Painting and Plaster Progress

It is now part way through June and we are hoping for a September move in date. Things have been powering on and we have had that many people on site its hard to find a parking spot most days.

We have had a team of plasterers for the last week putting up gyprock and starting on the cornicing upstairs. We had some quotes on rendering and white skim coating the interior but surprisingly it was cheaper to gyprock and tape the entire interior rather than plaster, this also worked out better in the two storey height great room as we could use really large sheets of gyprock across the upper  slab which would do away with putting a stringer around the join to disguise cracking around the slab line that usually occurs in plastered interiors.

The cornice we chose was CSR Concerto, we had a moment this morning of google-ing pictures of it to double check which way it was to be installed as this one can be used either way, in the end we chose based on what looked better holding it to the ceiling and we are happy with it.

We have had our cabinets check measured on site, I’ve lost sleep over the design of the kitchen so I hope it looks as good in reality as what I envision it to look like. At this stage the cabinetry will be ready by the end of July.

Josh from Talbot Le Page Design continues to be our go to man for trades, his help has been invaluable on this build and I doubt we would have kept things moving so fast without his help.

The R9WA guys are still going hard finishing off the windows, which thanks to the millions of cross bars that need to be applied are proving a time consuming  job, these Hampton style windows are a lot of work but look brilliant, the guys are doing a brilliant job.

The build is changing daily so I will post more photos of the progress soon.

Exterior progress

Exterior progress

Exterior

Exterior

Weatherboard in Dulux Flooded Gum half and window detail

Weatherboard in Dulux Flooded Gum half and window detail

Interior plaster upstairs sitting room

Interior plaster upstairs sitting room

Cornice plastering detail - Concerto

Cornice plastering detail – Concerto

Plastering completed upstairs

Plastering completed upstairs

Chimney breast plastering

Chimney breast plastering

Master bedroom plasterwork

Master bedroom plasterwork

Blue board moisture resistant gyprock in ensuite

Blue board moisture resistant gyprock in ensuite

Backyard view of office window

Backyard view of office window

Backyard view facing Great room upstairs windows

Backyard view facing Great room upstairs windows

View from backyard of Upstairs sitting room bifold windows

View from backyard of Upstairs sitting room bifold windows

 

External Colour Scheme

We have finally decided on our external colour scheme for the house.
This was not an easy task and one that we were still debating right up until the night before the roof colorbond had to be ordered.

For ages now the house has been (and still is) littered with paint swatches and computer print outs of houses in various colour schemes stuck on the fridge. We finally decided to go with a dark colorbond roof in monument in a trim deck profile as opposed to the usual corrugated profile.

trim deck profile

trim deck profile

colorbond monument

colorbond monument

American colorbond profile

American colorbond profile

That sorted we knew we still wanted white gutters, window surrounds and garage doors. You would think that white would be pretty simple colour to find in gutters and garage doors, WRONG, unfortunately the closest colour to white that colorbond makes is Surfmist which is not white but a very light beige colour. Admittedly it does look white in the sunlight but you would think that with the squillions of dollars a year that colourbond makes they could produce a basic white. The reason for them not doing this is not clear to me, maybe all whites discolour over time, I’m not sure, but again I refer to the squillions they make and wonder why they cant come up with a UV stabilized white. :/ So we had to go with surfmist for the guttering and hopefully the slight difference wont be noticeable. Anyway rant over about surfmist.

Colorbond Surfmist

The second dilemma was the weatherboard colour, after many failed attempts to convince my husband that there is a colour referred to as ‘greige’ which is a warm toned grey we finally decided on Dulux Flooded Gum at 50% strength which we think will look brilliant with the dark roof and white trim around the windows (we hope) below are a couple of pics of schemes that we like.

Dulux Flooded Gum and half strength Flooded Gum

Dulux Flooded Gum and half strength Flooded Gum

Light grey weatherboard

Light grey weatherboard

Greige exterior Colour Scheme

Greige exterior Colour Scheme

Grey weatherboard Hamptons style house

Grey weatherboard Hamptons style house

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