Friday, October 23, 2009
Then we wait .. we've been told that the land won't be ready until December now, so looks like it'll be a while before we see any action.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I just had a chat with someone I know who is a building inspector, who I am planning to have inspect my house when it's built next year.
What he recommended was:
- If we have a raft slab, have an inspection after it's been setup but before it's poured. He said we might need to write this into the contract that we need to inspect before pouring. But this is not so important if it's a waffle pod, because those are easier to get right, whereas the majority (he may even have said all) of raft slabs have problems. He needs the builder to provide engineering plans for this.
- The next important stage is frame - this needs to be inspected before it's covered up.
- Lockup and Fixing stages are not so important, as most issues here can also be picked up during a final inspection. However he gives a discount for these inspections if Final is also done, for the same reason that most issues found will be the same ones.
- For the final inspection he suggests I walk around with him and we inspect at the same time.
The other thing he mentioned is "workmanship", which he says is typically not included in a contract. He said it's much better if you can get the builder to include a workmanship clause in the contract, which I have not unfortunately. The problem with not having such a clause is that if the builder does a shoddy job that still passes the standards, they can say they have fulfilled the contract..
So what I have done is asked my builder what kind of slab we actually getting, as the contract specifies "raft/waffle pod slab".
If you're wondering what on earth a waffle pod is, check http://www.wafflepodpeople.com.au/
Friday, October 2, 2009
- Splashback cannot be provided above the window due to the configuration of the Kitchen. You would have joins in the glass which will look untidy and attachment to the plaster wall above the window is not guaranteed as there is no architrave around the window for the glass to sit on.
- If we heightened the Kitchen window then the bottom of the rangehood would need to be raised also. We can heighten the window providing the overhead cupboards are continued across the front of the rangehood and we provide a Baumatic 700mm GE87000U undermount rangehood. Cost would be $310