Building A New House
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" PANIC STATIONS41
Jul 30, 2013 8:43 pm
You house is coming along nicely. I hope you managed to sort out the electrical stuff and hope all goes well... I'm watching your thread and blog with keen interest as I have just got in touch with Paul this week to see if they can build our home... Initial budget estimate has come in way way over our budget so he's going to make a list that would bring the costs down
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" PANIC STATIONS42
Jul 30, 2013 9:30 pm
electrical - are you getting data as well? How many power points in each room? have a think about what you currently use (appliances, lamps, TV, computers etc), position furniture in your plan to check that things are in the right spot. Do you want any off-peak tariffs (hot water, air conditioners)? Don't forget external lights and power points too.
Try not to stress too much... I have heard from a number of people that there is always something you want to change, no matter how long or hard you think about it beforehand.
Yep getting data, that's the main reason for the meeting. We are supposed to get NBN in 2014/15,.... although who knows if the wacky LNP plan comes in we could be communicating over tin cans and string lines....
thanks for the checklist:
basically 2 points in each room, 3 in main bedrooms, and a stack in living rooms.
Yep, front and rear external power points.
Yep, lights to light up every side of house outside.
I read the things you forgot thread... about a gazillion times... many a sleepless night and pretty sure we've got everything. The builder and electrician seem pretty on top of things too which is good.
It's doing my head in though wondering what I've forgotten... ah well, as you say, there will be something... it's like a camping trip, you just hope the something you forgot isn't the tent!
hey 4evaesh, I sent you a pm. that's cool!
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" PANIC STATIONS43
Aug 11, 2013 9:04 am
OK, still panicking as gyprock doing in this week, hoping all is well.
Have to decide on path to door, pavers v concrete?? It runs up the side of the house for about 10 metres.
Also have to put in a retaining wall across backyard so we have a flat section for play area, tossing up wether to go treated pine and paint it the same colour as house or go for concerete blocks. It's only 500mm high.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" TOO SMOOTH???44
Aug 18, 2013 11:47 pm
http://enviroarchbeachhouse.blogspot.co ... -more.html
Builder says it's on schedule. Everything appears to be on schedule. It was originally a 20 week construction contract and we're still due to move in at 20 weeks.. .
So what is going to go wrong???
I've rechecked the things you forgot thread, picked up a good ideas re the USB charging power point! Got four of them. Keep going on site looking, measuring, looking again, measuring again trying tofind things wrong but I'm at a bit of a loss.....
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" DRIVEWAY HELP?45
Aug 20, 2013 11:03 pm
Any tips for driveway?
Tint in concrete, exposed aggregate or there is also some sort of spray they can put over normal concrete to give it a colour and texture....
Any suggestions for a modern look that won't show it's age in a year or two?
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" DRIVEWAY HELP?46
Aug 24, 2013 12:48 am
Hi animal, looking great. With driveway we have gone aggregate. I really like it. We went with close shave finish so the agg is not so rough, better for the kids. Its hard to say what's going to date but agg has been around for a while now and will probably for a while yet.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" DRIVEWAY HELP?47
Aug 27, 2013 9:45 pm
I'm waiting on some prices for difference between exposed ag and just a tint in the concrete. We can get a tint for additional $60 m^3 which isn't too much, I calculated around 10 m^3 of concrete.
Do you have an idea of aggregate prices?
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" SCAFFOLD DOWN!48
Sep 04, 2013 9:00 pm
http://enviroarchbeachhouse.blogspot.co ... rd-up.html
Scaffold down and plasterboard almost finished. Updated photos on blog.
Things going pretty well, few minor setbacks such as sound insulation in master bed ceiling (it's below living area) wasn't installed prior to plasterers so builder made them pull plaster down and install. Nothing major.
Decision locked in on interior paint
Vivid White ceiling
Natural White Walls
Still don't know what to do with driveway concrete.
The concrete polishers are coming Monday to start grinding the interior slab, might have a chat to them about driveways.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" STAIRS!49
Sep 11, 2013 8:34 pm
Stairs in. concrete polished.
concrete polisher said he would not recommend any external concrete polishing for a surface that may get wet (i.e. undercover only). So we didn't get the reat verandah polished.
Stairs look amazing, we didn't manage to get a photo before they put the tread protecters on as we didn't have camera with us.
But updated blog with some photos regardless.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" STAIRS!50
Sep 11, 2013 9:51 pm
It's all looking great. The facade is my kind of beachy. The blue wood paneling (not sure of correct name), roofline and blackbutt beams are perfect.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" STAIRS!52
Sep 14, 2013 11:31 pm
Wow looking great. Blackbutt looks amazing . Bet you can't wait to be in a living there.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" STAIRS!53
Sep 15, 2013 9:08 am
Yep, getting so excited. Seems things are going really slowly now. . . .
We had a 20 week contract and it is looking like being around 22 to 23 weeks, so overall not too bad, but can't come quick enough.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" Flooring54
Sep 29, 2013 5:13 pm
Flooring starting to come together. pics on blog
http://enviroarchbeachhouse.blogspot.co ... oring.html
Have to let the tiler know what direction we want wall tiles in wet areas. We've got white 300 x 600 tiles floor to ceiling. Tiler recommends horizontal, architect recommends vertical....
Any suggestions welcome.
Also grout - we were going to match the charcoal floor with grout (called midnight I think) but some suggest going one shade lighter with grout.... again any tips most welcome.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" FLOORING55
Sep 29, 2013 9:16 pm
Looking good!!! Love the timber floor and polished concrete - can't wait to see when it's all cleaned....
With wall tiles my personal preference is vertical, because you can align the grout lines of the floor tiles (assuming floors are 300x300?) to the wall tiles, which makes it look neat. I suppose it's personal preference at the end of the day...
Not sure about the grout colour. I think i'd like to match it as close as possible to the tile?!
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" FLOORING56
Sep 30, 2013 9:44 am
we went vertical tiles
the wall was unfortunately 2440mm high, and tiles 600mm so 4 tiles didn't quite fit nicely. What the tiler did (just an hour ago!) was cut the bottom tile and the top tile so there are 3 x 600mm tiles at eye height, and bottom is around 370mm and top around 260mm then grout makes up the difference.
should have some more pics tomorrow....
one of the floor boards was a little bit high once it say in, just ever so slightly higher than the one next to it and created a little bit of a lip between them. We agonised over it all weekend as to whether to ask if it should be pulled up or not and replaced......
Had a chat to installer this morning and he said he could pull it up but would take a couple of hours to pull it up, scrape glue back, refit new board etc...... I asked what does he recommend, he said it's up to me, I asked what would he do if it was his house, he said he'd pull it up and replace. Done. so we got it replaced. So glad we did as it's one of those things we would have really been bothered about down the track.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" JOINERY57
Oct 02, 2013 9:13 pm
updated Joinery pics. Still a lot of dust around so that is making the boards look different.
http://enviroarchbeachhouse.blogspot.co ... ery-1.html
Still a little to go in joinery but it is getting there.
Re: Custom Enviroarch "Beach House" JOINERY59
Oct 04, 2013 8:58 pm
Had a big week this week. Things all starting to come together and also we (and builder) started to notice the things that were not right or missed.....
Quite a few stressful days but to their credit the builders are rectifying all issues without debate. Some they picked up that we didn't.
Little things like a creaky floorboard, an edge of joinery that wasn't sealed, vanity pipe was too low to be concelled inside vanity etc..
We thought the situation was worse than it was - it's amazing how nothing can't be fixed. The creaky floorboard for example was on the second floor and it was the subfloor, not the actual floorboard. So they ripped the plaster off from underneath, got up there, fixed the squeek, repaired the plaster and bobs your uncle! I would have gone nuts over time had they not fixed it as the squeek was right at the top of the stairs.
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