Day 145 – Spotty Wot or Dotty Wot?

Friday 9 August 2013 – Defect Inspection:

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Welcome to our house of dots!! Thankfully it’s not due to illness but a house build inspection!

David had already been through the house prior to our meeting and put some red dots on things he found needed touching up and/or fixing. Paul and I then went through the house with David this morning and after 3 hours of finding touch ups and placing dots, we were finally done.  Luckily the most dots were to do with painting touch ups where we spotted small dents, blemishes, drips, brush marks or orange peeling in the paint on the walls and or skirting and architraves and doors.
The other most common dots were in conjunction with skirting and architrave splitting or door frames and/or cornices.

The cleaners had also been in to do a builder’s clean and David was not happy with the floors of the clean as it was just a sea of dusty red footprints everywhere. He phoned them and had them come back out straight away to clean the floors again. I am just really thankful that we had the tiler seal the grout! The cleaners washed the tiles with chlorine of all things! And wouldn’t you know it – it worked a treat! There’s a tip for you!

Here is an example of what the house looked like with dots!

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The rubbish had also been collected and so the house was now free from obstruction – all that was left was the tree on the nature strip and of course the old port-a-loo!

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The flyscreens were installed later that morning and the ducted vacuum was also installed later that day.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013:

Today Paul organised a bobcat to come and dig out the rest of the red dirt pile in the backyard and level out the front yard a bit and deliver some crushed rock to put around the perimeter of the house to try and combat the red dirt/dust and also in preparation to future concreting to be done after handover.  It makes the backyard look a fair bit larger now and certainly has reduced the amount of red dirt that will be tracked into the house!

The silicone man had been working there yesterday and today.  A big job and one that is often forgotten about! He has done an absolutely fantastic job!

The mirrored robe doors and shelving units were installed and also we had the curtain and blind people out to measure the windows in preparation for making and installing the window furnishings.  We have chosen white translucent roller blinds downstairs with dual charcoal sunscreen rollers on the front windows, blockout blinds in the bedrooms upstairs with bedroom 3 and leisure as dual rollers with sunscreens as well (due to the view into the neighbour’s house), and the master bedroom and bedroom 2 at the front of the house with a dark sheer charcoal curtain.  A White timber shutter in the bathroom and just a small translucent blind in the ensuite.   Plain, simple and practical!

Here are a few more photos of work that has been carried out inside and the water tank!

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I noticed when having the windows measured for blinds and curtains, that the fly screens installed were incorrect.  We had requested aluminium mesh which is a bit stronger and a more robust alternative to the basic standard fibreglass mesh screens. They have a baked enamel finish which prevents corrosion and strengthens the weave. They also reduce the glare allowing for a greater visibility and are able to withstand tougher climates. Perfect for the Qld sun!!  A quick phone call to David and the correct screens were ordered and will be replaced shortly.

Our actual practical Completion Date has been set for Monday, 26 August at 3pm.

The jobs remaining on the list for practical completion are:

– side panels of glass splashback in butler’s pantry to be installed

– fix tap in butler’s pantry (the handle knocks into the glass splashback- so they are going to position it on it’s side to fix that issue)

– painting on external façade (finish cladding and skirting of balcony)

– staining of stairs, front door and balcony posts

– glass balustrades for the stairs

– remainder of painting on façade and paint touch ups

These jobs will mainly hopefully be done by PC on  26 August, and if not will remain on the list until completed – allowing 10 working days after practical completion prior to handover.  After our practical completion, David should be able to provide us with a hand over date which is roughly between 5-10 working days after the inspection. So all going well, it looks like we should be able to move in around the end of the first week of September! Cool!!

I am meeting David on Monday for another look at what has been done last week so hopefully some of those above jobs can already be ticked off!

 

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Day 137 – Render Reveal! (7 August 2013)

Hello and welcome back – to me! –  for finally getting around to updating you all on our house build! Sorry for my delay in updating. I had problems with the computer and then trouble uploading my images onto the site! : (

There has been some detailed work going on inside the house which has just finished things off really well.

Painting:

The internal painting has now been completed and gloss to skirting and architraves and doors done also.  Today I finally saw that the render has now been painted and I am really happy with the look.  To finish off the façade, the cladding just needs to be completed near the render and the balcony skirt needs painting also.

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 Electricals:

The electricians have done their fit off of the lights and switches and powerpoints and I am very happy with that too! We requested the ceiling fans be pre-wired and ready for fitting after handover. In order to test these they put powerpoints in that place! A clever idea to be able to be utilised while finishing off odd jobs!  I have not yet had a chance to see the stair lights or the outdoor lights in use.  The front façade lights look good and the outdoor spotlights are now in place.

The pendant lights above the bench look great and the wedge lights below the cabinets highlight the splashback perfectly.  All the downlights are in brushed chrome and look fantastic. 

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The solar hot water and solar power have been connected and units put in. 

Plumbing:

Down the Toilet?! Unfortunately the plumbers are not having a great run : (   When they attempted to fit the toilets, the pipes were somewhere between 5-15mm out.  Not a big deal – unless you have the toilets we have chosen which require accurate measurements for them to be fitted! So unfortunately some of the tiling had to be removed in order to move the pipes to fit the toilets.  Secondly, the baths didn’t seem to be sitting quite in the right place for the tiling and plumbing. That needs to be adjusted also.

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Tiling:

Ahhh – the main flooring has now been tiled.  The tiler has done an amazing job and the floor tiles look perfect – really spectacular and the finish is just like glass – exactly as I was hoping and pictured.  Couldn’t be happier! We agreed to pay the tiler directly the seal the grout again and definitely think it was well worth it.

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Other:

The door handles are all on and look fantastic.

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The glass panels have now been installed on the balcony and love that!

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The bench has been recut and waterfall edges installed.

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The glass splashbacks have been installed.  I did notice upon seeing them that the colour was not the final colour I had selected. I had 3 selections – and the one that was installed was my 2nd choice. I actually thought it looked great and was quite happy to leave, even though David did give me the option to change seeing as it was the correct final colour requested.  The colour I had chosen last was pretty much just a shade lighter as I was worried my 2nd choice might have been too dark.  However, pleasantly surprised by the incorrect colour, I decided to keep it!

The timber panel has now been reconstructed and looks 100 times better! Just waiting to see that and the stairs stained, along with the front door and timber posts on the balcony!

The temporary building fence has now been taken away.  Just waiting on the rubbish skip to be emptied or taken away now by the end of week!

The bricks have been fixed up at the back of the garage door.

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While I have that before and after shot giving an example of metricon’s work, here is another of their fantastic jobs in which you would never know the error of their ways during the build

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Still to be done:

Staining of balcony posts, front door and stairs.

Stair glass balustrade panels

Kitchen oven tower

Mirrors, drawers and wardrobe doors installed

Flyscreens fitted

Silicone in bathrooms

Ducted vacuum fit off

Automatic door opener to back garage door to be fitted

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Stiker plate to front door remade and refitted

Cleaning

Defect inspection and fix ups

Carpet to go in after handover.

So at this stage now, it looks like we only have about 5.5 weeks till handover! Tomorrow the cleaners are scheduled to come and David has advised that it is just a “builders clean”.  The final clean will take place just prior to handover and that is when the house will be clean and presented in the same manner as their displays!

We are meeting on site Friday morning to do a “defect inspection.”  My understanding of this is that it’s a pre-completion inspection only a bit earlier to allow more time to fix things before practical completion and handover. The ducted vacuum is also scheduled to be fitted off that morning.  We should know a bit more about what is still to be done and what needs fixing up etc after that meeting.  I cannot believe it is so close to being completed!

Therefore, with the completion in sight, it is now a mad panic to try and get the other things sorted out, such as booking in the carpet once we have a handover date, finalising window furnishings and ordering ready to be installed on handover date, obtaining quotes for the excavation & removal of excess soil, retaining wall in remainder of backyard and front yard, driveway and concrete quotes, quotes for paving of alfresco and portico, letterbox, clothesline, side fencing/gates and storage shed, electrician to install ixl neo tactics in the bathroom and ensuite and fans throughout the house. Not to mention insurance, change of address, booking of removalist, packing up and setting up of trampoline and of course the packing etc, etc!!

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Never a dull moment when building a house I tell you!!