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.

Rain rain go away

Just our luck the minute we switched over to construction mode, the weather gods decided to unleash a barrage of rain, lightning and thunderstorms on Sydney. Boohoo!!!

Images courtesy of The Daily Telegraph

Images courtesy of The Daily Telegraph

Despite the less than ideal weather, we have been excited and pleasantly surprised by the progress of site works completed on the block so far. We met the SM today and if first impressions count, then we have every confidence that he will deliver us an amazing house. We had a productive meeting and he gave us a rundown of what’s on the cards this side of Christmas.

  • Installation of waffle pods complete
  • Installation of steel reinforcement almost complete
  • Slab pour due either on Saturday 13/12 or Monday 15/12 (weather permitting)
  • Removal of excess spoil booked for next week

He also checked the setbacks and I’m happy to report that both front and rear setbacks are as per plans. At this very early stage and with the Christmas shutdown looming, our handover date looks to be end of June 2015. He had his trusty iPad on hand and he showed us the schedule of work to complete the new house and it’s about 3 pages long! Scary but seemed quietly optimistic that he could get us in well before then. Sometime in May would be a perfect birthday present! Now all we need is for this friggin rain to go away. Here’s hoping!

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Steel reinforcement installation 11.12.14

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Perimeter boxing complete 12.12.14

All about the base

Where has the year gone? With all the months of idle waiting, it suddenly feels like this year has been a blur. Crazy I know but I feel like Christmas has snuck up on me and I’m scrambling to get all Christmassy.

Last Saturday after taking the kids to a Christmas party, we drove down to the block to check the work that the SM had promised to be carried out. True to his word, the cconcrete pierings and formwork had started. Yay!

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Concrete piering and formwork started

 

Formwork 6.12.14

Formwork 6.12.14

Plumbing rough in 9.12.14

Plumbing rough in 9.12.14

From where we stood at street level, the siting of the formwork didn’t look right to us. We have a not-too-shabby 13.7m rear setback but from the naked eye the distance between the back fence and the border of the formwork looked well short of the required distance.

Siting Diagram

Siting Diagram

So, I spoke to the SM about our concern and he reassured me that all the site works carried out so far are according to the final construction plans.  To put our minds at ease, he also offered to meet us on site for our first walkthrough. This offering was well timed as I must admit to feeling slightly annoyed that he hadn’t called to tell us that site works were starting. It will be good to put a face to the guy in charge of building our dream home and we intend to pick his brain about what to expect before the Christmas shutdown.

Oh and the waffle pods have been delivered ready to do their thing! Countdown is on for the slab pour. Woohoo!!!

Waffle pods 9.12.14

Waffle pods 9.12.14