The wait is over for the soil test. We were hoping that it might be an "S" class soil, but it has come back a "P/M". What the??? After peaking out that our agent had sold us a dodgy block with a P=Problem soil class I gave the engineers a call to confirm what the rating was, particularly that I thought you only got a single soil class. The engineer said that it was actually a typical "M" class soil which was common to the Glass House Mountains area, but that the test was completed during a week of heavy rain which had an effect on the test. Apparently, the "P" classification was due to "low bearing capacities encountered across the site".
Well, its not an "S" which would have saved us about $10K in site costs, but it is within the original quote that we were provided with from the Metricon Sales Consultant.
We have also heard from our Metricon Sales Consultant and Customer Service Co-ordinator twice in the last week. The new home contract has been ordered and we should have it in about 3 to 4 weeks. That makes it just after easter and we should be signing the contract. The Metricon Sales Consultant said they have been generally starting site works about 4 weeks after signing and then we should have a 16 week build time. I don't think that he has come in contact with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council yet. I think we can add at least another 4 weeks to the time at council.
Anyway, there is LOTS to decide on in the next few weeks which will definitely involve quite a few trips on Saturdays to Studio M at the Gold Coast. At least we have a fair idea what we want the external of the house to look like.....the internals are a whole other matter!!!
4 months ago