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Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria62
May 09, 2019 8:28 am
Thanks gogo65 from what we've seen so far all the trades have showed they take at least some pride in their work. From speaking to most of them it sounds like they've all pretty much worked mostly just for our builder over a long period (10-20 years), so I guess that helps to develop a good working relationship between the parties.
Having said that, we have still had some frustrations along the way. I'm mostly talking about getting pricing on certain upgrades, particularly after contract. The builder we have are good in that they actually don't charge for variations, but it seems like some suppliers just take forever to get pricing info back at times.
In terms of quality we've really only had issues with one supplier to date, but I won't comment too much on that yet as we're currently in discussions and hoping for a positive outcome. We know our builder do have a focus on quality and also have a fair amount of leverage I assume due to the volume of business they provide.
Here is a random pic from the other day showing the sunlight coming in late in the day to our living area. We are facing north to that back end (slightly tilted to west....8 deg?) and even with goop on the glass that area is already quite bright and warm on those sunnier days.
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Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria63
May 16, 2019 1:45 pm
Shower Bases Screeded, Bricking Started & Water Damage!
We've had a few different trades onsite this past week, including our SS & plasterer to inspect some water damage following the big downpour in Ballarat late last week. Builder was good in that they agreed to pull down plaster/insulation in the effected areas, and also hired us a diesel blower heater we ran for a few days afterwards.
I know this was a freak rain event, but personally I am not a fan of 'reverse building'. Our builder have just a couple of select bricking teams that they trust so I understand why they sometimes build using this method. Sounds like we were extremely unlucky in that some water managed to get through the wall wrap...we think via the tiny staple holes?. We have since painstakingly taped over all staples and penetrations just in case.
Anyhow the shower base screed was put in yesterday and not that I am an expert but it looked very neat. If you look closely you can also see the small cutout made on the cement sheet to inspect for water damage (Luckily none in ensuite though).
Ensuite shower base screed
Wife wanted a large shower recess!
Pic of main bathroom with 1m high nib wall
Below are some pics of the bricking that as of yesterday had the termite barrier installed and ready for the brickies to keep going now.
North end of the house (main living areas)
We actually picked this Selkirk 'Dawnbreak' brick because of the variation....but I think the really dark bricks are actually wet?...I hope!
The brickie was nice and not only is doing us a great deal on Brighton Lite mortar (he reckons it will suit our light bricks better) he also offered us some different mortar finishes at no extra cost. The one of the right side is a form of raked, but we decided to stick with standard roller (bricks on left side of image).
My understanding is rolled finish is better longer term because it not only is pressed harder into the joint but also handles water runoff better than most of other finishes.
To finish off below are some pics of the main areas we had to remove plasterboard & insulation before drying out. All good now and insulation is now back in ready for new plaster to be installed. Cornice also going up Friday we think.
Study Nook leading into main study room (looking from main living area)
Main bedroom. South wall copped the most damage....lucky we have few south facing walls
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