So much for M's Accounts Dept closing last Friday; we received our Lockup Invoice yesterday (via email and notification by SMS, and today via snail mail), a nice 25% invoice just before Christmas!
We'll have another 20% invoice pretty soon when we complete Fixing stage. That's nearly half the cost of the build within a month!
In the Fixing Stage they've completed the following so far:
- Plaster installed
- Cabinets installed
The final task is 'Fixing Complete', which is all internal doors, skirtings and architraves. The carpenter is working through Christmas, so these will be finished by the time we get back from our Christmas break.
Then the painters start on Monday 9th January. Woo hoo! That's the first task scheduled for the 'Home Completion' stage!
We received news of a nice unexpected Christmas present yesterday. The Site Manager called to ask why we were painting the nice hardwood ceiling on the front portico 'Dune' and yet staining the beam 'Dark Oak' - surely we would want all the hardwood stained? Hmmm....we didn't order a hardwood ceiling...we didn't want the expense of fully lining the front portico ceiling and beams with hardwood, so we just paid to have the beam lined and stained, leaving a plaster ceiling for the portico...oh well, there was enough wood delivered, so we got it! I'm wrapped!
"Yes, please stain the portico ceiling dark oak!".
This also inadvertently fixes our issue of the bricks and lintel not being flush above the front door. It all worked out rather nicely!
|Timber lined portico (beams yet to be clad)|
The bricks were also cleaned yesterday, so here's how the house is looking now:
And the cabinetry:
|I think this guy was measuring for the stone benchtop|
Merry Christmas everyone!