Building A New House
Apr 30, 2008 9:50 am
I thought it was about time I started a thread about our building progress.
Well things have finally started to move after waiting about 10 weeks for council approval. The day after we got the approval the builder was out and scraped the block..
That was a couple of weeks ago. Last week they had the surveyor out and have staked out the location of the slab and then yesterday they dug out the pool....
The pool has to be done first for us as there is no access to the back of the block once the house has been built. Apparently they will be pouring the concrete for the pool today and then the slab goes down next week.
It's great to see some progress at long last (not the builders fault)!!
Edit: Ooops.....posted in the wrong forum. Can anyone move this to the building a house forum? D'oh!!
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Apr 30, 2008 10:22 am
Edit: Ooops.....posted in the wrong forum. Can anyone move this to the building a house forum? D'oh!!
Well done on the start! Keep those pics coming!
Built Porter Davis "Dromana" 2007.
May 19, 2008 10:47 am
OK, things are starying to happen again.
We have had the pool concreted
And they have also done the blockwork ready to pour the slab.
Apparently they will be pouring the slab today, so I will have to try and get over there to take some more photos.
We will be meeting the builder on site this Saturday, by which time they reckon they will have the ground floor frame up. I can't wait to see how it will look once we can see the sizes of rooms.
Anyway, hopefully I can put some more photos up of the slab tomorrow.
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May 20, 2008 10:13 am
Thanks Paula. The pool had to be that close to the house due to the building envelope on the land. We have got a big block (1400sqm) but can only build on a relatively small part due to a waterway through the block. It has allowed us to come up with a house that we really love the design of.
We went back out on site yetserday evening to find that the slab had been completed. Our builder and the contractors were on site still. They were still weaiting for the concrete to set to an acceptable level. They had been a bit let down by the concrete suppliers who weren't able to get the trucks on site quick enough.
Anyway, I wanted to get a couple of photos at this stage because the next chance we are going to get to see it is the weekend, and they reckon they will have a lot of the framing done by then.
Here's the pics....
What a slacker I am....8
Jul 16, 2008 4:13 pm
Well, again I have been slack in updating with some pics. Here I am watching everyone elses houses go up and have been neglecting my own post.
A quick update.....the frame has gone up, and roof is now on. Windows are all in as well now and plaster is supposed to be happening this week. We are still trying to resolve our kitchen and bathroom cabinets, but should hopefully be done soon. It's really starting to look great now. We areally like how close we are to the trees, particularly up in the master bedroom.
Anyway, here are some pics of the house.......
This is a picture from the front left hand side showing the different roof lines. The rooms at the front on the left are study/bed 5 on ground and bed 2 upstairs. This was before the windows and brick had been done, but roof is finished.
This is looking directly at the front of the house. We really like the height of the entrance and the different roof lines and levels.
Looking down the left side of the house. There will be a deck out the back there and we have a large overhang from the roof providing shelter. As you can see, windows have gone in here.
Looking at the fron near the garage. You can see the wilderness green colourbond above the garage. We are having this same colour on the other side of the entrance as a large feature wall.
Looking from the door to the media room. This huge window looks straight out over the pool. Iknow it's not best to have such a large window in the media room, but we will just have to get some block out blinds
Inside the living area near the kitchen. here you can see the large stacker doors that we have. They will lead out to the deck outside. Should really open the space up
This is from the corner of our bedroom. Youcan see we are up in the trees here. We have a balcony off this room to the right.
This is outside looking at the stacker doors. Our mater bedroom is above this. This will be a great place to entertain.
Hopefully I can now try and keep this a bit more up to date.
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Jul 16, 2008 4:59 pm
Toast has pretty much summed it up! That's amazing. Looking out from that top view, I'm thinking birds, insects, spiders. All in a good way. It's like the trees are an extension of the rooms. Fantastic! I'm going to be watching this build with a little bit of envy! Congratulations!
I leave you to fend for yourself, figure things out yourself.
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Jul 16, 2008 9:31 pm
Nice house StuDog, love the roof lines and the windows and the pool! Where about in Brisbane are you? Did you design the house yourself? Looks great, lovely trees and hopefully they will help in the summer time.
Happy at Home
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Jul 16, 2008 9:41 pm
That is looking great!! I love the stacking doors and how they open up a whole corner of your room to the deck. I also love how close you are to the trees. I am jealous because you have established trees around you, and a pool too!! Well done!
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Jul 16, 2008 9:59 pm
WOW! I love it. Love the angles in the roof. Love the setting.
Were you allowed to keep those trees so close to your house? Jealous. We're building on a semi-bush block, but have to remove most of the trees within a 20m radius of the house because of bushfire risk...mind you I'd prefer to chop the trees rather than lose the house in a bushfire.
We have a hand-over date...15/10...but I won't hold my breath!
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Jul 17, 2008 9:39 am
Thanks heaps for all the positive feedback.
We were really lucky to find this block of land, and only 10 km's from the City in Chapel Hill. This block was in a private sub division and was 1400sqm in size, however the building area was only 390sqm. Anything outside the building area is protected so as far as I am aware we can't cut down any trees. The biggest hurdle with the building area was making sure we were 10m set back from the centre line of a creek that runs through the property.
We had a look at quite a few houses from bulk builders, but always felt that we were compromising on the design, particualry with the block of land we had. We ended up going with an architect who came up with a great design with lots of input from DW and I. We then got really lucky with our builders who have been absolutely fantastic the whole way through the process. We meet every Saturday on site with them to go through what has happened and any queries from both sides. They have had a few suggestions, which have always been well thought out.
We love the roof lines on the house, they are really interesting. BuilderPete, this is a 5 degree pitch. This made it a bit tricky to get the AC units in the roof space, but they managed in the end. We probably won't need the AC too much as the trees provide a lot of shade and should hopefully keep it nice and cool.
We will be meeting again on site this weekend, by which time the gyprock should be up inside. It will be great to get a true perspective of the house and rooms at last.
Anyway, I will try and keep it updated a bit more frequently now as more things start to take shape.
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Aug 04, 2008 3:08 pm
Time for another update......
In the last couple of weeks the builders have just about finished the deck out the back, the plastering has all been done, wooden floors downstairs have been done, cornices and architraves done, and internal doors are on. Here are some more pics of the progress....
Here is the whole reason why we are doing this. Here is my wife Nicole and our 6 month old son Mitchell with me. We are out the front of the house in front of our fancy temporary front door.
Next we have a couple of shots from the back showing the deck and the flow into the house. This is going to be a great spot to entertain during the summer months. I can't wait to get a BBQ out here and start using it.
Now inside the house we have a shot looking towards the media room. We are going to be getting some nice wooden cavity sliders here as a bit of a feature. Should look great once done.
Looking back from near the medai room towards where the kitchen os going to be. It is going to be a big kitchen and should look pretty sleek and modern
This is the ensuite bathroom from our main bedroom. As you can see it has been waterproofed, so we are ready for tiling this week. We are having a long shower in the corner with a rain shower in the middle and then a standard showerhead at one end.
These are the doors we finally decided upon. Nicole really liked the 3 lines down the door. They look really good now that they are in place.
And finally a shot from near the front door looking towards the back on the house. You can just about make out the wooden floors in some of these shots. They obviously still need to be poliched up, but I guess that will be one of the last things to happen. You might also be able to tell that they have been laid at an angle. This was done to be at the same angle as the deck to enable greater flow from inside to out. It also is a bit unusual and looks great.
Apparently we are now on the countdown to finish with only 7 weeks until handover. We are well and truely over living in our rental and can't wait to get in.
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