Building A New House
Re: Just started building in perth21
Jul 18, 2006 10:26 am
Yesterday I posted an update to my blog staying how well I thought the on site meeting went and how things seem to generally be running on time.
And I was trying to be all positive too.. but then I visited the site yesterday afternoon...
In Ventura's defence my brick supervisor did get right onto the problem that I bought up in the meeting. Particularily the fact that the shower plumbing was on the wrong wall and the gar points were in the wrong positions, he must have gotten onto the plumber straight after the meeting because by Monday afternoon the plumber had been back and fixed both those issues.
How ever this was the plumber that seemed unable to read a house plan in the first place and whilst it would appear he has down a good job, he has certianly created a further problem.
The plumber cut a horizontal chase into the wall to divert the gas pipe to where it was meant to be, which is good, however in doing so he cut clean through my Cat6 data cable, my coaxial cable and the power cable, which is NOT good. Now these weren't hidden, each of these cables were poking out of their sockets quite clearly, but it would seem that the plumber assumed that the cable came up out of the slab rather then down from the roof. So now I have to get my data cabler back in to re wire the lounge room for Networking ad Coaxial... oh well..
Re: Just started building in perth24
Jul 20, 2006 10:35 am
I had a phone call from my builder yesterday afternoon (a momenteous occasion in itself!) telling me to go ahead and organise for my electrician to come in and repair the damage and to pass the invoice onto the builder for payment.
So all is good.... for now..
Re: Just started building in perth25
Aug 14, 2006 12:07 pm
It would appear that we have 6 weeks to go and our house will be finished (at least according to my NEW supervisor).
If true then I am very pleased with the progress, we signed the contract in November 05 and the house is finished in October 06, 11 months from contract sign-off is quite good.
There are still, as always, some issues both minor and major in relation to the house (from brick damage by the bobcat driver to no waste water drainage for the dishwasher - its too far away to use the sink drain)
But now the biggest problem for myself is the fact that the house is locked up tight so I cannot gain access, which I want predominately because I want to start looking at colour choices throughout the house.
On a different note, if any one is building in perth go to Trevors Carpets for a 'builders discount' (provided your builder uses them - Ventura does), it should give you around a 10% discount on the carpet (inc laying) and then go to WA Carpet Supermarket just down the road and talk to Ferguson. Trevors Carpets own WA Carpet Supermarket so the price will be the same (including discount) and Ferguson could not be more helpyful or knowledgable when choosingyour carpet/colour and underlay. Definately recommended.
Re: Just started building in perth26
Sep 11, 2006 12:00 pm
In my last post on here on the 14th of August I stated that we had 6 weeks to go. Well its now the 11th of September and we STILL have 6 weeks to go.
We are now in the "Perpetual End Stage" or PES of house building where the last 6 weeks takes around 3 months to complete.
Still, it IS looking a little bit more like a house, especially if you ignore the dishwasher water pipe being wrong, the retaining wall being wrong, and the fact that the builder's painter has applied paint most liberally (including all over the metal door handles).
Re: Just started building in perth27
Sep 14, 2006 4:40 pm
I came across this forum by chance and found some helpful tips. Especially people from Perth. You guess it, I am from Perth as well.
We looking at building our house with Jaxon builder. Has anyone build with them before. What are they like?
Also, I looking at doing wood flooring. But have no idea the diffent between floating and straight glue. Any tips will be appreciated.
Re: Just started building in perth28
Sep 22, 2006 10:55 am
Well I'm onto my third supervisor, seriously they are like a cheap pair of sneakers, they dont last long before wearing out and some of them stink.
The tiling should be completed today, just some grouting in the bathroom to finish up, although as I pointed out in my blog, they still are unable to read the plans and actually tile the bits I asked to be tiled, however with only a few weeks left until we are finished (hopefully) I dont think I have the energy any more the argue about it.
Next thing to do is the final electrical (switches, face plates etc) I believe, followed by the final plumbing (if they can pry the Orang Utang away from his bananas), and then the exterior brick paving and then we are done!
After that I just need to organise the tiler for the floor, the carpets, the painter, the air conditioning install, the security sytem install, the window shutter install and the moving in... easy!
Re: Just started building in perth29
Oct 12, 2006 10:03 am
Seriously its like juggling eels! Trying to organise all of the people that need to come along to finish your home (Painter, tiler, etc, etc) after the house is finished is harder then balancing the national debt.
Well, maybe not... (but its close!)
The house as far as I can tell, is still on track to be "practically" completed on the 20th of October, just 8 days from now. Two emails (one yesterday and one on monday) asking if the house was still on schedule has (surprise surprise) produced no response from the builder, so I can only assume all is going well. However there is still all of the external brick paving to do (driveway, back patio, 30 metres of path down the side) plus all of the plumbing and the final electrical fitout, so I'm sure you can see my concern.
We shall see.
Re: Just started building in perth30
Oct 16, 2006 10:25 am
We went round to the house on Saturday and the plumber was there installing the toilets, which was quite exciting... well as exciting as toilets get.. you know what I mean!
The electrician has finished, all of the down lights are in, the range hood is installed, the stove is in and all of the switches and plugs are in place, we are just missing the face plates for the switches, but thats cool.
So there are 3 things to go
1) The paving (all of the yellow sand has been delivered already)
2) The plumber needs to finish (Main the gas, stove top and hot water unit)
3) I need to write another email to Ventura and ask them if they can speak english.
Let me explain.
If you are not aware of my continuing problem with the hot water unit then I will give you a quick summary. The Hot water unit we ordered is a continuous hot water unit that was to be recessed into an external brick wall (its says so on the plans, so we have it in writing). The brickie wasn't told (or he didn't read the plans) and ever left a hole in the wall for the unit. The plumber was never told (or didnt read the plans) and he plumbed all of the water and gas pipes to the outside of the brick wall, instead of in the cavity. The Electrician was never told (or didnt read the plans) and he layed the wiring to the outside of the brick wall instead of in the cavity.
Now back to the present - a hole was been cut out of the wall to fit the recessed hot water unit, but the electrician has been and has installed an exterior powerpoint next to the hole! Seriously, doesn't anyone read plans anymore? I need to get Ventura to now get the electrician back, remove the external powerpoint, patch up (replace) the bricks they drilled through and re-wire the power to the recessed unit.
Grrr. Its so annoying at times.
Any one willing to bet that the plumber will just installed the hot water unit NEXT to the hole instead of recessed inside it? I'm willing to bet...
Re: Just started building in perth31
Oct 27, 2006 10:10 am
Well, today I pick up the keys. Which is an amazing feat, who would have thought!
The PCI meeting last Friday went fairly well, with little argument over what needed to be fixed, although I think they may drag their heels a little on some of the things the building inspector bought up (mainly the ceiling painting - its rather patchy).
A funny thing did happen which I have not yet mentioned in my blog though; one of the things that did come up during the meeting was that only 3 of the 4 downlights were installed because one of the transformers I supplied was faultly. Not a problem in itself and I took the transformer back to the lighting store I bought it from for a replacement. Easy.
The store was happy to replace the transformer for me but couldn't because it was missing a part (a small blue plastic end cover that covered the contacts). So I emailed my Client Liasion Officer and asked her to talk to the electrician to find the missing cap. The reply I got back will live with me to the end of my days.
Now remember, this cap is pretty much totally decorative (its a lovely shade of blue) although it does provide some protection against dust on the terminals I guess. By that afternoon it was appearant that Karen had been busy on my behalf and had emailed the electrical company asking for the missing part to be delivered to Ventura, however the electrical company replied with (and this is a direct quote from their email): "I have spoken to **** and he said that the transparent blue cover was missing and that why it was faulty"
I managed to reply to that after I spent 10 minutes of cleaning up the coffee I sprayed all over my keyboard and screen.
I (rather politely) pointed out that they had no idea what they were talking about and that telling me the missing cover was why the transformer is faulty is like telling me a pen is broken because the cap is missing.
The next day I recieved another email from Karen simply saying "we have the plastic blue cap here now to give u tomorrow "
Is was just a bizarre (and trivial) episode to end the house building on.
(By the way, does anyone else think that in correspondence between a a client and builder the lack of capital letters and using 'u' instead of "you'' is somewhat rude - I'm starting to sound like my dad!)
Re: Just started building in perth32
Oct 27, 2006 11:51 pm
First of all, congratulations on getting the keys finally!
Being in the same situation myself (on the other side of the coast) building a new house, I have been following your blog time to time. Your various tough experiences, although they must have been very difficult for you, were informative and good warning to someone like me. Your storytelling skills are so good and make me laugh so much. I loved the cleaning up the sprayed coffee on your keyboard and screen
I may be also in one fo those "oldies" but using "u" in stead of "you" in business communication is a big no-no! She may have been accessing her company's inbox from her mobile, perhaps?
Give a pat on your back for your hard work and enjoy your new home.
Re: Just started building in perth33
Nov 13, 2006 5:19 pm
Congratulations with the house.
if you could maybe put a review of ur builder in my site that would be much appreciated!
I'm trying to form a database of builder reviews thats why i made this site. I think it would be a useful thing to have a catalogue of comments from the different builders available . It will help me and others when they finally decide to build.
Re: Just started building in perth34
Nov 22, 2006 10:26 am
We moved into our home over the weekend othe 18th of November, all of the heavy furntiure being moved in on the 21st, so the 21st was our first night in the house and a couple of interesting problems have already come up and surprise surprise they are plumbing related.
Monkeys at 12 o'clock!
The gas meter had not been comissioned (4 weeks after handover) so there was no hot water, and when we finally got hot water the ensuite basin hot tap for some reason does not produce hot water. All of the other taps produce hot water via the continuous flow hot water unit, but the hot tap on the ensuite basin does not. Wierd.
Re: Just started building in perth35
Nov 24, 2006 10:27 am
Hot water all sorted! So now there is just the brick paving and the low voltage downlight to fix.
On an unrelated note (house related but for once nothing to do with the builder) we were going to have our air conditioning installed this morning but that is looking very dubious.
When I first ordered the air conditioning I was still living at my old house, so on the order quote there is two addresses, a "current address" which is my old house, and an "install address" which is my new house (you can see where this is going can't you...). Now most people would I'm sure be able to tell the difference between 'current' and 'install', but not these people. In an amazing example of dodo like intelligence all of the air conditioning equipment (huge exterior unit, seemingly miles of ducting etc) has been delivered a day early to my old address.
I rang up the company this morning at 7:45am and surprisingly enough someone answered the phone, and the conversation went something like this:
me: good morning, I was just ringing up to confirm that my air con install was going ahead and that there was no problems.
air con: your name sir?
me : *name and address of new house given*
air con: ah yes, there you are, yeap no problems the install will be done this morning.
me : thats excellent, and where will they be installing it?
air con : *gives address of old house I dont live in anymore*
me : can you please look up my original quote and confirm that.
air con : *russling of papers* oh s**t...
me : indeed...
air con : I'll call you back when I have sorted this out.
me : you do that. good bye.
Its really quite funny...
Re: Just started building in perth36
Nov 24, 2006 11:39 am
That is too funny!
Btw, what kind of cooling are you getting installed in your old house...err...new house, I mean? I know that might sound silly because you did say 'air conditioning' which brings images to mind of those big, ugly square/rectangular shape thingies that make so much noise and only cool the area 2feet around them. Haha Or maybe the newer models are much better. So in that case I apologise if I offended you if that is what you're getting.
Anyway, we are thinking of getting ducted refrigerated cooling. We are making provisions for our ducts to be enlarged to be able to handle this type of cooling. We know it's the most expensive option out of all the cooling, but it would be interesting to know what you're getting installed.
Re: Just started building in perth37
Nov 28, 2006 10:43 am
We are getting (have got - finally) ducted evaporative air con. And I have to say that now that it is finally working (the electrician turned up at 6pm monday night) I am most pleased with it (having played with it all of 3 hours...), its pretty much silent, on its highest fan setting (which was blowing the newpaper off the kitchen bench) I could only hear the noise of rushing air, not the motor at all).
To stall any further questions about why I chose evarorative air con over refrigerated air con (because nearly everyone has asked me why ) it is because I can't see any benefit in having refrigerated air con in my circumstance.
The choice mainly came down to fresh air vs. recirculated air. I like fresh air and would much prefer having windows open, rather then closed up tight to get the most out of the refrigerated air con, and I have heating points for gas where (and if) I need them and the house is designed to use the winter sun to warm the place up, so I dont need ducted heating and if that fails I have gas points in the major rooms.
The expense just was not worth it for us.
But each to his own.
Re: Just started building in perth40
Apr 14, 2007 8:56 pm
I am going to be looking at a ducted evaporative a/c for my new 'Ventura' home in the not-too-distant future. Would be keen to know details of what you went for and how much it cost - any recommendations now that you have had it in for a few months?
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