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Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale61
Sep 07, 2013 8:24 pm
With the pod delayed until Monday, we stopped by to see what the front of our block looked like cleaned up. We got to talk again to a lovely future neighbour on our street - a 90+ lady with her 99 year old husband still living in the house they moved into in the '50s and going for her daily stroll down the street. She was telling us how she has lived in the area all her life, growing up in Lathlain - and told us how her grand-daughter (in her 50's!) moves about far too much, she never knows if she'll be north or south of the river next
Still got the shed out front but starting to get a feel for the presence of our house from the street - had to review our render/roof colours last night so will be interested to see how they work out:
Main render - the lighter colours on the elevation: Dulux Bogart
Feature render - the portico + the roof: Colourbond Dune
Balustrades + gutters/fascias: Colourbond Woodland Grey
Garage door + front door (I'm not sure if I'm going to regret choosing a light colour for the front door): Colourbond Surfmist
And for comparison, we have a pair of houses being built behind us by a neighbour at the back who owned the block beside his place. They were slabbed at roughly the same time as us and the back house has just had tiles put on (front place has timbers just completed):
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale65
Sep 08, 2013 1:31 am
Thanks guys - it's great seeing it come together. I hope our budget stretches enough to finish it off properly
I think the gardens are going to end up being a project over time - our neighbours opposite set a fairly high standard for us to live up to.
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale66
Sep 10, 2013 8:34 pm
Apologies in advance for the long post - but despite the weather, we have been podded! An awesome day off work to watch as they craned our upper floor on. A few minor bumps getting here - it was meant to be Friday then Monday then today at midday then I got a call from our SS at 8am saying it would be delivered at 10am so we got ready and rushed on over to watch it be craned on.
I took 100+ photos and have uploaded a few dozen to the blog in my signature - so feel free to browse through those if anyone is interested in more detail.
We got there around 9.15am and the various guys working on site were great and very indulgent with us - answering questions, we learnt a bucket-load about how these are put together. I was still doubting the fact it would be in only 3 sections and was surprised to hear that one of the sections was really slim as well so I wasn't sure how they were going to manage - but it wasn't an issue. I was also surprised to see the pod delivered with windows installed - I thought that might be a bit risky but it seemed to work out fine.
There were a few early delays as they chased up a survey of the underground services to figure out where they could plant the crane and the first section of pod arrive just after 10am:
And they got the crane sorted not long after that:
By this time however, we were starting to block up the street (a cul-de-sac) and since we bought the place last year, I don't think we had ever seen so much traffic going through:
However, it was a good opportunity to meet some of our neighbours who came out to watch and we managed to let most people through:
Unfortunately the rain had started by this stage and a fair part of both our families had come to watch:
The first section got craned on and I was so caught up in watching them do it that I completely forgot to take any photos of it (doh!) - fortunately my wife got video but it was still worth just seeing what they were doing:
Once that was done it was shuffling the trucks and relatively quickly moving on to the next section - it got spun around a bit like the house in Wizard of Oz in the tornado (although nowhere near as quickly):
And the last section going on:
For those who might be wondering what is "normal" for a 101 build, this is the sort of thing that can happen with the initial lifting of the pod:
And the view from the back - the roof line pretty obvious and the gaps - apparently they will now jack the house up tomorrow and basically slide it into position properly on the steel beams (which aren't being used yet):
And to finish off - just so people know that nothing is ever perfect when building, I was checking the stairwell window since we are considering our options for shutters vs doing translucent/frosted glass when I noticed that it was a sliding window... probably sitting about 3 metres above the landing level and we had changed it to a fixed window on our plans. A quick consult with the plans showed that they most likely got the windows mixed up with one in our retreat that was meant to open and was now fixed:
Hopefully not a drama to get it fixed - I wanted translucent glass in the stairwell anyway so here is the opportunity
I wasn't sure what our render was going to look like on larger than sample sized sections and we were really happy with the result - I was a bit worried it might be a bit too brown but it is the right grey/brown that we wanted.
So overall an absolutely fantastic and enjoyable day - there was minimal sun and yet somehow I got sunburnt. From here I'm told they should be back tomorrow (weather permitting) to finish off joining up the pod and then get the roof cover sorted. So it is a bit weird to go from a single storey house on the weekend to basically a second storey one today
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale - podded!67
Sep 10, 2013 8:59 pm
That is a super cool update on just how it all works and happens
I'm sure the windows will be an easy fix after viewing a feat like that
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale - podded!69
Sep 10, 2013 11:57 pm
My thinking as well. Fascinating how it works.
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Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale - podded!70
Sep 11, 2013 11:26 am
The pod looks fantastic Saxon!! Do you mind me asked what colour your render was called? Great Colour! Looks very similar to the colour we were after! We ended up choosing a colour called "peacepipe".
Our wall cladding is being installed on the pod this week, then rendering will be done. It definitely makes a huge difference having the pod built offsite, although hopefully ours will be finished in no time
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale - podded!71
Sep 11, 2013 12:14 pm
The render is Dulux Bogart - with Woodland Grey gutters and balustrading, Dune roof, and Surfmist for garage and front door. I linked the colours in a post at the top of this page so can check them out there
We were pretty bad when we were choosing colours - picked slightly different variations for things inside and out, and cabinet colours across different bathrooms - but we were lucky to have an interior designer session where she streamlined a lot of our decisions and made us more consistent. Absolutely invaluable for us, otherwise we would have had 5 different types of wood grain finishes on all our internal cupboards
The render goes around to the back of the garage/guest bedroom at the front of the house. I'm interested to see how the colours contrast each other - it is pretty hard to visualise when we didn't just pick a colour scheme from a display home.
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale - podded!72
Sep 11, 2013 12:28 pm
How exciting to have been there, watching the whole top storey getting lifted on! Look forward to seeing how it looks once the adjustments have been made.
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Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale - podded!73
Sep 17, 2013 11:49 pm
Roof timbers have begun - still need the roof on the pod to be done and unfortunately we have had someone stop by to take out a few of the front windows. It is a pity it wasn't the ones I am getting changed to be translucent.
Thanks to the timber work, we are now getting some shape to our living area with the walk-in-pantry being built up - which is nice to see.
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale75
Sep 19, 2013 11:12 pm
So the bomb site... err I mean building site is coming along nicely - more roof timber work completed. The living area looks more like a demolition than a build
But we have eaves around most of the house and along with the roof timber really defines the shape of the house - more than just walls now.
Had a chat to the SS about the smashed windows out front and it looks like it the damage was from a pellet gun or something rather than rocks being thrown. Who knows - hopefully won't have more damage.
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale77
Sep 22, 2013 1:30 am
Hey Zaxon, How many m2 is your second story??
86sqm + 8sqm for the balcony. I managed to negotiate the wife down to about 6.5sqm of dressing room - if I'm lucky, I might get that bit backing onto the ensuite WC.
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale78
Sep 26, 2013 1:47 pm
So just for the sake of doing an update - we managed to keep our pod on after the storms last Saturday and Sunday but not a huge amount done this week. They are cutting out all the electrical points today and tomorrow along with constructing the stud walls for our theatre and installing the cavity sliders in a few spots. So should be able to take lots of photos of holes in walls that will be meaningful to us but same-same to everyone else
We have the balcony floor done so now just waiting on the support columns in order to wrap that up - I want to get up on the top floor but haven't been by at a time when I could step through the water (at least without ruining my work shoes and trousers):
And they managed to fix the windows although it required carving out some of the masterwall - hopefully easy enough to pack back together:
Alternative view of the back - I only just noticed the overlapping gutters thanks to having high ceiling on the alfresco but it doesn't look too bad:
Re: 101 Residential in Rivervale80
Sep 26, 2013 4:56 pm
Glad to see things are progressing well!
Our pod has just been finished, and we are waiting on the weather to clear so they can paint the eaves, render and then remove the scaffolding. Once this is done the roof will go on downstairs and then the internals can start!! The current hold up in purely the weather ( rain and paint don't mix to well!! ) so let's hope for some sunny days soons!
I will bother to upload photos at some stage haha
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