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!
|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 then....it'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...!)