Today is another big milestone for our house, the biggest since finishing the build. Our landscaping has begun and the job is a big one, including earthworks, retaining wall, fencing and gates, underground watering system, turn, hard standing surfaces and garden beds.
Yesterday we took possession of the keys to our new home !! Handover was completed in around 20 minutes.
Its been a good couple of weeks with the external facade completed, the bin removed and the builder’s toilet removed. Last Wednesday afternoon we spent 2 hours detailing issues with finish in our QA meeting with our SM. Most of those have now been addressed.
We’re now very close to being in our house!!
This week progress slowed, as our SM negotiated multiple trades to come back.Externally we’re almost done with garage door and capping going on. Just need the porticos painted.
Our Roca The Gap toilets are in after a hickup where the inlet tap had to be moved from the side to the back which gives them a clean, modern, minimalist finish.
Another day of big progress with our driveway framed out, mirrors, glass splashbacks and shower frames going in.
One thing we’re both appreciating is the extra level of attention our trades are paying to our home. Without being asked, our floorboards guy decided to use a lower profile skirting around the island bench. It.looks fantastic and I love that they’re invested in the success of the house.
As we approach the end of our build, we’re considering furniture for the house. With a new couch from Plush locked away, we’ve started getting serious about dining tables. There’s one that stands above them all, not by a little, but night and day better than anything I’ve seen – the gorgeous Cattelan Italia Skorpio Wood Dining Table.
We knew it’d happen this week some time, but visiting site yesterday we were pleasantly surprised to see the floorboards going down and they look great!
The engineered timber laminate will flow from the front entry, through the kitchen, living and dining and down the hallway. Later this week, our capet will also go down.
Later in the pre-build phase we made the decision to upgrade some internal doors to make a feature of them. Today they were installed.
The entrance into the Office and the Rumpus were expanded to 1200mm wide which allowed the spaces to be open and flowing when open. Then slide them closed and the provide noise isolation.
This week our amazing ceasarstone benchtops went in and I couldn’t be happier, they look amazing (even with a layer of dust). They’re in Osprey which continues the light and bright theme of the kitchen and now sets up for the glass splashbacks.
One of the very best decisions we made was to upgrade to stained doors. They’re recieving multiple coats and are close to finished and looks amazing.
There’s still a couple of 1200mm sliders for the office and rumpus to come and a 920 to the hallway that will also get the same stain with translucent glass panel.
Yesterday the first coat of render was completed, giving our first real look at how our Vogue facade will look when finished.
There’s still another coat to go, but the house feels substantial and the scale dwarfs you. Im incredibly happy with how its coming together.
Today we seen one of the largest amounts of progress in a single day since the build began. Given the stellar pace of the build to date, that says a lot. Bricks, eaves, cabinets and painting all progressing today. We seriously have the best Site Manager.
Today the facade got one step closer to complete. The portico went up along with the wooden posts to support it and the extension over the bed 1 window.
The bricks are done now, ready for the facade to be rendered.
Its been some time since the last update, like the builder’s, I’ve been on a break. Just prior to the Christmas break, the bi-fold doors to the alfresco went in and look great, hopefully even better once stained. The brick layers also got started and completed 2 sides before the break.