We are in

We moved in on 21 December and are delighted to finally be living in our new home. 

Rawson did a great job rectifying most issues discussed at our practical completion inspection and we have only found about 4 issues to put on the list for post-handover rectification. 

The biggest issue so far has nothing to do with Rawson and everything to do with unreliable electrical appliances. The Samsung fridge was broken and had to be taken away and replaced, one of two ceiling fans doesn’t work and the heater panels installed in our al fresco area broke/stopped working the first time they were turned on 😤

Also Telstra has been ineffective and inefficient connecting up our phone line/ADSL. Far too many phone calls required to a company whose sole job it is to provide telephone services. We are promised the line will be activated today but nothing so far. 

Crappy outcomes and ones we’ll be chasing into the New Year, as nothing will be resolved over Christmas 🎄 

But these are minor inconveniences in the grand scheme of things. 

We are delighted with our light fixtures and our new furniture. Everything looks wonderful and we are looking forward to hosting 10 people for Christmas lunch tomorrow. Just about 20 boxes to unpack before then!


Happy days!

Nearly there

Our practical completion inspection went well. Most of the pick-ups were rework for the painters, which is underway as I type.

The Certificate of Occupancy was issued this week and the bank’s evaluator will make his inspection tomorrow. This should trigger final payment to Rawson from the bank.

This means we should get the keys on Friday 16 or Monday 19 December. Our removal is booked for 20 Dec, with delivery on 21 Dec. Looks like we’ll just make it in time for Christmas 😊

PCI booked!

Our Practical Completion Inspection is finally booked for 6 Dec, with handover scheduled for 13 Dec!

Looking forward to opening this door when we finally receive the keys and make our new house our happy home 😊

Inching towards a finish

We are now in full tortoise/hare territory with Christmas being the hare. We are hopeful Rawson will pull the rabbit out of the proverbial so we can move in before Christmas. We’ve booked our removal and told Rawson we’re moving in on 15 Dec, so they’d better get a wriggle on!

So little has happened on the build since October it’s been quite demoralising. We were such fans of Rawson but the failure to finish has left me feeling like many others waiting, waiting, waiting. Of course, we are fortunate: we will soon be in our house and are counting our lucky stars we did not go with Today’s Homes, which went into receivership last week.

So, the cladding is finally finished and looks great. The deck is nearly there too. So close! We think we’re doing the practical completion inspection (PCI) this week but don’t have the date/time yet.

Our shutters have also been installed – haven’t seen them from the inside yet as we are still locked out.

Here are some photos.

Le sigh

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Sadly we’ve dwindled to a trickle with the build. A couple of tiny things have happened since my last post. One of the main issues has been rain – we’ve had a lot and need some concrete to be laid. However, the inside, which is not affected by rain hasn’t had much progress since my last post.

My husband popped by yesterday not expecting to see anyone there on the Sunday in the middle of a long weekend but there was a concreter there patching the slab in preparation for our flooring, which is apparently being installed this week. Now that will be some progress  🙂

We won’t be handing over in October (as per my gut instinct of the last post), but it should happen in November. It had better be in November! Hopefully our SS will be back from leave this week (which we didn’t even know he was on till we tried to call him) and can give us an update.

In the meantime, I leave you with a photo of our kitchen-in-progress – we happened to be there about a week ago when the lovely caesarstone benchtop was uncovered. We are loving the kitchen and look forward to seeing it when the splashback and appliances are in place. It should make a beautiful heart to our home.

The tortoise and the hare

Well, we’re shuffling our way to the finish line and it’s hard to know whether it’s going to be the tortoise or the hare. Will handover happen before or after I have to go away for three weeks in mid-October? It’s anyone’s guess right now. I am finding it hard to believe we could be done in the next five weeks, but the logistics of this build have been so mind boggling to date that I guess anything’s possible.

Progress this week:
– electrical fit out underway
– plumbing fit out underway
– tiling nearly complete

Getting better all the time

I’m sticking with song lyrics. When you’re on a good thing, you might as well stick with it  😅

The painters and tilers are still cranking it on site, with tradies present both yesterday and today. I had to go to work on both days this weekend so it made me feel less bad that they were at work too  😉

We decided to leave all the wardrobe doors black, as they look very cool in their silver and white homes. All the doors have been rehung so we got a really good idea of how it’s all going to look. We think the dark chocolate floors will help tie it all together, so we are looking forward to seeing those laid (although that’s a few weeks away).

The walls are just about done (there might be one coat to go, but it’s hard to tell) and we love, love, love the blues we picked for our bedroom and our lounge room. The black feature wall in the study looks great. And check our our front door! Another coat to go and it will be done. It’s lairy, all right, but we love it 🙂

The tilers have been back and finished the niche in our shower. It still looks great. So happy with our choices.

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Ooooh, looky, our front door! Yes, folks, the much-vaunted and much-promised Taubman’s Electricity!

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Feature wall in the study in Taubman’s Abyss

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The niche in our shower is done but not yet grouted (which is why it doesn’t look quite right)

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Our gorgeous inky blue bedroom. We’ll have white plantation shutters installed after handover, so the contrast value should be high.

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Black master bedroom doors (1 1/2) looking across the hall to the study.

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A different dark blue in our lounge. That niche will house our vinyl collection and a turntable/stereo. You can also see the electricians have started fitting our gazillions of power points 🙂

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Looking out of the lounge room to the kids’ bedrooms and shared bathroom. You can see all the downlight power points are installed.

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From inside the kitchen across the family room to the kids’ rumpus room.

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From inside the kitchen, looking into the dining room (sliding stackers lead out to the al fresco area) and across to Johnno’s Place.

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Johnno’s kitchen is looking good, so is the bedroom past the extra-wide (wheelchair friendly if we need it later on) door.

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The en suite in Johnno’s Place is just about done. The IXLtastic is in – just need the shower frame, mirrors, taps, toilet, handrails and towel hooks. Wait, that’s a lot to go, isn’t it?

Anyway, great progress.

We hope to see the kitchen splashbacks go in soon, but not before the electricians and plumbers come and do their fit out. We are supposed to deliver the light fittings to the electrician this week. I am pretty excited about seeing the light fittings go in – shit is starting to get real, people!