Monday, June 25, 2012

We almost forgot...

In amongst all of the hub bub surrounding the damaged floors and possible QA in a few weeks, this little blog of ours has ticked over another milestone...

41,000 as of a few minutes ago!

thanks to you... our readers!

love Kirst and Cam

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The flood water recedes...

We received word this week that the source of the flooding has been located and fixed. The water came from the laundry area adjacent to the hall/living room and not from cleaners after all. Good news is that the laundry problem has been fixed and when the slab is dry enough, the new boards will go down. This is likely to occur this coming week and shouldn't cause any further delays. This has however added a few extra items to our inspection list... to check all the cabinetry in the laundry for water damage.

The door handle is being replaced and is likely to require a new door, which is readily available so we are told.

The painters should have been there today and will finish up Monday. Roof plumbers will be back to finish off gutters etc next week and the brickies next week to fix up a few defects. Renderers should come the following week and wait for it…

QA within 2 weeks....!!!!

I’m on school holidays now so its going to be a flurry of furniture, curtains, landscaping and packing. Bring it on J

Kirst xxx

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Get a handle on things!

There has been a flurry of activity this week at our place. All of the floorboards have been ripped up and you can see the offending water patch in the photos below. Luckily there does not appear to be any damage to the kitchen cabinetry or anywhere else. 

All of the old boards in the rubbish...

Unfortunately as i drove past the other day i noticed that we finally have the front door handle and lock. The lock is great but the handle is the wrong one and the attachment points on the new one are further apart than this one so the door will have to be patched or replaced entirely. 

Cant believe our luck. I mean, how hard is it to order the correct door handle and then even check before putting it on. This 'wrong' handle has been on order for a few weeks too.

Not what we chose, or even close to it to be honest!

This is what it should look like!

On a positive note, the ensuite bath hob has finally been fixed and the bath now fits. You may also remember that the bath tap did not reach the bath previously. This has now been rectified. Hooray. 

Lovely big bath... cant wait to get in and have a soak in it!

The house is literally covered in dots put there by our SS and CM. Mostly they are painting flaws to fix up. Apart from the bamboo floors, render on the outside, the soft close toilets and a few other bits and pieces there's not much else to do.

Here's hoping for some quick work...and no more problems!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water...

The water ruins your beautiful bamboo flooring!

I drove past the house on my way home last night and it was open. I took the opportunity to go and see if any of the work planned has been completed.

I'm glad I went in, the cleaners had been and I must have just missed them judging from the still wet tiled floors. Well, that and the water damaged, squelchy bamboo floors in the hallway.

How absolutely devastating! They boards are lifting in a few places. See the photos below.

So Cam rang our SS only to be told that "it was very unlikely that it was the case". aka your wife is a liar! Hows that for good customer service?!? So Cam himself stopped into take these photos and we sent a rather curt email to our SS, CM and CSC last night informing them of the issue and supplying the above photos.

Very early this morning we go an email from the SS saying he was on his way to investigate. A phone call from him later this morning confirmed that what was "very unlikely the case" what actually well and truly the case. 

Cut a long story short, the cleaners deny culpability, there was no other trades in the house since our SS visited a few days ago and a substantial part of the floor will have to be replaced. This will add a week or so to our build which is really disappointing.

a very tired and over it Kirst xxx

Friday, June 8, 2012

Baby, you've come a long way!

A big thanks for this post goes to Jess from "Jess and Ryan Build a House" who posted the other day about Near Map, an absolutely wonderful mapping tool with satellite images more regularly updated than Google Maps.

Here is a pictorial history from above of our house build.

The old house after we bought it. 6 April 2011

After demolition 20 August 2011

With slab and frame half up 18 October 2011

With the roof done and bricks half complete 17 Nov 2011

Outdoor room and rumpus roof complete 17 January 2012

Garage frame on 12 March 2012

The latest photo with garage roof on. 12 March 2012.

What a great program!

Not much to report on the house front. Tiler to fix bath tomorrow, then some more stuff next week before inspections begin (in theory).

Enjoy the long weekend :)

Kirst xx

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Stairwell Love xxx

The painting of our stairwell has finally been fixed and I am really happy I asked for it to be changed back to the colour it was supposed to be (and that there was no argument on Metricon's part).

The wall is now back to the Royal Beige Half that the rest of the house is painted in.

It looks a little darker than in real life.

The sitting room with the plaster around the Jetmaster fixed and the whole feature wall painted with the second and third coats.

On my list of things to do for the rest of this week is organising curtain quotes. Wish me luck. I'd be happy to hear recommendations for custom curtains in Inner SE/E Melbourne.

Kirst xxx

Monday, June 4, 2012

Red Jezebel... Front Façade REVEAL!

I know that I have been teasing for a while now with a promised  Front Façade  reveal.

So without further ado... here is our beautiful house from the front!

Cladding - Dulux Hiefer
Light Render -  Dulux Champignon
Dark Render - Dulux Raku
Gutters, Fascia, Downpipes and Garage Door - Colourbond Monument
Bricks - Selkirk Tawny Heritage
Windows and Sliding Doors - 
Southern Star Satin Black Aluminium

We really love the garage door <3

The must anticipated RED DOOR!
The Oblong Pull Handle is still to go on.
(Colour - Dulux Red Box)

The internals of the Master Balcony.
Colour of Matrix board is still Dulux Hiefer.
Tiles are 400 x 400 outdoor tiles in Charcoal from Beaumont Tiles (Standard Metricon Silver Range)

There is still quite a lot to be done. Nearly every trade has something to come back and do. We (and our SS) are hopeful that he and our CMs inspections will be completed in the next fortnight.

Keep you posted :)