Building A New House
Re: Stellabella's second build -builder liquidated, through201
Apr 01, 2019 4:15 pm
Update...no progress. We keep hearing that they should start 'within a week or so'...but still nothing. QBCC approved the claim at the end of January, it took them about a month to prepare the contract and documents for signing (which were returned signed the following day). We received a text from the supervisor last Wednesday saying he'd like to meet us on site when he had a start date scheduled - "hopefully within the next week" - but have heard no further.
We did get a call from the electrician to have a chat which is something, although he wasn't aware that construction (frame) had even started. I've since received a text from Energex, so he's at least started lodging paperwork.
We've had more rain here and I just want the roof on! There is only about two days worth of carpentry work on the frame before the roof can go on, and it's so painful that this hasn't been able to be scheduled yet. Especially since the office manager pointed out in an email on 11 March that they needed to finalise my CABINETRY as a "matter of urgency" because the frame was unprotected. I have provided them with information either the same day or the next business day after it’s been requested, but it seems like we just keep getting pushed to the bottom of the pile. Hoping the whole build doesn’t continue like this
Re: Stellabella's second build -builder liquidated, through203
Apr 09, 2019 5:56 pm
Yes! DH called the SS on Tues last week. Conveniently, the chippies were just about to head out there. That afternoon, we received the commencement notice from the office- completion date as per contract is 11 September (baby due 23 Aug). Met SS on site on Wednesday and talked things through, pointed out things to make sure they weren't missed, etc. He said (I'm hoping jokingly) "we'll have you in by Christmas" - I freaking hope so!
DH had to meet him out there again today to discuss towel rail nogs. I'd text him about the location asking if I could mark it on the plans, but he insisted on meeting someone. They've said the roof should start this week.
Surely if they schedule it well enough, they can have us in before the baby's born - that's what I'm hoping for, anyway!
Re: Stellabella's second build -builder liquidated, through205
Apr 14, 2019 7:41 pm
Quick update: SS wants to meet on site again tomorrow morning as they made need to make the bath in the main bathroom smaller to fit the shower. I told him I didn't mind, that I had my big bath in the ensuite, but he insisted on meeting.
He let me know on Thursday that the roof would be on Tuesday (so we're a week and a half in, and already a week behind).
I dropped a load of stuff to the shed on the weekend and the gutter, facia and battens were on, and there has definitely been work done on the frame, so at least there's some work done!
Re: Stellabella's second build -builder liquidated, through207
Apr 15, 2019 9:41 pm
Met SS this morning. Had to look for something in the shed, so got there a bit early and figured I'd have a chat to the chippies until SS arrived. Got there, no one on site. SS arrives and says "Yeah, the chippies should have been here, not sure where they are". Great! Sorted out the things he wanted to talk about, nothing major - just bulkheads, shower framing etc. Still said roof starting tomorrow - hoping for no rain!
Re: Stellabella's second build -builder liquidated, through208
Apr 17, 2019 7:50 pm
Roof is on - builder has invoiced us for frame stage. We had a contribution amount we had to pay before the bank would draw down, but I thought we also had a credit from QBCC our retention amount. The office manager is on holidays at the moment and no one else knows about it, so we've had to pay the full amount. Bit annoying, but not surprising anymore.
Re: Stellabella's second build -builder liquidated, through209
Apr 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Just had a phone call from the building inspector (who I know personally), he thinks there is fungi on the frame. He's recommending builder has it inspected and treated. He's going to cc me in when he sends them the report, I think I might send to QBCC - this along with the mould on the slab is a bit too concerning.
Re: Stellabella's second build -builder liquidated, through211
Apr 18, 2019 5:04 pm
Your timber work and your other construction has been exposed to weathering it shouldn't have experienced for, what, 12 months?
Questions you must have answered:
What obvious physical timber deterioration has taken place?
What is the timber's moisture content?
Has ponding on slab continued to allow water to wick up into frame timbers?
Is there evidence of decay fungi on the frame?
You used H1/2 timber, has the protection been leeched? Is the warranty intact?
Have metal fasteners, nails and so on, become loose?
How has any timber sheeting used stood up to the weather? (and if it's newish, what racking occurred in its absence...arg!)
What has been the impact of weather exposure on your termite protection system?
Looking at your recent photos. Are those new pieces of timber bridging the frame and truss area? Why, what is their function? Has framework/trusswork shrunk?
There is a potential can of worms here for you as the years go on.
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