Friday, 25 April 2014

Practical Completion Inspection #1

Week 15. 

The Practical Completion Inspection (PCI) was moved closer by the Site Supervisor as he wanted to keep things moving. We met with him on a cold, rainy and very muddy day on Thursday 24th April.

I took a mobile phone with a charger and tested every single power point in the house with it as I had read a few times that people find some points don't work after they move in. Ours did..all of them!

I was completely happy with everything. There are a couple of paint touch ups that I had found and a chip in a door frame which will be fixed next week. The SS spotted the loungeroom windows leaking on the window sill (there is an upside to a rainy day) and was fixing the outside window seals after we left. I'm not worried about these items at all as the workmanship up to this point has been amazing and I know they will fix it.

The Brivis ducted heating control panel was in as well as the kitchen sink. Everything done except for the glass splashback which is being installed on 2nd May 2014.

I am loving the kitchen sink and the size of the shelved pantry and linen cupboard.

So all was well and dandy up until today. Landscaping. On a public holiday too. 
We went to our house this evening to have a look and it was all finished. The design is fine...basic but fine. A couple of disappointments - there were no plants to hide the front taps that are in the lawn and this was written on the final plan to do.
The meter box door is dented and broken.
The strip of garden to the left of the driveway was supposed to be against our boundary line but it has been in line with our garage bricks. This can cause a couple of issues eg. 1. The neighbours boundary line would have moved in to ours and secondly if the neighbours stick to their correct boundary line we will have a lovely strip of dirt in between our garden bed and theirs.
Finally the other problem is that lawn has been placed right up to the house when our engineering report recommended not to do this as the lawn holds moisture which can unsettle the slab in poorly classed soil which we have.

So my partner will call the SS on Monday. We have had an excellent run up until this point so I am not complaining, nor am I worried as these things are easily fixed.

On the plus side, we have a great looking driveway and porch as well as an installed irrigation system in the front favourite though is the letterbox!!!

From here the plan is to inspect our glass splashback on 6th May, sign off on the house, the bank valuer will then inspect and if happy will release the final payment. When this is cleared it's KEYS KEYS KEYS BABY!

We went shopping too. We have already purchased a new dishwasher and microwave and to add to that we have brought a new stainless steel side by side fridge, a retractable clothesline (extends 7 metres from the back of the house to the back of the fence) and a new fancy Bosch vacuum! Love shopping :-) 
Left side of the pantry (more shelves to the right!)

Linen Cupboard

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Bye Bye Landlord...

Week 14.

This week we told our landlord we are moving out! We gave a courtesy call so he had more than 28 days to get his head around losing the best tenants ever.
We are providing official written notice on the 1st May and will hand over the keys at the end of May. So far things are working to plan with an overlap of the new house by a couple of weeks.

Although I am desperate to have the experience of a pressured shower rather than a 1960's gravity feed 'drip drip' system that I have now...I have to keep the rental for at least a good week because we won't have a hot water system, stove top or oven for the first week in our house. Apparently there is a high number of thefts in new houses that have just been completed so the builders policy is not to install until after handover. So be it.

So with that out of the way I had a good crack at packing this week and finding out about home/contents insurance and NBN packages. We are picking up our digital tv aerial tomorrow and a new dishwasher and microwave on Sunday (happy Easter to us!).

The house is looking fantastic!
We haven't been able to get in but we have had a good look through the windows. We are able to see the benchtop, shelving in the wardrobes, pantry and linen as well as the blinds fitted to all windows.
The measurements for the glass splashback have been taken and this is going to be installed on the 2nd May 2014.
After speaking with the SS today he told me that the Regional Managers have had a walk through of the house to inspect the workmanship and pointed out small items to be taken care of (paint touch ups and a door hinge replacement) and the plan from here will be:
Next week - Driveway/Landscaping
Thursday 24th April - Practical Completion Inspection at 9am (minus the splashback so we can't officially sign off on the house).
Friday 2nd May - splashback installed
Monday 6th May - inspect splashback and officially sign off on the house if we are happy.
Organise payment authority and wait for the final payment to clear (the bank will do an inspection)
Pick up keys on approximately Thursday 15th May
19th May - I'm have 3 weeks off from work to re-organise my life, yay!


Friday, 11 April 2014

Nearing the finish line.

Week 13.

To think back a year ago how excited we were to begin this journey and only imagining what house we would have, what our selections would be and how the finished product will now seeing it. We are the first to admit how lucky we have been to have a completely problem free build - smooth sailing all the way.

As of the end of today there should be only one item to go in the house - the glass splashback in the kitchen. Measurements are being taken for this on Monday and if all goes to plan there will only be a few paint touch ups to do, some shelving to put in and then our humble home will be complete.

We had another early morning walkthrough with Mr SS this morning. I actually was asked to take my shoes off at the door (insert laugh) because the flooring had been laid.

The Coffee Oak laminate floorboards look amazing and could easily be fooled for timber.
I was truly speechless walking through. The ensuite was complete with toilet, mirror, two basins, tiling, shower with frames, glass shower shelf, taps and showerhead all in place.

All lights have been fitted and the covers for the heating ducts in the ceiling are on.

The main bathroom felt very "roomy" with a massive mirror reflecting the light coming in from the frosted window - this bathroom was also completed.

The guys were in preparing for the carpet to be laid and although we didn't see this happen it would have been completed today as well as the stone bench tops being fitted.

The garage door fits in so well with the front and I am really happy with the colour.

The SS said that the site fencing comes down today and if all goes to plan we will be doing our Practical Completion Inspection (PCI) on the 28th April. If we sign off on this, the bank will walk through and final payment is made which will then lead to us being able to collect the keys the following week.

I think it might be time to give 28 days notice to our landlord! 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Crazy about tiles...

Week 12.

What an awesome week! I've been expecting things to slow down by this point because we are creeping towards the end but it's full steam ahead all the way!

As I said in my last post, the tiler was due to start on Wednesday this week and I know I heard this correctly but when my SS rang on Wednesday to provide an update he said the tiler was just finishing off....I said "what, for the day?" and he replied "no, it's all done". Geez. I couldn't help but ask him how much V or Red Bull these guys are having because they are on fire!

So the painting AND tiling was completed this week. We went for a sneak peak on Tuesday and I was like a kid in a candy shop! New door, new paint, downpipes fully connected, laundry sink in, laundry tiles down, toilet, ensuite and bathroom floor tiles down, shower tiles up, the kitchen benches are marked out for sink/stove cut's great.

I was SOOOO happy with our front door. My partner and I like neutral colours, safe colours but decided we would take what we would consider to be a risk on the colour of our front door and we are happy with the outcome!
The wall paint has a grey tinge, while the ceilings are bright white and I am loving the contrast. I must admit I forgot that our walls had taste of grey in them!

So - according to Mr SS we should be about 6 weeks away from the house being presented to us.
Next week the internal fittings start - plumbing, electrical, shower screens etc.