Frame Complete

At 2:51 pm yesterday, I received a text message from Metricon Homes notifying me that the next invoice had been emailed. This of course signalled the completion of the roof and wall frame stage!

Not a word from our site manager!!! I wish I could take Nick’s carefree attitude about J’s lack of communication but his no weekly updates is really annoying and frustrating me.  It would have been nice to hear about the frame stage being completed directly from the SM, not from some electronic alert. I might be nitpicking because we are thrilled with the progress thus far. The quality of work on our house is testament to his ability as a site manager so in that sense I can’t fault him. He’s doing a fantastic job. It’s just that his aversion to phone calls is not very endearing! Sorry for the mini tanty, but to keep the blog honest I wanted to get that off of my chest 🙂

Anyhoo, I hot footed it down to the block to check out the works and at 5:30 pm on a Friday afternoon I was pleasantly surprised to see trades still working. The small team of chippies, all three of them, were tinkering upstairs. I think they were putting the finishing touches to the master bedroom window. Great to see and I almost felt compelled to race down to the bottle shop to buy them a slab of beer. I say almost because all good intention went out the window as I got well and truly distracted by the loveliness of their handiwork! I absolutely love them all! So very happy and excited by having reached another giant milestone..

Bring on bricks baby!!!

 

 

I spy with my lil eye more frames..

So you want the good news or the not so good news?

Let’s start with the not so good…as the title suggests, the carpenters are still hard at work erecting the remaining house frame.  When Nick met our site manager J last week, he was optimistic that they would complete the frame stage by the end of this week.  I was confident Metricon would get us over the line as a week seems to be the norm for the frame stage based on other builds I have followed. Unfortunately they fell a tad short due to a delivery issue with the frame company. J’s wife had a baby so he had the week off. We have asked him to tee up a time for a site walk through when he returns to work next week.

And now for the good news…

I haven’t had a chance to drive by the block since last Saturday when only the first floor frame was up. So when we drove by yesterday and saw the progress you should have heard me squeal in excitement!

Oh em gee, our house is enormous and I’m so in love with its outlook from the street. It looks quite imposing from street level. I was so excited to see the second storey up that I snuck in to have a stickybeak inside. I can tell you there were a lot more oh em gee moments as I walked room by room to take it all in. It was amazing to finally get a sense of the space, the real thing is sooooo much better than the paper edition 🙂

I’m willing Metricon to hurry up and build our house already so we get to see our vision become a reality!

Photo time…can you tell I was a little trigger-happy with the Nikon?

 

 

 

And so we have frames

Before the Christmas break, our site manager informed us he was aiming to start framing the week of the 12th January. By that time, the slab would have well and truly cured after 28+ days of laying dormant.

So, Nick had been driving by on his way to work since Monday in the hopes of catching the builders in action. It wasn’t until Thursday when the chippies were finally out in force and boy did they make up for lost time! In two short days, they smashed the first floor frames out of the park and the house is starting to take shape. Welcome back to the block Metricon, happy building!

To give you an idea of how fast they had the frames up, these first set of photos were taken at midday on Day1.

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Front view with the garage to the left

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Rear view of the Family Room with a nice big opening for the sliding stacker doors

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Side view of what would be our Home Theatre

And these piccies were taken at the end of day 1. As you can see, the first floor frames had all been erected and some of the wall panels started.

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As luck would have it, our SM was on site when Nick rocked up to watch the chippies do their thing. Needless to say he jumped at the chance to have an impromptu site walk through. Lucky him! He reported that SM had spotted a couple of really minor errors.

  1. The opening to the Butler’s Pantry was too narrow. He thought they’d erected the frame the wrong way as to the right of the opening is the narrower fridge cavity so all they had to do was flip it the other way around. Easy peasy! Great pick up SM!
  2. We decided to have all our bifold and sliding stacker doors rebated into the concrete so they sit flush with the floor. Price per door was $110 so all up only cost us $440. Somehow the concrete rebate in the Dining was missed. No biggie and an easy fix.

Gotta be happy with the man in charge of building our house. He thinks framing will be complete by the end of the coming week. Let’s hope he continues to please 🙂

And to round off this post, here are some pics showing progress on Day 2..

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Steel beams now in place over the garage door opening

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Floor joists for the second storey completed

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Loving the wide entrance! Can’t wait to see our massive front door go in

Exciting week ahead for our Hudson! Bring it on, Metricon.

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Happy New Year everyone!

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If 2014 was the year of planning and designing the dream home, 2015 is the year that we finally get to see that vision come to fruition. It’s so damn exciting to know that sometime in the not so distant future we will be living and making memories in our new home sweet home. What a truly privileged position to be in!

We ended the year on a high with my Christmas wish for a slab coming true a week before the industry shutdown. The experts on Homeone forum tell me the slab should reach a minimum 75% of the design strength after 7 days and reach full strength after 28 days. Before the break, our site manager told us that he was planning for framing to start next Monday 12 Jan, exactly 28 days after the slab pour. What perfect timing! We haven’t heard back from him so fingers and toes crossed that we see some framing action as planned.

It’s early days but at this point, we are hoping for an end of June handover date. In an ideal world, Metricon should complete the house within the 32 week contract timeframe so we should get keys no later than 8th July. Let’s hope they deliver on time if not before😄

6 months from this…
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To this …

Piece of cake😜

As an aside the blog has clocked over 16,000 page views. Seems like not so long ago when we hit the 10,000 milestone so it looks like the blog is getting more traffic from here and afar. It never ceases to amaze me when I notice a new reader from an exotic country like Sudan, Brunei and Saudi Arabia pop up in my stats feed. Thank you all for dropping by for a visit and supporting the blog. I look forward to sharing the building journey with you!

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Wishing you all a wonderful new year!