Friday, November 25, 2011

24th November: Happy Thanksgiving to all our US Family and Friends


And commiserations to all the poor, hapless turkeys who never had the chance ...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 118: Getting Close to Lock-Up?

Passed by earlier this afternoon to see how our dream home is going.  According to MyMetricon, we're scheduled for "Lock-Up Completion" by the 14th of November.  Hmmmm.  That was 2 days ago.

Scaffolds have been taken down, though.  Woo hoo!!!  But ...

Still got no garage roofing.  The external cladding has been painted so did the eave linings.  But ... I went at the back of the house and there was still no roofing for the outdoor room and the dining room is still topless.  The external cladding at the rear has not been put, yet, too.  Maybe it will all be done in the next few days, or weeks.  We're just hoping we get in to Lock-Up completion by the end of this month.  That would be nice.

We'll see how things will progress in the next couple of weeks, ey?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 107: We Got Cladding and Eaves Lining

After coming from two children's parties, and with the little one fast asleep, very tired, and slumped in her seat at the back of the car, we decided to pass by the new house being constructed on our way home.

And what a sight ... we got external cladding already done.  The eaves lining have been put up, as well.  It does really look we're getting close to lock-up.

Our SS has told us that he's going to get the painters to paint the external cladding and eaves lining next week while the scaffolding are still in place. He's also going to get the bricks cleaned and the windows washed, as well.  With the scaffold still up, he can't get the garage roof completed and that of the outdoor and dining room roof at the back of the house.  Hopefully, it can all be done in 2 weeks.  Once all the roofing have been done, and all the external doors installed ... "Lock-Up".  Yessss!!!

Here's a closer look of the eaves and external cladding ...

The external cladding is at the front, with a couple or more meters on the side and at the rear of the house, first floor only.
The external cladding will be painted Dulux Time Capsule.
The eaves lining will be painted with Dulux Beige Royal Quarter.

For a view of our colour selection, specifically our external paint colours, have a closer look here.  

Have a good day all.

One Hundred+ Days Since Site Start!!!

Day 0

Day 100+
It's just been over one hundred days, yes, 100+ days (3 1/2 months, or 15 weeks ) since site start and what a sight to behold!!!

We haven't quite reached the completion of the "Lock-Up" Stage, though, yet, but we've been assured we're getting close.  Hopefully, in a fortnight, worst case - before Christmas.  I'm excited!

So what's expected to be done at the completion of the "Lock-Up" Stage?

According to the "My Metricon" website ...

"At lock-up stage, your home's bricks, external wall cladding, roof coverings and front and rear doors are installed."

Based on that statement, I'm hoping that the side doors (Laundry and Garage internal access doors) are installed, as well.

So after 100 days, what's been done, so far?

  • Slab
  • Wall Frame and Roof Trusses
  • Windows and Door Frames
  • Roof covering (including fascia and guttering), except for the roof coverings on the ground floor (garage, outdoor room and dining room at the rear).
  • Insulation (roof and wall insulation), except outdoor room and dining room (no roof covering, yet).
  • Brickwork is almost done.  Facade, balcony and garage brickwork are still pending.
  • Electrical wiring
  • Plumbing
  • and ... I had two independent building inspections done (Frame and Pre-Plaster).

I went nuts again taking photos.  I'm posting a few more photos here.

This is Day 100+ in Jon and Ron's Building a Home journey.