Almost weather tight

It seems to be ages since my last post so apologies for those of you following.
Things have been absolutely powering along lately with trades everywhere.

We have a roof now and a good looking one at that. The roof was something we had agonized over for ages, light or dark, tile or tin. Finally we decided on a dark roof in colorbond monument in a trimdeck profile. We had decided that if we went for tin we wanted something to look similar to the profiles that are used in American houses and after seeing a house in City Beach that is being built by Talbot Le Page Design  we decided to go in that direction as it looks amazing.

New Roof

New Roof

Trimdeck roof in Monument

Trimdeck roof in Monument

Roof and gutter detail

Roof and gutter detail

Talbot and Josh from Talbot Le Page Design have been helping us out with suggesting tradies and getting quotes and a wealth of knowledge in the building industry, without them we would have been stuck a few times as owner builders having limited access to tradies etc but these guys have certainly lightened the load.

The R9WA guys have been pulling long hours installing our windows and getting us to lock up, we are still thrilled with the product and now its weather tight you can begin to see the thermal properties working.

We have had so much rain in the last week but which hasn’t helped but we now have started the cladding on the outside, which is exciting but along with that came the decision on external paint colour, I will talk about that in a separate post because that is a long topic 🙂

Cladding started

Cladding started

Gable Vents

Gable Vents

dining room french doors

dining room french doors

The very sexy double glazed windows are installed. They are white but most still have the protective tape on and havent got the trim details attached but are still really nice. The fly screens are retractable and roll back into the sides of the windows and will be concealed by a white facia panel.

kitchen window

kitchen window

Kitchen window with retractable screen

Kitchen window with retractable screen

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upstairs sitting room window

upstairs sitting room window

internal roof and air con install

internal roof and air con install

Progress Report

front elevation

Front elevation

Front elevation

Apologies for the delay since the last post, we have been quite busy. We now have the upper story panels pretty much complete and the roof starts next week.

We did have a few hassles with concrete which put us back a week or so and we had to organize to get a concrete saw to cut through an air conditioning penetration that was concreted over courtesy of a form work faux pas, this and a few other delays with Easter thrown in the mix delayed us a little bit but we are now back on track.

Our sea container of windows arrived today, we decided to go with double glazing to help maintain the energy efficiency of the build. We did have a couple of casualties though with the top section of our french doors being bent from being packed incorrectly in Thailand but the window company have been great and have already organizing for the damaged sections to be replaced. We are very excited by them, I’ll post some photos when they are in.

We had a Architectural students come through the build also and were really interested in seeing the alternative building material and how it is constructed.

The roof starts next week, all things going well so we will have more photos then, we are close to lock up sometime in the next few weeks (hopefully before the rain sets in) and then the fun really starts.

Linen cupboard install

Linen cupboard install

Architecture students touring the build

Architecture students touring the build

Below is the view from our upstairs sitting room, these will have bi-fold mid sections so you open up the room. I couldn’t find a photo of exactly the type of windows as these are custom made but if you look at the photo of the finished room under this one you will get an idea of the style of windows and look of the room we are going for.

The second lot of photos below is the ensuite window opening, its hard to see what type look we are going for from the stage the build is at the moment but the idea picture under it gives you more of an idea.

View from upstairs sitting room

View from upstairs sitting room

upstairs idea, similar style windows

upstairs idea, similar style windows

Ensuite window above vanity mirrors

Ensuite window above vanity mirrors

bathroom window idea

bathroom window idea

Upper Floor Concrete

After much checking, measuring and checking again the position of plumbing and various other sticky out bits (technical term) we finally have some upstairs concrete.
This is good for getting a perspective of how big the rooms and bathrooms will be and getting a feel for the layout. Upstairs wall panels will be ready to go in a couple of weeks giving the concrete some curing time and from then on we hope a roof.
Below are some pics of the reinforcing and concrete that was completed yesterday.

First floor reo complete

First floor reo complete

First floor reo sitting room and office

First floor reo sitting room and office

 

Upstairs reo, office, bathroom and master

Upstairs reo, office, bathroom and master

Stairs boxed up

Stairs boxed up

Concrete in master and ensuite

Concrete in master and ensuite

Concrete looking from upstairs sitting toward family

Concrete looking from upstairs sitting toward family

Concrete stair well and family room opening

Concrete stair well and family room opening

Formwork done ready for concrete

We have just had the formwork done in readiness for the concrete upper slab.

We got to stand up on top of the formwork (with scaffolding in place of course)  the other day and see room sizes and the outlook, it was very exciting.

All going to plan the concrete should be poured in a couple of days and from there we will have the R9WA guys back to do the upstairs walls.

Formwork and plumbing being worked on

Formwork and plumbing being worked on

Street side formwork

Street side formwork

Double story family room boxed in

Double story family room boxed in

rear view from formwork

rear view from formwork

 

 

Tin or Tile Roof Dilemma

Shingle roof

Shingle roof

The time has come for us to decide on a roof covering.

For the most part we had decided to use shingle style roof tile but recently we had been contemplating colorbond because of the proximity of the house to the ocean, I’m not sure if this matters as we have had colorbond and tile in the past but only colorbond near the ocean which has and still is perfect.
I think I am still leaning toward tile roof but the trick is now trying to find a tile that looks close enough to actual shingles without looking too modern and that was the look we were going for originally.
If anyone has any opinions I would love to here your views.

Shingle style roof tiles

Shingle style roof tiles

Colorbond roof

Colorbond roof

colourbond roof 1

dark colorbond roof

 

Lower Floor Complete

So it is now 6th February and we have the lower story ready for boxing up for the concrete upper story floor.
So far so good, more pics to follow next week.

Front elevation

Front elevation

internal wall detail laundry

internal wall detail laundry

internal wall stairwell

internal wall stairwell

internal wall powder room door detail

internal wall powder room door detail

 

Day 7 Internal Walls

So at the end of 7 days since the panel work started we have the majority of internal and external walls done downstairs.
It’s a bit of a head spin really, at this stage next week looks like the form work will go in for the upper story slab, assuming there are no unforseen issues.

After our many builds previously that were double brick I have to say this is the cleanest site I have ever seen, no piles of site rubbish anywhere and when we arrived late afternoon on Thursday to have another look the R9WA guys were sweeping the slab and cleaning around the site! its amazing to see a building crew that take pride in keeping a tidy work site, this is also a good thing as far as site safety.
There are some high end project builders ( which we have used in the past) that could take a leaf out of the R9WA book as far as we are concerned for site culture.

Below are some pics of internal walls.

Internal walls laundry

Internal walls laundry

Entry hall walls

Entry hall walls

Internal wall theatre entrance

Internal wall theatre entrance

Partial office walls

Partial office walls

Kitchens and Bathrooms

This what I consider the fun stuff. Tile selections and door profile decisions are my idea fun.
We have engaged The Kitchen Factory Malaga to make the kitchen and bathroom cabinets as I saw some of their previous work in a kitchen magazine and after meeting with them had a good feeling.

I must say that tiles were a major drama trying to fit what I had in my minds eye with what was available at tile shops around Perth, it wasn’t impossible but the selection available tends to be more on the modern side. We have settled on Prestige Tiles in Osborne Parkas we dealt with them in the past and they always do us a good deal.

There are a few things I wanted in this house that aren’t yet that popular or readily available in Australia.
Bathroom wall sconces was one of these things, I had to order mine from the U.S. and they will have to have some re-wiring of some sort doing to them by the sparky.
We are also going for a dado height wall panelling in some of the bathrooms and this has caused more than a few raised eyebrows when we try to explain the look we are going for to people.

Below are a few photo’s of some of the looks that we trying to achieve, the kitchen is almost exactly what we are having and the bathroom ones are just so you can get an idea of the style we are going for.

Tile selection

Tile selection

Bathroom wall sconces from the U.S.

Bathroom wall sconces from the U.S.

Hamptons style kitchen in black and white

Hamptons style kitchen in black and white

Shaker style kitchen cabinets

Shaker style kitchen cabinets

Hamptons style kitchen cabinets

Hamptons style kitchen cabinets

Bathroom wall sconces either side of mirror

Bathroom wall sconces either side of mirror

Picture of bathroom wall panelling

Picture of bathroom wall panelling

Style of bathroom we like for second bathroom

Style of bathroom we like for second bathroom