Brooks Reach Building adventure

Come with us now on a tale of the mighty house building.

Additional quotes (Third party)

I thought I’d put together a blog post to share all the additional quotes Hubby and I have sourced to complete our home building experience. We have sought quotes for:

Blinds/Flyscreens
Driveway
Carpet/Tile
Air Conditioning (ducted)

We will also need to source quotes for landscaping including decking, retaining walls, fencing and turf. The contacts we have established so far are: http://www.turfco.com.au/products-services/buy-turf, http://www.cobbittyturf.com.au/index, http://www.iturf.com.au, http://www.paperbarkland.com.au/contact.html and http://www.harboursidelandscaping.com.au

Blinds/Flyscreens

Wynstan
Flyscreens: 12 standard flyscreen with normal fibreglass mesh $540 less 10% discount = $486 installed
12 flyscreens with aluminium mesh (level 1 rating) $648 less 10% discount = $584 installed
12 flyscreens with fire mesh stainless steel (level 1, 2, 3 rating) $948 less 10% discount – $854 installed
*These quotes are based off standard colour flyscreen frames
We ended up putting a deposit down on our flyscreens/shutters with Wynstan on Thursday 27th June. Paul gave us a 10% discount on everything which is a great saving!!!
For $1600 we are getting
12 9mm flyscreens (black) with aluminium mesh
1 sliding screen door (black) with mid rail and aluminium mesh
1 hinged screen door (black) with midrail, lock, aluminium mesh, door closer and bug seal
Panel Glide blind in Mercury Snow (translucent)
Shutters and supply + install $8364
7 sets of hinged basswood plantation shutters in ‘Antique White’, 19 door panels with 89mm width blades

Kresta
Quote for PVC venetians in ensuite + bathroom, panel glide blind for meals room and cellular blinds for other rooms here.
Quote for Roman Blinds + PVC blinds for bathrooms
Bed1 – Roman Blackout BASIC GRADE 1 FABRIC = 362.00 + $10.00 ( fitting) = $372.00 – 40%off
Bed2 – Roman Blackout =223.00 + $10.00 (fitting ) = $233.00 “”
Bed3 – Roman Blackout =223.00 + $10.00 (fitting) = $233.00 “”
Bed4 – Roman Blackout =223.00 + $10.00 (fitting) = $233.00 “”
Meals – Roman Non-Blackout =280.00 + $10.00 (fitting) = $290.00 “”
Family- Roman Non-Blackout =386.00 + $10.00 (fitting) = $396.00 “”
Meals Door- Nothing
Media – Roman Blackout =386.00 + $10.00 (fitting) = $396.00 “”
Ens-Ecowood PVC 50mm =242.00 + $10.00 (fitting) = $252.00 “”
Bath- Ecowood PVC 50mm =204.00 + $10.00 (fitting) = $214.00 “”
Quote for Shutters/PVC shutters
Bed1 – Timber Shutter – $984.00
Bed2 – Timber Shutter – $589.00
Bed3 – Timber Shutter – $589.00
Bed4 – Timber Shutter – $589.00
Meals – Timber Shutter – $816.00
Family – Timber Shutter – $1310.00
Media – Timber Shutter – $1179.00
+ a fitting and check measure charge of $ 66.00 for all shutters
Bed1 – PVC (Alicore) Shutter – $937.00
Bed2 – PVC (Alicore) Shutter – $561.00
Bed3 – PVC (Alicore) Shutter – $561.00
Bed4 – PVC (Alicore) Shutter – $561.00
Meals – PVC (Alicore) Shutter – $777.00
Family – PVC (Alicore) Shutter – $1248.00
Media – PVC (Alicore) Shutter – $1123.00
+ a fitting and check measure charge of $ 66.00 for all PVC shutters

Bayside Doors (Plantation shutters, Flyscreens and sliding door) Quote

Shutters Australia Quote
Thank you for the opportunity to quote on your house plans for plantation shutters. I have priced for Kiri painted plantation shutters. Kiri is a hardwood highly coated in polyurethane and resistant to heat. Kiri is a plantation grown timber we manufacture ourselves.
Price is inclusive of GST and free installation. You have a lifetime warranty on installation and componentry and a three year warranty on the paint finish. Should you wish to proceed with ordering a deposit of a third of the total is required and a check measure by our installers will be arranged to re check the measurements, colour selection and layout will be finalised at this visit. The balance is payable once installation is completed. We also have a showroom in Castle Hill should you wish to see our products on display, but I am aware you are south of Sydney and may be a fair way for you to travel.
Shutters are approximately 8 weeks from the time of the check measure.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions.

South Coast Floor Coverings
Fauxwood Shutters with install included was priced at $9063.00

ARK finishing touches (the original Quote from the company Clarendon uses)

Driveway

We sourced local driveway companies through various means including serviceseeking.com and using this list I found on the Wollongong Council website. It has all the certified concrete contractors in Wollongong region.
When contacting the various companies about driveway quotes we made sure to include a copy of our rough Landscape Plan as well as the most up-to-date layout of our lot. We This is the email we sent out:
“The width of our proposed driveway is about 5.7 m and the length from the garage to the street is about 5.5 m. We’d need crossover-to-kerb included and anything else needed for a driveway to a brand new house. We’d also like a path from the driveway to the front patio, my rough estimates puts that at a quarter-circle shaped path with the circle’s radius being about 1m.
I’ve attached an initial plan of the house of the block that we were given by our builder and the landscape plan that shows a more easy to see drawing of what we’re after. We’re no longer having them install the letterbox, so there’s no need for the curve in the driveway as they had in the site plan. The site plan is useful for measurements but the landscape plan is useful for design.
We’re also open to suggestions about other concreted areas that might improve the look/functionality of our yards, but at the very least we’d like a formal quote for the driveway and path to entry in both stencilled and plain concrete.”
Landscape plan watermark
This is the type of driveway we’d like in CCS pewter or similar
driveway patternDriveway sampleconcrete_brick_border_fs

Driveway Quotes

Fassone Concreating: Yvonne: Yvonne@fassoneconcrete.com.au Quote
Wilsons concreting & Resurfacing: Shane: scwilson161@live.com Quote

Leisure Coast Concrete Constructions Pty Ltd ANTHONY TOZZI mail@anythinginconcrete.com.au
Quotation for concrete driveway and council crossing
Price for Stencilled concrete is $6,980 + GST
Price in Plain Concrete is $5,840 + GST
This price includes:
submit a council application;
excavation to the driveway and council crossing;
supply and place one layer of SL72 Mesh;
supply and place 100mm thick concrete to the driveway and path and 150mm thick for the council crossing;
supply the stencil, colour and sealer for a stencilled finish.
This price does not include to removed excavated debris from site.

TOTAL CONCRETING Anton D’Amico totalconcreting@hotmail.com Quote
My name is Anton D’Amico and I’m the managing director of Total Concreting. If you can give me to the weekend I’ll have something typed up and sent to you. I understand that at this stage your most likely looking for quotes to satisfy your bank so I’m happy to prepare one for you. However please know that an accurate quote will only come after the home is constructed and a design can be conceived. Here at Total Concreting we are excellent at designing shapes, lines and finishes to suit the decor of the home. Take a look at the digital flyer attached and you expect your quote by the weekend.
Thank you for contacting us and if there’s anything we can do to aid you in your construction please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Kind regards, Anton. TOTAL CONCRETING – 0400003237

People we contacted but didn’t get formal quotes from (there are about 20 others I haven’t posted here. If you want our complete list please let me know):

Craig Callahan ccccalla013@gmail.com
At this point it is a little difficult to give a formal quote,what i see is you have about 50m of concreting to be done out the front,witch will cost approx $4,000 -$4,500. You may like to consider concrete at side of house or a garden shed.It would be in your favour to contact me when the job is near ready.

Concept Concreting: Vinnie concept@streettalk.net.au
Vinnie sent an email with LOTS of pictures and the info below. We emailed him back and provided him with our number but didn’t hear from him.
Thank you for email please give me your phone number as I have a few questions to ask you, I really need to see the job site as to make the quotation more relevant meanwhile here are a few examples of some of our jobs. Please keep in mind the finish you pick will effect the quotation If you would like to see any finishers let us know and it won’t be a problem to take you to any job we’ve done. Please reply if you get all the pics as I changed the files size. Scroll down all the way to the bottom Please call me Vinnie on 0418603001 and we’ll arrange a time if you want to see any jobs. Call me anytime if you have any other questions. Regards Vinnie 0418603001

We posted a quote request on Serviceseeking.com.au and found the below quote to be useless!
$4,500.00 – $12,000.00 for JOB #649210 – Concreting | Horsley
It depends on size color stencil or plain concrete and also excavation and tipping fees if you have a plan please forward to sho75875@bigpond.net.au thanks gordon and sue 0427351120

Gary Heiler flashflooring.au@gmail.com – Gary just sent us a flyer, essential a form letter
Hi Gary from flash flooring here.
Flash flooring is a new age flooring company offering you an alternative choice to the run of the mill floors. Our floors will impress and outlast all traditional floor coverings. Fast becoming the “in” floors of the 21st century.

Magic Concreting info@magicconcrete.com.au – We contacted Magic again but never heard back from them
We work on a sq mtr rate for concrete work Plain concrete is priced on $68 per sq Colour concrete is priced @ 90 & stamped or stencil is @ $100 plus site preparation & tipfees. would be best to have a look when house is nearly done hope this helps you. cheers lee (magic concrete)

Carpet & Tiling

South Coast Floor Coverings Quote We have chosen to go with South Coast flooring for both our tiles and carpet. We have made arrangements for them to be onsite for a check-measure once the skirting has been laid. The colour of our carpet will also be liquid silver, not loft.

Original quote from Accent Carpets, the company Clarendon uses. Quote

Amber Tiles Quote

Air Conditioning (ducted)

We knew early on that we didn’t want to pay $10,500 for a dodgy brivis system from Clarendon so we contacted a few local companies and decided on T.C air. The other companies we contacted were: http://www.alpineaircon.com.au, http://www.rapidcool.com.au, http://www.coralair.com.au, http://www.illawarrawollongongairconditioning.com.au, http://www.seabreeze.net.au

Chris from T.C air and his family are lovely and we’re so happy to be supporting a local Illawarra business. Though we did pay to have 3 phase power installed to the house we are only going with a single phase unit. Chris estimates that if we went with a 3 phase system we’d be saving around $20 every 500 hours the unit runs. This is the original Air Con quote and this is the Invoice we have submitted to our bank. You can see that there is a special on which makes it a tiny bit cheaper than we initially thought. WIN!

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Locked up, Lockin’ good!

What is up with this weather? Crazy storm the Illawarra is having. A timely reminder how thankful we are that our house has finally reached lock up stage Oh yeah! Rain can’t keep the builders away now!!!

Hubby and I did a quick trip out on Sunday to visit the lot and confirm that we had reached lock up stage. Happily (or is that sadly?) we couldn’t get inside but here is a lovely picture of our front door
Door (It will be painted Colorbond ‘Bushland’)

On Friday Shrimpy advised us that wet floor tiles are due to be delivered this week. Carpenter has been in wet areas and installed doors so that the tiles can be laid when delivered.

  • Second and final stage of waterproofing has been completed (this relates to nail penetration, angles across pipes etc)
  • Carpenter will install skirting and architraves sometime this week too. Today I confirmed a time with Wynstan to meet onsite this week for the check measure for our Plantation Shutters! Hubby will attempt to arrange a meet up with South Coast Floor Coverings for the same time so we can get it all done at once.
  • Other internal doors have been delivered and are currently in the master bedroom waiting to be installed this week.
  • Kitchen is being installed Monday/Tuesday (this is what I am most excited about)

Hopefully we’ll be able to snap some photos when we’re onsite.

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GypROCKed tour of our home

I have had another crazy busy weekend/week with a million things going on BUT now I finally have time to share with you all that we have gyprocking (dry walls) installed!

We did an early morning visit on Saturday 15th June and were greeted by this beauty
Garage

I can’t wait to see it when the garage door is on.  Oh and speaking of doors, our SS advised us last week that door deliveries by ‘Corinthian Doors’ only take place in Horsley on Tuesdays and Thursday and he estimated our doors would be delivered on Thursday. Clarendon’s carpenter is meant to be onsite on Friday(today) to install the doors.

Now, for a little tour of our place

The front entry way
Entryway

Our gorgeous Master Bedroom
Bed 1

Ensuite
Ensuite

Ensuite/WIR (spot the ruby!)
WIr ensuite

WIR
WIR

Home Theatre room (Media room/Games room THE BEST ROOM!)

Sunny family room

Meal (dining) room
Meals

KITCHEN 😀 BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN
Kitchen

Laundry
Laundry

Bed 3
Bedroom3

Bed 4
Bedroom 4

Main bathroom
bathroom

Bed 2
Bed 2

Hopefully not too much longer til we’re moving in and setting up home 😀 We expect a call from our SS today to let us know how things have progressed this week and we’ll try and make a trip out to Brooks Reach on Sunday.

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Splendid Insulation… It’s electrifying!!!

We made a quick trip out to Books Reach on Saturday and did a walk-through to see that the gyprock had been delivered (yay)! Gyprock

The sparkie had also been through and installed a bunch of wiring (and data cables, yay!) Wires Hubs and I were a bit sad as we thought the SS was going to call us and let us know when the sparkie was onsite so we could install a few extra powerpoints, but that didn’t happen 😦 I know we can always add them later but we probably won’t. I think looking at it now we wish we’d put in another data cable, but oh well – the house will still function as it is yay

Waterproofing in the wet areas had also been done too. Waterproofing
Roofing is complete and it looks like all the sarking is on and no more gaps between it and the roof battens/tiles. We think the roof looks lovely and has a really defined look.Our house

SS also moved the four pallets of bricks to the back of our lot along with 10 roof tiles he is leaving behind for us in case of future breakages etc. We’re really happy he did that as we had no idea how we’d manage on our own! Sadly he took all the pallets i was hoping to use for craft 😦

While checking out our lovely backyard we also noticed this monstrosity DWV
Would you believe it?! Another ugly, out-of-place, not on the plan sewer drain-waste-vent!! Our issue is not that we have one, we know how essential they are, it’s just why does it need to be right there in our back yard and not off to the side of the house that is hidden? Crybaby We’re hoping it’s at least going to be painted to match the roof tile and our downpipes. That spot is originally where we were planning on having a small clothesline *sigh* The plumber for our lot is awful! While we are on the sewer topic, our SS advised that the plumber would be on site over the next few weeks to move the sewer pit over a few metres in the front yard and the back sewer vent would be moved right out to the corner of our lot in the backyard.

After our little expedition we then decided to head to Warrawong and with the help of Floor Planner we sized up some new furniture for our home!! It’s really exciting to pick out furnishings! We ended up putting a deposit on an entry (hall) table, tv lowline, two book/dvd cases for the media room, a coffee table, lamp table, dining room suite, double bookcase and coffee table for the family room and Freedom’s sale is on until July 17th so we’ll head back there in a week or two to order a 2.5 seater and two armchairs (if we get over the bad customer service we’ve experienced from them in the past week.)

Dining

LowlineHall Table

Site Inspection 11.06.13

We met our SS on site yesterday just after 2pm for an inspection as per Clarendon’s requirements. The tradies had obviously been onsite earlier and started installing our roof and wall batts (Fletcher Insulation Pink Batts). It’s slowly coming together now. In our excitement we forgot to confirm that the walls between the main bathroom/toilet and bed 2/3 were lined with Acoustic Batts as we paid extra for those – we have emailed our SS and are waiting for him to confirm.
Batty

Gyprocking was due to start today with the plan for lock up to be completed by next Monday. If the front/laundry and garage doors aren’t delivered on Monday though it will be Thursday. We checked all the wiring, powerpoints and light switches were all roughly were we had placed them during our electrical meeting. Everything is looking good so far!

SS advised we’re still on track for August handover, whether that is early or late August we don’t know – We’ll just be happy when we have the keys in our hands!! Bring on moving dayhappy
Cuties

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Pre plaster/ Lock up Inspection

As mentioned in our last post here, Howard Ryan was onsite on Monday 3rd June to do the first of the two Private Inspections Hubby and I are having during the build.

We received the report as promised on Thursday night and spent a good few hours pouring over it, looking at the photos that were a reference for each issue that was identified.

We forwarded the report onto our SS via email and he responded right away saying he would have his carpenter on site the following day to fix the few issues that were mentioned. He said that it was all stuff that would have been fixed up along the way anyway.

We’re happy our list was pretty small in comparison to some I have read over on Homeone and other building blogs. I’m not surprised though as our SS really seems to know what he is doing, but maybe the tradies were just taking a few shortcuts or something.

Our one disappointment was that the inspection was not scheduled at the most effective time for best value of our money. Hubby and I think it should have been pushed back a week or so, but oh well, it’s done now.

Below are some bits and pieces we have taken from the thorough report Howard provided to us.
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An excerpt from the inspection report:

This is a visual inspection only: Limited to those areas and sections of the property fully accessible and visible to the Inspector on the date of the Inspection.

  • The inspection DID NOT include any breaking apart, removal of any insulation products, removing or moving objects including, but not limited to mouldings, eave linings, sidings, ceilings or any of the sites current stored goods and or building materials. The  Inspector CANNOT see between covered floors, inside skillion roofing, other areas that are concealed or obstructed and CANNOT climb onto pitched iron roofed dwellings.
  • The inspector DID NOT dig, force or perform any mortar testing or other invasive procedures at the time of this
  • inspection.

The items below were marked as ‘Incomplete Works: (works that are yet to be completed as was originally intended and lacking in part)’.

THE EXTERIOR FINDINGS TO THIS DWELLING:

1. Windows and sliding and or bi-fold doors will need the manufacturer’s service, general adjustment,
track clean and lubrication, prior to completion
2. Sliding and or bi-fold door units need their base sill tracks covered and protected during this
construction process to prevent construction damage which may hinder the sill and doors intended
operation
3. Some sections to the exterior were incomplete at the time of this frame inspection therefore these
incomplete external items will be re-inspected upon the completion handover inspection by H & K
Ryan at a later date as and when required
4. Roof tiling and eave linings were incomplete

The Site:

1. The site safety fencing must remain completely intact (and locked if intended) at all times and must be
maintained in a safe standard at all times. Gates should remain locked and under the builders control.
2. The site is to be left clean of building debris, site areas to be graded and levelled out appropriately on
completion, subject to the Builders contract Specifications.

The Interior:

The significant items that need remedial works are:
a. Truss sheer blocking is incomplete in areas above some of the internal braced walls near the
ensuite and the kitchen areas,
b. Speed brace tails must be wrapped and fixed to the underside of the top wall plate in areas
1. A recommendation was made that where all the galvanised wall frame braces pass over each other that they be
separated with an insulation material to prevent interior wall cavity knocking in the future.
2. Sheer blocking is incomplete to to a braced wall at the entry area (photograph was included in report)
3. Blocking incomplete for the wall linings support around the bath unit (photograph was included in report)
4. The truss speed bracing must be wrapped and fitted to the underside of the top wall plate as intended

GENERAL DUTY of CARE NOTES THAT SHOULD BE APPLIED:

1. Tops and bottoms of all external and all of the internal wet area doors should be sealed, once they
have been installed. This will be inspected by us at the final PCI completion inspection.
2. i/ WC Cistern’s wall blocking is yet to be fitted to some areas only, (these blocks are only required if
the WC suite specified is to be a wall mounted unit and not a pan mounted unit,)
ii/ dryer units wall mounting blocks are yet to be fitted at 2.1 to 2.3 centres, subject to the Builders
contract Specifications.
iii/ wall blocking for any future wall mounted Plasma/LCD TV unit, are not a requirement under a
building contract and if required would normally be a variation, but are essential to be installed at this
frame stage. (CASE NOTE: We have been advised of a past matter in the USA where a wall mounted
Plasma TV unit had fallen off a wall and killed a two year old child due to not being fitted
appropriately to adequate wall blocking.)
3. The garage slab floors need protecting during this construction process as they are intended to be a
future finished surface.
4. It is recommended only that all the Rehau water pipes be silicone sealed where they pass over each
other and where they pass through wall studs to prevent possible water hammer knocking within the
wall cavity areas in the future.

GARAGE:

Wall noggins incomplete in areas,

REAR HALLWAY:

Wall noggin loose in the rear linen press unit

BATHROOM:

Bath wall lining blocking incomplete,

LAUNDRY:

Wall mounted dryer blocks should be fitted at 2.1 to 2.3 centres, if required by the
homeowner, (a variation may apply if this blocking is required
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Hubby and I definitely think it was worth the money to have the inspection done. It’s peace of mind for us and I think it’s also a little extra pressure on Clarendon to make sure they do the right thing knowing we’re having our own private inspector come through and check things out.

We plan on heading out over the long weekend to check on this weeks progress as Daz and Nat over on Homeone have said they have seen people onsite every day this week. Woot!!!
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With a rooftop over our heads

That’s right, the roof is on!!!! The corner pieces are still to be laid but that won’t be til later in the build. There is some nice shiny stuff on the inside of the roof though.IMG_3165 (Large)

Downpipes have been installed (still to be painted though) along with gutters and fascia. Downpipes and roof
Hubby and I are still trying to decide if it was wise to go with Sandbank for our downpipes or if it would have been better going monument. What do you think? Let me know in the comment section below.

We have Howard Ryan (HnK Ryan) going through the house with our SS tomorrow for the first of two private inspections. This one is the lock up / Pre-plaster inspection and Howard will be onsite between 7am and 8am take photos, record any issues and send through the report to us later in the evening. We then have to forward this report onto our SS.

Weather is dreadful outside right now but forecast for the week is mostly sunny. Praying for a little more sunshine so the tradies can finish everything they need to before moving inside!

Bathy times

Branden in the bath… Stop looking, you pervs!

Chef Ruby in the future kitchen

Nearly done with the roof..Back entryFront entryrooftiles

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Pantry

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