Sunday, August 23, 2009

Contracts Signed :)

Finally, after what seems to be an absolute age since we bought the block in January, we signed off the final build contract with Provincial today. The whole experience was fairly painless, but we did get a bit of a shock when they informed us that there was something wrong with the contour survey and that the levels might need to be changed!

We are hopeful for a quick resolution - the pool guys are due in to excavate in the next 2-3 weeks and need to know the final levels. Sometimes this whole experience feels like 2 steps forward, one step back...

More to follow on this I'm sure.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Electrical plan

We had our elec appointment with Clipsal today, and it went really well. We realised long ago that the standard provisions for lighting and powerpoints etc were never going to be enough, but the additional 8k spend was a bit of a surprise.

I'll load the elec plan later when we get it through from Clipsal. There is SO much to think about,downlights, pendants, transformers for outside lighting, security spotlights, recessed lighting for stairwell etc etc. It pays to be prepared and do your homework beforehand. Even so, it still took a full 2 hours to go through it all.

We also upgraded to their slimline range, and add in a few Saturn switches in the kitchen area for a bit of a feature.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Serious sandstone

Visited site today to find that the rear retaining wall is being built. It will look stunning when complete as the blocks are 2m long solid sandstone. Not cheap mind you, but will look amazing when it's all in and frames the pool etc.