Playing catch up

Well, that was some storm that struck Sydney last week! I’m talking torrential rain and cyclonic winds, definitely not ideal weather for house building. We finally had a small window of good autumn weather and boy am I glad the Metricon boys took advantage of the reprieve! Our site was a hive of activity on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the team of electrician and carpenters playing catch up.

We now have electrical wiring for lighting, power, tv, sound, data and home theatre. The Vaccaro guys also installed the air conditioning ducting. The carpenters installed the framework for all the cavity slider doors. We have a total of 3 going in the Study, Home Theatre and Powder Room. They also replaced the damaged front door frame.

Now for the obligatory photos…Not the most exciting I know, more to keep the blog updated for our record 🙂




Data cabling for the home theatre

Data cabling for the home theatre

Meter box recessed into the Study wall

Recessed meter box installed in the Study wall

Cavity slider framework installed in the Study

Cavity slider framework installed in the Study


Cavity Slider in the Powder Room


Home Theatre


Balcony balustrades all waterproofed ready for the Matrix panels


Our independent building inspector Houspect conducted the pre-lining inspection yesterday (30/4). They had already completed slab and frame inspections and found Metricon’s work compliant with standards. They haven’t sent the pre-lining report yet but to our untrained eye the quality of the workmanship to date seems to be top notch. So hopefully they give this stage the thumbs up.

I actually had a walk-through with J today, the first official one! He went through the electrical plans room by room. It’s a shame that Nick was tied up at work and couldn’t be there as the electrical stuff is his domain. Anyway, I couldn’t resist asking J the million dollar question…how long till handover?

We are more than half way through the build and nearing the very exciting internal fit out! Here’s the very rough tentative schedule.

  •  Mon (4/5) – Tray deck roofing
  • Tue (5/5) – Cladding, painting
  • Wed (6/5) – Insulation
  • Thurs (7/5) – Gyprock (estimate 4-5 days)
  • Fri (15/5) – Stairs, cabinetry fitout
  • Fri (22/5) – Waterproofing and tiling to wet areas (estimate 2 weeks)
  • Fri (5/6) – Painting (estimate 2 weeks)

So, the bottom line is he thinks we are looking at handover towards the end of June to early July. I don’t want to jinx myself but that’s pretty much bang on my mental timeline. Christmas in July at our Hudson sounds fabulous!!! Here’s hoping 🙂

16 thoughts on “Playing catch up

  1. monalisa says:

    Omg! How exciting!!! I was going to ask you whether you are still using a ladder to go upstairs or you have the stairs installed! I think we probably won’t go up to our first floor until the stair case is installed.
    Love the balcony! How nice would be to look into the backyard!
    End of June is not far at all 🙂

  2. lunar62 says:

    All photos are good they show us builders further behind you what is to come 🙂

    June – July! Fingers crossed for you, that’s really not that far away, almost time to start packing in fact…

    • Sheilzy says:

      Thank goodness we don’t have much packing to do. Everything is in storage. Phew! I’m busy getting quotes for the handover jobs. 2 months really ain’t that long so I need to start locking in trades soon. Do you have someone in mind for landscaping?

      • lunar62 says:

        Well I sorted and de-cluttered a heck of a lot when we moved from the UK 3 years ago but I still filled two containers 🙂 Round two this move!
        No landscaper in mind just yet, I’ve called a couple and they can’t even be bothered to call back, business is obviously booming for them. Wisdom is doing the rain garden & its walls.

  3. Johanne says:

    Good stuff Sheilzy. I can’t believe that you could be finished in July (June seems too soon!). It’s May!!!!! Powering along there. I think M know how to churn out houses, that’s one full schedule for next week.

    • Sheilzy says:

      Good news is there’s supposed to be no rain in sight all of next week so M should get everything on the schedule done. Then we can get onto the more exciting internal fitouts. I’m dying to see the kitchen!

  4. Yvonne says:

    Looks lovely Sheilzy. The photos are super exciting who are you kidding? 🙂

    The dates sound fab! Xmas in July sounds perfect.

    Handover tasks. Hmmm. I’m so over my list due to lack of dates!

    • Sheilzy says:

      Thanks Yvonne. I think only an owner builder will find the photos exciting! Yep, don’t want to jinx myself but Xmas in July would be amazing. Oh and I just drove by and surprise surprise the chippies are there working. Woohoo, gotta love trades who work on the weekend😄

  5. trixee says:

    That sounds fantastic Sheilzy! I’m somewhat envious of the timber frame houses as it seems to me that its much easier to see where your cables and plumbing is going. Bring on Xmas in July!

  6. laurencornes says:

    So excited for you. I’ve heard the weather has been crazy over there, hopefully mother nature is done for a while! The end is in sight. July is only round the corner. Can’t wait to follow the internal fit out.

    • Sheilzy says:

      Thanks Lauren. I’m beyond excited that we could have a kitchen next week. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the kitchen the most. Hope it turns out as I’d pictured!

  7. Sophie says:

    Hello – thank you for your blog! We are building with M too – a Liberty 40(ish) in Northshore of Sydney. Site is due for slab next week, assuming no more rain. I wondered whether you have upgarded to the Paragon windows and whether you think they seem worth it? We have upgraded at great expense as I really wanted solid semi commericial looking windows. Hope they make me happy!

    • Sheilzy says:

      Hi Sophie. Love the Liberty! It would have been perfect if the master bedroom was at the back. Slab next week, how exciting! Who’s your SM? We baulked at paying the upgrade price for the Paragon windows. It was one of the things we had to cull. They are lovely though so I’m sure they are worth it. Good luck!

      • Sophie says:

        Fair enough they are very pricey – hence I am hoping they are gorgeous. We did them for downstairs and front facacde only. Our SM is NB. Same as yours? So far he is pretty regular with his calls and seems good. There is another M build (Nolan) near us and he is the SM there too. They are ahead of us and the progess seems good and work looks solid so here’s hoping.

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