Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bricks Arrived

Well as expected this week, the bricks arrived.

As always almost nothing like what the website shows, but we have been to Austral to check them out.

We're very happy with the colour and the texture. Just a bit smoother than our original choice.

It's interesting hat they seem to take on almost completely different colours depending how the sunlight hits them.

Hopefully the "brickies"will get started soon.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Temp. Fence up and Rough Plumbing done.

This week again has seen some great progress. The frame has been completed. The rough plumbing has been done and the temporary fence has been put in place.

As we go along we are getting a much better idea of "how" we are going to live in the house and what it's going to be like when we finally move in.

This afternoon we were looking at how the shadow's fall and what impacts that would have on outside lifestyle.
Although we already had a good idea from the shadow diagrams from the plans.

In other news the re-selection of the brick it seems has had little impact as they should arrive
next Tuesday.

Again - yay !

Friday, April 16, 2010

Frame up.

Well after only two days the frame is pretty much up. There a couple of little bits left but for all intents it's up !
It's a very surreal feeling going from a concrete block to the bones of a house in just a couple of days.
Here's some pics :-)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Frame going up

Well more of the frame has been arriving of the past couple days and then this morning it started to go up.
By this afternoon they were walking on the top floor and pretty much the bottom level was done.

We have a much better idea of the size of the rooms now. Its fantastic to actually see it laid out, rather than trying to picture it in our minds these last few months.
To see the house take shape gives us the "really on our
way"feeling. :-D

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Frame Arrival & dash to Austral.

Yay ! A day early the frame arrived.
Means it should go up very nicely tomorrow.

In other news through a bit of serendipity on Sunday night, we suspected that the bricks we had spent many an hour choosing were now discontinued.

A quick email to Wisdom on Monday morning confirmed this !

So arranged time off work and went out to choose another brick at Austral.

Luckily there was something very close in another range. :-)
So now we are going with the "Carlisle" in the Whitsunday range.

More pics to come as the frame goes up.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Treches filled.

Short update.
As mentioned yesterday they were filling in the drainage and service trenches yesterday afternoon.
Managed to get around there today for some pics.

We have a lot better idea about the "lay of the land"now. :-)
On with the frame.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Big Saturday !

What a busy but great Saturday :-D

As it was the Easter long Weekend last week, things slowed down a little, but have taken off again in the past few days.
Essentially the piping and drainage went in during the week.
As you can see from the pictures, it all looks good, and being close the mains we can see exactly whats happening.
The frame is due to start on the 14th of April, so fingers crossed for that.

The other good news was that we have finally been meeting our new neighbors
in person.
I went by the house on Friday evening and met our neighbor 1 door down building the Metricon. They have a 14 year old daughter who is interested in babysitting work, I think she is going to have a lot of Saturday nights booked from the sounds of things.

Then today we met our next door neighbors and then some more from a few doors down.

Okay it was Gwumm (next door) and Andy_Min (couple houses down) that many know from the Homeone website - real names withheld to protect the innocent... or guilty ;-b
Great to met everyone and we are REALLY pleased that everyone seems so nice. (and Sane)

While we were talking to Andy and Min a truck with an excavator and bobcat comes by and parks on the lot next to ours. The guy offloads the Bobcat and then got to work filling in all the drainage trenches, around our house. This was at about 4:20pm on Saturday afternoon.
Good stuff Wisdom ! We hope they keep this pace going.

Turning to other house related news, we checked out the nursery we've been given special access to this morning.
Intending to just "see whats there"
Anyway, like always it seems, we found an advanced maple tree we both fell in love with. It looks fantastic and should go great in the front yard. It was more expensive than we had budgeted for but we think it will be well worth it.

After that we went for the final tile selection meeting. We have been going to Delorenzo Tiles on and off for about a year now. So thought we had it all worked out. Then they changed some tile selections (for the better IMO)
The Wife decided she wanted to change the floor tiles that we had agreed on some time ago and had built our colour scheme around. Both the old and new selections have advantages and drawbacks. So it's been getting some discussion.

We might have to make another trip back there......

Annnnyway...Next step - frame should kick off on Wednesday. :-)