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Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1741
Jul 07, 2018 10:37 pm
an update on my build.
We had our pluming done this week.
all looks very good!
so far we had 2 major issues:
1) the stair window was not located centrally in the stair hall. we realized it was not central on the drawings. it looked central overall but when you actually take measurements it was not central. we spoke to our SS and were surprised that they agreed to fix it. Today I checked it and it was perfect.
2) we also realized that the locations of our AC makes our home non-compliant with local design requirements. all fences returns should be minimum 2 meter behind facade. before submission for approvals we made sure everything was compliant. but at some point when Kurmond drafters were changing stuff again an again they moved AC closer to the facade. We have not noticed that as they never tell what they change. I assume we were expecting them to change something about windows or something like that. Anyway, currently AC footing slab is too close to the facade which not compliant as we cannot put our fence through the AC unit. We have raised the issue with Kurmond. Lady from the head office offered us to move the AC deeper into the site and place it between family windows.We didn't like this idea as the whole point was to keep the AC as far from living space as possible to prevent noise disturbance. Again our SS helped us a lot. we spoke to him and we agreed to move the footing. We suggested him to extend the existing footing as it will work just fine and he agreed.
All mentioned above was caused by unprofessional drafting by Kurmond (which I already mentioned here earlier). It is also our faul that spending all that time checking the drawings we have not noticed those changes. So guys again: check you drawings again and again even if you don't expect them to change anything. there is a high change that their drafter had something in his mind and moved stuff around.
We are very happy that our SS helped to resolve all issues!
Now the plan is the following: next week - ground floor bricks, the week after - 1st floor bricks.
I understand that our brickies are on other job so there might be delays. Again, I am happy that our SS doesn't bulshit us an tell us stuff as they are.
does anyone have anything new?
the dream, how did your slab go?
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1742
Jul 17, 2018 10:31 pm
Our slab ended up being 2 pours, they did the bottom first, then they did the top half (we have a split level).
Frames were delivered yesterday, and i drove past this morning and the bottom floor was half done already! Yay!
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1743
Jul 25, 2018 3:18 pm
We got bricks finished yesterday.
I went there last weekend and only ground floor was finished. Looks like they finished 1st floor in 2 days.
We still haven't got our AC footing fixed. They will probably do that after they finish with the roof and remove all the temporary structures.
Anyway, everything looks very exciting!
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1744
Jul 28, 2018 11:04 am
I have to say I have to give big kudos so our SS, the construction is speeding along at the moment.
Our frames were completed last Friday, and we now have about half the ground floor bricks in. I did a drive by this morning and there were brickies working today (Saturday)! It's been about 5 weeks since they started moving dirt around
Such a shame the admin side of the build was so exhausting/ time consuming, the actual construction process has been fantastic so far!
While our SS won't give us an estimate yet, I'm quietly optimistic that we 'might' by in by Christmas (fingers and toes crossed).
20th May - contracts signed
15th June - earthworks started
21st June - Piers done
1st July - 1st slab pour (lower)
5th July - 2nd slab pour (upper)
20th July - Frames done
27th July - Brickies started
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1745
Jul 28, 2018 9:16 pm
I also hope to move in sometime this year but at the same time I understand that as per contract it can happen end of February or even later.
our SS said he will be able to give us some estimates at lockup stage.
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1746
Aug 07, 2018 8:04 pm
just an update,
I went to site last weekend. The roof is almost done though the areas over alfresco and garage are not finished.
Hopefully they will remove temporary structures this week and start on services shortly.
We got a call from AC subcontractor who suggested us to place an additional riser into our bed3 and bed4 drobes. This was offered to us on the admin/design stage but instead we have agreed to have additional riser in a toilet upstairs (as the toilet is huge and the drobes are small). Now we have frames for riser in the toilet and they want to have another riser in drobes!!! We rally don't like this idea and waiting to speak to SS about that.
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1747
Aug 13, 2018 12:08 pm
I apologise that could not update you here for a while. I am still stuck with Kurmond's very depressive office work. DA and CC are already received a couple of weeks ahead. But still, the color selection process goes on. Apparently, there was some drama with the previous color selection lady and seems she is not available. New color selection lady seems to be good, but sadly she seems to be heavily overloaded. They are clearly understaffed. So they find some reason or other to manage jobs in their hand. They say that there are 10 more jobs in front of my job till it goes to the drafting department to do the construction plans. I job situation might affect on this Oct, if that happens the bank process will be very complicated. I told these people it clearly but seems they can't do much as they are going through so many jobs that they can't handle at the moment with their staffing issues.
I am glad to see some of you guys have started your construction and finished Kurmond's painfully lengthy office works. Also few of my other friends who are building with other builders who started same time or even later have now already in the construction phase. One guy who builds with Rawson seems even done their internals. Someone else with Clarendon also seems to have gone a big progress.
I hope Kurmond sales team gave me the correct picture at the time I signed the tender with them. Anyways I still hope the Kurmond staff will wrap this up soon (fingers crossed).
I also updated my own thread below.
My building experience https://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=91499
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1748
Aug 13, 2018 12:49 pm
so funny that they had same issues with colours lady with us in October 2017.
they are just understaffed and therefore overload people they have. this leads to lengthy delays and many mistakes in the outcome. no wonder people come and go leaving a mess.
in our case it was around 10 months from tender to the day they were on site.
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1749
Aug 17, 2018 10:51 am
updating you on my build.
it looks like the process is slowing down. the roof has not been finished in last 2 weeks.
we got a message from our SS that they plan to finish it next week.
nothing else was done in last 2 weeks. I don't know why.
ah, yes, they took down the temporary structures.
the dream, how is it going with you?
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1750
Aug 17, 2018 11:50 am
Hi all, update on our place
We have bricks on the lower level, and a roof.
Ive also noticed the slow down happening.
We are told that something will be happening next week, but it doesnt even start happening until the Friday.
Nada, i think your roof will be coming soon, my roof is done, and so is the one around the corner from me, you must be next!
Its quite handy, theres another KH build about 2 streets away thats about a week ahead of me, that i can see from my place, its handy to check where they are up to because the trades are going from that site to ours.
I havent even got an eta on when they expect lockup though. I asked the other day and SS said he wont know for a few weeks. But i thought after bricks it was just electrical rough in and then lockup? Didnt think it was that far off we couldnt even get an eta...
Im thinking about getting an inspector to come to the prelining inspection.. not sure yet.. did anyone else get one? Or planning to?
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1751
Aug 17, 2018 12:06 pm
Hi the dream,
we are planning to do the pre-lining inspections by ourselves.
we have lots of customised electrical and other features so we want to be sure they are in the right spots and everything works as planned.
before the lockup they have to do AC ducting, electrical, alarm and other works.
they also have to finish all the insulation. I understand as all listed in done be different subcontractors, it may take longer as each of them need to arrange their time.
our SS sends us a few line SMS weekly and from them I can see nothing has been done in the past few weeks.
By the way, our construction started a months before yours and it is funny that now it looks like your build is slightly ahead of mine
Looks like they really just move people from a site to a nearest site.
Anyway, I must admit it is so relaxing not to deal with admin people anymore. it feels like we have extra hours in our day
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1752
Aug 17, 2018 12:54 pm
First post for me.
We are building with KH and also had a delayed experience with admin staff (8months). Think we avg the same as others with 2 weeks between progress on the one step at a time checklist. We are now pending our Bank valuing the draft contract and then onto the contract which is pending the banks details which should be any day now, finally some excitement as the contracts staff appears a lot more capable than the other admin staff.
Also very happy to hear how quick some progress is happening with you guys now and that Nada they waited for the slab to cure before starting the frame, my big concern. I don't think the construction process is necessarily there fault as there is so much building going on its hard to secure tradies. Just need to look in S/W corridor to see that, everyday it seems a new land release followed by new display homes and everyone one else's construction. Good luck with your builds and hopefully the tradies have finished yours when ours is ready to start
Re: Building with Kurmond Homes1753
Aug 17, 2018 9:18 pm
J_C Welcome to Kurmond homes thread and also to the forum. It is so great to get to know someone else who is also building with Kurmond homes.
Could I know exactly where the delays occurred? Was that the same case that Kurmond homes messed up your color selection?
Keep with us and share your experience with us. Together it will be easier this journey I believe
My building experience https://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=91499
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