Roll Out, Roll Out…

NBN rollout NBN ready

NBN!!

Found a news article that reports Redland Bay will become the first suburb in the Redland City to be connected to the NBN network!

Construction is expected to commence in June 2014 with the first connections happening in 2015 and will hopefully see the entire suburb connected by the end of 2017.

Luckily for us we are NBN ready with the inclusion of that in our electrical selections.  We look forward to welcoming that into our new home in the near future.

Day 60 – Blockbusting Bricks!

bricklayingBricking started on Saturday and they are making fantastic progress! It is looking really good.  I can’t wait to see once it is completed and the bricks have all been cleaned.  The bricks we have chosen are Boral “Blue Rio”. The area surrounding the front door and sliding stacker door above will be rendered in ironstone, (the same the colour as the roof)  hence the different bricks!

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The scaffolding was delivered yesterday for the first floor cladding etc.  The gyprock was also delivered yesterday.  Plastering should start next week sometime.

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Day 53 – I spy with my little eye something beginning with W….

A catch up visit and close up view of inside and outside work that has been done during our absence.

The roof has now been completed, the frame inspection has occurred and passed, all roof accessories have been installed, electrician has paid a visit, plumbing has been installed, the windows have been hung and the bricks are being delivered! WOW what a lot has happened since our last visit.

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But what’s this I spy? The Wrong Windows have been installed upstairs! There are meant to be 2 louvre windows and instead they are awning windows.  Never fear, a quick chat with David and the windows are out and the correct windows will be arriving and installed next Friday! There were a few other errors which we noticed prior to the inspection and which have been marked and noted for amendment. Pretty happy so far with the work done and the detail of inspection.  Just hope the fixing of the errors is at just as great standard!

The brickies have been held up on another job and were meant to start Friday 17 May and now looks like the bricking will be started either Sat 18 May or Mon 20 May.

Here are some updated photos

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internal frame looking from family room

internal frame looking from family room

dining room windows

dining room windows

alfresco bifolds

alfresco bifolds

frames for cavity sliders into rumpus room

frames for cavity sliders into rumpus room

frames for cavity sliding doors into media room

frames for cavity sliding doors into media room

front door

front door

 concealed plumbing

concealed plumbing

green garage door!

green garage door!

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hole which shouldn't be there!

hole which shouldn’t be there!

view

view

master bedroom sliding stacker doors

master bedroom sliding stacker doors

upstairs floor

upstairs floor

squeak in leisure room upstairs

squeak in leisure room upstairs

 

ducted aircon

ducted aircon

butler's pantry

butler’s pantry

rangehood in wrong position

rangehood in wrong position

need some more cement to build platform for bricks

need some more cement to build platform for bricks

Looking forward to seeing the bricks go up next!

 

Days 26 to 40 – That’s a wrap with a view from the inside and a sprinkling of accessories

I am finally back! Life was a little hectic and then we went to Melbourne so I apologise for the delay.  aeroplane

I will try to just briefly recap everything that has happened as it seems it was all full steam ahead and we are just catching up now!

29 April – the EE-Fit energy efficiency solutions truck paid a visit, so I think either and/or solar hot water, solar power system wiring/plumbing may have been installed.

30 April – Scaffolding was constructed for the balcony and the house was wrapped in that foil insulation.

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1-2 May – Guttering and fascia were delivered and installed

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guttering and fascia – loving the colours – Ironstone and shale grey.

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3 May – First official visit inside the frame and of our views from the balcony! And it did not disappoint.  How nice it is to be able to see the bay from up there.

Looking from inside - out the front door

Looking from inside – out the front door

Kitchen

Kitchen

media room

media room

Looking towards dining and rumpus room from front door

Looking towards dining and rumpus room from front door

Looking from kitchen through family room to alfresco

Looking from kitchen through family room to alfresco

alfresco and backyard

alfresco and backyard

garage

garage

looking from garage door across alfresco

looking from garage door across alfresco

upstairs view

upstairs view

view

upstairs leisure room

upstairs leisure room

front bedroom

front bedroom

upstairs

upstairs

downstairs

downstairs

3 May – The roof was put on the whole house – just the garage was left! And what day wouldn’t be complete without a clean out of the on site dunny!!

kenny Yes, our mate Kenny was on site doing a wonderful job!!

We were told while we were away that the roof accessories would be completed – such as plumbing, electrical, ducted aircon and ducted vacuum. Then a frame inspection would take place and that would involve some graffiti of bright pink spray paint and then some bright yellow spray paint from QA to follow.  Then items that needed repair or alteration would be rectified.  Then the scaffolding would come down and then finally the roof would go on the garage.

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…

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25 April 2013

Lest We Forget – ANZAC DAY

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26 April 2013

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Day 25: Frame It!

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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

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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!

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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:

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Here are photos of our waffle pod slab

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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

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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

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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! (alliedearthmoving.com.au)

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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