Brooks Reach Building adventure

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

Nearing Practical Completion Inspection (final walk-through)

Sadly I haven’t had much to report on with regards to the build . Progress has slowed right down with someone onsite roughly 1-2 days a week (if at all). Once the build is complete I will be posting my full review along with the issues we’ve faced along the way.

Since my last post not much has happened. One of the things we’re struggling with is lack of communication from our Site Supervisor and the inconsistencies in the information we’re being provided.
So, what has been completed since my last post?

  • Garage door has been installed and painted
  • Front/back door has been painted
  • Painter has completed second (final) coat of paint
  • Most of the light battens were installed
  • Most powerpoints were installed
  • Most light switches installed
  • External taps installed with markings for rainwater
  • Shelving looks complete
  • Data and phone points have been installed
  • Smoke alarms installed

Outstanding issues/ things to be completed

  • No site fence or right side of house
  • Some lightswitches
  • Outdoor lights installed
  • Some powerpoints (including external)
  • Not all doors have been put back on
  • Sewer vent and stormwater pit still not moved <—- STILL!!! AGH!!!!!!!
  • No water tank
  • No hot water system
  • No rangehood or oven
  • No toilets, shower frames, taps
  • Bath not installed (8 roof tiles sitting in the bath cavity)
  • No mirrors
  • Tiling still incorrect in ensuite
  • One pot drawer in kitchen was just sitting on our benchtop
  • Cabinetry in bathroom has been taken apart and left off it’s hinges
  • There was a small bag of cement open and spilled on the floor in the meals area; someone had dumped it or got it wet as there is cement sprayed all over one of the meals walls
  • Sandbank paint on one of the glass sidelights
  • Side downpipe still needs to be completely painted
  • Further damage to slab at front left corner of the house and ensuite extension area
  • So much rubbish and debris all over the front of the yard (even though it’s meant to be confined to the bin in the back)
  • Rocks still have not been moved off our neighbour’s site
  • Still awaiting call from splashback installer to arrange measure up and install

SS didn’t contact us again this week so Hubs called him yesterday. We don’t think our SS has been on site for a while as the first thing he said was that everything was pretty much done. (See what I mean about inconsistencies?!)
We were assured that the cleaner will still be onsite on Monday. Apparently they are waiting for sinks (? not sure about this as they looked done to us) and mirrors. SS said that the plumber had been out.
He’ll check the calendar tomorrow and give us a call to lock in the date for our PCI (Practical Completion Inspection) – we said that the original dates of Wed & Thurs are still best for us.
We also mentioned the issue with the missing mosaic tiling in the ensuite. Shrimpy said this will be things we go over during the PCI walkthrough. We thought we’d bring it up in case it could be resolved sooner rather than later.

The subject then came around to money; we were asked if we’d received our final invoice yet. Hubby very politely advised our SS that we had tried getting details regarding our provisional allowance (we asked to see invoices so we could prove they had used what they are billing us for) as we wanted to know if we would be credited anything back. We were told by our new CSC that our SS has to start that process and tell the office to issue the final invoice. SS said he will sort that out and we should expect the final invoice within 11-12days.
So, taking into account defects that will need to be fixed at PCI and time for the bank to inspect the house and release payment we could be looking at the third week of August now, if not later. Blerrrrrrrrrrrrgh

So will we get to do our walk-through this week? We’re not sure anymore as there are so many outstanding issues that are yet to be rectified. We’re hoping that our SS will visit our site on Monday and assess all that needs to be done.

We have just about finished packing up our little apartment, bar the essentials. We are so ready for this move.
Here are some photos we’ve taken over the past two weeks; we’re loving our colour choices and how they have all blended so well together in the end.

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front door

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B&R edit


And one for giggles: An accidental dramatic pose as I got in the way of hubby’s photo :p
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4 weeks til Handover

After several attempts to get through to our site supervisor, darling hubby made contact on Monday and got the following brief updates:

  • Plumber has been overseas so the stormwater pit and sewer vent will be moved next week upon his return
  • Taps in vanities, showers, sink have all been installed
  • Electrical mark up has been done
  • Shelving has been installed in robes and pantry
  • Painter is meant to be back sometime late this week/early next week to complete the second and final coat of paint
  • Toilets to be installed later this week/next week
  • PCI (Practical Completion Inspection) Walkthrough will be 2/3weeks then a week following to allow for any touch ups etc and we should get keys first week of August if everything goes to plan. We’re aiming for the second or third week in August though just in case, don’t want to be getting our hopes up to high at this point.
  • Not sure when water tank/gas hot water system will be done – I assume sometime over the next two weeks!

I received a call on Monday to say there was an issue with our splashback. We originally chose to upgrade a ceramic tile splashback in the kitchen to a Metaline panel spanning the entire bench length (around 3m). It was one of our most expensive upgrades and not an easy one to make. Last week that splashback was meant to be installed, but apparently issues have arisen over the past few months with bubbling and YHK (Forstan kitchen company that Clarendon Homes uses) no longer endorse the product. A lady from YHK offered a free upgrade to a glass splashback for us which we have accepted. We now have to wait for a call from their supplier to arrange a measure up onsite and they can try and match a colour for the glass to a paint swatch. We’ll be sticking as closely as we can to a metallic green with gold flecks (like our original splashback). The lady said it can be installed after handover but I adamantly stated we wanted it done beforehand. Hopefully we’ll get a call soon arranging the site visit so we can get it behind us.

Freedom furniture are delivering our new couch/armchairs on Friday so we have to store them in our tiny apartment til the move. 

<—This is what we’re getting for the family room. It’s called the ‘Harry’ and it made me love it even more; I’m a huge Harry Potter fan!

Rather than getting another couch we chose two accent chairs. Chevron is amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has been my favourite purchase for the house so far other than my gorgeous Green Apple Kitchenaid stand mixer (thanks Grandma Judy!)

I have heard that getting the keys can be a huge anti-climax but we’re trying to stay positive and excited about it all. Hopefully only a few short posts away from the grand tour 😀

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Benchtop beauty

Just a quick update as our gorgeous benchtops have been installed. The place was all locked up (as it should be) so we couldn’t get inside, but we had a quick peek through the windows!!
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This is the colour of our Benchtop; New Diamond White New Diamond White stone benchtop
Our front and back door have had their first coat of paint as has the walls and doors inside.

Skirting and architraves have all been installed too.
Our tiny back step area has been tiled, but I can’t remember if the front step has been tiled yet

Tiling looks to be complete in the bathroom/ensuite/WC/laundry as far as we can tell. We love our mosaic tiling along the bathtub and can’t wait to see the strip above the vanity in the ensuite

Our vanities have also been installed
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Our downpipes have finally had a coat of paint! We are so relieved as we were anxious as to whether or not we had made the right decision to go with a light colour for downpipes/water tank/fascia rather then something to match the roof. We are super happy we stuck to our first choice.

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So we’re thinking that the electrician should be onsite next week to wire up everything then painters will come back and do their bit, Splashback will be installed, carpenter will put on doors and install shelving and then hopefully the plumber will do his part and move the stormwater pit and sewer vent.

It’s an exciting feeling to be so close to handover, but I also felt a little sad leaving the lot today; We won’t be visiting on site anymore unless we have scheduled inspections as there really isn’t anything else we can physically see without having access to the inside. Praying we’re still on track for August handover (or sooner!!!!!)

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Bathroom & laundry tiling

Last Saturday we did a quick drive by the lot  just to see if we could peer in a few windows and check out if anything had been done on the bathrooms. When we arrived we saw the front door was open!!! We called our Site Supervisor and left a message just to see what the dealio was. There was work going on at other Clarendon sites in the estate so we perhaps someone had left it open and was coming back; either way we wanted to follow it up with Shrimpy so he was aware.

We took the opportunity to pop inside and show one of my little sisters the place.

Things haven’t progressed as much as we thought they would. Tiling is underway, our stone bench tops were due to be installed today along with shelving for pantry etc, the tiler will then be back to install our metaline splashback. The painter is meant to be out some time this week too for the first coat of paint followed by gyprockers inspection and then final coat of paint. So SS said there should be someone onsite everyday, which is what we’ve been expecting since lock up anyway. Surely they are as keen to get things finished as we are?

Here is a shot of the main bathroom (tiles still need to be laid around bath area and next to the window)

Toilet floor tiled (wall tiles to be laid)
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Ensuite (mostly finished; mosaic still to be laid above vanity)


Laundry floor tiled (wall tiles still to be laid)

Most of the doors in the house have been installed too, including the wardrobe doors
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We got a call from Wynstan last week to confirm SS’s number so he could get onsite and do final measure up for our plantation shutters and get them ordered in. South Coast Floor Coverings were onsite last week to measure up for our carpets and tiles and today they sent through the invoice for around $10k. Our tiling job has been tentatively booked to be installed in the second week of August should we have the keys by then.
AHHHHH it’s so close now, hopefully on the homestretch. So ready for moving day!

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The beginnings of our kitchen

Last week was terrible weather wise. I think we’d all forgotten how often it rains in Wollongong, but it was worse with this recent downpour as it rained all. week. long.

While progress haltered on most sites we know the carpenter was on our lot at least for a few days as we saw him there on Thursday when we had our check measure for our plantation shutters. We’re not sure if anyone was meant to be with him or not but when we arrived he was just sitting on a milk crate for the longest time … When we finally went inside and introduced ourselves and kinda said ‘this is our house’ he slowly moved around and cut a few pieces of wood for the architraves during the three hours we were there. When we were leaving hubby looked in the window and he had gone right back to sitting down on the milk crate!!! It’s so frustrating as we heard him telling the guy from Wynstan just how flat out they all are etc and there isn’t much more to be done for our build so I don’t understand why he was just so relaxed and seemingly lazy.

The purpose of our visit to the house was to measure up the blinds/flyscreens/shutters as I mentioned above but it was also a great excuse to actually get inside and see what has been done.
We were told on Friday 21st of June that last week we were meant to see cornices, skirting, architraves, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry installed with wet tiles being delivered and possibly installed on the Thursday/Friday. What we actually saw on Thursday was the cornices were installed, cabinetry had been completed for the kitchen and bathroom/ensuite and the carpenter only started the architraves while we were there onsite

But progress is progress. Here are some quick snaps we took of the kitchen

Kitchen
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Kitchen 27.06.13

Our bathroom and ensuite vanities are the same

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And just because
Ruby kitchen

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Hopefully we’ll get a call from Shrimpy tomorrow saying everything has been done and the house is good to go I can hope, right?

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