Sunday, July 24, 2011

...slowly, slowly...

...ever so slowly...
Not a lot of progress this week unfortunately ! We think tradesmen were only on site one day.
Main bathroom vanity in place

This is a close-up of benchtop (left) against floor tiles (right). The same laminate/tiles will be in the kitchen. The new floor tile compliments the laminate much more than the original one ! Phew. 

Benchtop for vanity in ensuite waiting with the tiles to be installed.

Kitchen mostly in place. 

 Left hand side, benchtop is sitting on the cabinet. I assume this is being replaced as although its the right colour, its missing acrylic edging, and has added a number of horrendous scratches I'm pretty sure I didn't order...

Overhead cupboards 

Space for the big OVEN! Wee !

Island bench

Fridge cavity overhead cupboards.  


Cheeky niece hiding in pantry

Pantry minus cheeky niece

We discovered this week that our current rental is now for sale, so if we weren't impatient to move in already, we now have an added motivation ! 

This coming week, hoping those pesky kitchen people do a bit of catchup and the tiling should begin.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Some Details

We met with the Site Supervisor on Thursday as I mentioned in my last update, to clarify a few things and ask some questions. The great news is, he confirmed we are on track for a late August handover. This week cabinetry will be completed, then tiling, then the next few weeks the house will hopefully start to look more "finished". 

Friday, a garage door arrived and was installed

Those 'cleaned up' bricks I mentioned last post

The deck railings and stairs are in place

Next outdoor job is to put gates on and finish railing on alfresco

I don't think I've had a picture of the entrance on the blog, so here it is

Decorative niche in entrance

A little difficult to see, but this is another decorative niche in the hallway, this one will have mini-downloads in the top. Not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it yet...

Correct tile order has arrived !!

Bathroom tiles

Bathroom sinks

Handles on all cabinets are this style

Kitchen drawer

Overtired future home occupant 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


In some ways its been a busy few weeks, but at the same time, we're feeling the build slow down. Whether that's genuine or just psychological because the latest developments are internal and less obvious, I'm not sure! The neighbours finally moved in last weekend, they started 8 weeks before us but had at least 3 weeks of delays that we've so far avoided.

We think we're on track for move-in late August, but did have a heart attack moment this week when one of the builders' staff said something like " should be in before Christmas...".  We had better be in before Christmas - our baby is due in October !! We are meeting this Thursday with the Site Supervisor for a site inspection - and of course - to clarify that all important move in date !

Cabinets arrived and were partly installed last week. As you can see, we've been pretty adventurous with colour (er...not)...everything that has arrived so far is white ! But the plan all along was to play it safe with fixtures and if and when its necessary to be brave, we'll do it with non-permanant features.

Kitchen (back wall and part of island are in place)
Kitchen (that's the fridge box and pantry on the left hand side wall)

Kitchen kickboard

Kitchen drawers (with Dan's niece's feet in the background)

Kids' bathroom cabinet

A tile order arrived. It took us about 2 seconds to realise this was all completely wrong. It's being fixed...

Built-in's should have shelves now have them

Brickwork has been completed and bricks have been acid washed, we're thrilled with how neat they look.  This is the pillar on the front porch and its little wooden feature bit, not sure what its called, but it will eventually be dark grey.

Stairs added to the deck.

We took these photos on the weekend, since then the deck/stairs have been completed (except the alfresco railing) and all eaves are now finished. The plan is cabinetry fully installed next week (and bath, sinks etc), and tiling the week after. 

But I'll update the blog after our visit tomorrow with some more recent photos and the likely verdict on whether or not I really can build an entire human being in less time than a builder can craft a house !