Monthly Archive: August 2017

Site Cut – Day 1 – August 24, 2017

1 year, 11 months and 14 days (714 days) after we placed the sold sticker on our previous home we’ve finally started construction on our new home in Torquay.

Site cut was carried out on the block today in preparation for sewer connection and slab preparation.

It hasn’t changed the view much (it’s still an empty block) but it means a lot to see some activity that’s a part of the overall construction process.

The first of many photos from directly across the road

The block was already relatively level so not much earth-moving was required.

Time to start building – August 21, 2017

Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next – the schedule changes!

We’d resigned ourselves to a couple of weeks approval time for our building permit but it turned around in less than a week. The approved plans and permit were then forwarded to the bank to confirm that funds were available for the builder. This morning I got the email we’ve been waiting for.

Handover to construction – Lot 268, 12 Wagtail Ave, Torquay

Looking back on this website I know that we first identified a suitable block of land in November 2015. It’s been a long haul, waiting on civil works to be completed, land to title and then confirming our home design is suitable.

No more waiting, it’s time to start building.

 

Final Approval and Plan Submission – August 11, 2017

The word ‘final’ gets used a lot when preparing to build a house.

This is the final draft of plans.

This is the final variation.

This is the final decision on paint colours.

While you continue to tell yourself that you’re finished ‘tweaking’ the design and the last round of documents signed are indeed the final documents there’s always some more ‘final steps’ to be carried out the following week. Well, apparently this week we’ve reached the final steps in client approval. We signed all of the construction documentation so that it can be submitted to council and subject to approval, these documents will be used by the various tradies involved to build our new home.

Next steps are as follows:

  • Plan submitted to council for building permit approval (estimated 2 weeks)
  • Builder starts onsite (after council approval is given the builder will be onsite within 14 working days – 3 weeks)
    • Level the site
    • Start preparing for slab foundations

With August now flying past it’s looking more like an September start.

Latest odds for construction start

bookies-board

Further changes in the betting this week.

  • August Start: 50-1
  • September Start: 2-1 fav
  • October Start: 50-1

Sorry for the punters who loaded up on the August start. You should have made a bet when I was offering 150-1 for September. As I’ve said before, everything takes longer than expected…