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.
Not much happened on site yesterday, with the exception of another delivery. The fascia and metal supports for our Monument coloured, Colourbond roof.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we got the good news that we’ve successfully received pre-approval for our home loan from the 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.