Sunday, 4 March 2012

Week 15 - Summary

Monday 27/2 - Sunday 4/3:

A couple more items checked off the building list this week.  Our SS is currently away on leave, but he's kept things moving along.  We got the plasterwork completed, the cornicing done, and the bricks washed. Site also got cleaned during the week, which was a bit overdue. All work done well and a few more steps closer to handover!

During the course of the construction works, we've been going to site every day (if not more) and formed a good relationship with our SS & BC.  Maybe we are lucky to live so close to our build and also have the time to visit frequently, but we've found it to be the best way to make sure all the elements of the work are being done in accordance with the contract.  Where things have gone wrong, or not been done to our satisfaction, we've raised them immediately and tracked them through to resolution.  It makes sure we don't get stuck with something sub-standard or wrong - the reason we are building is we could't find a house to our liking on the open market. If it didn't matter, we wouldn't have built!  It means lots of spreadsheets and documents (Dropbox is very handy), but you know your house from every angle.

Commendably, PD have been very prompt in rectifying anything that we have identified as been wrong, or not done to standard (via our independent inspections or their own through BSS).

Unfortunately, the rain on Saturday showed up some vulnerability in the garage and we have water penetrating the garage / entry internal wall.  We've told PD, and we're expecting the plaster and insulation to be replaced.

We've also found a new rental property, so we packed everything on Saturday that we won't be unpacking till we move to the house we are building.  We got a 4br house, and will use 2 of them for storage.  Big plus is that the house is walking distance to our build and costs the same as we are paying now.  Signed a 6 month lease which is longer than we need, but will give us headroom for any delays etc.  Joy!

Anyway - onto the pictures!!

Monday 27 Feb:

Plaster work started.

From Family, looking to Kitchen & Dining

Raked ceiling in Lounge (starts at 9ft raises to 13ft) - Love it!

Thursday 1/3:

Cornices completed.

Entry hall

Family room

Friday 2/3:

Bricks washed.

Family room window (washed). Alfresco wall (not washed)

Front projection (not washed). Door & garage (washed)

Facade ready for render to front projection

Saturday 3/3:

Water damage in garage.

Plan for next week:

Render (Tues 6/3)
Cabinetry (Thurs 8/3)
Internal doors


  1. Beautiful plaster work <3

    Was my face part of the build :)

    Look forward to seeing more progress.


    1. Thanks B! Plaster has made a huge difference... can't wait to see it all finished!

  2. Looking really good. Unlucky with the crappy weather re the garage but sounds like you've got it all under control.
    Cam and Kirst

    1. Thanks guys :) A bit annoying about the leak, but better to find it now. Spoke to our SS today so he's onto it, but was a bit surprised the water went that far in.