Monday, June 29, 2009

Quite a few things will be happening this week before we move in on Saturday.

On Friday, Eden Brae will :
* have the painters out to complete the final touch-ups.
* fit the hot water system
* change the garage/hall door lock
* install our undercupboard kitchen lights
* install the remaining appliances

We are organising :
* the concretor to start on Wednesday
* the carpet installation also on Wednesday

Busy, busy, busy....................in the meantime, packing, packing,packing.........

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I had this brilliant idea of sealing the grout lines on our ground floor. Our off-white grout would stay off-white. WHOAAA!!!! What was I thinking ???
I managed to do only 3/4 of our family room and then gave up because I couldn't kneel any longer. It took me almost 3 hours & not even 1 room finished !!!
I stood up veeerrrry slowly, unkinking my joints, looked down the long hall at all of the tiles still to do & decided THAT'S IT, I'M DONE!!
At the moment, I feel like I've been run over. Absolutely EVERYTHING aches!! and I haven't even started packing for the move on Saturday.
The decision has been made : I'll be sealing the grout lines in the shower recesses only. THAT, I can manage.

The priority right now is to PACK! 6 more sleeps !

Have been trying to get in touch with the concretor to sort out the driveway colour. Still not sure about going with plain concrete, even though that was the decision.
He is AWOL!! Not answering our phone calls & not responding to our messages. Looks like tomorrow's driveway is OFF.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

These are our light fittings. Not going to dilly-dally over them. The 1st ones I like are the only ones going in to the house. Through this building process, I've learnt to not over-think my decisions, but to go with my instincts. So here they are :

Dining & Front rooms, 3-arm :


Lounge, 5-arm in the silver finish :


Island bench :


Kitchen & Family rooms :


Bedrooms & upstairs hall :


Vanities :


WIR & laundry :


Garage :


Exterior :

Friday, June 26, 2009

Well, it's done - we have our keys !!!!!!!!
Now the hard work starts in preparation for the move. Cleaning, cleaning & cleaning the rental.........not to mention packing AGAIN, sealing all the tiles, sealing the shower screens, laying the driveway, carpet installation , LPG connection, phone connection..........and it just goes on.
Appliances don't get installed until next Friday, if our SS can get the suppliers organised. Don't know what went wrong here, but that was the agreement a week ago. If we can atleast get the plumber out to install the HWS, that would make life easier. Bugger the cooktop & oven......takeaway for me anyday (no cooking).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

After having asked the question on the Homeone forum, we've taken on board the idea to removing the 2 existing off-centre downlights & moving them to 1 bulkhead, adding another 2 to the other bulkhead on the other side. VOILA ! Love it ! Now hoping that there are no timbers, etc... in the bulkheads !!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Our PCI went well this morning.

All the items listed in Tyrrell's report were discussed. In addition to a couple of things we picked up. Nothing major to be concerned about.

The only downside was that the downlights in the entry (see pic 1) can't be moved due to a beam running right through the hallway. This was our fault as we reduced the width of the house. The only 2 options are to either add 2 more lights in line with the existing 2 on the other side OR remove them altogether & replace them with a fancy pendant. I like the idea of a fancy pendant but because we have d/lights running down the hallway to the kitchen (see pic 2), we should probably install d/lights in the entry. Either way, this will be done after settlement at our cost.

Actually, what do my followers think ? Take a look at both pics. You can see the d/lights continuing down the hall. These are the ONLY d/lights in the house.
Should I keep the d/lights in the entry & add 2 more, to make 4 in the coffered ceiling
OR
Can I get away with a pendant instead of the d/lights, making the 3 d/lights in the hallway the only ones in the house? I think it might look silly.
What do you think?

2 weeks until handover won't be happening. Our new SS will try to get all 6 trades back this week & next week. Next Friday he will contact us to advise handover date. But he seemed to think end of June is more than likely. FINGERS CROSSED !!!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Woo hoo !!!! Our PCI is on for tomorrow morning. Just praying that our SS tells us......."2 weeks 'til settlement".

Friday, June 5, 2009

I just knew we wouldn't get in this month . Tyrrell's report was pretty extensive. I really don't see how they can do the rectifications, 2nd inspection & our PCI as well, then handover in the next 3 weeks.
So after our SS saw the report, he still couldn't give us a time frame for handover. We have to talk again on Wednesday. Maybe then, he can give us an idea. ::praying:: ::praying::
It's sooooo disappointing........sooo, sooo close.......yet soooo far.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

No inspection Monday. Extremely disappointed about this. Moving it to Thursday means this process has now been dragged out for another week !!!

I will be seriously surprised if we move in before the end of June. SS promised (months ago) that he'd get us in by mid May. Had serious doubts about his claim. On the other hand I predicted that it wouldn't happen until early July - in time for my 50th !!! Looks like I was right.
What a way to celebrate - moving & cleaning - ugh! Will be too buggered to celebrate or even care for that matter.