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.

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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!

 

 

 

‘Cause I’m feeling good

Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Reeds driftin’ on by
You know how I feel

That’s how I felt today after doing a walk-through of the house with my husband and our Rawson SS. The painters were on site, working on our doors – looking totally hot in black – having spent the last week putting on the first coat of paint throughout .

We’ve had our first view of the blue master bedroom and blue loungeroom and, while it’s  a bit in your face the first time you see it (as in OHMYGODWHATWEREWETHINKING), the colours are exactly as we’d pictured them and think they’ll look brilliant with the dark chocolate floors, white ceilings and trim.

I continue to be in deep love with our en suite (that marble mosaic feature wall is THE BOMB) and the blue kitchen just pops! The caesarstone benches are all in (covered up) and we’re getting close to plumbing and electrical fit-out.

Timber cladding wasn’t on site yet, but it’s not far away. We’re looking at having the practical completion walk-through in about four weeks.

We’ve down selected the company that’s going to fit plantation shutters throughout and they’re doing a final measure tomorrow.

I think that’s about it for this week. Except for some photos!

IMG_0323_editedThe en suite I’ve been dreaming of (that weird patch is a reflection – there’s nothing wrong with the tiles, promise 🙂 )

IMG_0305_editedOur sexy black doors!

IMG_0306_editedYou can see a tiny bit of caesarstone poking through!

IMG_0308More doors and lots of paint! I’m a painter’s daughter, so this is a cool moment for me!

IMG_0310_editedCaesarstone benchtop is installed in the kids’ bathroom

IMG_0312_editedFirst coat of blue is on in the lounge room. Also, more doors! We seem to have a lot of doors…

IMG_0317_editedMaster bedroom with its first coat of blue.

IMG_0318_editedView from the master bedroom into the en suite (can’t wait to see it when the bath has been installed) and WIR. The WIR are supposed to be silver charm, so the blue will be painted over in there. Good thing too, it looks a bit too like a cave right now 😀

IMG_0322_editedAnd a long shot from the master bedroom through to my very fancy shower! I will be able to see it from bed (just about) – morning motivation 😀

In summary, I’m feeling good.

Getting close to lock up

We had a site inspection with our SS this week and it was great to see the progress:

  • Bricks have been cleaned
  • Water tank has been installed
  • Wet areas have been sealed
  • Floor tiles in wet areas have been positioned
  • Cornice has been delivered and should go up soon
  • Doors have been delivered and should be installed soon
  • Downlight holes have been cut from the Gyprock, including four that shouldn’t have been 😮 (an easy fix, so we are told; when the electricians come back they’ll patch the plaster and affix the battens ready for our hallway pendants)
  • Batten fixtures cord is poking through the ceilings in the right places
  • The concreters have been back to recess the sliding doors but they haven’t been able to dig up the slab they laid in the wrong place for our aircon unit – it’s been so wet they haven’t been able to get the bobcat in through the quagmire that is our front yard

SS thought we’d be at lock up by the weekend so we’ll swing by and check it out!

We also got a call from Don’s Tiles. Two of our choices are no longer available so we had to make the trek over to Mitchell to choose some new ones. New concrete/stone look tiles for our front porch were easy to select. We were advised on Monday that our first new choice was available (and slightly cheaper than the original ones we had chosen). Despite the energetic, helpful and polite assistance from the tile rep, we didn’t have much luck with the tiles for our en suite feature wall (back wall of the shower). We had to pick three new choices as they couldn’t tell us what was in stock/able to be ordered and, to our disappointment, we found out on the following Monday that neither the first two of our choices were available or could be ordered and that our third selection was the only one available – naturally it cost more than our original selection and naturally we picked freaking Carrara marble. It had better look awesome!

So, a general comment: it is 2016. Online stocking systems have been around for more than 20 years. It befuddles us completely that a flooring company holds stock in its showroom that it can’t get. If they can’t get them in, why is the tile still on display? We provided feedback to the SS, as this episode left a slightly sour taste in our mouths; we felt like Don’s Tiles was letting Rawson (and us) down.

We also learned that the Laminex colour we selected for our main kitchen was no longer available. This was a real bummer, as it was a lovely petrol blue and would have complemented the chocolate tones of the bamboo floor and contrasted beautifully with our white Caesarstone benchtops. Fortunately, Polytec now manufactures a ‘woodgrain’ look blue that is close to our original colour selection (a little brighter, perhaps, but given how dark our kitchen is, probably not a bad thing…we will probably need to install a sunlight/diffuser but that will have to wait). So we have gone with Aegean Oak with Ravine finish for the kitchen. This cost us an extra $1k, but we are at that stage in the build that we have spent so much money what’s another thousand? (I die a little every time I say that but they don’t call houses money pits for nothing…)

Anyway, if that’s the worst of it, we will have gotten off lightly with our build. Let’s hope the mudpit that surrounds our house doesn’t cause too many delays. We are still on track for handover late Sep/early Oct.

New photos.

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A big bunch of something (architraves?) in our dining room and family room

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Charcoal tiles for the laundry and the extra storage room we snuck into our modified plans

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Kitchen looking through the family room to the kids’ rumpus

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Hallway (with bonus holes!) looking back to the front door (should be on soon!)

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Our ‘new’ en suite bathroom feature tile. Our fourth choice. Next time I’d exclude feature tiles from the contract and get it done separately so we could work with a company who could guarantee their supply. This marble mosaic had better look good!

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Not new, but it’s nice to see a sample of our bamboo flooring again. In a few more weeks we should see if this choice pays off!

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Our gigantic front door. It’s a timber veneer, but will be painted neon. We’ll be known as the house with the fluoro door 😉

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Our internal doors ready for painting and fitting. They’ll all be painted black.

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Ahoy there! We have a water tank 😀

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Very nice. The Deep Ocean colour works perfectly with the Espresso bricks.

 

 

Silver linings

Well, the house build is powering along. We swung by the block today to find the plasterer hard at work. He was happy for us to have a squiz at progress. How awesome is it to see the inside starting to take shape? All the wiring, plumbing, insulation is in and now we are getting a real feel for the size of the house. It’s going to be a wonderful house to live in. Can’t wait! Guess I’ll have to though. We are looking at handover some time around the end of September. Bang on target. Let’s hope the build continues to progress as smoothly as it has done for the past three months.
image_9_edited The front of the house is looking very house-like!

image_8_edited The hallway from the front door looking out to the al fresco area at the back

image1_edited Master bedroom

image_1_edited Master bedroom en suite

image_2_editedThe study

image_4_edited Looking from the garage into the small hallway, with my sewing room/spare bedroom on the left

image_5_edited Family room looking into the kids’ rumpus room

image_6_edited The kitchen!

image_7_edited The al fresco area looking into the dining room (with a niche for our buffet/sideboard)

image_3_edited Aaaand, the garage!

So happy 🙂