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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
By lunchtime yesterday (when I last went to the plot) they had installed the waffle pods to the top level of the base:
The bottom level is yet to be done. However I also noticed when they first did the piers that they had left about 5 piers at the front of the house yet to be filled with concrete. I assumed they ran out of concrete and would be back to fill them, but they're still empty. Now the black sheeting is down I'm worried they're going to forget to fill them, so I'll make a call to our SS today just to make sure they've got it covered. You can see some of the holes for the piers that haven't been filled in the next two pitures.