Wednesday, April 25, 2012

That's what I call waterproof..

We had our independent inspector out for the lock up inspection. His criteria was he would not come out until the waterproofing had been done as in his opinion this is the most likely area for issues in the years to come. Not the normal stage of inspection but we were more than happy with this approach. Plus we could get him to look at any other work that had been done after the usual stage.

Long story short, he picked up a few things and not surprisingly the waterproofing was not to building codes. The alternative method used by M is allowable if it's in the contract and we signed off on that approach. It wasn't and we didn't. End result is the waterproofers had to come back and waterproof the entire floor area of the upstairs bathrooms including toilet area with retainers added and to make some changes to the balcony area to comply.  Our inspector has had this discussion with M in the past hence his preferred timing of inspection.  Thanks to all the readers of this blog that commented to my earlier waterproof Q'n some weeks back - check here for previous post.

To M's credit, they did it without fuss. M also arranged for the downstairs toilet waste point to be corrected as well - some 3.5 months after our inspector queried the position and angle of the first approach at his first visit. It taken awhile but M finally got it right.

The independent inspector was in the area so he dropped in to ensure all works were carried out correctly and he stated it was one of the better waterproofing jobs he has seen M do. Extremely happy with that comment - imagine the comment if it had been done that way the first time around.

Revised waterproofing to upstairs ensuite incl toilet area

Upstairs ensuite incl's small metal retaining strip at entry (diff to see in pic)

Balcony area corrected - waterproofing running up 100mm on all edges incl under door seal

Tiles ready and waiting...

Last week also included the flooring guys coming out to ensure the slab is perfectly flat ahead of the floorboards going down (a couple of weeks off) and a chippie back to ensure upstairs is perfectly flat for carpets (also a couple of weeks off).

This week is all about tiles.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012


An empty Piggy Bank?… or is it smashed and simply bacon now…
The last week has been quite a big one financially.  We received the Lockup Invoice and made a Kings Furniture purchase.  Hopes of a quiet week this week didn’t last long.  The Fixing Invoice has also arrived.  Two invoices within a week.  Nice work M. 
All is not lost, we are getting some really good progress on the building side of things.
Sorry no further time for an update, need to find the cheque book...

Obviously this post was written by Cam 
(lol from Kirst)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Emptying the piggy bank... AGAIN!

Introducing the newest member of our family...

(phew, what a mouthful)

The King Furniture Concerto. You can package it however you like. We went with the M20, which is a package with memory foam seats (they are super-comfortable). Everything is interchangeable including the arms which are removable.

This is the configuration but the opposite way... Its a huge couch. This afternoon we went to the house to try visualise it in the Lounge room (remember... Cam is a visual learner! lol) Luckily all the thick ply temporary bench tops were still there so we were able to lay them our as pseudo-couches... It is a huge 3.75m wide at the back but fits nicely in the space!

It is more likely to look like this being that we chose it in Black Leather. With configuration as above.
We got one of these too... A medium sized 'BONGO' like the one she is sitting on It will be upholstered in the fabric below. I'm also going to get a glazier to make a nice glass top for it to protect it. LOVE :)
Sanderson "Dandelion Clocks"
It will look soooo awesome!

I was going to purchase some cushions from King as well in the same fabric, but couldn't bear to part with $130 a cushion (YES, that's the sale price) for cushions I could buy from Etsy for about $50 each including postage from the US!

I'm loving the retro vibe of the Dandelion clocks... Here are some more photos of it in action!

Do you love? I do...

A very happy Kirst signing off..

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I came, I saw, I conquered... Caesar is in the house!

WOW, two posts in one day. I simply couldn't help myself! I'm soooo excited. Cam came home tonight with these sneaky little pictures! 

Cue squeals of delight and jumping up and down...

The tiles have been delivered!

Yummy bench top and basin in the powder room!

The laundry cabinets have been finished, the Caesarstone Ice Snow is on too...

Ta Da...Caesarstone White Shimmer on the island bench with the divine waterfall edge! (with no joins at all in the kitchen... hoorah!)

the two Clark Epure undermount sinks!

Upstairs bathroom for the kids with Caesarstone Ice Snow installed.

Finally, the pièce de résistance... Our ensuite vanity 
with beautiful overhanging edge Caesarstone in Urban. Its a bit dusty so it will be slightly darker when clean.

What a fantastic surprise...

Stay tuned for tomorrow's big purchase!

Kirst xxx

Put 'em in the LOCK-UP!

We finally received our lock-up invoice yesterday. We thought that the accounts department at M had forgotten (LOL...) but we were never going to say anything...the money's better in our pocket than theirs.

So as you can see there's lots getting done. We have almost finished Fixing stage too so I guess that invoice will be here soon too.

I have just spoken with our SS. The plumbers have finally been back to fix the waste on the powder room toilet, hopefully it is right! 

Chippies have fixed the balcony and attached all of the internal door furniture. I'll swing by later to see if the entry cladding is done.

GOOD NEWS on the waterproofing front. M gave absolutely NO objection to our Inspector telling them that ALL of the floor upstairs needs to be waterproofed to meet building code! I wonder what that means for all of the other double storey homes around that have only been waterproofed partially and aren't up to building code? Water-proofers will be back in tomorrow and Monday to finish the job!

Following that, the tiler starts and we are going to meet with him prior to beginning to make sure we are all on the same page.

We are quite happy with the progress but as the title suggests, we have been locked out of our place (and I have a sick 4 year old today) so i don't have any photos. Awwwww.... maybe this weekend?


PS - I haven't forgotten about the little surprise or the Red Door Reveal! They're coming soon... I promise!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Painting = TICK...

So impressed! 
Workmanship is quality too :)

The colours are..
 Ceiling, skirts and architraves - Dulux Lexicon White
Walls - Beige Royal Quarter
Feature Walls (sitting, main) - Dulux Raku and Dulux Champignon

Study looking fabulous!

The colour isn't as dark as it appears in the above.  I'm not totally sold on this yet. We kinda stuffed up the selection on this wall. We thought initially that the Jetmaster would be on a small wall jutting out and that only that part would be painted. Not so and before we realised and got to let the painters know to stop at the stairs, they'd already done it.

I think it will improve with charcoal coloured carpet and certainly with some lovely sheer curtains!
Closer inspection of the stairwell. There will be charcoal carpet up the stairs.
Lovely kitchen!


Top of the stairs. We love the natural timber with clear finish for the handrail and top of wall. It looks sensational!
Lachie's bedroom

Master Bedroom Feature Wall Number One - Dulux Raku (only one coat on here so a bit patchy but I've seen it since the second coat and it rocks!)

Master bedroom feature wall number two - Dulux Champignon

The same feature wall number two from the other angle.

Next Week
Things are most certainly moving. This week the following is planned!
  • Chippies back to finish balcony, front entry, eaves to outdoor room, door handles etc.
  • Plasterers back to plaster garage roof and fix offending stairwell joint (see previous post HERE...)
  • Electrician to fit-off lights, power points and switches.
  • Waterproofer to return to complete the job (see below...)
Then all going according to plan... (huhhmmm) the following week the tiler is booked to begin!  Problems are the waterproofing needs to be finished and the plumber has to be back to resolve Powder room toilet waste pipe issue that has been lingering for 5+ months. So my best guess is that tiling will be delayed.

Independent Inspection
We had a meeting last Thursday with our SS and our Independent Building Inspector. Our SS was happy to have the Inspector there and lets face it, he doesn't really have a choice.  That said, Cam was present for all their discussions and found it was quite productive and flowed very well.  The major point to come from the meeting was all about WATERPROOFING!!!  This confirmed Cam's initial thoughts.

ALL bathrooms on the second floor need to have the WHOLE floor waterproofed as per the building code (see our previous post on waterproofing HERE...) UNLESS the building contract specifically notes that waterproofing is to be done via an alternative method - effectively overriding the code. 

We have looked... our standard Metricon contract doesn't mention waterproofing and therefore the building code stands. RESULT = Metricon will now need to waterproof the whole floor in the bathroom and ensuite instead of just the shower and bath! This revelation will probably hold up the tilers so lets see what happens there...

Our inspector came up with a few other smaller items that he will note within his report with his recommendations - mostly 'nice to have' rather than a construction/finish issues.

Future Reveal
The front door has also been painted a beautiful bright gloss red (Dulux Red Box) but I want to wait until the balcony etc has been finished before the big reveal! I can however say, that given it was one of the choices that I was most nervous about...I am absolutely in love with the front door!!! It looks amazing :)


ps.we went shopping today and are on the verge of a BIG purchase... details later in the week when all is confirmed :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Colour our world!

Well, in boring white undercoat that is!

Painters started on Friday and by the looks of these photos from the outside, they've been up to quite a lot since then.

Internal access door from garage taped and painting has started.

Front Door all taped and ready for painting.

Kitchen splash back window and cabinetry all protected :)

Stairwell window (3m high) and Monument Down pipe on the right...

New location of the gas meter (top left) vs old location (bottom right)!

Lookin' gooooood