Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
He advised us that we need to cut out the driveway and put some shale or roadbase down .. yes on all 85 metres of it!! First thought.. this is gonna cost some big $$$..
We got some quotes from a few businesses (not too bad priced, but they didnt seem confident with what had to be done), so we then called a 'local lad'. He knows our soil type, and says that it will not work by doing what the builder has suggested, as the water will simply push its way through, and we will make a huge mess, once we start cutting. Instead, he said we should not cut it, but just put some crushed sandstone down, mixed with cement powder over the top of the exsiting grass/mud. He seems to know what he is talking about, and we will be going with this method, even though its the most expensive. If the weather stays fine, then he will be on site on Saturday to get that done.. and fingers x'd, we will be able to have the site cut next week!
We had our water tank delivered yesterday. It holds 5000 gallons (22700 litres). So that combined with the one we are having underground off the house (another 32500 litres) should be heaps of water.
DH forgot the camera yesterday, and it was too dark once I got there, so I will get pics on the weekend :)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
We have our rain tank turning up on Tuesday, and our electrician is coming out next week to install the power pole on our property, bring the cables in to the house and install our meter box near where the house is going.
Full steam ahead, if only the rain would stay away!
(Guess they just got the SS's name wrong, and "M" will be our SS for the duration.. hopefully :))
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tim and I both had to work late, so it was a mad dash up there in the dark tonight. We were expecting to see lots of mud (we had storms this afternoon), and when we got there we did see lots and lots of mud.. and soggy grass... but none that had been turned over with an excavator :(
In the mail today was a letter from our builder, congratulating us on beginning our construction, and an invoice for the base payment! Since we havent even had site scrape yet, we think this is a bit premature!!
It also mentioned that our Site Manager "B" will be in touch with us prior to excavations.. What the.. or rather Who the..??
So we have no idea now when we will start or who will be running the show..
Lots of rain is expected for Friday through to Monday, so we dont think we will get anything done now until late next week.
That hasn't stopped us crossing 'everything' in the hope that we have a slab for Christmas :)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The shade looks pinky/orange in the pic here , but in real life it is white alibaster.. This should match the light we are having in the entrance..
On a sour note.. We were informed yesterday, that since we have gone over our 90 day contract by 2 weeks, our contract will now be reassessed to see if they want to charge us more money.. grr..
Also, Council has stipulated that we need a 45000 litre rain tank as minimum. We only planned on putting in a 32500 litre inground tank, with a 10000 litre poly tank off the shed.. Apparantly this is not good enough.. so we may be up for another $5000 to get another tank.. There are a few options so we will need to look into it more.... including calling the council, as our neighbour has just finished building, and I am pretty sure they only have an inground 32500 litre tank, identical to the one we are installing now... hmmmmm
Ps .. Please excuse our 'very daggy' green/white check tablecloth in the background.. lol (I can guarantee it wont be coming with us to the new home!)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Here is what we chose so far...
For the entrance ... though I am sure we will have all of the lights working ;)
For our WIR..
For the Kitchen..
For the hallways (there will be 3 of these)..
For the loungeroom( x 2), the family/dining room (x 2). The blades for these rooms will be silver. We are also having these fans in the alfresco (x 2), with the black blades. On the bottom of all of these fans will be 3 little spot lights, similiar to the lights in the WIR only not on the long stems.. They look good and will be great to direct light for reading, studying etc..
We looked at the fanaway fans as they are what I originally wanted.. but after seeing them, they wouldnt be right for our house.. The lights are really large. They did seem to put out a fair bit of breeze, though I am not convinced its as much as a normal fan.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
One more step to go... the council approvals... then we are all set to start building...
Its been such a long process just to get this far but I bet this part will feel like nothing compared to the actual build lol
I am now starting to worry about my colour choices... I know its early days, but knowing I cant change them now without huge costs is what has me thinking... a worry wart I am!!! lol
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
We also finalised our colour selections.
I will take pics this weekend and post on here.
One thing I am still unsure about, when we chose our bricks, we were told we would be getting 'Blueboard" above the windows. As we only raised the ceiling to 2550, we didnt think it would be an issue. I am now having second thoughts as this will be above ALL windows.. Has anyone else done this that they might have pics of? Does it look odd when all done and finished??
I guess time will tell as it is too late to make any more changes to our design...
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Well, after all of our running around and never really knowing what we were doing, lol, we have gone back to our original decision. We signed a Preliminary Assessment with Newstart Homes, which will get us all of the tests/plans required for council etc.. We would love to have built the house below (our dream home!), but in today's market, we felt it would have been stepping too far above our comfort level.. We decided the termite problem was fine (after researching some more) as long as we have Kordon treatment. Bayer warranty it for 50 years, and our house will be under warranty for defects from Newstart for LIFE! - whilst we are the owners. If we sell the house, it reverts back to the original 30 year warranty for the new owners.. So we don't feel we are taking too much of a risk :) We have a few things to iron out before contract, so hopefully things will all go to plan.
Above is our slightly reworked plan and the original elevation...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Ps. Click on pictures to enlarge. :)