Saturday, December 20, 2008

More roof

More of the roof has been done, but think that's it now for the xmas shutdown. Electricals due to be done when they come back, so have been trying to finalise a few last minute additions and small changes to the electrical plan. Again, Wisdom have been very accomodating with these changes.

We also received the kitchen, laundry and vanity unit plans. We're happy with pretty much everything there, except we'd like to add drawers to the main bathroom vanity and have both washer and dryer under the bench.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Most of the roof is on

Another quick photo update... Most of the roof was done today. They had hoped to do it last Thu/Fri, but it rained so didn't happen. I was amazed how much they'd managed to do in one day. The camera on my phone doesn't do it justice, but we stopped by without the dSLR.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sarking on the roof

The sarking was installed on the roof today. Poor quality photo as it was taken on my mobile.

Monday, December 8, 2008


The guttering was done today. The roof tiles were also delivered.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Brickwork Complete

The brickies finished their work on Thursday, and I went to meet our site supervisor on site on Friday morning. He seemed genuinely interested in our build and was keen to offer help where he could, for example with the home theatre setup where he will remove the noggins and put some additional thick board in for us to screw the plasma on to. Everyone we've met at Wisdom has had a fantastic attitude.

He said he hoped to have the facia, guttering etc in place Mon/Tue and then the roof tiles on after that, so we might have a roof by the end of this week if the weather is good.

A photo of the front of the house (waiting for the cladding to go above the garage still)...

And the back of the house...

For those building an Impression 33, you'll see we've extended the back of the house so it makes a straigh line with the kitchen to give us a bit more space in the living area.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bricks Nearly There

Brickwork is almost finished.

Monday, December 1, 2008

More Nice Weather, More Bricks

The brickies have been making good progress. Most of the left side of the house has been bricked up, and more has been done to the front.

Brickwork on the upper left side of the house...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

More Bricks + Scaffolding

Stopped by the plot this evening to check on progress, and they've been busy the last two days.

We now have scaffolding, and more brickwork has been done...

Inside the garage. The wall has been finished...
The lounge/dining room looking through to the kitchen...

The alfresco...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Brick by Brick...

Brickwork continued. Here's a few photos of the great work they've been doing.

The back of the house. We plan to plant bamboo or something similar against the ugly fence/wall combo...

The side of the house (home theatre)...

They've started on the steps inside from the hallway up to the living area at the back of the house...

Inside the home theatre...

Inside the study...


Outside where the rainwater tank and hot water tank will go...

Side of the garage...

Back of the house from the other corner...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Floor Puzzle

Not sure which floor style to go for:
Natural and grey...

Porcelain and polished..

Brickwork Starts

We got a call from our site supervisor today, Wisdom have been great keeping us uptodate, and he said he had bricklayers and plumbers on site. When we stopped by this evening to check they'd bricked up part of the front of the house and the garage, and all the pipework was done.

We were really pleased with the colour of the bricks as we'd been a bit worried whether we'd made the right choice.

Most of the front of the house will be rendered, hence the motar is flush and rough in places. They've done a great job down the sides of the house where it will be face brick.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Frame Complete, Windows In

Today they finished the frame and put all the remaining windows in. We've been told that brickwork should start early next week.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

First Floor Frame and Roof!

This morning they'd managed to get the first floor up and the roof trusses. Whilst I was there the bricks were also being delivered. We're on track for brickwork to start next week. :-)

This Is What We're Aiming For

Thought I'd post a quick graphic of the house and colours we're aiming for. This is my first pretty poor attempt at using MyVirtualHome (great piece of software). I haven't figured out how to do the balcony properly yet, but it gives you an idea.

Ground Floor Windows In

Even more progress! We got a call from the construction manager yesterday morning advising that there were 6 guys on site sheltering under a sheet of plywood waiting for the rain to stop. The rain eventually stopped and when we went to check progress in the evening, they had managed to get all the windows in to the lower level and all the steel beams that arrived yesterday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Up Goes The Frame & Services Done

We got a call from our site supervisor this morning advising that half of the frame went up yesterday. He also said that the services had been done. What great news!

So we went across to have a look and the guys were hard at work continuing to put the frame up. Took a few photos but couldn't get too close as didn't want to get in their way.

Our site supervisor also said that he was hoping to get the bricklayers on site next week. Things are moving very quickly. Keep up the good work Wisdom!

Friday, November 14, 2008

We have a slab!

Yesterday the slab was poured.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tile Selection

Went to Di Lorenzo last Monday to select tiles. There's a good range, but we were tempted to upgrade to a bigger tile (40cm +) which incurs additional laying fees. A close laid tile incures further charges. With a tile allowance of $25 per m sq, and the tile I wanted was mid range at $42, the laying costs were $18 per sq m for a larger tile, and another $30 per sq m to lay close together. Now of course that's the look that's in all the mags, but is it worth double the price?? My 'in range' tile (most are a small upgrade)was $35 per sq m and no laying fee. All borders were upgrades, or at least all borders that you'd ever want. I'm waiting on a quote to tile to shower height all-round in 2 bathrooms. Std inclusion was only shower, 40cm above bath and then skirting everywhere else.

The style

The bath is going to be tiled up the side with the floor tile and then have the mosaic round the edge and a silver metalic trim. The white rectangular wall tiles are going to be horizontal not vertical for added effect. There's going to be vertical strips in the showers of 4 mosaic wide strips.

The more expensive tile choice.

Laminex Fresh Snow (New)
The cleanest in the range of about 10 squareform colours offered for the bathrooms.

Carpet - darkest in the included range. For other Wisdom builders following - handily you can see this in Di Lorenzo to compare your tile choices against in.

More Timber

Today they added more timber in preparation for the concrete to be poured.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Remaining Waffle Pods Down

Went to the plot this evening and found the remaining waffle pods have been put down, so we're ready for the concrete. We have another couple of dry days this week before the rain is due later in the week so hopefully it will get done this week.