Saturday, December 25, 2010

Garage doors

The two garage doors were installed on Thursday so the house is truely locked up.  Work will not start again until 10 January - we were unlucky to get caught in the Xmas break.


Our kitchen arrived on Monday and was installed on Tuesday.  The vanity in the main bathroom was also put in but not the ensuite.  This will be installed after the tiling as we are tiling right to the ceiling in both bathrooms.  Laundry cupboards also installed.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gyprock Finished

Gyprock and cornice completed.  Carpenter has started fitting the doors and architraves. It now looks like a house and is coming together nicely.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bricks Cleaned

The eaves were started on Tuesday and the brick cleaner arrived late afternoon.  He spent 3 hours cleaning and when he finished I had a look from inside.  It is a complete disaster - there were holes in the walls everywhere - you could see spots of daylight where he had blasted out the mortar. His blasting was so hard the concrete porch is showing the black aggregate. The bricks look terrible with bits of mortar missing everywhere. 

The wall insulation was put in on Wed morning and the carpenters only worked 3 hours and then walked off the job as the house is surrounded by a moat of water as the SS has not yet put on the downpipes, The gyprock was delivered on Thurs but no one has been back to work on the house. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Roof completed

After a rain interrupted week, the roofers finally completed the roof.  The colour is great and goes well with the brick colour.  SS advised the alarm wiring and electricals will be started on Monday.  Hopefully things will now start moving as the weather will not hold up things.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bricks completed & gutter & fascia

The bricklayer finished on Tuesday and the bricks look very nice.  The gutter and fascia went on Wednesday and the roofers started on Friday.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Brickwork started

Building is really moving - our bricks arrived on Friday and the plumbing was done on Saturday.  The Chatswood sandstocks are really beautiful and we are happy we paid the extra cost - nearly $5000.
The brickies were rained out on Tuesday so only started laying yesterday.  They are doing a very nice job  and we are very happy.  Now we just have to hope we get some fine weather for the next 2 weeks.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Windows and doors installed

The frame is now almost complete with the roof trusses finished.  The windows and sliding doors are all in and you can now see what kind of view we will have from the family/living area over the golf course.  Our master bedroom and ensuite also have views down the fairways.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Frame started

We arrived at the block on Tuesday and nearly all the frame was standing. We met Bob the builder  who showed us around. It is great to have such an experienced team erecting the frame - true blue tradies.  As we have already built 3 homes, it was great seeing the quick progress with the steel frame. The builder loves working with steel too. 

Today they have started building the roof on the ground which will be then be lifted by crane.  We hope it will arrive on Friday.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Frame Delivered

We received a message at 1pm from Amanda.  Our frame had arrived.  Melissa had told us yesterday that the pest control was being done.  We arrived after work and the frame was stacked on the slab and in the front - there is a lot of steel.  The framers had already marked out the position of the walls so are ready to start.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Stormwater and sewer connected

Our plumbers arrived at 7.30am to dig the trenches for the stormwater and sewer pipes.  They also ran pipes for the water and recycled water from the boundary to the slab. Great weather for building!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Slab Poured

I received an SMS from my great neighbour Amanda to say the concreters had started pouring the slab at 6.30am.  I was on my way to golf so Garry went out to take photos for me.  It was all completed by 2.00pm.  It was a great relief to see the weather stay fine all day when they had predicted rain.  It looks really great and a lot bigger than it did with the formwork.

Slab completed

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Slab ready to pour

Wow - progress is great. Our waffles and reinforcing was delivered on Friday as expected.  We had been told by our concreter that he wanted to pour on Monday but we thought that was not possible.  We were greatly surprised to find today at 2.00pm that the plumbing had been done and the slab prepared.  We even met the Engineer on site who came in specially to approve it - they don't normally work on Saturdays. 

Slab ready to pour

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Piering completed

It is all happening! We arrived at 11.00am as requested by our SS and met the team drilling the piers. The Water Board had already inspected the drilling in the zone of influence at the rear and the concreter then arrived.  We measured the pier depth and it came in at 78 metres  - this was 28 metres over our 50metre allowance.  Pier holes ranged from 1.2m to 1.7m but we were more than happy to pay the extra as this gives a very solid base for the slab.

The Engineer then arrived to check the piers as well and then the piers were filled with concrete.  It was all finished by 2.00pm and then it started to rain lightly. 

Piering completed

Our SS also arrived to check on the progess and discuss the next steps which will be the plumbing and forming up for the slab.  Hopefully the weather will clear to allow this all to happen tomorrow.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Getting Started

Since levelling the site on Wednesday things are progressing nicely. Water was connected on Friday and then the sediment mesh on Saturday. While visiting on Sunday to take photos, we met two more lovely neighbours and caught up with Amanda who is giving us daily updates via our community website.

The fencing went up on Tuesday and the port-a-loo arrived on Thursday.

On Thursday we received an update from Melissa at MJH advising the next step will be the slab pegout and piers and then the slab.  Our frame is scheduled to arrive on 17 September.  Hopefully the rain will stop today and the work will not be held up too much.

Saturday - Signage installed

 View from back fence of 7th Green

Friday, August 27, 2010

Land Levelled

It was a nice surprise to get  message from Amanda that the builder had levelled the site after only 10 days!