Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bricking Completed before Xmas... yay...

Here is a panoramic picture of the new side fence .. we need to fill a fair bit to get to the retaining wall height on this side of the property.. (Notice the 1.8M is the roof level of the next door neighbours house)

Here are more pictures of the brick work.. spoke to the SS this morning and he said that since the mortar is fairly raw the bricks cannot be cleaned right now and will be cleaned after the Xmas break ..


Monday, December 20, 2010

Rain and all ..Progress with Bricks

We have had a couple of mixed weeks with Rain and Shine ..

here's where the project is up to now

We met with the SS last week and he said we should have the bricks completed before Xmas

New Fence up with the next door neighbour

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Weather man you are a bad man !!

Xmas is getting close and the weather forecast is not looking any less depressing for all of us who are building .. for those of you have done landscaping .. hip hip hooray (no watering)..

Hope the days keep somewhat dry so the guys can perform work on the building sites for  us..

forecast for next couple of days and here's hoping the W man is WRONG !!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rain rain go away come back another day !!

It has been raining for almost the past week now and no progress at all on the lot..
We only wish the rain came in after our roof was up and the site was shut for the Christmas holidays !!

Here is the 10 day weather forecast (NOT Looking good at all)

Weatherchannel Link

Friday, November 26, 2010

Scaffolding and second lot of bricks delivered to site today

Spoke to SS this morning and the Scaffolding was delivered already to the back of the site and he was expecting the second lot of 6,000 bricks to be delivered too. The scaffolding is scheduled to go up on Monday and the Brickies should be back again on Wednesday to start the work..

This great weather hopefully continues during the next couple of weeks for the brick work to complete and the roof to be installed too

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bricking continues

We had a slight glitch with the bricks since the Brick that we had chosen have a lot of chips and defects due to transport etc. The reason for this is the smooth face on them is quite brittle around the edges and can easily be damaged. We found that the brickies took extra long time to lay these brick too since they had to check each brick carefully before laying them.. they have discarded quite a few bricks ..

Today we had a meeting with Austral Rep regarding the replacement of the damaged bricks .. they said what ever we need as replacement will be sent to the site on request ..

We are still working out if we are going to pursue the removal of chipped bricks from one of the main walls in the front of the house before the brickies were careful about picking only the good bricks (before we reported the issue to the SS)

here are some pics of the work so far

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bricks / Sand / Cement Delivered to site

The Bricks were delivered to the site on Friday as scheduled and looking at them closer we have noticed quite a few of them have been damaged especially the ones at the back of the property (seems like a couple of pallets have been dropped on delivery)
The Cement and Sand was delivered yesterday and the rain has held any work from proceeding (Ground is too bogged down to work on at the moment)

Here is hoping the rain will stay clear or light enough so the work can start at the site .. Some pictures of the bricks etc

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Our Plumbing Work Completed

Yesterday i was driving past in the morning and saw the plumbers at the site .. lucky caught them onsite since they were going to install the garden taps in the wrong places etc..

We have not visited the site and inspected the plumbing in details yet (will have to do this on the weekend because of busy morning work schedule)

Tomorrow (Friday) we are expecting the Austral truck with 12,400 odd feature bricks for our home (not sure how many 1000 standard bricks they will deliver for the Facade rendered area (balcony and portico)

Hope the rain clerars for next week so the brickies can start work.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

from the second floor

Second floor frame went up very quickly (all up the frame was done in 5 working days excluding the rainy days) very efficient and professional team (two blokes)
here are some pictures of the second floor frame and roof trusses ..

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Our Frame Completed

Our Frame is finally completed and the workmanship looks pretty neat and tidy .. the guys who were installing the frame were very professional and tidy. Here are some pictures from this morning (Sorry the sky was overcast..) will take some more pictures of the second floor internals and post in the next couple of days

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Progress from Yesterday - Second Floor

Today is Melbourne Cup day and don't seem to have much activity at the estate at all ..
The boys were working on the frame yesterday through the rain and these are some pictures from this morning ..

Monday, November 1, 2010

More work on Frame

Here are some pictures taken on the weekend of the progress on the frame. Hope it does not rain through the week for the second floor frame to go up..