Brooks Reach Building adventure

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

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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Brick it!

Two weeks have zoomed on by! Following the last post on our frames, on April 29th we received the largest invoice EVER, indicating that our frames were done and windows had been installed 🙂 Hubby and I quickly stopped by to check everything was as it should before fore we paid that kinda cash!

backyard brick Bricks

 

 

 

 

 

 

As can see, our bricks were also delivered 🙂 Our brick choice is ‘Engage’ By Austral Bricks and it’s part of the ‘Everyday Life’ range. We were really pleased with the brick colour when we chose it back in early 2012 so it was nice to see we still liked them as they sat there waiting to be laid.

Site Supervisor meeting May 2nd 2013

SS was 10minutes late onsite but he eventually turned up and we chatted as we walked around the lot for about 45minutes. He was nice, answered all our questions and said he’d follow up on our issues which is great. The key points from the meet up are outlined below:

  • Our first layer of bricks is done! Pest control and granite guard have been applied. Waterproofing still to be done by SS at a later date
  • SS said we will lose a week of work now as the brickies are tied up with other jobs; he is sure he can make that week back later down the track though
  • We were told that roofing was going to be done first, but SS decided to get bricks done before roof tiling in the end
  • We advised SS we wanted to keep leftover bricks and roof tiles. He said that’s fine we will just need to move them to the back of the lot before clean up happens on site, but he’ll let us know when that is
  • Estimated date of handover.. wait for it.. 3 MONTHS!!! WHAT!?!! That would mean a total build time of 4 months (as opposed to the allocated 5 months) But we know a lot can happen between now and then so we’re not holding our breath – We are hoping ot be in by September at this stage
  • SS said that if there were extra powerpoints we wanted (on parallel walls) he could arrange some cash jobs with sparky
  • SS is happy to have out carpet/tile and blinds company come through and do a check measure once we reach lock up stage
  • Our bank has contacted SS to arrange an inspection before bank releases funds for frame invoice
  • Howard Ryan has made contact with SS to arrange for the first of 2 private inspections we are having. HnK Ryan will come through when gyprocking starts in a few weeks
  • The cowl for the ducted rangehood won’t be installed on tiles for; a pipe will direct it out to the eaves so it’s not visible. The SS thinks cowls are a bit of an eyesore and don’t really match your roof tiles
  • The stormwater pit issue was discussed and  SS showed us the copy of the hydraulics report. He said we should have received a copy of it but Clarendon had never sent it to us. We followed it up with our Customer Service Consultant and she sent us out the report.  The stormwater pit is actually meant to be further across, almost in line with our bedroom window. The SS thinks the plumber was lazy and has put it where it is so he didn’t have to dig in under ground to have it flow through to the main drain. This will eventually be moved.
  • The final issue we wanted cleared up on the day was this small silver thing we had seen on our lot… Turns out it is a SEWER VENT!!!! It is right outside our sliding door and huge ‘family room’ window.  What the heck was the plumber thinking when he put that there?!! We told the SS that that is where our future decking is going to be, and we don’t have much of a yard so we need to use every bit we can. I had also noticed the sewer vent wasn’t on the hydraulics report when he had it out earlier. The SS said he will follow up with the plumber and have it moved to the back door area near the laundry

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So after all that Hubby and I felt much better about the issues we have and it’s comforting to know we have a SS that seems to know what he’s doing. We actually feel like someone is looking after us now.

May 3rd

We received a bill from Sydney Water for our water connection. Nothing major but Clarendon had provided them with the wrong address (as they do with all our services!) I contacted Sydney water and updated our postal address. I have also submitted an online request to have our meter address updated as it’s not the primary address for our lot (corner lots have alternate addresses). Sydney Water advised we’d get another bill once we’re connected to the sewer.

May 10th 

We had our weekly call form the SS on Friday and he said he expects the bricking to be complete by middle of this week (possibly Friday at the latest as they aren’t finished yet!!). According to our ‘Clarendon Homes Construction Journey‘ we’ll then have another (huge) invoice and followed by the roof tiles going up and then they’ll head inside and get things moving. SS said that in around 2 weeks time the gyprock will be delivered. We asked about when the stormwater drain and sewer vent will be moved and he said he’ll get to it after lock up.

Hopefully I’ll have some more good news to share with you all next week 🙂 Each day that goes by brings us one step closer to our beautiful new home!

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