Brooks Reach Building adventure

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

2 more sleeps (and then keys will be ours. MUHAHAHAA!!)

Keys Keys Keys Keys sung to tune of:
WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Our bank released the funds early Thursday and after several calls/emails to our CSC and Clarendon accounts department on Friday it was confirmed around 2pm that they had received our final payment! Our SS called hubs and booked in Handover for Monday. He had our keys with him but not the fancy handover leather book thing they give out. SS also has arranged for our appliances to be installed Monday morning before we get keys so that’s nice.

We went for a quick drive out to Brooks Reach yesterday afternoon to check in on the tiling. We really love the tile we chose and how it’s all blending well together (obviously the grout still needs to be done)
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The tiler has done a great job so far considering it’s only him working on them. He told the SS he should be done by Sunday.. BUT he wasn’t onsite at all today so this makes us a bit worried.
Tiler needs to be done by Monday morning so Clarendon’s painter can pop in on Monday morning and finish the nib walls in the kitchen. SS is also having our appliances installed on Monday before handover too. 🙂 woo!! South Coast Floor Coverings were meant to be installing carpet on Monday, but last week they pushed it back to Tuesday and when we rang to confirm yesterday they’ve now told us Thursday is the earliest :S We’re getting a bit frustrated with them now as they just aren’t consistent in what they say. We’ve let them know that we’re actually moving in on Wednesday and won’t really be setting up furniture in the rooms for one day just to try and move it out the next for their carpet layer. Hopefully that gets sorted and they keep their original agreement with us.

We’ve organised for our gas/electricity to be switched over to AGL, organised our mail redirection, having the NBN connected on the 26th (WOOTWOOTWOOT) arranged a cancellation date for our services in this apartment .. we had a very productive afternoon yesterday haha.
Today we also went out and purchased some more furniture, a lovely Bosch dishwasher and a bunch of other random things for the house. It still doesn’t feel real though!

There are still minor issues with the home that we’ll take note of when we sign for the keys on Monday: *scratched sliding door *kitchen cabinet still away being repaired *back stop tiling still uneven *bathroom cabinet door not aligned *Lightbulbs/shades not installed yet.
These are just the few things we saw while we were onsite for 20mins 🙂 hopefully most of it will be fixed before we get keys.

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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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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.”
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This is the type of driveway we’d like in CCS pewter or similar
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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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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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Kitchen Spec

Our kitchen meeting was part of our first Clarendon Create appointment but I felt it needed it’s own post as it’s such an important part of our home.
The kitchen has always been my focus during the house hunting and now building process. Thankfully I have an incredible husband that has supported my kitchen-crush during this whole time. A promise of never ending brownies may have also helped!

Our kitchen will have 3m long stone benchtops with a breakfast bar extension making the island bench even wider. We will have a 900mm gas cooktop, canopy ducted rangehood and 600mm electric oven. We will eventually have a side-by-side fridge/freezer with a filtered water point. WE HAVE A HUGE WALK IN PANTRY! We haven’t picked out tiles yet as our builder is making us wait until construction is under way (who knows why!) but they’ll be a light colour like this:ZIRVE BEIGE (MARBLE) - Tile Sample from QQ

We describe the feel of our future kitchen as open and earthy with the green and brown tones. One of the best upgrades we made was our kitchen sink to be a double bowl sink. Best $15 upgrade I think! Of course we had to source specific models and ask for a price on all the items we wanted, but that wasn’t too much work. We also upgraded our oven to a newer model too for a small fee.
Branden’s Grandma & Poppop gave me some money towards my KitchenAid that I’ll purchase as a house warming gift to myself when we move in. I’m thinking green apple KitchenAid Green Apple Artisan or possibly Cobalt Blue (B’s fave colour is blue) Cobalt Blue KitchenAid. The hubby will probably spend his gift money on electronics or something for the theatre room. Boys and their toys!

The original quote for upgrades came to a total of $12,970!!!!!! *wide eyes*. We just couldn’t believe the cost for some of the items. We didn’t get a quote for the tepanyaki built in cooktop with wok, I think that would have been neat but very expensive. We would have loved to have SMEG appliances too but agreed we could upgrade to those later once we settle in and save for those kind of things.

Below are the items we had quoted (with approximate figures):

  • Craftwood bulkheads above cabinets (between ceiling and cabinets) $420 Did not get this upgrade (Essentially it’s a fake wall so you don’t have to dust above your cabinets. How silly)
  • Provide matching door colour above canopy rangehood $192 Did not get this upgrade
  • Matching door colour bottoms to matching side of wall cabinets either side of rangehood $190 Did not get this upgrade
  • 300mm depth extra overhang to breakfast bar $400
  • 20mm thick stone benchtop, pencil round edge $4000
  • Laminex crystal gloss melamine doors/panels (Espresso) $2100 Did not go with this upgrade
  • Brushed aluminium laminated kickboards $420 Did not get this upgrade
  • Lamanix metaline splashback (including behind rangehood), Champagne Perle $2600
  • 1 x bank of 2x pot drawers righthand side of underbench oven $220
  • Soft closing drawers – $820 Did not go with this upgrade
  • Soft closing door hinges – $384 Did not go with this upgrade

*Microwave provision removed
*Aware that our fridge door will not extend fully due to wall cavity.

Our total for upgrades/changes etc came to around $6000

This is our beautiful kitchen plan

Kitchen drawing

Splashback: Laminex Metaline Champagne Perle champagne_perle splashback You can’t tell from the picture but it is a soft green colour that hs a subtle gold fleck through it. So pretty.

Benchtop: Quantum Quartz New Diamond white New Diamond White stone benchtop

Kitchen cabinets: Wilsonart Chocolate O547 Morro Zephyr 4846

Cooktop: westinghouse ghr95s – 5 burners baby! GHR95S-14700
Oven: POR667S POR667S-14158

Sink: R175 MK II double bowl sink R175 MK II double bowl sink

rangehood: WRF900CS-6286 – Canopy Rangehood WRF900CS-6286 - Canopy Rangehood

The colours will end up looking something like the below design sample (The design is different though)

Envisage Kitchen design

Up next: Clarendon Create pt2 (internal colours, alarms, bathrooms and other not so exciting things)…

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