We didn’t get an update from the site manager last Friday so I just assumed that nothing much happened during the week apart from tiling. So when we drove by on Saturday, we were pleasantly surprised to see the stone benchtops and sinks had been installed and the first floor ceiling and walls had also been given an undercoat of paint!
As an aside, it seems like our dream run to the finish line has come to an end. We picked up a few issues, one of which was the fridge cavity size. It’s marked on the plans as 980mm wide and during the design stage we flagged the importance of the width being sufficient to fit the fridge we had already bought. Our fridge is 908mm wide and the recommended clearance is 20mm each side for optimum air flow. On paper, it seemed like there is sufficient clearance but it turned out that the dimension denoted on the plans was the frame size and with gyprock and skirting boards, the cavity size is now reduced to roughly 906mm! We consulted with our building inspector and they advised that the cavity wasn’t built to specifications and Metricon need to rectify. To his credit, site manager promised to look into the issue as soon as possible. Watch this space!
We’re not particularly happy about the tiling workmanship. When I dropped by last week, I didn’t stick around to scrutinize the work but thank goodness I took a lot of photos. As I was flicking through, it became obvious that the laying of the wall and floor tiles especially in the ensuite was less than ideal. We were underwhelmed by the wall tiling not matching up to the floor tiling so we flagged our concerns to the site manager, who agreed to re-do the tiling. Well, it looked like the wall tiling under the vanity had been rectified to be in line with the floor tiles. But what about the rest of the tiling above the vanity? Seriously, why only fix a section of the wall? Did the tiler think we wouldn’t notice? Arrgh, not happy Jan!