Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 64: Roof's on and so do the bricks

We got the roof tiles on!!! And some brickworks, too!!!

Had our regular meeting this morning with our SS, and had to wait a bit as more sand has just been delivered for the brickies to use.  Wow, it's progressing quite well, I would say.  I was only expecting to see the roof tiles and didn't expect to see bricks being laid already.  Our SS didn't allow us to go in and have a sticky-beak.  Best that we stay out for now, we're told,  as he's got 8 bricklayers (yes, 8; not 2, not 4, but 8 brickies) currently working on the site.  Apparently, he would need to get them to stop working if non-tradespeople have to have a look-see.  Work Safe.  Better just let them keep on working.  Maybe next time, we'll time our site visits/status meeting during their break period.  At the moment, I'm happy just to take photos from the outside.  Besides, not much more to see inside from the last time we visited, so my SS told me.  The roof structure in the Dining and Outdoor rooms (rear of the house) are still not up.  They'll have that done once the scaffolding are down.  Nevertheless, we're still very happy to see the roof tiles are up, and brickworks are well underway. Yay!!!

And here's how our house is shaping up so far.  This is Day 64 (from Site Start) ...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Status Update #3

What's been happening so far?  Thought I might just give a quick status update:

So, we're currently in the middle of the so called Construction Stages.  The construction stages, to put things in context, consists of about five (5) build stages: base, frame, lock-up, fixing and home completion.  These stages, as you know, or will find out, also correspond to the the Payment Schedule: (Deposit - 5%), Base (20%), Frame (20%), Lock-Up (25%), Fixing (20%), Home Completion (10% + variations).

Base Stage is completed, hence invoice has been issued by the builder and we had 7 days to notify our bank and pay the contracted 20% of the build price. All done!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 57: Windows, Doors and Frames

So they did announce Windows 8, or shall we say, Windows 8 Developer Preview. The pre-beta release version of the much anticipated Windows 8.  That's cool.

But, I was anticipating more another Windows. The type that is a transparent or translucent opening in a wall or door that allows the passage of light and, if not closed or sealed, air and sound. The ones that are usually glazed or covered in some other transparent or translucent material like float glass. Those things that are held in place by frames, which prevent them from collapsing in. Many of these glazed objects may be opened, to allow ventilation, or closed, to exclude inclement weather.

Yep.  The Southern Star Windows.
These are the ones that we've been anticipating.
And they have arrived.
They have been installed.

And yes, I'm happy with them.

I had my regular meeting with my SS this morning.  Also had the privilege of meeting for the first time our CM (Construction Manager).  He came over to meet me.  Why?  Maybe, just making sure that his customers are happy and well looked after by the SS.  There are other reasons.  But all I can say is, it pays to know what's in your contract and construction plans by heart.

But hey, I got more photos of our place.  Windows, doors and more windows.  Just click on the link below to expand this page.  Enjoy!  And have another good weekend ahead!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Electrical Plans

We've done the Colours, now we thought we'll share our Electrical Plans, as well.

Click on the page tabs above (Electricals) or have a look and see here.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 50: Nothing to report, but ...

We're meant to meet with our SS today.  He canceled on us.  He's trying to get his tradies to finish another job somewhere in preparation for handover.  As far as I can tell, there was no movement in our building site since the last time I posted some pictures.  The build started with guns ablazing. Suddenly, it stalled.  We'll meet with our SS same time next week.  Hopefully, there would be more progress to report, then.

But, hey !!! We were finally able to post our Colour Selections.  Have a look and see here.

Have a good weekend all.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 46: Frames, frames and more frames ...

Had our second meeting with our new SS today. This guy's got his work ethics right. He was right on time for our 4pm meeting.  The carpenters must have gone for the day, too. The site's all clear, no one on site, just me and our SS.

So what's been done so far?  Most of the roof frames are up on the first floor.  They haven't put up the fascia headers and fascia boards, though, yet.  In the next few days, my SS assured me.  They also haven't put up the roof frames for the dining and the outdoor room at the ground floor level, too.  There are some scaffolding that are on the way for putting up the roof frame on the ground floor.  Once, they've put up the fascia headers, eaves framing and fascia boards on the upper level, then they'll complete the roof frame structure for the ground floor.

I guess plumbing and roof tiling will come after this.  And they need to put up all the window frames, as well.  I haven't seen any roof tiles or window frames on the ground. These haven't been delivered, yet. I did see the front door frames and the tri-sliding door frames on the ground. I guess they have to come up next, too. Wouldn't want them to be lying precariously on the ground (they've got window glazing on).

So much of the monologue from me. I'll let the following pictures do the talking this time.  Just a warning, though. I WENT NUTS TAKING PHOTOS!!! See for yourselves ...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Day 43: Some Roof Framing are up

Okay, so I'm meant to meet our Site Manager today for our regular weekly catchup. He's canceled on me as they have an important meeting back in the office. New head honcho or chief, apparently. So I thought I might just still drop by to take some photos.  No one on site, though, this morning. Gate's still chained lock. Subbies must have taken a day off.  So, I have to take some photos from outside the gate. Wouldn't risk getting in without permission from my SS (or is it SM).

And we got some roof framing!!! Isn't that exciting?