Thursday, October 27, 2011

Scaffolding (Day 44)

 Not much has happened this week.  We expected the scaffolding to go up on monday , but that didn't happen and  it rained all day tuesday.  I went past the house yesterday morning, and the scaffolding was being delivered.  It then rained all day wednesday, so not much was done except for bits of scaffolding being put around the house ready to be put up.  Today on my way home, all of the scaffolding was up and the fascias have been delivered.  Don't know if anything will happen tomorrow.  So it will be a surprise as to what happens next, the roof or more brick work.

Scaffolding arrives

Scaffolding up
Down the side of the house

Fascias - colour is Dune same as the windows

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The brick layers didn't start yesterday like we thought, but they sure did make up for it today.  One of our neighbours told me there was about eight brick layers working on our job today.  They are up to scaffolding height on the study wall and about the same down the south side of the house.  Derrick went out this morning and they seem to think they will have the job done in about 2 weeks, depending on the weather and the delivery of the scaffolding.  Fingers crossed on the weather.
The front of the house (study windows)

Looking down the side from the front of the house
Looking down the side from the back of the house

The termite guard also went in today

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We have Bricks

Well this week we have had the internal plumbing done.  We had a really nice guy going the plumbing, was very willing to show us what he was doing and he answered all of our questions.  His work looks very neat and tidy, and he was working on his own. Thumbs up Kurmond, you have great Subbies.

Today (Wednesday 12/9/11) our beautiful bricks arrived along with a ton of sand.  The Brickies are due to start in the morning. Very exciting.

Derrick is going out on site in the morning to meet our SS for the first time, but from the many phone calls, he seems like he is on top of everything.

we will get better photos tomorrow
only had the phone with us today.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fully erect

The title of this blog was Derricks idea

Well a lot has happened this week, we have our frame up and some of our windows in.  Can not believe how fast this part of the build has gone. We had  a bit of rain during the week and the builders just worked on regardless. There is a house across the street from us ( started about a month before us) and one around the corner (this one started about 2 months before us) both are knock down re-builds and we have now over taken both of them.  Can not fault Kurmond on the building phase.  Every thing is  running very smoothly.  Michael one of the owners of Kurmond was on site on Friday checking everything and went through any questions we had.

Our main question was about how the stairs are going to look,  we were going to have a door to under the stairs from the hall way, but we think we may have the door open up into the garage.  This should give us a bit more space for things like bikes and camping equipment.  We also had to work out if we wanted our handrail to go to the top of the stairs with a post or have it butt up to the half wall at the top of the stairs, this looks out into a void near the front door.
So on Saturday morning DCQ and I went off to the Oran Park display homes to find inspiration.  (DCQ has no idea on how to visualise)  We think we have come up with a solution, we just have to check it with our site supervisor on Monday.

 It seems as the frame goes up and you can see rooms and different areas appear, the house seems bigger than I thought.
The last bits of the frame should be done by mid week and we are getting the bricks delivered by the end of the week.

Lets hope we don't have too much rain in the next few weeks.

Frame ready to go up (Thursday afternoon)

This was done by 8.00am Friday morning

Windows delivered

Crane came to put up I beams and top floor frame

End of the Thursday

Study windows in

Back of the house
top floor
Brad's room is on the left Larni's on the right
Walk in robes in the middle
bottom floor
dining/kitchen/family room

Roof on Friday

top floor living area and bedroom 4 to the right

Media room

Dining room

Family room out to alfresco on the right
(from Kitchen)

Kitchen (from family room)

Main bedroom