Friday, September 25, 2009

She's ours! we have the keys!

A quick post (while I keep packing) just to let you know that we have the keys to our beautiful new house, she's ours!

Handover went well, our SS was lovely as usual - I am going to miss him so much, I'll have withdrawals from calling him, not sure what I'll do with myself now that this is all over, the build has filled all my time and thoughts!

A few pics of the carpets (it's hard to take a pic of the whole room...) and of our kitchen with the appliances, we got our new fridge delivered this afternoon too so it's all there! I think it looks great if I might say so myself!

Oh, and also the hamper Wisdom gave us, can't wait to crack open that champagne!- thanks Wisdom!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Handover Tomorrow Friday 25/09/09

Well, happy to announce that it's all sorted! we've come to an agreement with Wisdom - this just shows once again how much better than other builders they are! but the best news is that...

We are having HANDOVER tomorrow! Can't wait! Our SS and Wisdom have done a fantastic job and a huge effort to get it done in such a short time, we would be grateful forever!

Ok, we are not in the house yet but... are we glad we chose Wisdom as our builder? Yep, we certainly are!

Will try to post pictures on the w/e but it might be a bit difficult as we'll be moving and Telstra might not be up and running for a while but will find a way.

Thanks everyone for your support over the last few months, specially the last few days.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bittersweet news...

Hi everyone,

Like the title says we have some bittersweet news. We have been advised that we could have handover/settlement as early as Friday 25th Sept!!!! but...

It might not happen due to a disagreement that we have with Wisdom over an additional charge ... :-( We had been waiting over 1 week for a response from higher management and we finally got one today but let's just say it's not what we expected. I won't say anymore yet as we want to give Wisdom another chance to redeem this situation...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Timber floorboards sanded and polished!!

This wasn't part of the build but Wisdom was really flexible and good at letting us install them during construction, it shows how much more flexible and understanding than other builders they are, I hope they never change as they grow into a bigger builder.

We went for the wider boards (130mm) and so happy we did! the finish is modified oil in satin (I didn't want them super shiny). Soooo happy with the end result! Well see it for yourselves:

and Driveway in daylight

Soooooo happy with how the driveway came up and how the house is looking in general. Good work Wisdom!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

And we have a driveway!

I never thought that a driveway, yes, a patch of concrete with a stencil on top could make such a difference, but it does! it really finishes up the house, doesn't look like a construction site any longer!

We were going to go with plain concrete and just the brick border but we ended up changing our mind and did the pattern stencil as we thought that if/when the driveway started to fade and/or get stains it would be much more noticeable in the plain concrete... So glad we changed it as we love it! we always thought that a full patterned driveway would look too busy but I don't think so now!

Some action pics and then of the finished product!

Outdoor area (plain coloured concrete)

The concretors did a fantastic job, really happy with their work.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Glass splashback is in!!!!!

Yep, you read right, we have our long awaited Phantom glass splashback! I think I like it, at times I see it too dark but it was cloudy this morning so I guess not the best light... What does everyone think? did we pull it off?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

External painting

External painting has commenced and they've done the gloss coat of the front door in Ironstone, it looks great! So glad we ended up changing the colour as originally the front door was going to be the same colour as the cladding, I think it would have been too plain!

the cladding has also been painted, the colour is Hayley's comet but it looks a bit white to me... we should maybe have gone for the colour match surfmist like the garage door...

The house is really looking like a real house now, can't believe we should be in really soon, can't wait!

Really like the trilock door handle, it's very smart!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

and we have an alarm!

And the alarm has been installed too, we thought we were getting a Clipsal system but it's a Ness instead, I believe there's no much difference between them anyway, I think Ness used to or still does make some of Clipsal's systems anyway...

I hope we remember to set the alarm before we leave every day as I haven't had one since I was living in London 10 years ago!

Pantry shelves

We upgraded the pantry shelves to the melamine and it wasn't all that cheap but at least it looks much better than the wire racks (in our opinion anyway)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Internal painting almost done

Our lovely painter (met him on site the other day) has nearly finished the internal painting and so far he is doing a great job. Wisdom really seem to have the best tradies, they really take pride in what they do.

Oh, also the door handles have been installed too!

I just can't believe the progress they have been doing these last few weeks, it's going so fast that we are getting dizzy! I should start calling our SS "David Copperfield" as he is a magician! He mentioned the other day that we could get handover by the end of the month! OMG!!!!

Main bedroom Double doors to main bedroom
Bedroom 4 (I think)
Bedroom 2

Hallway to the bathroom and toilet and Bed 2, 3 and 4
Looking out from the kitchen (the view again for your PrincesFee)

Kitchen and leisure room

Entry niche

Inside view of front door

Plumbing done and shower screens installed!

Well, over the last week and a half the house has seen a lot of action. The plumbing has been done which means all the taps are in and so it's the bath and the toilets, it really looks like a house now!

The shower screens have also been installed. They are the semi-frameless ones, could not justify upgrading to the full frameless but I think this ones still look pretty good, can't have it all right?

Can't wait to have a nice relaxing bath here! We still don't know if we'll install the frosting film on this window (yeah, we sort of forgot to get the translucent glass...) or just put some venetian blinds...

The dark dunny! will have to put a nice pendant light and something else on the wall to brighten up this toilet...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

We have a kitchen!!!!!

The end of this week has seen a lot of activity, not much happened at the beggining but our SS and Wisdom have surely made up for that on Thursday and Friday, as we have.... a Kitchen and bathrooms vanities!

We love the colours and the sides of the island bench has worked good, not quite a waterfall edge but we are really happy with it! It sure beats the cost!

So happy with our SS, we had a few glitches this week but he swifltly fixed them! He is a credit to Wisdom!

Oh, can't wait to cook in this kitchen! I think I'll spend the first few weeks just cooking and cooking! mind you, might just get side tracked looking out at the view...

The barback and overhead cupboards are the same laminex - Smokey Sappelle but with the light the barback looks heaps lighter.

Monday, August 24, 2009

We have a water tank and downpipes!

Well, some more progress on the house, I guess now things are just slower and not as big as all the steps up to here (apart form the kitchen and vanities, the arrival of those will be huge!)
But happy with any little progress. We have down pipes:

And a nice fat 3000L water tank! I say fat as it's too fat for its pants! ;-) it doesn't quite fit on its concrete slab, haha. It's hanging a bit on either side, the pics below show it a bit clearer. I guess they'll have to add a bit more concrete to the sides when they do the driveway later on? not sure, I'm sure our SS will let us know. Really like the ironstone colour!