Paint Colour and Progress

Latest exterior

Latest exterior photo

It has been a while since my last post. Things are at the pointy end now and we have started on painting the void areas before the scaffolding was dropped in these areas. The main wall colour we have chosen is British paints Stone Path, the photos are not a good representation of it, its a nice grey/beige.

The exterior is taking shape now the porch roofing has been completed but there are still quite a few details to be finished off on the outside. The tiling starts on Monday, that’s a bit exciting and I guess when it all starts looking more complete. This is also the stressful part where you wonder if all the selection you have made are going to end up looking like they do in your head.

The cabinets are now in production and are due for install at the end of the month, its hard to believe that by the end of this month it will be finished to that extent. The amount of overlapping/organising of the different finishes at this stage is immense, already the install of the timber flooring  has delayed the island bench install as we need it to sit on top of the timber as it has a skirting board around it and we wanted to do away with beading around the base of the cabinets. As with other trades once one thing is delayed it has a knock on effect on everything else. This is the part you wish would run smoothly but never does, needless to say wine consumption in our house in the evening has gone up to cope with the stress.

The end is in sight though now. The next post I will show you the finishes we have chosen.

View looking down to to the great room

View looking down to to the great room chimney breast

Round void window

Round void window

temp balustrauding around void

temp balustrading around void

Ready for garage doors

Ready for garage doors

 

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

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