Great work @ProjectPete. You'll never get anything if you don't ask. I'm sure the negotiations will be worth it and get a home that you truly love.
Absolutely @RenoQueen - I worry about how many people get misled and ripped off through the process though because they're inexperienced and/or not confident/forward enough to say something.
What is worse is getting Ripped Off & Getting a Noncompliant **bleep** Job and then having to do Structural Repairs later outside of the warranty period,Mate
The new Victorian Engineers Act 2018 is as a result of the Victorian Building Woes and will place Qualified Engineers Data,Checks & Proofs ahead of Surveyors & Builders during the Certification process
Now if you intend using an Project Engineer, Building expert or Project Manager..they will need a licience..
Thanks for the reminder @Jason - been flat out between getting things done for the new build, upgrading things on the current home, working, changing jobs, building up my business, cheekey getaways, etc etc
The build is coming along nicely
All brickwork is now complete and roof carpenters are booked for next week so it won't be long til it's got its shape.
No real issues along the way. We weren't happy with the inconsistent spacing of the mortar on one fo the pillars of our alfresco so we got them to rebuild that. Have noticed some dents and scratches on doorways which will all be fixed shortly. So overall, we're very happy with the past few weeks/stages.
Many thanks for the progress report @ProjectPete. Glad to hear the project is going well. Looking forward to seeing some photos when you get a chance! It sounds like things have been very, very busy for you. It also sounds like your builder is good to deal with and happy to address anything that doesn't meet your expectations. Good stuff!
I'll get some decent pic this wknd @Jason and share them. I've got random shots but they probably won't make much sense to everyone else
Our builder is pretty good. To be honest, it comes down to how I've dealt wiht them. They initially tried to avoid doing/changing/fixing things but because I've stood my ground and remaine din control, they've learned to not waste anyone's time and just do the right thing. This goes back to advice I gave in original posts about building. Don't let builers push you around, because they will if they can!
The last couple of months haven't been too overly exciting. We've had quite a few delays due to weather (and poor project management IMO) but we're now close to top floor lockup
Balcony view - the sun rises over those hills so you can imagine the brekky/morning coffee views We can also watch planes coming in for landing at Perth Airport.
To achieve high enery rating and noise attentuation requirements we have insulation in our wall cavities as well as upgraded insulation in our roof space and under roof insulation. Looking forward to a more comfortable and energy efficient home, that's for sure.
Another thing I'm super excited for on our new home is our solar system and battery. The panels got installed about 2 weeks ago and boy did we get a temporary shock there...my wife just happened to be driving past on the day of installaton and saw them attaching the panels to the front of our house. Yuck! So I was on the phone straight away, got them to stop work and got things sorted. The front of house would provide greatest yield for that half of the system, but aesthetically we don't want them on the front. So we accepted a decreased yield by placing them on the right side of the house instead. We needed to have some Colorbond panels replaced where they started to mount them.
Plaster is now finished on top floor. More excited to see ground floor completion as we've gone with square set ceiling down there, ie. No cornices
The windows are due to be installed and cleaned this week along with top floor level brick cleaning and render to be painted. Then the scaffolding will come done and ground floor work will commence. Getting exciting now!
I might be a bit weird but I actually like the look of solar panels. But I guess a roof totally made out of solar is even better - https://www.tesla.com/en_AU/solarroof
I'd be fine with an aesthetically pleasing solar roof like the Tesla examples @AHoy but 11 black panels on the front of a white colorbond roofed house is not so nice.