Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekly Update (Day 75) More bricks and A/C rough in.

This week started the same as the last four, with nothing happening at all.  Tuesday saw a change of pace, with the Brickies finally returning and the air conditioner installer arriving to make a complete mess of what should have been a simple job.
He basically came out to install all the ducting for the A/C (aka "roughing it in"), the only problem was he didn't even look at the drawings. This clown just stuck ducting in the easiest, and in some cases stupidist, places he could find.  After some robust converstation with the Site Supervisor a more logical plan was devised, and a promise made that the installer would be back to do the job properly (who knows when). I would hope that the SS would have picked up this lazy work at his next visit, but I'm glad we make regular visits to pick these things up earlier rather than later.
As for the rest of the week, nothing happened again but this time due to the non-stop rain for three and a half days.
Here's hoping next week's better...again.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 66 Weekly Update

Hmmmm. This week the only work that happened was the roof installation.  So over the last four weeks, we've seen an average of one day a week with Tradies. At the current rate we should be in our new home sometime in 2014.  Let's see what happens next week. (insert not happy emoticon here)

Monday, November 14, 2011

We have a roof (Day 62)

Well, let me start by saying, I have not been the happiest little person the last three weeks.  I was very disappointed with the lack of work done on the house.  On the plus side, I got to meet our neighbour that is building the McDonald Jones across the street today. They are now ahead of us again.

So in the last three weeks we have had scaffolding go up, (1 days work) the fascias and guttering go on, (3 hours work) and the brick work done to hold up the balcony (half a day).
So we are about two weeks behind, but the SS assures us he will make it up.

Fascias and gutters.
The big problem was the brick layers.  We had to wait for them to do the front piers before the roof could go on.  So we waited and waited.  We were told they would be there by the end of the week... then Monday... then Tuesday.  I drove past on Tuesday morning, and still no brick layers.  I got the SS's phone number from Derrick (he was sick of listening to be complain to him) and had the brickies there by 9am the next day and they were gone by 1pm. They did what they had to and went.
The tiles arrived on Wednesday 9th, and finally something was going right.

Front pier that holds up the balcony.

Next we were told the roof would go up on Friday.  Drive past on Friday - Nobody on site NOT HAPPY.
Then the SS promised us it would go up today. As I turned the corner this morning I was holding my breath hoping that someone would be there doing something, and low and behold the roofing guys were there! This was about 8am this morning and when I went past at 2.30, the top floor was all done and it looks great.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The First Stall

Well this has been the most disappointing week so far.  This week the only thing that happened was the installation of the Fascias and Gutters.  That job took about half a day.  So in the last two weeks scaffolding was erected (one days work), and Gutters and Fascias were installed. The builder claims that the Brickies weren't available this week and no other work can progress until they have done their bit.  He also assures me that he will be able to make up for lost time, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and see what happens next week.  Sorry no photos this time, nothing's changed anyway.