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

 

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

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

R9 building product close ups

Some close up shots of the R9wa panel we are using for the build.

External wall panel close up

External wall panel close up

Close up cross section of external wall panel

Close up cross section of external wall panel

Panel track corner detail

Panel track corner detail

window corner detail

window corner detail

internal wall panels

internal wall panels

kitchen window ground floor

kitchen window ground floor

corner window close up

corner window close up

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Site Clean and Ground Floor Wall Panels

3rd of December 2013. Site clean in preparation for the R9 panel tracks to be laid on the slab. The wall panels slot into metal tracks around the perimeter of the slab.

Site Clean

Site Clean

Site clean rear view

Site clean rear view

23RD of December 2013. The track system that the R9 panels slot into has started to be put in place on the slab. After this everything slows down after Christmas for a few weeks.

R9 panel track

R9 panel track

Tracks down ready for panels

Tracks down ready for panels

20TH of January 2014. Ready to unload the panels from the truck but a minor setback of the forklift getting bogged holds us up for a day. Oops.

Forklift setback

Forklift setback

21ST January 2014. The panels have been unloaded and the first panels are up! all in the same day. I have never seen a build this quick, the crew are fantastic, seriously hardworking blokes. Our house has it’s first walls, happy days.

Panels unloaded and first panels up

Panels unloaded and first panels up

First panels up day 1

First panels up day 1

22ND January 2014. By the end of the second day there are more walls to the lower floor.

Second day progress

Second day progress

Second day wall progress

Second day wall progress

Second day progress rear view

Second day progress rear view

Second day progress outside view Great Room

Second day progress inside view Great Room

external wall office and laundry

external wall office and laundry

Day 3 progress

Day 3 progress

The Inspiration for the build

I guess I should start this blog off by saying that my husband and I have built a few times before now but always through project builders in the past.
We are now embarking on our first owner builder project as we thought we have done it a few times previously and are not complete rookies to the building process, only time will tell if this will be of an advantage or not.

Living in Western Australia the preferred building product here is double brick, and having built two storey houses in the past we have had an average build time of 12-18 months. This time around we did some investigating alternatives and we came across a W.A. developed insulated panel called R9 greenwall which has a fibre cement outer skin and a high density urethane foam core that provides a high level of insulation ( the details of the product can be found by clicking the R9 link to the right of the blog) and the ability of the panels to be cut to size and detailed prior to them coming to site allow for a quick build time.

The style of house we had been thinking about for a while is based around an American coastal style, weatherboard character house. I’m loath to say Hampton’s style because that term is over used a lot at the moment, but below are a few pics of the style we are going for.

Weatherboard House

Weatherboard House

Coastal weatherboard

Coastal weatherboard

American weatherboard

American weatherboard

 

All images from Houzz.com

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