Monday, July 26, 2010

After a couple more days in the rain, our windows & timber bi part doors, which were delivered too early, were finally returned to the manufacturer. Our builders wouldn't guarantee that we would receive new timber doors despite them sitting in the rain for a few days. Apparently, they will be assessed prior to installation and if not deemed damaged will be used for our new home. Disappointing outcome to say the least as we have no say in this assessment. Have notified our private inspector of this incident so he'll give it a good look over when the time comes. Not much else we can do at this stage.

Other than that we've had very little activity on the block. It's been sitting at the same stage (piers, plumbing, crushed rock laid) for some 3.5 weeks now. We've been told by the builder that the foundation has been too wet due to the rain and that we really need 4 days of straight sun in order to complete the slab stage. Getting impatient but unfortunately out of our hands. Better a solid foundation than cracks in a few years.

Due to the delays, another item which has been delivered prematurely has been the concrete reinforcements. Wasn't too concerned about this until we noticed how rusty they've become. Going to find out again from our private inspector if these should be replaced or still ok to use.

Other slab materials delivered for the slab. Hopefully these won't be sitting around for much longer before the slab can be laid.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Doors and windows delivered but in the rain!

Dropped by the block yesterday and was surprised to see that our windows and outside doors have already been delivered but annoyed to see them sitting in the rain. The windows should be ok seeing we went with aluminium frames but our front door frame and back bi-part doors are both timber (not cheap either). We quickly raised our concerns with the site manager who told us they'll be removed as soon as possible. We're still not happy to accept these same doors again though as we don't know exactly how long they've been in the dew and rain and therefore the extend of damage if any. Pointed this out with our Customer Service personnel so will have to see what they decide today.

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

Rain, Sun, Rain, Sun...

It's been a frustrating month with lots of rain and intermittent sunshine. Our block seems to just rotate from sludge to dry and back to sludge, making it impossible to complete the base work. These works shown here took over the month of June to do.

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.