Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Given that my wife has done every single post on this blog so far, I thought it was about time that I chipped in with a few comments and pics.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
We waited and waited before finally resigning to the fact that the 3 months of Winter was a writeoff in our building plans. A Spring slab it would have to be.
Sure enough, within the first 2 weeks of Spring we got enough of that perfect sunshine and northerly winds to dry the foundation of our badly neglected block. On Sunday14th Sept our concrete slab was poured and finished, 2 days after the birth of our 2nd bubs. What a gorgeous Spring it's turned out to be!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
It's just another reason why it's worth checking your block regularly. If we hadn't noticed it ourselves, I am sure we would never been the wiser.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Just after excavation.. hubby and daughter strolling along the back left hand side.
A couple of dry days enabled the concrete piers and plumbing pipes to go in. Surprised to see this work being completed on a drizzling day.
Plumbing complete and crushed rock laid over top. Hopefully this will prevent a return to sludge. Now it's just a long wait for a few consecutive days of sun to dry up the base enough so the concrete slab can be poured. Then they require a couple days for the slab to dry so really we need a whole week of sun in the middle of Winter! Not holding our breath.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Noticed today that there has at least been some prep work with pipes and crushed rock.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Not a great deal has been happening given the recent rain. Though if this keeps up, we may just get that lap pool. It was good however to see our building permit and Metricon boards up as well as the meter box and what appears to be the recycled water tap (purple one in pic below). Not sure why it's positioned where it is, right in the middle up front of the land, and wondering if it will be relocated after construction.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
A couple weeks after that we were advised of a site start date of 31st May... and so the countdown began.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Having consulted them on various occasions since we first engaged Metricon, we were not expecting any major objections... however, waiting is never fun. For 3 weeks we scratched our heads over what the developer could possibly be pondering over. Eventually we received a response with two main items that had to be altered to comply; 1/ colour of downpipes (?) and 2/ the stainless steal frame for our balcony. The latter turned out to be rather costly change which we begrudgingly accepted as we did like the look of glass but wasn't planning on the extra spend.
So after signing off on yet another post contract variation, we received our blessing from the developer and sought the coveted building permit which would kick start the actual construction of our dream home.
Friday, April 30, 2010
An important permit included the one to remove our problem trees. We made good use of the mountain of mulch that resulted in the felling even if it took us about a month to relocate.
It was only when we saw our vacant block for the first time without the trees and mulch that it really hit us that our home will be a reality. A definite milestone.
April was also the month of finalising contracts with Metricon. There's final and then there's variations after the final. The flexibility is great but the paperwork isn't. In the end, you do need a good document filing system along with a great memory to ensure everything you requested is accounted for. The process certainly puts the responsibility squarely on the owner to remember and approve every item. Not so unreasonable really but when the process takes 6 mths to finalise, it amounts to a quite a task.
By early May, our contract was finally finalised. We signed away endless pages of documents and just hoped our lack of enthusiasm by this stage wasn't going to come back and bite us in the butt.