Building A New House
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA22
May 02, 2013 11:02 pm
sorry i havent posted lately! im also an elite athlete and have been out of the state for a few weeks!
What do you do?
Hope they get those bricks under way for you soon - this is the point when it looks like they've done a lot all of a sudden, and its great to be able to walk through!
Our Custom Dale Alcock build in the Village at Wellard
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA23
May 02, 2013 11:05 pm
Hi Just following your post as of now... Congrats on bricks being delivered! We've been living in Settlers since we built nearly 6 years ago, and we're now building in Parkland Heights (not quite slab down yet, but hopefully in next week or so). Baldivis is a great little area. When we first moved in it was really quiet and small, and the shops barely ever had anybody there. Now it's a booming little metropolis - and I can't even get a park at the shops most days! I've never experienced any crime - so I think you may have been a little misinformed. I'm sure there are break-ins occasionally, but that's Perth-wide (world-wide even). There are a lot of hoons, but that can really be explained by the massive amount of teens and young adults here as it's a very family-oriented suburb. Boys will be boys!
Looking forward to following your build progress - good luck!
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA24
May 25, 2013 2:14 pm
HI everyone!! sorry i havent posted in a while. thank god for the beautiful weather brick were finished in a week and a half and we already have most of the wood frame for the roof on!! they have done so much in 3 weeks! the house looks amazing, walking through it for the first time was very cool!
@ Wellard2ndTimers - im a 100m hurdler dont worry im not a household name haha so you wouldnt know me!
@ Simone - im glad to here you havent experienced any crime! i expect there will be crime anywhere so I'm glad the general response has been that its a good place to live!!
heres some updated photos of the new place! very excited!!
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA26
May 26, 2013 2:02 am
House is looking really good, Aston. Love your elevation, particularly the highlight windows - they'll look very smart once it's all finished
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA27
Jun 26, 2013 3:56 pm
we are going tiles! im not a fan of the colour bond roofs, but it seems most people prefer them these days!
unfortunately our roof tiles are still not on! not very happy about that! they sent us the bill for roof cover a few weeks ago and the roof wasnt even on yet! obviously we refused to pay it yet and the mix up occurred because the person in charge of our build "left the company" which i think was code for "got sacked"
they have been struggling to get our build back under control ever since! the tiles were supposed to be delivered yesterday and the tradies are supposed to be on site today but i guess ill see what happens when we go down this weekend. we have also been advised that we shouldnt lose any time and they will work overtime to get the build back on the timeline! but who knows if that will happen.
because of this delay they didnt order our stone kitchen bench tops until last week. and they happened to discontinue the colour we selected a few days before they ordered it. my partner wasnt very happy with that since they dont have any other grey coloured bench tops. we went another direction and chose the white stone top and had to fight them tooth and nail to be able to change our laminate bar bench top colour selection as it is in view of the kitchen and they needed to match!! they finally let us change it only to figure out that no laminate colour matches the white so they are letting us upgrade the bar to stone aswell for $1630 extra. yep, apparently 1m2 of stone is $1630 over the money already allocated for the laminate! i dont even care anymore i just want it to be sorted out!!
but as we went to sign off on the bar area i noticed the measurements are wrong! turns out our terrible terrible TERRIBLE pre-start lady who i have mentioned before decided to change the dimensions of the bar all by herself. we have capped water and waste in the bar as they wanted to charge an arm and a leg to instal a sink. our prestart lady wanted to change the bar to a bigger bench top for a sink. we said no. and she did it anyway! and here i thought we paid them to design the house WE wanted not what SHE thought was best. needless to say we have put in an official complaint about her. i was not going to name her previously but after this i feel the need to warn anyone else building with ideal homes. her name was kristy. avoid her like the plague!
luckily we ended up dealing with a lady name Mel, she is the admin manager and she is extremely helpful and amazing! she has helped rectify so many of our issues, and made me have a little bit more faith in Ideal Homes.
oh and i forgot to mention! the waste was not capped in the bar but in our alfresco... yep, we have a waste pipe sticking up out of our alfresco and not in the slab in the bar area
so now they have to somehow relocate it to inside the house. stupid builders. but they assure us they are fixing it!
hopefully we have roof cover soon and get this sorted out in the next few days and we are going overseas in 4 days for a competition and will be there for a few weeks and im not feeling great about leaving the country with everything all up in the air!!!
and here i was thinking the build was going smoothly, spoke way too soon!!!
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA28
Jun 26, 2013 4:02 pm
Oh, that's such a shame to hear
Isn't it awful when builders stuff you around and you don't feel sure you can trust them. I feel for you as I've been there myself recently.
Hopefully it all goes smoothly from here on in, and you get satisfactorily reassured before you leave to go away, so you don't have to worry..
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA29
Jun 26, 2013 4:10 pm
If it's any consolation, we were meant to be titled in September/October, but didn't get titled until the very end of January. We signed with our builder in early November and didn't get slab down til end of May, and now we've only just had brickies start (actually, they've been there 3 weeks off and on and we still only have about 1/3 of the bricks done). It's so sllloooooowwww! Very frustrating, with many builders I think. If anybody had have told me that, after buying land last August and signing with our builder in November - we might not be in by Christmas 2013, I would have scoffed at the suggestion.....now it's my reality
It's good to know you're not alone sometimes
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA30
Jul 26, 2013 3:47 pm
hey guys, so im back from being overseas! when we left, we still didnt have roof cover!! ugg! we were away for 3 weeks, and when we returned we had roof, ceilings, glazing, plaster and everything done! very shocked. they even fixed their mistake and put our waste pipe for the bar in the slab where it was supposed to be. that was monday when we checked the house. we only just received the roof cover claim on wednesday so we were very shocked. when i visited the house yesterday we are at lock up and all internal doors and WIR/BIR shelfs are done! so its good to see it finally getting somewhere! i am concerned tho because when we were at the house on tuesday it looked like one of the walls were not straight.... yep...we have a bulkhead in the doorway of the theatre, and the wall wasnt flush with the bulkhead. so hopefully they dont try and get away with thinking thats okay...
heres some random photos from the last month
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA31
Jul 26, 2013 5:43 pm
OMG! Looking GREAT! I can't believe all that progress in just 3 weeks, how fantastic is that? Shame about the wall, but no, they can't leave it like that. I'm sure when you point it out to them they'll rectify it.
Superb pics, keep 'em coming!
How did you do in your comp?
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA32
Jul 26, 2013 11:13 pm
Can I ask what street your are building on??? (I think you are near to where our new house is - Camelot)
The house is looking good, I can't understand how the PS lady thought she could just redesign your house!!! Shocking!
Our RedInk Build Thread - viewtopic.php?f=31&t=64118&p=1004131#p1004131
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Moved In - 19.12.13
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA33
Jul 26, 2013 11:59 pm
Looking great Aston, and great they have caught you up a bit after some delays.Bugger about the wall, but they will have to fix it like Momomo said. Think about making a list of things to bring up at your PCI now.... dont be afraid to be as picky as you want. Your putting your hard earned dollars into this house ,so IMO it has to be close to perfect at the end
Hope you had a successful comp too
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA34
Aug 01, 2013 11:47 am
yeah we were happy to see some bloody progress!! about time! actually visited the house on tuesday and they were installing all the cupboards, they already painted the ceilings and doors, and were getting ready to lay the garage cement. i was shocked. there were 3 different type of tradies working on the house so i guess they are atleast trying to catch up!! so thats something i guess! I'm the type of person who is like, ohh its okay, and i often dont like making a fuss if things arent done correctly, so im glad you guys think i shouldnt let them get away with anything, maybe that will give me the confidence to actually speak up this time!
oh and charlie23, dont even get me started on the PS lady!!!!!!!!! not too keen to put what road im on but we are just off smirk in the avalon estate.
and belle22, thanks for the idea of starting to get a list together now for PCI because there are some power points they covered with plaster and havent cut back out again too! do you think that is something i should bring up with them now? or wait til PCI? i think im going to spend some dosh and get an inspector in, just to make sure i dont miss anything! this is our first house so we really have no idea what we are doing!
and i had a very successful comp! thanks guys if you are ever in Russia i strongly recommend you spend a few days in Kazan, it was amazing there!
ill gets some photos up soon
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA35
Aug 01, 2013 8:52 pm
For the power points we had about half that were covered with the white set and the electricians just cleared them out when they finished of the wiring and put the plates on.
Glad to hear you are getting progress, I'm similar in that I don't like to make a fuss but I think sometimes that's all that works. We will be having even the small things written down to be fixed, it's a new house I expect it to be pretty close to perfect!
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA36
Aug 01, 2013 9:02 pm
Great to see your house progressing! you must be so excited We just had our slab laid finally and I'm over the moon!
Are you using the Ideal Homes Progress Tracker? If so, under the "Roof Cover" stage are some FAQs. One of them is:
They plastered over my light switch or power point?
The Electrician consults the electrical working drawings of your new homes to complete all the electrical points.
Thought this might help answer your query.
Keep the photos coming!
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA37
Aug 02, 2013 4:10 pm
yeah TJ and fmac i am aware of that, im only concerned because all the power points have been dug out except for one, and my friend recently had the same thing happen to them, they got to PCI and there were several power points the electrician missed, so now im super paranoid they will miss it! Not that its a big deal, my BF is a sparky.
can not wait for the weekend! pretty excited to see how much they've done this week!
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA38
Aug 02, 2013 6:54 pm
Yeh I would maybe just shot them an email or phone call in regards to the power points. It may be the standard thing to do, but as you say you can never be too sure, and it won't hurt to get some clarification on it. If they don't do anything, well just add it to the list for your PCI, then they have to fix it!
I know I am the exact same too, I hate to make a fuss as well, however it's vital that your happy with the end result ,and as I said your investing all your money into one huge thing, your house, so sorry builders....it's got to be perfect.
Can't wait to see some piccys
Re: Building with Ideal Homes in Baldivis WA39
Aug 04, 2013 12:48 pm
I've just been reading the Ideal Homes Progress Tracker again and have a question for you. When the house reaches "construction lockup" stage, how do you as the owner get access to the inside? Are you given a key as well as the builder?
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