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!!

 

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