Friday, 28 September 2007

Shiny bits

We made some selections today.


Satinjet Kiri hi-rise shower head in ensuite

This bath, but in 1650 length and not a spa

Seriously draining!

All the plumbing has been done (piped back to the rear sewer) for the internal drains as well as the storm water. Most of the down pipes go back to the water tank location in the rear left.

As you can see, we kept all the wet areas together as much as possible in our plan.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

For those not sure what they're looking at and wanting to know...
The house will basically have no internal load bearing walls, so all the weight of the roof is on the external ones. So they have dug big holes where the weight will go and filled them with concrete.
On top of this surface, on each side of the starter bars (the steel bars sticking up) will be built a brick wall, basically like a double brick wall with the starter bars in a gap between the two.
The very inside will be filled with dirt and then a concrete slab will be poured over the top. On top of that will be where our frame etc is built.

Kind of like this picture, but with the double wall section.

Friday, 21 September 2007

These were taken on a camera phone, hence the quality.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Drawn to scale

The builder has started marking out the ground.... it looks TINY to me! A little bit concerning.

^^A young lady that works with my wife.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

It's a date... well, sorta

Proper start date scheduled for somewhere between the 21st and 25th of Sept.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Kitchen Appliances Ordered

Paid a deposit on some kitchen items today.
We're getting a 900 gas cooktop
a 900 range
and 2 x 600 wall ovens.

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Premature Baldness

Nothing's approved yet or anything, but for the first time since we've owned it, someone other than us has been on the block and done something to it.... the building has started.

Monday, 3 September 2007

This post is more for my own record keeping - so in the future I can take a stroll down memory lane and remember what happened.

Yesterday we met the private certifier and signed to confirm that we wanted to use his services. He gave us a list of items that need to be taken care of before he can proceed.

One was that the BASIX certificate was done with the wrong DP number on it. The draft/engineering people that prepared it went to great lengths to make sure we knew it was the council that told them the wrong number, but that's all sorted now.

We also had to give him another copy of the engineering plans. I had another lot in reserve, so that's sorted too.

Additional items to be taken care of: Council sewer main location plan, “Cost Summary Report” form, drainage permit issued by Council & a diagram showing how we propose to provide the minimum 160 m2 of roof area to feed the rainwater tank as required by the BASIX certificate. All of these will need to be taken care of by the builder.

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Are you sure?

It's so hard being certain of a choice, particularly one you can never change, like bricks.
But given that the bricks are to be ordered on Tues, this is where we're at:

Ironstone roof, and gutters; Escura smoothface red bricks with white mortar; Surfmist facia, windows and garage door; downpipes painted to blend into bricks.

So yes, all that voting you all did was a waste of time. We picked the one no one voted for, including us! :)

The best de-fence...

Our 2 jobs for this weekend were to:
1. Confirm our brick choice.
2. Remove the front fence mentioned in the last post, ready for Thursday when the bob cat arrives to prepare a clean slate.

The result of job number 2:

My finger is blocking out the sun glare :)

We've had a bit of a weed growth explosion over the last couple of months!