Building A New House
Re: Sterling custom on 10 acres Adelaide.101
Dec 01, 2015 5:34 pm
Well the builder seems to be still ploughing on and keen to off load our house before Christmas.
The painters have probably finished today, the shower screens were measured last week and are to go in soon, window screens on and there's a meter in the power box. Sparky still to connect the cables. There doesn't seem to be too much left other than the garage door, plumbing final fix and appliances. Wow pity were not ready to move in yet!!
I'll post some pics soon.
Re: Sterling custom on 10 acres Adelaide.102
Dec 01, 2015 8:46 pm
I thought I was reading wrong.....that's is really fast and good!! House by Christmas! Hope it won't take you too long to be ready but isn't it better than the other way around hanging around waiting......your house will be waiting for you.
Building with ADH
Site start 29/5/15
Re: Sterling custom on 10 acres Adelaide.104
Jan 14, 2016 9:02 am
Again sorry been a while…
We didn’t get in before Christmas, but that was O.K as we weren’t ready.
We’ve had the first inspection, and the final is scheduled for the 22nd Jan, oh I think that might be next week!!
There’s really only a few little things to fix up, The main ones are:
Front door frame is too wide and locks don’t go into the recess deep enough.
A large glass pain is scratched.
They never put any seals on the access door to the garage so the millipedes can come and go as they please (they never go though, the pricks!! )
Sink drains to fit and final plumbing connection.
Appliances and hot water service, cheeky pricks do it after final payment so if they get flogged it’s our problem.
The electrical earth stake is too far out from the wall and is a trip hazard. So they have to cut it off and put another one in closer.
Things like that really make me scratch my head!! I mean would they put an electrical earth stake in the middle of their path at home??
Like the dude that riveted the external tin flashing over the 3 meter long window and got it all wavy and bowed. Did he stand back look at his handy work and admire it… I know I wouldn’t!!!
Don’t bother if that’s the best you can do!! So those sort of things I’ll fix myself as I don’t want to let them loose for another go!! – it sucks to be a perfectionist!
The painting was also very average, and most of the striker plates they took off the doors and frames to paint have been put on bent and proud of the surface presenting a nice place to catch your clothes on.. They even put the privacy lock back on with the lock on the wrong side of the door.
Apart from the painting not too much to complain about.
We have the septic in and connected too, can’t wait to deal with the council for the sign off…
I managed to sneak the storm water and paving in too.
We used sewer pipe for the storm water due to the crap soil and it is a wet system for future water tanks.
I spent 11 hrs on a kanga trencher (overnight hire) It was awesome for 10 minutes, then the novelty wore off… One good thing was it had a drink holder to put your beer in.
I did about 120 mts of 700mm deep electrical and at least 200 mts for water pipes.
I don’t think I will be allowed to hire it again though, apparently endurance trenching is frowned upon!
I’ll be putting in a ring main from the bore pump for irrigation and fire protection.
Plus replacing all the old mains water PVC pipe with blueline poly pipe as the PVC is springing leaks due to the clay soil.
Hope every ones build is going well, and keep em honest!!
Re: Sterling custom on 10 acres Adelaide.106
Jan 14, 2016 3:52 pm
Looking fantastic Clay! That sucks about the 'finishes' but the way you put it, gave me a chuckle so your builder didn't do your stormwater either! What is wrong with them? Wonder why they didn't leave us to put our own roofs and doors on - pftt! Great work on your part, mega impressed. How much did the diggety-dig-dig jumbucker cost you to hire? My mister has to do all ours too. If it took you 11 hours with that thing, I'd hate to think of him doing our rock hard clay by shovel
Re: Sterling custom on 10 acres Adelaide.107
Jan 15, 2016 9:30 am
Hey TC, cheers.
I ended up getting the guys that put the septic in to do the storm water. They gave me a great price and excellent job. Southern drainage if anyone needs drains or sewer down South.
It would of taken me a week to do it I reckon and wouldn't of been as good. They used a little excavator. The kanga hire was the cheapest I've seen $240 a day, with 3 in 1 bucket, trencher and post hole borer included. From Noarlunga paving centre. My 11 hr day would of been well over 350 meters worth though. I wouldn't think most suburban stormwater runs would be more than 100mts. Yep I sure wouldn't like to of done ours with a shovel, but hey great exercise!
Wow your place looks awesome, love the tiles and lights great choice.
Re: Sterling custom on 10 acres Adelaide.108
Sep 03, 2016 4:49 pm
So Yeah been a while...
The after glow has worn off, and the stress has long subsided and we are absolutely loving the place!
We've been in 6 months now. We used a local furniture removal guy to move as well. First time ever and I highly recommend it!!!
Really don't have any things that I would of done differently which is great.
Still got some land scaping to finish at the front but no real rush.
So just wanted to finish the topic off with some final pics.
Happy building all!!!
Not something you see every day... koala up an agave flower!!
Re: Sterling custom on 10 acres Adelaide.109
Sep 04, 2016 4:54 pm
Congratulations Claypot! We're finished now too, but yet to have our 3 month maintenance. Your house is looking awesome, glad you're happy with it! Enjoy!
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