Category: New House

Lock up

Lock up

All the sheeting is up and it really does look like a house now. I can’t get inside as the doors are locked and I don’t have access to the site. So the updates will be a little less from now. Which kind of sucks as this is the more exciting part of the build. You can see from the picture above that these are the final doors, it is only to protect the inside.

Holy Sheet

Holy Sheet

Now we are starting to seem some real progress. Last week the cabling was finished and my additional network and speaker wiring went in. And this week the sheeting is going up. I went out Tuesday and saw this, so hopefully it is all done by the end of the week. As you can see, it is not only the walls, but the ceiling as well!

Some exposed frame still, but definitely progress can be seen.

I started discussions about an alternate NBN install location, as you may have seen all my network cabling. That wasn’t the original install location, and is much more than the houses original 2 network cable design. But there are reasons why this conversation didn’t happen earlier. But I am hopeful it can all go smoothly.

Garage shows the progression really well, insulation in ceiling, rear of kitchen wall and a fully sheeted wall.
Electrifying

Electrifying

They were advised that today was the day, electrical was going in and they needed to go in to do the data at the same time. Yes I’m getting additional data points installed.

They were advised that today was the day, electrical was going in and they needed to go in to do the data at the same time. Yes I’m getting additional data points installed.

And the reason it had to be done today is they were told that the sheeting is going up next week. Things are actually starting to ramp up now. I was getting some speaker wiring done too, but I think that will be completed tomorrow.

Electrical is in, well I presume it is all.
If you squint you can see cabling in the ceiling and walls.
Raise the Roof

Raise the Roof

Earlier in the week I saw the gutters finished and then the Colorbond sheeting go on. So that completed the roof, and today when I went by it looks like the external insulation (or whatever it is called) is done too.

It looks a lot more like a house now!

I’ve got an erection!

I’ve got an erection!

My wood has finally stood up tall, but it did need the help of multiple men. Sure, there is a little bit more to go, but it is mostly there so we can celebrate now. Some decent progress that’s for certain!

Not the best photos at night, but here are a couple.

Living room and kitchen
Media room

Here’s the Day time shot after they finished the facia!

Front of house with completed facia
Administration not Frame Erection

Administration not Frame Erection

So first of all, the title says it all, the frame has not gone up and is still sitting next to the slab due to shortages of carpenters. But I did have some updates on some administration. First of all, my corrected contract has been returned last week by the sellers conveyancer. Only a two month wait.

Secondly, the bank got in touch with my broker who advised me that they want the settlement to complete by 15th October 2021, otherwise they will need to submit a new First Home Owner grant application and Form 21. Which will cause delays. Currently with some time allowed for delays due to weather and so on, the scheduled settlement date is the 19th October 2021. So that is something, but those dates obviously don’t match up.

Just like my frame, that is now a waiting game. Once it gets closer, the builder will know if they will be meeting the banks settlement date or not and we can proceed from there. In the mean time, there have been many houses in the estate being built. Including my neighbour across the road, who last Friday got their frame, and then Monday their roof trusses up. This is a Hedges house, so it makes me hopeful that mine will be next.

Winter Hibernation

Winter Hibernation

As you would expect with all the grants and the mass migration that appears to be happening, this appears to have caused some delays. Specifically in getting some carpenters to put the frame up. So the revised completion date is now mid to late October 2021. But there is a change to the specification, in particular the type of reticulate termite treatment that will be used from Plasmite to Kordon.

So instead, here is a look at the proposed kitchen plan, you can see it in action in a previous post, but here are the plans.

*Dishwasher and microwave are not included.
Hello Neighbour

Hello Neighbour

Got a phone call today from the agent advising that the builder had the back sliding door round the wrong way on the plans. I gave them permission to swap it to how they wanted to do it. Doesn’t mind me either way. Also I had recently found out that my contract references two different lot and plan numbers, so that needs to be fixed. Still waiting on the sellers conveyancer to approve fixing that one.

There is room, but it is still close.

Today I went round and saw that the slab for my neighbours have been poured, so now I can truly see how close all these houses will be together. Not exactly something I want, but something I can live with. So hello neighbours. Oh, did I mention that phone call? Well they also said they are looking at it so they can order the windows, doors etc. Means we should see something happening soon.

Wood at the ready

Wood at the ready

The wood frame has been delivered to the property! Which continues the trend of following the other two properties which I mentioned in my previous post. As they received their wood last week, and one is already has it’s frame built. So I am hopeful that mine will happen next week.

Check out my wood. Hopefully I will have another update soon.

Grab a Slab

Grab a Slab

This is the benefit for off-the-plan builds, multiple being done in one area by the same builder means that the slab can be done even quicker than you expect. As they were already scheduling the build and before you know it, it’s done.

The slab always seems to make it feel small, but at the same time, compared to houses I have lived in, it will be small, especially the alfresco and back yard. But I’ll make it work.