Sunday, 20 December 2015

Ever so close

Thankfully they left a door unlocked on the weekend, so we were able to go through and take some photos.

Also, after our meeting with the SS I mentioned the things that irked me and was happy to hear that he noticed most of those things also and they'll be tended to.

Garage door installed

Loving our floors (despite them being filthy at the moment) 
Black glass splashback installed. Was nervous about this one, but happy with our choice.

Main bathroom - happy with how this has turned out also
Ensuite - love the tiles, but 2 things are shitting me about this room.
1. Exhaust fan is at one end of shower rather than centred.  We've been told it couldn't be centred due to trusses in the way, so it apparently looks better at one end rather than 'off' centre.
2. The grout lines of the wall tiles do not line up in the corners at the back wall.  We've been told that due to the different tiles, there is sometimes a 1-2mm discrepancy in tile size which leads to the lines not matching exactly.....hmmm....feel I'm being taken for a bit of a ride on that one.  The lines are out by way more than a couple of mm.
Feature tile splashback

We're going through again on Wednesday 23rd for a final look before it's all locked up for Christmas.  Will certainly be inspecting these grout lines more.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Things that irk me....

Looking through the place today, some things are really irking me.  They don't seem to bother Matt much (or at least not as much as me), but they're just really irritating things.

We're having a walk through with our Site Supervisor this coming Friday, so they're things I'll bring up with him.

Things that irk me #1

Shitty paint work under the eaves around the render
Things that irk me #2

Shitty paint work around windows
Things that irk me #3
Pull handle installed so low the door looks like it's upside down
Particularly on this inside
Things that irk me #4
Poorly installed drawers that don't close properly
The drawers on the left and right in the picture above are stuck open and the cupboards under the sink don't open at all. They all seem to catch on the bench. Obviously this is something they'll have to address, but like the topic suggests, it just irks me....
There are also plenty more irksome paint jobs around the place (they don't show up very clearly on my camera).  You can see were they've cut in around doors, the shadow line of the cupboards above the fridge has gaps, the timber around the theatre room doors looks shithouse too, like when you paint raw timber with just a coat or two of paint and it looks like a sponge has soaked it up?


We have a conundrum....
We noticed a big pile of tiles sitting in our theatre room awaiting installation.  For the sake of this story we'll ignore the fact that we were told tiling would be completed this week.

Anyway, we're checking out our tiles and notice that there seems to be crap load of our hexagonal feature tile we selected for our vanity splash back.  This was meant to be just a strip of tile, long enough to span the vanity.

Ensuite floor/wall tile, cabinet colour, vanity bench and feature hexagonal splashback tile
Now, for a feature wall of our double shower, we chose a similar coloured 'square' tile.
So our conundrum?  It looks like they've accidentally ordered the hexagonal tile as our feature wall in our shower also.  I could be wrong, but there were boxes of the hexagonal tile and we couldn't see any boxes of the square tile. we prefer the hexagonal tile as a feature in the shower? Do we keep quite and let them install that instead of the square tile?

So now we'd have this instead....
Decisions, decisions.....

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Locked out!

We've finally been locked out of our home :(  At least that means they've fixed the window :)

Unfortunately we couldn't even peak in the windows and take photos as they're getting reading for painting and have covered all the windows in plastic.

The only difference we could actually see this week was the rendering done to the front of the house. It's still yet to be painted, but at least it was something to see.

I also remembered to take photos of the retaining wall this week.

I'm not really sure how they'll do the remaining bit of fence, but I can see it's the same on the other side of the neighbours property too, so it's obviously not an uncommon thing?
Fingers crossed they forget to lock a door or window next week :)

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Week 13(ish)

We've hit lock up!!!  Which means we've been invoiced for lock up too...ouch!

Seems lock up doesn't necessarily mean 'locked up' though.  Turns out we have an awning window that appears to be broken so it can easily be lifted open (note to self: remind them to fix window).

We've had all the skirting and architraves done, internal doors have been installed as well as our huge front door (which I LOVE) and all of our cabinets are in too :)  This week the painters are due.

SS is trying to get the house completed by Christmas (I'm not holding my breath though).  If not by Christmas then immediately after he says....although immediately after is pretty much February anyway.

Still no fence.  I'm a little concerned that the neighbours are still waiting on us to do something, although I do not know what (I've contacted them to find out).  I'm interested to see how the fencer is going to install the fence around our retaining wall as it seems to be weirdly built.  It doesn't go the full length of the boundary and stops about 2-3 metres from the side fence that's already built.  It's a strange set up.  I'll have to try and remember to take a photo of it next week to show you all.

Photo time!

Love our huge front door. It will be stained Ebony and have a pull handle

From the inside.
We decided not to obscure the glass in it as we wanted to have as much light coming through as possible.

If you're standing at the front door looking in, you look straight at a wall anyway.
Main (i.e. Charlies) bathroom
And her shower

I was worried about our colours in here, but am happy with choices so far.
Cannot wait until tiling is done in here. I'm stressing out about our colour choices in here too
Obviously the kitchen, with our white cabinets installed


Very glad we paid extra for the glass door on the pantry

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Another quickie

Not a real lot to report this week.

The water proofers have been in and water proofed stuff :) and it appears the cabinet makers have been in and started to install the cabinets, although most of them are just laying about, but at least the kitchen is starting to take shape.


Oh, by the way, they've cleaned our bricks and I'm much happier with them now :)

Monday, 2 November 2015

What a difference a week can make

Last week we had a frame with windows and a roof on it, this week we have a fully bricked house with internal walls.

It's amazing the difference in the 'feeling' of the house now.  We get a real sense of the size and space of each room now.  Funnily enough, rooms feel larger now the plaster is on.

We love our choice to have square set in the entrance, main living areas, theatre and study, it looks awesome and makes the ceiling feel so high up.  A standard with Boutique Homes is 2340 high doors.  Love love love the tall doorways too.  In our current place I can stand underneath a doorway and hold on to the architraves around the top of the door.  Even Matt can't reach the tops of these doors. Although, it will be difficult to dust the tops.

He loves to have his photo taken :P
Starting to get more and more excited about moving in to our brand new home now.  We bought a stack of packing boxes today, not very often you get excited about the prospect of packing :)
This week the waterproofing and cabinets are due to be installed. Can't wait to see fittings starting to go in, it will really transform from a shell to a house then :)
Photo time.
Loved this shot - Charlie running down hallway
Master - beautiful view of the front yard dump
 Theatre looking across to study
Looking through to family

We got our retaining wall!! - Yay!!
Weekly selfie