Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Its the Final Furlong

We have now done our final walkthough with our SS prior to practical completion (which is just a few days away as long as everything goes to plan).  With so many final touches happening around the house, it has been really good to have taken some leave to see it all happen.

We had some really good news in the last week with the final resolution of the saga with our garage door for the shed.  The initial door was delivered with a bent shaft and we had to wait about a month for the supplier to agree and then provide the replacement.  With the door replaced, the shed is now finished ready for the new boat and to store our furniture until we get the keys to the house.  It seems the comments from both neighbours and friends about the shed have been unanimous - "F#@K that's a big shed".  It needs to be to fit the floating cash pit in it.

The painters have been frantic for the past few days completing all the external painting and doing all the touch ups inside.  Overall we were really happy with the quality of the tiling and painting.  On the external, the only thing that remains outstanding are the finials for the colonial features about the Entry Portico, Garage and Bedroom 1.  It does feel like the colours are all ironstone/blue and dune.  We're really hoping that when the timber decking is completed next week that it balances the colour scheme out.

The front door has now had its first stain.  There was a bit of water/weather damage to the door that occurred between when it was installed and staining.  It looks like the painter has used some sort of "reviver" to repair the door.  Nonetheless, the entry door has no visible signs of repair after staining.

The kitchen is almost complete apart from the Metricon supplied appliances.  The appliances are due on our practical completion/handover day.  The glass splashback was installed in the last week.  The splashback is probably the first thing on the house that we are regretting our selection at Studio M now.  It just doesn't seem to fit with the remainder of the colours in the kitchen at the moment.  At Studio M we were considering doing a tiled splashback rather than the glass one supplied as part of Metricon's "Reflections" promotion.  who know's, maybe the colour will grow on us.  There was a little mistake from the electricians doing the installation of the lighting.  There should have been 3 batton style light fittings above the main kitchen benchtop so that we can install pendant lights later (Metricon could not supply what we wanted), however the electrician installed 3 downlights.  Unfortunately, the recess made for the downlights creates quite a big hole and means that the ceiling now needs to be repaired.  The airconditioning control panel and the HSTP controls have now been installed as well.  We wanted these to be in the main kitchen/family room area for ease of access.  The Biolytix HSTP system panel includes a audible warning if things go wrong with the unit.  Basically, if the sewage system goes offline, we want to hear the warning, therefore the placement in this area.  Apparently Metricon generally installs the HSTP controls in the laundry.

We were asked in the last few days for some more details and photos of the bathroom and ensuite areas.  Our tile selections made at Studio M we posted here.    I have included some updated photos of these areas.  We really wanted a deep brown/chocolate colour in these areas to contrast with the stark white floor tiles.  Metricon generally includes 2 m high wall tiles from their standard range only to the shower recess.  We decided at Studio M to continue this tiling all the way around the bathroom and ensuite at 2m height to add a more strong effect.  Looking back now, we should have taken the tiles to ceiling height.

We have located a bit of an issue with the installation of our rainwater tank.  The tank was supposed to be located as close as possible to the far wall to leave the window uncovered, like it is on the plan.  Our SS is looking at how they can fix this.

It is about time that we introduced the security for the house site, yup Brucie has been on the job since day one.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Getting so close

With so much going on with the final fitout, it was really good to take a walk through today with our SS and get some photo's.  Our access to the house has been limited to the outside and to our joint visits each Thursday morning.  This mornings visit was the first official walkthrough to mark up any issues with the fitout.  We are expecting our Practical Completion walkthrough within the next 2 weeks (yes......not far away now before we get the keys).  Overall, there is really only one major issue we identified (again) today with the build and that is the stacker doors to the dining area are sagging in the middle.  Our SS has already organised for the door to be "packed" under the centre where the sagg is, however there is still approximately a 5mm sagg from each of the ends.  After some "strong opinions" being aired between Maya and our SS regarding the sagging door, it sounds like we are going to get the issue resolved prior to corking.  We have also requested a change in the location of our Airconditioning control panel.  The panel is currently installed in the main hallway wall, however we had advised our SS thast we wanted it on one of the kitchen walls.  Given that the aircon control panel was never drawn into/on any of the electrical plans and we were advised to tell our SS where we wanted it, our SS is happy to organise relocation of this.  The idea is that we wanted all our control panels for the house (main lights panel, Aircon and HSTP controls) in the one central spot.

While we were doing our walkthrough today, the eletricians were doing the final electrical fitout.  Our SS let us know that the downlight that we originally ordered through Stratus during our Electrical appointments were currently out of stock through Beacon (Metricon's supplier) and that it would take 3 weeks to get the selected downlight back in.  This would have taken us past our proposed handover date.  Our SS offered us an alternative downlight that was very similar which we decided to take.

Here are some photo's from our walk through -

The rainwater tank, taps and downpipes have all been fitted off in the last week.

We've also had thew first of our landscaping jobs done.  The photos below are of our new retaining wall and of the electrical conduit cable were installing to run power from a junction box on the house to the shed.  We're really happy with how the retaining wall was done.  This is the area where we were really restricted with space so we had to keep the retaining wall as close as we could to the fencline.  Thank you to Mark @ Lude Landscapes for doing a fantastic job.  If you are looking for someone to do landscape work on or around the Sunshine Coast, given Mark a call.  We've arranged for a trench to be dug between the house and the shed to put this in.  Only concern with this is that they may cut through some existing plumbing.  Metricon apparently do not provide customers with a copy of the plumbing plan.

Lots of work completed on the inside too.  The carpet was put down yesterday.  Pretty happy with the colour.  It was back in May when we made our selections at Studio M and we actually couldn't remember what carpet we had chosen.

The bathrooms and enuite have been completed apart from installation of the bath.

The gas hot water and airconditioning compressors have also been installed, but not wired up yet.

The wardobe sliding doors have all been installed and the kitchen is completed apart from the glass splashback.  Apparently the splashback is being delivered on Friday.

Lot's happening over the next few days including all the external painting and heaps of touch up's inside.  Hopefully I can get some photo's!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Its game on!!

Its been an eventful couple of weeks, and therefore very little time for doing any posts.  With so many work commitments on we have had very little time available to have a look at progress at the block.  At the moment we only get access to the house at our weekly meetings with our Site Supervisor.  Its really great to see our Site Supervisor has kept the pedal to the metal.

Since our last post all the tiling is complete including grouting and the whole internals painting finished.  The painters had the whole house "wrapped" for a week completing their work.  Here are some photo's of the progress so far -
Floor tiling in Main Bathroom complete

Ensuite with the wall tiling complete.  The floor tiles we covered with plastic while painting was completed.

Ensuite Shower recess.  The tile on the back wall is actually "Silk Olive", but unfortunately the photo doesn't pick up the variations/design of the tile very well.

Walls, ceiling architraves and skirting have all been painted.  We're a little unsure now about painting the architraves and skirting in the same colour as the wall, "Mosaico".  We are hoping that it evens out a bit when we start painting a few feature walls after handover.

Looks like such a looooong hallway.

There is still a fair bit of work to be completed outside including to the colonial feature poles.  This last one needs to be bevelled off (like the poles in the photo below) and the feature trim added to the poles.

We have also had our shed almost completed about a month or so ago.  Unfortunately, the industrial style garage door that was delivered to the block was damaged and could not be installed.  The shed was due to be totally completed over 1 month ago, but the shed builders have had no end of dramas trying to get the supplier to fix/repair.  To date, we still have a garage door with a bad bend in the roller.  Its getting close to name and shame time for this supplier with a clear recommendation not to use them.  Stay tuned and we'll post the outcome to this one.
The next weeks are going to be really busy and it looks like we will definitely have handover before the end of November.