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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.

 

 

 

 

Walkthrough Day – Day 260

The site supervisor had already carried out his own review and the painters and plasterers had performed a series of touch-ups in preparation for our walkthrough. Overall the review went well, the house looks great and we can’t wait to move in.

However, between us and the builder we identified further areas that require additional touch-ups. For the most part, nothing too serious, just a bit of additional gap filling, sanding and painting required. On the larger scale the WIR cabinets in the master bedroom didn’t match the dimensions on the plan so they’ll need to be replaced and the extreme weather over the past few days uncovered a leak in some of the flashing that introduced an unplanned water feature in Riley’s bedroom.

So, instead of a weeks worth of finishing it’ll probably be closer to 2 weeks. That includes the install of kitchen appliances and some of the electrical fittings. So close, but not yet.

Rather than share some photos of the almost finished house I thought I’d post some photos of our current temporary accommodation. It’s more beach shack that beach house but we know it’s a temporary stop-over before we move into our dream home.

Not long now…

Modern stove and oven

Walk in pantry

The laundry

The main bathroom with step in shower/bath combo

Water saving showerhead

Hardcore door handles

Creative electrical work

Feature light in the lounge with timber lined walls and ceiling

 

Driveway done, ready for plumbing – Day 226 – April 7, 2018

The entry to the house looks very different now with the aggregate concrete poured during the week. Additional concrete for the alfresco and the outdoor shower was also poured.

A huge week coming up with the following work planned.

  • Plumbing fit-off
  • Shower screen install
  • WIR shelving install
  • Driveway sealed
  • Carpenter fit-off
  • Final site clean

Our flooring guys will be onsite the following week to perform the floor sanding and sealing.

While there’s still plenty of small details to be sorted out we’ve been provided with an approximate handover date of May 9. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly and we hit that date.

Concrete for the driveway and porch has been poured.

Riley giving the outdoor shower a test drive.

Additional concrete poured for the alfresco (missed when the slab was poured)

Flyscreens fitted to the sliding doors.

Plumbing hardware waiting to be fitted.

Basin fitted to downstairs powder room.

Tiling completed around ensuite vanity.

Tiling completed in enquite shower.

Tiling complete in main bathroom.

Tiling completed in upstairs powder room.

Front porch.

Cabinetry installed – Day 155 – January 26, 2018

Happy Australia Day!

We’re staying in Torquay this weekend so took the opportunity to swing past and check on progress. Great to see the cabinet maker has been busy during the week.

Peeking through the windows we could see the kitchen, laundry and downstairs powder room cabinetry have been installed. We expect the upstairs bathroom vanities have also been installed – we’ll check on these when we do a site inspection in a few days time.

View of the kitchen looking across from the lounge.

Appliance cupboard and space for fridge. View of the front door now installed (at the end of hallway).

Main island bench – stone benchtops yet to be installed.

View of kitchen from dining room, looking through to laundry.

Reverse side of island bench.

Laundry cupboards and sink.

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.

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…

Full Speed Ahead! – 21 May, 2017

Go Sign

After receiving disappointing news last week that our block had been submitted (but was now on the waiting list) at the titles office I was surprised to receive a call from our conveyancer during the week advising that we now had title and settlement would be occurring in 14 days! What the?

I’m not sure about the specifics but it would seem the vendors/agent expedited the process so instead of 19 days waiting + 2-5 weeks of processing time it all happened in the space of just over a week. Excellent news after waiting so long however it now puts pressure on getting our finance approved prior to the settlement date of June 1st.

On Friday we signed the building contract, signed the land transfer documents and passed everything back to our mortgage broker and conveyancer to weave their magic.

So, once again the  odds change…

 

 

Revised odds for construction start

bookies-board

  • June Start: 30-1
  • July Start: 2-1 fav
  • August Start: 12-1
  • September Start: 100-1