Saturday, 21 April 2012

Please, just finish it!

No call from the Site Manager this week, despite the intentions of last week to finish up and have his boss, the Construction Manager, through on Thursday to give the ok to proceed to QA.  The only progress has been a plasterer patching up all the areas marked by the Site Manager last week and the carpenter has hung the Rumpus Room door and fitted off the remaining bedroom door and wardrobe handles.  About a half day's work in total for the week I reckon.

Still no door handle/locks on the external Laundry, Garage & front door.
The kitchen is still in pieces waiting for trimming of the end panels so the splashback ends can be installed.
Downpipe at rear still not connected to the riser
Gas meter still not connected to internal pipe
Hole still in the bath
Painting touch ups yet to occur...

To say I'm disappointed is an understatement.  We're now not going to be in before I go on maternity leave in 3 week's time :(

Adding to that, I've a cold giving me constant sinus headache, a baby who's run out of room to move in my belly and so resorts to jabbing me in the ribs and hips, leg cramps waking me 5 times a night (it must be amusing to see how quickly I can get out of bed to my feet when that happens!) and almost constant heartburn.

I've been fantasising about just moving in anyway.  Install our own locks and move in.  What would they do about it, I wonder...?

Anyway, enough crazy talk from a whinging possessed pregnant woman!

We have been treating our woes with some retail therapy...

I have taken the pressure off finding a yellow vase for my bedside table, and instead bought some small fake yellow tulips and a yellow clock.  These should tide me over for a while!

And inspired by Cam & Kirsten's purchase last weekend (thanks for the courage guys!) - after four months of procrastination, we finally put in our order for a King Furniture Jasper sofa.  It is scheduled for delivery on 6th June (coincidentally, bubs is due the following day - but I'm betting will actually arrive later).

We bought the Package 4 option in Viva Creme leather plus a 1040mm chair with an arm and back cushion (picture the 'Optional Chair 78' below with an additional arm), so we can extend the length of the modular along the longest side of the Rumpus room.

King Furniture Jasper Sofa - Package 4

I still haven't come up with a colour scheme for the Rumpus Room, so everything in my idea board is a little bland at the moment!  Cushions, ottomans and coffee tables to come after we move in and I get a feel for the room.  The ottoman pictured I was just trying on for size ;)

Time for an afternoon nap.  I think if perhaps when I wake I find a message from the Site Manager telling me the house is finished and the lack of progress has all been a dream, that will perfect my day!  If not, then I fear I'll be reporting pretty much the same sentiment next week...

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Day 197: Measles

There has been practically no progress on the house in the last 3 weeks, but the Site Manager let me know a few weeks ago that he was having trouble getting 2 or 3 other houses completed and he ended up having to be onsite supervising trades to complete their work and making them redo things if they weren't good enough.  I'm ok with the delay if that's the attention he's prepared to give to his jobs.

He called me yesterday saying he was onsite to do his final write up of items to complete and to mark the house with stickers for final touch ups.  It's amazing to see all the little areas that need touching up - I don't think I would have picked up on as many as he did!


Master bedroom

Hole in the bath

The Site Manager also informed me the electrician had been back to rewire the front pillar lights, but he was quite concerned with how unsightly the final result is.  Basically, because the wires were cut before the portico timber cladding was done, the carpenter didn't allow a cavity for the wiring, so the electrician had to run the wiring external to the cladding and down the brickwork cavity into the pillar.  As you can see from the pictures below, it's not the finish you'd expect on a new house.  The Site Manager has the carpenter coming on Monday to see what he can do.  I think there's only 2 options really - either reclad the internal side of the beams and first row of the ceiling, or box the conduit in.  Obviously the first is our preference, especially given all the display homes have lights in the front pillars and no exposed wiring in the cladding.  We paid for a new build and don't want a retrofitted job.  Will see what the carpenter says on Monday.

In other news, Luke have a sale on the George Nelson Bubble lamps at the moment, so we took the opportunity to buy the pendants for the family room.  Sooo excited!!  Two of these babies are now sitting snugly in their boxes in our study, awaiting installation!  I'm even more excited to buy a licensed handmade lamp and not a replica - the sale put them at the same price, so how could we not buy the real thing?!

Next up for the house is for the carpenter and painters to finish off early next week and the Construction Manager is booked for Thursday to do his inspection and give the house the go ahead to be booked for QA.  Once QA go through, the Site Manager has 1 week to turn around any defects they find and's PCI!!  (A building surveyor has to give the ok structurally before QA will agree to go though, and the Occupancy Certificate is organised on the back of the Surveyor's ok).

I finish work on 11th May (4 weeks before bubs is due) and I'd really love it if we have the keys in our hot little hands at that time.  I've then got a month to 'nest' in the new house (give or take...!)

Friday, 6 April 2012

Master Bedroom Furnishings

Whilst in Adelaide over Christmas, I bought this book:  82 Modern Style Ideas to Create at Home, by Inside Out Magazine.

The colour scheme on the front page inspired the look for our Master Bedroom in the house:

I have a carpet sample and plan to go to Porters Paints in the next few days to try and find a shade of grey that will complement it for the feature wall behind the bed.

I've also been scouring homewares shops and vintage stores for a small single flower yellow vase, but as is the case when you're looking for something specific, I've as yet been unable to find one!  I may have to resort to spray painting my own!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Day 183: Waiting to Exhale

There was no phone call from the Site Manager this week.  By Friday morning I was sure this meant he didn't get everything finished off as hoped.  At lunch time I phoned to check, but he was in the middle of something and asked if he could call me back.  But nope, he didn't. :(

Thus, expectations were at an all time low for the Saturday visit.  And this is the sum total of the progress:
  1. The plumber has swapped all the vanity wastes to pop ups!  Very relieved.
  2. The Rumpus door was unwrapped and moved from the bedroom to the Rumpus room, but it seems the painters haven't been available yet as it's still naked as opposed to a deep charcoal stain.  The carpenter has finally moved the hallway cavity sliding door from the Rumpus room to the Hallway, so it's nice to see that in it's final position, but it still doesn't have a handle and nor do the rest of the internal and external doors that have been missing them for some time now.
  3. The bin cage has been removed and the front of the block has been graded smooth.
That's it.

The electrician still hasn't rewired the front pillar lights.  The carpenter hasn't fixed the kitchen cabinetry end panels so the splashback returns can be installed.  The gas meter is still unconnected.  The bath is still sporting a hole in it....blah blah blah, etc, etc, etc...

It's Easter next weekend and we won't be moving, but we will certainly be packing.  I'll be 31 weeks pregnant and I'm getting rather uncomfortable now, so crouching to pack boxes is only going to get more tedious the longer I leave it!  We're just going to have to trip over and clean around boxes for an indefinite  period of time (the joys of living in an apartment: no storage!)

On a positive note, we put a deposit on a heap of light fittings yesterday (you can see our selections on our Furnishings page) and half our curtain order is ready, we're just waiting on a delay in the fabric for the sheers, which isn't an issue with no moving date!