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Handover and Move In – Day 281

** Apologies for the delay getting this important milestone post online. We’ve been busy unpacking and setting up the new house – I’ve neglected the website **


993 days after we sold our home in Point Cook finally we’ve moved into out new home in Torquay!

After a brief final inspection with our Site Supervisor we went into the GJ Gardner Geelong office for handover and collected the keys. After that it was all stations go as we started unpacking the first container and moving items into the house. A big thanks to David and Kane for helping with the moving process.

I’ve put some photo below and will upload more when we’ve unpacked and set-up all the rooms.

If you’d like to visit just drop us a line. We’ve got plenty of space so you can stay for the weekend and enjoy Torquay and the surf coast region.

Cheers – Shaun, Jill, Riley & Darcy.





Painting completed (first pass), ready to start tiling – Day 197 – March 9, 2018

After a slower than expected February (hold-ups with the painters) we’re a further month down the track and the painting is now complete (still some tidy-ups to carry out).

Bathroom vanity cabinets are now in place and painting of walls, ceiling, skirting and architraves give the house a more finished feel.

This Monday is a public holiday in Victoria so there will be no work onsite however the tiles have been delivered and the tiler has been booked to start work on Tuesday. We expect he’ll be close to finishing by the end of the week. After tiling is complete we should see a rush of trades applying the finishing touches.

In no particular order…

  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Electrical points (power-points, lights and switches)
  • Door furniture (handles/locks)
  • Timber capping and handrail for stairs
  • Additional paint touch-ups
  • Timber floor sanding and coating
  • Additional concreting – alfresco, shower and driveway
  • Installation of vents and outside compressor for heating and cooling unit
  • Garage door install
  • Carpet laying
  • Kitchen appliances installed

Depending on the scheduling of trades we’re still hopeful of moving in mid/late April. Fingers crossed!

A video of our most recent walkthrough.

Scroll down for a collection of recent onsite photos.

Vanity in ground floor powder room.

Vanity in en suite.

Vanity in main bathroom.

Deliver of tiles, ready to be installed in bathrooms and laundry.

Laundry cupboards.

Stairs – ground floor to landing.

Front door with stain applied.

Paint applied to office.

Spotted gum at front of house with clear coat finish applied.

Exterior cladding update – Day 100 – December 1, 2017

The external cladding is almost complete with only a small section remaining on the eastern side of the house. This is due to a window needing to be replaced before cladding can be completed – wrong type of window with top of vanity running directly into window .

It was a good time to get the cladding installed with an inch of rain falling over the weekend.

Next week should see the completion of external cladding, rough-in of the heating/cooling system, install of insulation batts and perhaps a start on plastering.

The facade starting to take shape. Bricks around the garage will be rendered and paint applied to the cladding on the second storey. Will be good when the scaffolding finally comes down.

Shiplap cladding installed around the office and porch.

Lake Torquay in the back yard.

View of cladding from the rear.

View of cladding from the eastern side. Small section still incomplete.

View of cladding from western side.

Western side – where the cladding meets the bricks.

Exterior cladding progress – Day 93 – November 24, 2017

After a few weeks of delays the cladding has started this week. Spotted gum shiplap around the front of the office and Axon (vertical) and Linea (horizontal) cladding around the second storey. It will be good to see the green insulation wrap disappear as more cladding is installed this week.

Further progress inside with the vacuum ducting installed.

Another material added to the facade – spotted gum on the front of the office.

Spotted-gum shiplap at the front of the office.


Cladding on the western side.


Cladding above brickwork.


Ducted vacuum in the kitchen

Electrical rough-in – Day 89 – November 20, 2017

The electricians were onsite today, roughing-in the cabling for electricity, data and TV. As each of the services get added, it starts to feel closer to the home we’ve been dreaming about all these months.

The utility highway. Power, water (re-cycled, fresh and hot), gas, data and TV.

Spaghetti junction

One of the things I’m most looking forward to – NBN (blue data cable) right to the desk.

Preparing for plaster – Day 86 – November 17, 2017

Plenty of activity onsite with progress marching towards the lock-up stage. Some wet weather during the week stopped cladding from commencing so we’re expecting that to start this coming Monday.

Progress for the week

  • Bath installed
  • Flashing applied to top of brickwork
  • Eaves installed
  • Cavity sliding door mechanism installed
  • Frame squared up in preparation for plaster
  • Metal rails fixed to ceiling in preparation for plaster
  • Various cladding materials delivered to site, ready for installation next week
  • More plumbing rough-in
  • A couple of temporary doors installed

Nothing much new to show from the front.

Double cavity sliding doors in the office.

Eaves installed around the entire home.

View down the hallway to the temporary front door.

Cladding to be used on the second storey has been delivered to site.

Metal rails have been fixed to the ceiling throughout the entire house. Plaster sheets will be fixed to these after the electrical rough-in has been completed.

Flashing has been applied to the top of the brickwork. This will provide a weatherproof seal between the top of the brickwork and the cladding on the second storey.

A pack of spotted gum boards. These will be fixed to the front of the house where there is no brickwork (around the office).


Second floor windows – Day 74 – November 5, 2017

Things have slowed down with the next stage of construction waiting for scaffolding to be erected and tradespeople to become available.

This weeks inspection showed the following updates

  • Scaffolding erected on second storey
  • Plumbing installed between 2nd storey and ground floor
  • Windows installed on second storey

Next stage should see cladding installed on the second storey as we move towards the lock-up milestone.

See below for some recent photos, a walkthrough of the second storey and some drone footage showing the surrounding area.

Current view from the front. When the scaffolding comes down next time we’ll have a view much closer to the finished design.

Plumbers have been busy installing drainage for bathrooms and toilets upstairs.

Birds eye view of the house and surrounding blocks yet to be developed.

View from the western side.

View from the rear

A view of the house and surrounding area. Directly behind our block will be another row of houses, bordering the road currently being built. Further North is the wetland area and off in the distance you can sea the new Torquay Coast Primary School that the boys will attend.

View from the front with the wetland area in the background.

See below for a video showing the ongoing development and construction adjacent to our block.

See below for a video walkthrough of the second storey.