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Metricon Fortitude 32

Jason & Simone build a home

Roof trusses are up

Brilliant work by the guys yesterday, monumental effort to get the roof on the day after the frame went up. They were on site from before 8:30AM and left at 7PM. I went back to site today to film the new roof with the drone. The shot from above looks like some kind of animal skeleton.

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Framed at sunset

Turns out by day’s end, we have a frame. What a couple of massive weeks of progress. We’ve gone from having an empty block 2 weeks ago to now having a 3D understanding of the spaces in our house.

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More site deliveries, Fascia is here

Not much happened on site yesterday, with the exception of another delivery. The fascia and metal supports for our Monument coloured, Colourbond roof.

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Frames delivered to site

Things are happening fast. After the slab went down yesterday, 24 hours later, we now have frames delivered to site. The construction of them will start tomorrow and run through Monday.

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Site fencing now up

Securing the site during the build is important given the window we have until lockup. While it’ll never be Fort Knox, site fencing clearly indicates to the world ‘stay out’.

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Slab preparation

Our slab preparation is now complete and we’re scheduled to have the slab poured next Tuesday. It’s not often you get the opportunity to see the property from above, in fact, many people never do until Google Earth satellites capture it once every few years. With access to a drone, I put it to good use.

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Slab preparation, waffle pods are here

Yesterday the structural preparations for the slab began. Black plastic now covers our patch of dirt. Trenches around the foundations now lies steel rebar, in readiness for the slab pour.

There’s lots of wooden boards bordering the slab area, ready to frame out for the cement pour, along with plenty of mesh for the slab along with plastic stands to elevate the steel.

Late last night we received a tip that a truck had delivered something to our block (it’s handy having friends around the corner). Naturally we took a drive to site (my second for the day) and found a small house of styrofoam which will be used for our slab which is known as a ‘waffle-pod’ slab.

We’re meeting our Site Manager at 1pm today, if everything goes well we’ll either be slabbed today or Monday.

Amazing progress this week.

Plumbing, electric and more

Today we’ve had great progress on the block. weve had the pipework and plumbing installed, which we were expecting, but plenty of bonuses we weren’t.

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Set out complete

After having the site cut done, the next day out site was set out. Not being a builder, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect and what it was really for, so I educated myself and fired up YouTube.

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Our site is cut, construction underway

Today the site cut was done on our block and its fantastic to see some progress in the real world. For more than a year we’ve dealt a lot with ideas, concept and plans both electronic and on paper. Today that changed to now starting to get a true sense of scale of what we’re building.

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Our site is finally being cut!

After a very long time waiting for land, today we mark a major milestone on our build with the site cut happening.

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Meeting the Site Manager, start date next Monday

Today we did the meet and greet with the Site Manager. Well, not exactly. Our actual Site Manager for the build will be back from leave next Monday, so we met with his boss. One of the big news stories out of the meeting was an actual start date.

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Waiting for our Site file

This morning I learned a key milestone for the build is not found on our Metricon website. The Production Team are still working on our Site File which somehow contains the engineering details, the full product list, purchase order etc. This needs to be complete before the Building Manager can order or site cut.

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Why aren’t we building yet ?

It’s now 4 working days after paying out deposit to Metricon. Our Customer Support Coordinator at Metricon to see where we’re up to. The website only provides an email address for our Site Manager, which I emailed 2 days ago and haven’t heard back.

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Metricon deposit paid, lets get building

Today we paid the balance of our deposit to Metricon. This payment, along with more signatures is the final step required for the build to commence.

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Building permit is approved

Late today we received confirmation and a copy of the build certificate from Wodonga Council. This was one of the much needed milestones to getting our build underway.

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More autographs for the build loan

Yesterday we met with the bank again to sign for the next stage of our loan, the build loan. While we already have a loan for the land, that’ll essentially be rolled into a new home loan package where we have the full amount for the build.

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We own the land !!

This morning at 11:20am I received a call from our conveyancer to advise us that the land settlement had successfully taken place. This means we’re officially now land owners !

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We have a date !

Today we finally received a date for our land settlement. Wednesday 19th October, 2016. Its been a long time coming, but is finally here.

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Officially Hume customers

This week, we officially became customers of Hume Bank. After researching fairly extensively, Hume offered the best packages that suited our needs.

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Titles are in, still we wait

After soil tests were complete, we’ve been waiting for our land titles to arrive and finally this fortnight, we’ve had some good progress.

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Our street has lights

One of the very visual signs things are getting closer is the fact our street lighting is now on.

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Metricon don’t do tiled wastes (updated)

This week we got told Metricon no longer offer tile wastes. After seeing many bathroom photos from their display homes, on the Block etc, I was pretty keen to have this look, as its more modern, cleaner finish and a higher-end appearance than standard offerings.

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Soil tests are in

Most days I check the website for our estate, at times to see how sales are going, but lately because we’ve been waiting for soil test results. The developers had their tests taken a few weeks ago and Metricon a couple, well today they’ve been published.

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Nature strip landscaping

As part of completing the land as it headed off to titles, the developers have added a tree to our nature strip. From our front bedroom, we’ll look out to it, so we’re hoping its a pretty nice variety.

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We’re off to titles!!

Today I received a phone call to confirm our stage has received its certificate of compliance today. This was achieved after a soil test was successfully performed today after a few consecutive days of sun dried the land enough for the equipment to get on-site.

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Home loan pre-approval approved!

Today we got the good news that we’ve successfully received pre-approval for our home loan from the bank.

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STOP RAINING!!

This Winter has been one of the wettest in memory and its resulting in delays in our land going to the titles office.

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Metricon sign on site

You can watch the days of a calendar tick over, but its real-world things that really remind you that your home build is getting closer. Yesterday the Metricon sign went up on the block, following the estate sign earlier in the week.

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Preparing for Home Loan pre-approval

Bank

As we approach titles, and the start of the build, things are quickly hitting home that the house build will start soon. Ahead of that, we have an important step to take care of, finance. After saving aggressively for our deposit, we are ready to apply for a mortgage.

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