try to organise removal of the excess soil on the block by Monday if possible.  This is mostly due to the fact that it is a large house we are building on our block and there is not enough clearance at the front of the block for work to continue to the next stage.

Again, David gave us the choice as to whether we would like him to organise through Metricon or by ourselves.  We were happy to arrange ourselves. He was very helpful and offered the phone number of a contractor that a previous client used on another job.  So the process of finding someone to cart away and dump the soil began.  We rang 3 contractors (including the one David referred to us through a previous client) and we have managed to book that one in for Tuesday, 16 April! They are called Eagle Alliance Earthmoving if anyone is interested! (

The slab was scheduled to be poured Saturday, however the weather had other ideas and the the rain absolutely poured down.  So the slab is now being poured today. (Further post to come!)

The frame is also due to be delivered tomorrow, despite David’s best efforts at trying to delay it a day to help provide extra time for the soil removal.  However, we have been fortunate enough to book the job in for tomorrow morning which hopefully will finish just prior to the frame delivery around lunchtime! We also had another stroke of luck in finding a block around the corner who wanted clean fill so now we can dump it there and not have to pay to dump it at the local tip! Bonus win!  So all in all, it is turning out to be a really lucky day and everything can go ahead as planned without further delay!

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Days 16 & 17 – Pouring Rain and Pouring Concrete Footings!

After only a few days but what seemed like forever, finally some more progress towards the build took place.

Tuesday the surveyor was there pegging out the house boundaries.   It was a pretty site – bright red dirt which was now covered with fluorescent pink spray paint markings!

Today even though it was raining most of the day, the footings were dug and the concrete poured in and around the perimeters.  The block really did look pretty messed up.  A definite “Oh Mr Hart, What A Mess” moment!

Still as boring as the progress is, it is stepping closer to the first milestone being Base Stage, otherwise known as the pouring of the slab or the stage where we need to make further payment!

Even though there appeared to be no work going on from Day 10 to Day 16, our building supervisor David was still at work going through our file with a fine tooth comb. He had picked up a few errors of materials ordered that did not match what had been requested.  We are very grateful for his diligence in cross checking as the sooner these errors are picked up, the quicker they can be rectified and the less likely chance of the build being held up.  Just a few other small variations that we are waiting on to be settled and fingers crossed the rest is in the vicinity of smooth sailing! – Wishful thinking? We will have to wait to see!

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Day 10 – Retaining Wall Complete!

Hi all, hope everyone had a great Easter.

Progress is coming along, albeit slowly, but hey Rome wasn’t built in a day! The last few days we have had ‘Mark the Bricklayer’ come and dig the trench for the retaining wall on Thursday 28 March, then a nice quiet Easter break, then he was back again on Tuesday pouring the concrete footing, then back yesterday to brick the wall and lastly a few hours early this morning should see the completion of the wall.  We are very happy with the work done on the wall, thanks Mark!

I caught up with David at the block Tuesday morning to discuss progress of the retaining wall.  He was pleased to hear it was being completed this week. He said he preferred the retaining wall to be completed before they started pegging out the house in case there was any disturbance of the pegs and it had to be done again. Luckily for us, the bricklayer was available to squeeze us in and now the job will be done ready for Metricon to get stuck into the build. YAY!!

David said he  would speak to his trades and organise work to begin at the earliest possible date upon finalisation of the retaining wall.

A call from David has now confirmed that the set out should go ahead on Tuesday, footing preparation Wednesday, drainage preparation Thursday, then boxed up Friday ready to pour the slab Saturday! I can’t wait.

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