Brooks Reach Building adventure

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

The Final Countdown …

Doot Do Doo Doot Do Doo .. Hopefully we’ll have the keys to our brand new home this time next week.
On Wednesday 31st July we had our Practical Completion Inspection (PCI). It was quite breathtaking to see the house without the site fence; it is starting to look like a real home!
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There was a hive of activity onsite as cleaners were onsite wiping down the laundry and kitchen, a few guys were outside clearing away the majority of big rocks from the site. We wonder if they had planned to have tradies around so it looked like they were busy working on our house.

We were onsite for around 2 hours and 20 minutes. Nothing too major to report on really. Howard Ryan, our private certifier, did his inspection yesterday and we received his report soon after.

The key issues we found

  • Missing 50mm mosaic tiling strip above ensuite vanity
  • Wrong shelving installed in pantry (wire shelving installed, is meant to be melamine)
  • Stormwater pit, sewer vent still to be moved
  • Sides of external laundry door frame are yet to be adequately sealed
  • Gap between brickwork and gyprock wall on right side of front garage brick wall needs to be filled
  • Underside of window architraves are yet to be sealed to the wall and painted, excessive filler has been used

Other minor issues

  • Lots of paint chips, dirt/scuff marks on walls. Every room has paint cracks along the skirting joins
  • Inside edge of front entry door is yet to be painted
  • Slab surface requires cleaning
  • Front door is tight in operation and requires adjustment
  • Locking mechanism to Bed 1 door does not operate as intended
  • Striker plate and handle is yet to be installed to robe door in WIR
  • Tops of tile within shower recess area are yet to be completely sealed/grouted in ensuite
  • Re install light fitting against ceiling
  • Manhole cover missing (had been stolen)
  • WIR door missing (had been stolen)
  • Incorrect hand dummy handle has been installed to linen closet to rear hallway
  • Inconsistent heights of shelving to walk-in-linen closet near garage entry
  • Shower frames still not delivered or installed
  • Scratches and marks on most window frames
  • Bent sliding door frame
  • Chipped/scratched front door near locking plate
  • Kitchen cupboards and drawers require adjustment in areas
  • Scratches and imperfections on kitchen cupboards in areas
  • Striker plate is yet to be installed to external door jamb
  • Grouting to be improved around tap to laundry tub and taps and waste to underside of laundry tub
  • Bathroom bottom of door is yet to be sealed/painted
  • One of the windows was not sealed/closing properly
  • Holes in bathroom where towel rail was incorrectly installed
  • Towel rail is loose
  • Bathroom locking mechanism to door does not operate as intended
  • Silicone seal is incomplete to rear left corner of bath tub
  • Tops of shower tiles are yet to be completely sealed/grouted
  • Handles to BIRs are loose and doors not aligned

manhole
ensuite

Things still to be done

Rainwater tank to be installed
Oven, rangehood, cooktop, instantaneous hot water (ss is pushing for after handover)
Splashback (Was measured up on Saturday with BBS glass. We chose the Dulux colour ‘Native Scene’)
Window service (clean and grease all windows)
Lightglobes and shades to still be fitted
Correct pantry shelving installed
Sewer vent & stormwater pit moved
Site scrape down
Final clean
SS advised painter will be back after splashback installed to paint the nib (side) walls.

SS seemed to be understanding of our frustration at the time and said we should go ahead and book our carpets, tiles and AC for this week; if we didn’t have the keys he wouldn’t mind them onsite doing the essential jobs so we’re not delayed moving in… Well that all changed when no work was completed onsite since our walkthrough last week. We’re devastated to say the least.. Our tiles were due to be delivered tomorrow but the SS called on Tuesday afternoon to say we had to push it back a week as he has finally got hold of the painter to be onsite and finish all touch ups etc. It just so happens he has to be there on Friday so it means no tiling or carpets for us this week. SS has now said he is hoping for handover next week sometime, but we’re still waiting for Clarendon to send us the final account balance so our bank can get onsite and do their inspection before paying the last instalment. It’s really hard to trust what we’re being told as things have changed so often. There seems an awful lot of work to be done in such a short amount of time..

SO… Our current plan is to have tiles delivered Wednesday 14th and installed Thursday, Friday, Saturday with carpets being installed on Monday. We’ll then have the movers out on Tuesday 20th. We’ll then do a mad clean of the apartment and hand the keys back on either Friday 23rd or Monday 26th. There has been no talk of when appliances, hot water system and splashback will be installed; but we’re pushing for those things to be done right away.

Ok so some pictures of the place:
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skirting

internal front door

kitchen & meals
hubs

laundry 31.07.13
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B&R 31.07.13

Ahhhh! So after all that we’re just praying that things continue efficiently and correctly. We want those keys in our hands!

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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.”
Landscape plan watermark
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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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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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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Gutters, and fascia, and roof! Oh, my!

We headed out to our lot yesterday after a beautiful weekend away with our Bible Study group in Killcare (Central Coast region). It was a beautiful 20 degrees (only a week until winter hits too.)

Sad to say there was no roof up yet, BUT there were roof tiles and battens ready to be installed. Our bricks have also had a beautiful spray clean 😀

Roof Tiles

roof riles

Battens

Obligatory happy pose

Hot hubby doing his thing
We are loving the gutters and fascia and can’t wait to see it all together when the eaves, downpipes and roof are installed.

So we were originally meant to move the bricks today after work but the SS called on Friday and said not to bother as there were several delays on the house due to wet and windy weather last week. There was still scaffolding and the roof tiles in the way so SS said we could move the bricks once they head inside to work in a few weeks. It all worked out in the end as Hubby and I came down with terrible colds so we would not have been very productive anyway.

SS advised Lock up should be less than 3weeks away now 🙂 Lovely Nat over on Homeone mentioned on the forum today that they were busy working away on the roof with a cute little conveyor belt delivering the tiles onto the roof!Cheer

Gutters and Fascia

Measuring

Gutters and Fascia

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Brick-it down now

*hums ‘can’t touch this’* As of May 17th, our brickwork is complete 🙂 Completely Bricked Ain’t she a beauty?!!!

Our gutters and fascia were delivered last week and our SS said the Fascia went up on Tuesday 🙂
Gutter / Fascia

There have been some issues with weather, first wind and now rain, so Clarendon have been set back a little. Yesterday we were meant to move the leftover bricks from the front our lot to to the back so we could save them from being taken or thrown out. SS said it’s ok to have a few extra people onsite to help move them so we will try and convince a few friends to give us a hand (with the promise of cookies!!) We’ve been told there is no real rush to move them as gyprock won’t be delivered for another 2 weeks (sad face). But I figure it’s best to get them moved to a safer/secure location asap so we’ll head out Monday 27th after work.

And here are some other shots from around the lot just because 😀
Air Con space Backyard brick

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IMG_2887B&R 18th May
Awwdorable

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Slab kebab!

That’s right, we have a slab! wahooooooooooooooo!!!! *party*
But wait!” I hear you all cry; how did all this happen?!

Rewind to November 2011: We paid deposits on land and building tender.
Fast forward to 24th March 2013 and on a random visit to our lot we see it has been cut/filled

Cut/fill

Cut/fill Fun :D

 

 

 

Then we received a call on the 25th March to say ‘Hey, we’re starting your piering today. Feel free to come check it out around lunch time.” And sure enough lunch time rolled around, we zoomed away on our lunch break to find:
Waffle pod
Look at that lovely peiring. (We assume it’s lovely!)

Then as we were celebrating Easter and thanking God for all His blessing and provision we decided to visit the lot again, just because we could.. And what a lovely thing we found:
Waffle pod
Our waffle pod!! What is a waffle pod you ask? The Waffle Pod Slab Systems allows a more accurate specification of concrete quantities, reduces waste and provides a substantial boost to building site efficiency.
It has minimal impact on the environment – there is less soil disturbance, and no excavated rubble from trenches to dispose of. (if only the polystyrene was bio-degradable!) The pods allow air pockets in the slab to form an insulating layer between the structure and the ground.

What great progess they had been making, and so quickly too!!! We went back to work (grumpily) on Tuesday only to receive an invoice in the late afternoon for our slab. Now this is the first big progress payment for us (other than all the $$$$$ we had paid up to this point) and there was no way were going to pay 20% of our total house cost without checking out that slab. Our Site Supervisor (SS) had called hubby on the previous Thursday to tell him the slab would be done on Friday the 5th of April so we weren’t expecting this invoice so soon. To our great delight we found this upon our late night arrival after work:

Slab

Cuties

 

So we’re just enjoying the quick progress while we can. Now we’ve paid Clarendon a bunch of monies I wouldn’t be surprised if things slow down a little bit. Well, that and the fact is has rained both days after the slab was poured and is forecast to rain for the next week and a half! Oh well, it just gives the slab time to cure.

Hopefully I’ll be able to share pictures of the framing and bricks as they go up over the next month or so. At this point we’re estimating we’ll be in around November (worst case) with a possibility of being in late August/early September if everything goes perfectly and promptly!

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