Thursday, December 9, 2010

A clean house!

We were finally able to get some pictures, after the carpet is complete and the house cleaned!  It's beginning to look like it really will be done by Christmas.  SS says we can have a walkthrough next week and plan for handover the following week.

After the flooring being finished and the house cleaned it really looks like a house now.

Preparations for concrete out the front.
Entrance and "sitting room", with "brick on cardboard" front door locking technology.
The kitchen, finally clean.

Dining room.
Dining room and family room, from kitchen.
Family room from kitchen.  AKA the TV room.
Rear door is finally clean.  It looked almost impossibly dirty before this.  Outside is preparations for concreting the outdoor room.
View out from the dining room to our future koi pond.  Unfortunately koi seem to be illegal in most of Australia, so it's going to be a "not koi" pond.  Most of what you can see out there is next door's house foundations.
Moving upstairs, the master bedroom.  We'll be replacing all the saucer lights.
Bath without the bath.
Clean bathroom mirror with the right tiles around it.
Bathroom shower.
Ensuite shower with tiled base.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Carpet, Plumbing and Tiles

Things have been busy lately!  I visited the site and there were tilers and plumbers there at the same time.  Then the next time I went the carpets were half laid, and on the next visit there were cleaners going through the house cleaning up, so I let them do their stuff and didn't take any pictures.  So the carpets are done, but no pictures yet.

The ensuite shower, now with feature strip.
Ensuite tiling is complete all way around now.
Part of the bath hob tap is installed.
Tiling around the mirror is complete
Tiling here is complete too.
And here's the other wall of the bathroom shower
Toilets have been installed too, and all the other plumbing.
Carpets were being laid when I took the pictures.  The carpets are complete now.
This stuff is under the carpets.
We are proud half owners of the rightmost 2 metres of the lighter coloured fence.  We owe someone $55 for it.  Actually we haven't paid for the darker coloured part yet either, but they haven't asked.
A few overall pictures of the house.  They were cleaning inside today.
Taken from next door, where the build seems to have stalled.
From the front.
The nawkawed bricks
Nawkawed bricks at the side.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nawkaw, tiles, floor waste!

It seems our bricks have been Nawkawed!  The results are not perfect though.  Before and after pics are blow.  Lesley described it as "bricks with heavy make-up".  The dyed bricks are still different from the others, but the shade is similar now instead of being much darker.  The bricks are still sub-standard when compared to bricks that had been laid properly in the first place.  If you look closely at both pics you can see they have actually added marks to the bricks in the middle which were too light, as well as lightening the bricks at the top.

We also have floor waste drains in the ensuite and bathroom, and some of the re-tiling has been done now.  And the kitchen window sill has finally been put back in!

Kitchen window sill.
Bathroom floor waste
Bathroom tiles.  They ran out of speckled tiles.
Tiles re-laid along the left side of the feature strip.  They didn't follow our instructions on how to lay these!  The cut white tiles were supposed to be on the inside corner.
Tiles being relaid in ensuite.  They put place-holder tiles for some of the feature strip.
More ensuite tiles.  This time they did the other wall.
Ensuite floor waste
Bricks before Nawkaw
Bricks after Nawkaw
After Nawkaw again

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fences, Tiles

We finally have a side fence!  Our backyard looks more like a backyard now.  Though it's still covered in clay mud, and is missing the fence on the other side.

The site supervisor says he still thinks we can be finished by christmas!  Let's hope he can do it.  Tiles are being re-done on wednesday, floor drains in the bathroom and ensuite are being organized, wardrobes have been fitted out.  He said that carpets and plumbing fitoffs only take 1 day each.

Our fence posts
Our fence!  Capping is still on the way.
Front section of the fence.  This part has capping.
Our backyard, looking slightly more backyard-ish.
Tiles are off the bathroom mirror too, in preparation for retiling.
And here are our tiles.
Master WIR has got draws!  Other WIR don't have draws yet.
Bits of wood under the bottom step.  Maybe that is space for carpet.
View from out the rear bedroom window.  There's advantages to being double storey.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Timber floors

We went to Daylesford last weekend, so only half the pictures here are of the house.  The timber floors have gone in and are covered in cardboard to protect them.  We managed to pick up a few of the scrap pieces before they got cleaned away.  The tiles have also been removed from the ensuite and other places in preparation for retiling according to our tile selection plan.

Timber floors being laid!
Our front door with the intercom installed.  Door is still not painted.
Close up of the intercom.
Downpipes went in sometime recently.
The bottom part of this door will need replacing.
One of these is the mixer for our bath.
The family at Lavandula lavender farm near Daylesford
My parents and their grandson
Lesley camoflaged in the trees
Gisele with her "Tufty wufties" on her head