So it was much to our disappointment to arrive and see things are not quite ready for the painters:
The front portico beams have not been lined with hardwood for staining,
The rear eaves have not been installed:
...and the skirting boards have not been fixed to the walls...
Then there's a few odd things that have been done:
The carpenter has moved the solid sliding door from its correct and rightful location on the bedroom hallway to the Rumpus room?! I've no idea why he did this as I had the discussion about the missing door with he and the SS the day before leaving for the Christmas break and showed them the below picture of the feature door we have purchased, so they could identify that it hadn't been delivered. The SS said he'd follow up on the order when he got back from leave...so why did the carpenter relocate the other door in the meantime?!!! The painters will be confused when the spec says to stain the Rumpus door and they discover a pre painted door!
|Hallway door incorrectly installed on Rumpus Room|
|Example of the Rumpus Door and handle we have purchased|
In our master bedroom the plaster has been torn away from one of the windows in our master bedroom and upon closer inspection I think I know why. The bottom right corner of the window doesn't appear to be flush with the plaster, which would have made it impossible for the carpenter to fit the architrave. It appears the window was installed out of square. I'm assuming they'll either re-set the window, which may not be possible now that the brick sills have been installed on the outside, or perhaps they'll just plane the window back to make it flush...
The linen cupboard doors are not even in width and look ridiculous. Of course, there are no elevation drawings of the linen cupboard in the plans and nothing in the specification to reference door sizes, so there was no way for us to identify this before now.
Also, the carpenter has drilled holes for a conventional lever door handle:
Whereas, we have chosen the following bow arc handles - which are listed in our Colour Selections in the contract:
But perhaps the most disappointing item is the position of the kitchen drawer handles. The carpenter has vertically centred them on the drawers, which looks ok on the pot drawers along the back wall, but is terrible in a functional sense, due to the depth of the bottom drawer. Once full of heavy pots, it's much easier to open the drawer with the handle close to the top of the drawer, which is how I wanted them installed.
The worst use of the centred handles is on the custom bin drawer - it is both aesthetically ugly because the handle on the top drawer does not line up with the handles on the cupboards either side, and functionally awkward to pull a heavy drawer from the middle, rather than the top.
Metricon really need to include detailed kitchen drawings in their contract plans. We should have been given the choice of where to place the handles. The elevation drawings in the Plans don't even show any handles!
I've found examples of both centered and top aligned handles in M's display homes, so it's not like there's a set standard they follow. Here's an example from one of their Byron display homes that show top aligned handles that I prefer.
The SS is back from leave in a week's time on the 16th. I hope he's agreeable to replace at least the top bin drawer, if not all the pot drawers as well. Of course it will mean new doors are needed as there are holes drilled in the wrong places and it's not like you can fill and paint laminate! :(