Monday, 27 May 2013

The beautiful floors, plus splashback, tiles and carpet.

*Updated 5/6/13 with extra photos*

Ah, the floors I argued so long and hard with Rhys over are in and they look magnificent! Well, they look a bit dirty actually, but once cleaned up they will look magnificent! Again, all pics taken through windows because of lock up so sorry for any reflections/crappy quality. (Update 5/6/13 - Some indoor photos taken and uploaded now)

Photo taken from outside. Looking through the sliding doors down hallway. Confirmed with Construction Manager (looking after us while SS is away) that paint is definitely Flokati. Looks much better with wooden floors in I think, less creamy and more grey!
Photo taken from inside

Looking in from the kitchen window, also a good shot of our undermount sink. 

Night Sky Caesar Stone and splashback. The Splashback paint colour is a white which shows up as light blue with the glass tint.
Beautiful pantry shelving!

Splashback colour in the daytime. Photo taken from inside the pantry!

The usual shot from the front, for the very first time NOT featuring a portaloo, woohoo! Front door has been painted. Garage door, driveway, paint, render still to come. Landscaping shortly after handover. Portico long way away after handover!
And for anyone wondering about the tiles, here's where we're at! The shower screens have been taken down, waterproofing redone, tiler coming back this week to start again. Those feature tiles will be removed as well. Porter Davis offered us a $1,000 credit to leave them the way they were. Not a chance in hell!
UPDATE 5/06/13: Now the tiler has come and fixed what was wrong we got a couple of pictures as he was working away

The feature tiles, checked to make sure they were right this time:

and now for a couple carpet pictures
 and one out the garage to see the mud

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Further progress

Rhys and I went down to check out the house yesterday. We'd been told the tiles and painting were all finished so I was pretty excited to see the tiles all put together. The house was locked up but we could see a fair bit through the windows. I had a look through the windows of the bathroom and all I could say was "Uh... well that's wrong!" The white wall tiles were supposed to be laid "subway" or "brick bond" style (see our tiles post for reference) but they were just sitting there, all grid like and boring and normal! And then our beautiful feature tiles were not our feature tiles at all, they were a brown stone pattern! BROWN?! How the hell did they get it that far wrong?! I'm thinking they must have just read the wrong item number for the feature tiles, they're not even close! Also some of the power points were mixed up. I'll post some photos below and show you what I mean. Sorry for the crappy quality, all taken through windows I'm afraid!

Fences removed, first coat of render on, looking very house-like!

You may not be able to see, but that's a four point entertainment power point in the garage. The theatre room has a two point power point. *sigh* Come on PD!

Paint - Flokati by Watyl. Looks pretty good to me! All our lights are in too, with the chinaman hat fittings.

Caesar stone benchtops! Mostly covered by the protective wood but you get the idea.

Undermount sink looking lovely! And all our handles are on.

The floor tiles are right, thank God.
Houston, we have a problem! Wall tiles in shower, above sink, and on the wall above the bath are going to have to be taken down and redone!
To make matters worse, our Site Supervisor is away on leave for the next 3 weeks, so we've emailed our Building Coordinator with these concerns and asked her to pass them on to whoever is looking after our site while SS is away. Hopefully they can sort it out soon! I'm thinking that since the wet areas are otherwise almost finished, if they're smart about managing their trades it shouldn't hold us back too much. We'll see though!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Fixing stage complete - 26/03/2013

We went down to have a look at the house last weekend and met with our SS to go over the progress so far and where to from here. When we arrived the painters were prepping and he told us they should be finished by this weekend.

Fixing stage is officially complete, all cabinets are in, the benchtop in the laundry is in. Our sinks for the bathrooms and kitchen got taken by the stone cutters for our benchtops. Can't wait to see the benchtops in, should be another week apparently.

The progress will seem like it's slowing down now because from here on out all of the jobs will seem very behind the scenes, but the SS assures us we're moving along at a great pace and once tiles are done he can give us a move in date. At this stage we're still looking at June but no idea whether that will be early, mid or late June. Can't wait to find out!

Some photos from last weekend:

Ensuite double vanity. We changed the standard design to add a set of drawers in the middle. Had to fight for them (as you always do when changing PD's standard designs!) but I couldn't handle not having the convenience of drawers!

Master bedroom doors and entry to the walk in robe

Main bathroom vanity

Kitchen missing sink, dishwasher, stove, benchtops and paint (among other things!). Otherwise looking pretty damn good I think!

Looking at overhead cabinets and walk in pantry on the left

Laundry trough, nice and big!

Alfresco with the supporting beam removed