Thursday, 28 March 2013

More Pics

Today we had our shutters installed, I love them, they look so good and make a big difference to the house.

Here are some more pics of the house

Master suite.....there is a lot of room. Thinking of a feature wall behind the bed, just need to deide what colour

Stairwell. Looking for a pendent light to hang there

Upstairs hallway from the stairs looking to the front of the house to the master suite balcony door

Upstairs hallway looking towards the back of the house.
3 door linen cupboard upstairs
Upstairs loo
Downstairs hallway looking towards the front door


Our shutters in the downstairs leisure room.

The rest of the house is still a work in progress.....still unpacking and we need to buy some more furniture, so stayed tuned.
Excavation of the backyard starts next week for the pool and landscaping.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Moved in

We have now moved into our new home and loving it! The appliances are now installed and so is the air conditioning, which we have been using during these hot days, it works really well.

We are noticing how big the rooms are, including the kitchen and huge walk in pantry. We also have lots of storage which is great. With the higher ceilings I can't reach the top cupboards of the kitchen, laundry and my walk in robe. So I'll have to get a few step ladders.

Just a couple of pics of the kitchen


Our screen doors and flyscreen doors were installed today as well. The frame of the front door and balcony door are in a wood like aluminium to match the timber door. The match is pretty good and blends in well with the timber door frame.

We are also having a few electrical problems, from time to time our existing fridge keeps triggering the safety switch and shutting off one of the power circuits. We think it is taking a bit longer for the gasses to settle or some wiring in the fridge may have not travelled well with the move. Anyway our new fridge is due to be delivered tomorrow.  We are also having electrical problems with our washing machine as well, which also triggers the safety switche. So we are waiting for a service technician to contact us back. The joys of moving!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

We have the keys!!!

Today we had handover as scheduled. Arrived at the house to find the front steps and laundry landing had still not been tiled. I think our SS was rather frustrated by this as the tiler promised to be there on Friday, then on Saturday, but no show. Anyway, most outstanding tasks had been done, with just a couple to be fixed in the next couple of days.

Once the final walk through was completed, we headed to Narellan with our bank cheque. All paperwork was finalised and we received our keys with a lovely gift from Wisdom.

Headed back to the house this afternoon and the tiler had finally come and completed the steps and landing.

We now have a very busy couple of days with a number of deliveries and tradies to the house.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

PCI done - handover booked

This week was pretty busy. On Monday we had an independent inspection done. Not that we were worried about the quality of the build, which we think is quite good. We just wanted another "expert" pair of eyes to check things over, especially as being novices we might miss something. They didn't spot anything major and commented that the quality of the build was quite good.

On Wednesday, 6 March 2013 we had our practical completion inspection completed. Nothing major found but lots of little jobs to be completed by handover.

We now have a handover date - Wed 20 March 2013.

Lots of things to be organised before then which will keep us pretty busy.

This week the security fences around the block came down and forwork for the driveway and path completed. On Friday they poured the concrete and it looks great. Just a couple of pics.

Path to front steps

Path along the side of the house

We have been so happy so far with the build and quality of the work. Now we are right at the end, there is one item that I am not happy with.

The lintel above the front door frame is not wide enough and so the brickwork above the door frame is rather messy. I know I am being extremely picky, but to me this is not a nice finish to complement the lovely stained timber door. I've been so happy with the quality of work done so far, so this is just one minor thing I am not happy about.

We've been provided some suggestions as to how to make this look better, so we'll do this after handover.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Paving & letterbox

We have been looking for quite a while for paving around our pool and a letterbox. Now we are closer to moving in, we need to decide on what we want and start ordering some items.

For the pool area and alfrecso, we have decided to have light Travertine pavers. It is a natural stone product and hopefully cooler to walk on during a hot summer day. Here is a sample

Here is a picture of the Travertine next to a pool. Now we just need to shop around for a good price.

Today we also ordered our letterbox. After getting some quotes to have one built, it was a bit cheaper to buy a stone one. The store is not far from us so we could go to the showroom to have a look but they also have a pretty good website, which is where we found them initially. They have some beautiful stone letter boxes, in various types of stone, light and dark. We decided to go dark as it will blend in with our driveway which is "Gunmetal", a grey colour similar to the roof tiles. This is the one we have ordered.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Lots of rain.....and more to come

Earlier this week we took a photo of the pool, after last weeks rain.....

So we have now had another 24 hours of rain, with more rain forecast it will be interesting to see how much more water is in there.

Our formwork for the driveway has also been done. Hopefully they can pour the concrete next week.