Building A New House
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria81
Jul 16, 2019 12:54 pm
HALLWAY WALL GETTING FIXED UP
Our Site Supervisor I think had already decided - before we mentioned it last week - that the plaster finish along the main hallway wasn't to their standards so they have had a rep from Knauf (plaster manufacturer) already inspect it. They all agreed to upgrade this section of wall to what they call a 'Level 5 finish'. From my understanding it involves them painting on a fairly thick special coating, then sanded back to a smooth finish.
Their main plasterer caught up with me as he was leaving the house yesterday, and we had a good chat about it all. I agree with him that with a glass front door and also so much light coming in from the other end living area this particular wall would always show up any even minor blemishes. To be honest I always expected some issues there due to the glancing light but I am happy the builder agreed that it still required some attention to improve it as best they can.
After checking it last night it looks better for sure, so we are keen to just leave it now.
Here is the hallway wall with it's Level 5 finish, sanded and ready for re-painting.
In addition to this better finish I have asked our builder if we could change the paint here to one of the Dulux Special Effects range....'Stone Effect'. I was always keen on some sort of feature wall along here anyhow, and previously considered some form of panel option.
Dulux mention that this type of paint effect does help to conceal wall blemishes, so it makes sense for us to use this type of finish on this particular wall.
Anyhow our supervisor is going to talk to their painter and get back to us, but I've jumped the gun and already looked at the colour options etc!
Click here for some info about the Stone Effect paint: https://www.dulux.com.au/products/designeffects/overview/stone-effect
In terms of colour options here is the range to select from. We would likely go for a warm light-mid grey.
We'll see how this discussion goes and report back once we know what is happening.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria82
Jul 16, 2019 1:46 pm
NEW LIGHTS FOR RUMPUS & LIVING ROOMS
Because we are avoiding downlights, due mostly to the way they impact ceiling insulation etc, deciding on what type of lights to install has been a challenge for us.
We think we might just retain the standard small 'bulb' shaped batten fixed lights our builder installs as standard in most of the house, but we did want to do something different in the main living areas.
These are the standard batten fixed light fittings our builder uses, that aren't actually too bad we don't think:
Standard installed batten fixed light fittings in our house currently. We'll likely leave these in most of the rooms for now at least.
We recently went to Melbourne and purchased some different light options for our kitchen (Mica Lighting). The LED Light bar in particular is quite interesting (and strange!), in that it alternates between cool, warm & both (combined) light colours (JET150 LED Pendant Light). Will be interesting to see how this light looks when turned on using the different colour options:
Kitchen lights include an LED linear bar (1.5m long), with a couple of basic DIY frosted glass ceiling lights. Then over the washing up area we've gone with a double spotlight setup.
Dining we decided to keep it similar to the kitchen and use a triple spotlight (Burton LED 3 light spotlight):
Triple spotlight setup for dining area
Now for the main lounge, and also the separate rumpus room we've purchased a couple of display items from Beacon Lighting. They were both under half price and not much more than the cheaper DIY style light fittings.
They are both currently missing their centre frosted glass cylinder (one light was broken out of the box!). Beacon are obviously going to replace the broken glass piece, but in the meantime we still got the sparkies yesterday to install them both and see how they looked. We might drop the main lounge one down slightly, but otherwise we think in the white colour 'wicker' they look pretty good in these spaces:
This lounge area light is a 'wicker' pendant according to the Beacon description of it.
There are two sizes and we just went with the smaller size for both our rooms, as our ceiling heights (2550mm) and areas are not that large.
Here is the same type of light in the rumpus room (3.5m x 4.7m)
Because our sparkies are still working on our power we can't turn our lights on as yet....but found a pic online of the same light switched on
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria83
Jul 17, 2019 9:22 pm
POWER IS ON!
The painter called me today to chat about the hallway wall (painted first coat on it for us to check out), and mentioned that the lights were all working. So on my way to training I dropped by to have a quick look.
Funny how exciting it is to have electricity finally connected to the house!
Most of our lights are just the standard ones installed by our builder, but we've bought our own for the main living areas, garage and some externals lights.
The kitchen area is certainly bright enough, but not 100% sure if the dining spotlights are going to throw out enough broader light? Might increase the wattage on the lounge globe to compensate a bit
The island bench linear bar light is definitely bright on it's full setting. Each time you flick it on/off it alternates from 'Warm' (2800LM) to 'Daylight' (2800LM) then to 'COMBINED' (5600LM).
A good comparison is a standard 10W LED globe is around 700-800LM.
Happy enough with the light thrown by the twin spotlights above the sink area
Here is one of the wicker pendants in the rumpus room with a standard 'warm' 10W LED globe. I've left the glass diffuser out and it looks ok without it I think.
For the garage I got the sparkies to install a couple of old (but unused) flouros....along with a couple of standard batten fixed lights. The garage is 6.7m long so hoping the flouros will give some decent light at the back where I'm planning on having bikes, tool benches etc
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria85
Jul 18, 2019 4:59 pm
Thanks Tysonandkaylie, yours is coming along nicely too by the look of it. Particularly like the look of your bathrooms and that external timber facade and large portico area looks good.
To be honest we kept some costs out of our build in certain areas like the facade, and I would have really liked to go with full wall tiling in the bathrooms because those things definitely make houses present nicer. But to get the particular design we wanted and upgrades to many other things relating to the efficiency stuff we decided to compromise in certain areas. Even benchtops unfortunately we couldn't justify the cost for engineered stone, but I guess some of those things you can always change later on.
Anyhow we're currently happy with the build and the progress of it. Pretty much all the trades have been happy to work in with our specific requirements and I can say they all have shown some pride in their work. I'm sure all builds have issues, and ours has been no different (my main gripe is with the window/door fabricator) but the building company themselves I believe are focused on producing a quality product that will last a long time (we hope!).
A good example was today I met up onsite with our painters, and they definitely push very hard to get a quality finish. I think between them and our supervisor, the plastering supplier was firmly 'persuaded' that our hallway wall plaster needed a better quality finish to it.
Here are 2 of the 3-man team working up the 2nd coat of paint this morning on the hallway. They actually told me they apply 4 coats on these types of hallways just to ensure it looks the best it can. Ours is especially hard due to the amount of glancing light coming in, but looking much better with the upgraded plaster (Level 5) finish.
The painting team of 3, handle all of our builder's projects. The guy in the foreground I think has been working for them for around 25 years!
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria86
Jul 19, 2019 6:44 pm
HALLWAY WALL LOOKING BETTER
We were onsite checking out the hallway wall (& also doing some cleaning up) and our supervisor dropped by to also take a look at the Level 5 finish since two coats of paint had been applied.
I'm tempted now to just leave it, as it definitely looks much better than it was in terms of 'lumpiness'. Also I don't think it will ever look perfect with that amount of light from both ends streaming through.
Anyhow our supervisor appears that he is still not happy with it, so is planning to get the plastering supplier to come back to inspect and discuss their next course of action. They obviously want it looking good, and we appreciate that, so we'll sit back and see what they say.
My wife and I are actually thinking we could always put up some nice wallpaper, but like I said I'm not that worried about it now.
This is looking from the entry through the whole 9m length of the main hallway. Right side wall was the issue and this to me looks much better.
This section closer to the living area was probably the main problem area and now it seems to be ok to me also.
Anyhow on to more exiting things....tiles got delivered today while we were there!
We are tiling bathroom, ensuite, laundry splashback and obviously kitchen and WIP splashback. (Our main flooring will be vinyl planks plus carpet)
For the splashbacks in kitchen and WIP we are going with this 'glacier' or soft grey, but where we have the floating shelves we think we might transition to a white version of the same tile (but retain the same white grout and brick bond pattern)?
The 'glacier' splashback tile sure does look different in the varying light. We didn't really want it as dark grey as the lower cabinets so hopefully it will be light enough.
The sparkies finished off most of our electrical fit-off earlier this week, including installing most of our switches into the additional sub-board (next to the networking/NBN cabinet) in the garage. The meter is basically 'behind' the sub-board located under our portico.
We went with the extra sub-board partly so we could more easily access it inside the garage, but also because we thought we would use up all the space in the meter box with things like multiple airconditioners, shed power, car charger and solar inverters etc.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria87
Jul 25, 2019 7:31 pm
MORE ACTION THIS WEEK...
So we've had a bit more stuff done on the house this week, with the tiling due to begin tomorrow. We are just tiling bathrooms, laundry, kitchen and WIP splashbacks. Main flooring is vinyl planks and carpet.
This is what I can think of that's happened since my last post:
Went in earlier today to measure up our shower outlets so I could look at what options we have in terms of shower types. I think the ensuite will still suit a rail shower, but the main bathroom shower has the niche in the way so we will either have to go with a hi-rise or hand shower type.
Anyhow I took a few random photos while I was onsite today....
Amazing that the roof is actually the same colorbond colour as the garage door (Wallaby). The roof really changes colour depending on the light conditions and angles.
Portico in area getting ready for some concrete. I'm hoping we can easily get this tiled, but will have to see how much it will cost first when I catch up with the tiler.
Side/rear shot with the boxing for the water tank slab in the background. 3000 litre tank that will be connected to both toilets and laundry (W/M use).
I caught the 'caulking dude' onsite late last week and he was cool when I asked nicely if he could whack some silicon underneath any window sill rubbers that the brickies didn't mortar up properly. He did a good job.
This black stuff is the DPC (with red termite barrier underneath). Supposedly the regulation now require this to be visible for inspections according to our supervisor.
Fair enough I guess, but geez it looks crap! The bricking overall was reasonably good, I think they got better as they went up the walls as some areas in the bottom couple of courses are a bit inconsistent. I did hear something one day about our bricks drying the mortar out too quick?
They're up against it though, as one of my high school mates actually bricked our last house (built by Simonds) and he did an amazing job. Mortar joints were all close to perfect.
We've gone with mirrored vinyl sliding robe doors in BED2, 3 & 4. Normal vinyl sliders for laundry linen/broom closet and study closet.
This is the island benchtop that was replaced today due to some surface scratches we found. Also replaced the right side end panel that we found had it's ABS edging blown out in a couple of places. Anyhow the supervisor was happy enough to get them replaced for us.
Here is the 'soon-to-be-network-cupboard' on the left side before you enter the main living area.
Most of my CAT6 network cables terminate here where I will plug them into a switch. I will also have the router etc located here.
The garage NBN cabinet will have more CAT6 with a 2nd switch and I've run 3 cables to connect the NBN NTD to the router in this area pictured above.
Check our Homeone build blog here
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria88
Jul 26, 2019 4:57 pm
When I got to the site early this morning, the portico and water tank pad concrete had already been poured.....so they must start super early! Anyhow the finish seems pretty good.
Front portico concrete was poured this morning. Thinking we might end up tiling this area?
Here is the concrete pad for the 3000l water tank. Will have to chat to the supervisor as I don't think it's actually the 125mm thick it is supposed to be according to the plans??
Bought some 3.3 watt (daylight) globes from Bunnings to try out in the ensuite above mirror lights. Not too bad we think so may as well do the same in the main bathroom.
Some more front and side external pics...
Another pic of the front. This time the roof colour more resembles the garage door (both Wallaby).
Down the side of the house. This area will have our clothesline etc, as the laundry comes off this side.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria89
Aug 01, 2019 7:25 pm
We dropped by the house late today, thinking the tiler would probably have already knocked off....but he was still there and going by his suggested start times he does some BIG days!
This guy works solo, and I think he is the only tiler our builder uses. Really nice guy, and he certainly seems to care about the finish of his work. Wants us to come in early Saturday to double check some things like grout colours while he is there to advice us before he starts finishing things off.
He also does all the caulking work supposedly, and when I asked him for some tips (I'm planning on caulking up our window frame<>reveal gaps) he offered to give me a quick lesson on the weekend and will give me some of his 'secret' solution he sprays on the silicon prior to running his 'paddle pop stick' to give it the right bead. He reckons the paddle pop is his secret weapon and gets a really nice bead....who would have thought but I'm going to give it a try for sure.
Anyhow he still has a couple of days left on our place, but from what we have seen it all looks great. I'm certainly no tiling expert, but all the gaps and cuts looks very neat. The main thing I was impressed with was how symmetrical he has done the shower bases. I'm a bit OCD on this sort of thing, so relieved when I saw how good it is looking.
Anyhow here are some progress pics....
This splashback tile is from the standard range and is 'Woosh Glacier Grey Glosh' (75 x 300).
We're still debating the grout colour, but thinking fairly white or light grey to allow the brick bond pattern to show up.
Looking very neat under the kitchen overheads
The main bathroom with the 'White Regina' tile (450 x 450) on the walls and the 'Promenade Greige Matt' tile (450 x 450) on the floor.
We expected the wall tile to be a bit lighter, but this is in artificial 'warm' lights, which we are going to change to cool anyhow...so maybe in natural and cooler light it will lighten up? Anyhow still not too bad.
The cabinetry setup is Polytec 'Stonehenge' benchtop over Polytec 'Prime Oak' bottom cabinets.
This is our ensuite shower base, and the cuts and angles look perfect to me. Nice job by the tiler.
The laundry will be attacked tomorrow I think. We are upgrading the height to around 850mm. Our thinking is we might eventually install an overhead shelving unit so makes sense to tile all the way up.
The reason we want it so high is allow for a possibly hanging rail under the shelf.
The tiler cracks me up a bit, his setup is impressive. Turns up with armchair, toaster maker, microwave, heater, radio etc. Oh well why not work in comfort hey?!
He even rocks up with his own roll of wall wrap so lay under his gear so he doesn't leave a mess behind.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria91
Aug 01, 2019 7:43 pm
Very nice. What are the tiles on the bathroom floor and walls?
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria92
Aug 01, 2019 7:48 pm
Hi Hillsbuilds, I have the delivery docket beside me (well an older version that was updated anyhow!):
All supplied from National Tiles in Ballarat, and I will say they have been great there to deal with. We have been in a few too many times! lol as we changed our minds. But they all seem to have a passion for interior design and colours so it made it easier to work things out. Actually one of the young ladies there chose the wall tile to match the greige we have picked for the floor. We wanted a slightly darker grey on the floor so we didn't constantly feel like we had vacuum them all the time.
So for bathrooms/toilet:
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria93
Aug 01, 2019 7:58 pm
As we were all in the bathroom chatting, I mentioned how you sometimes seem blog posts that show shower bases with uneven gaps.......anyhow I was innocently lowering my eyes and hoping ours were all fairly ok!.....phew as I realised the gaps all looked close to perfect. That conversation could otherwise have been awkward!
The main bathroom base hasn't been grouted obviously, but I got right down and the tile gaps all looked perfect. So very happy with the workmanship here.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria94
Aug 05, 2019 10:52 am
TILING READY FOR GROUT
We dropped in early Saturday to work out grout colours with the tiler. Overall I think we have 3 different 'Mapei' colours going in:
Apart from the top shelving section of white splashback tiles in the kitchen, we are hoping to retain the brick bond pattern by going with grout colours that provide some contrast....but not too much hopefully?
The tiler appears to have worked Saturday and Sunday and as of last night it all looked ready for grouting today.
All looking really neat and looking forward to seeing the final product.
Ensuite shower niche. We like the metal trims , and noticed the bottom tiles have a slight angle...makes sense to drain water off.
Ensuite floor tiles (going for a darker grout here called 'Cement Grey')
Main Bathroom. I had a chat Saturday morning with the tiler and we ended up agreeing to increase the shower tiles slightly so in-line with the bottom of the mirror light (luckily the sparkies had this in-line with window architraves).
So we're getting a full width mirror and it should look ok butted up to tiles and bottom side of the light we hope.
Bathtub has gone back in. We think the white in this and the vanity basin should brighten the colour scheme up a bit.
Kitchen splashback completed. We decided to use the same woosh tile in white to go above the sink area where it sits in between the two outside overhead cupboards. We'll grout this in white to just blend all the 'whites' in together.
The only minor hassle here was that the bottom floating shelf wasn't obviously flush with the bottom of the overheads....so we ended up having to run the light grey tile up higher. But we think it still looks ok overall.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria95
Aug 06, 2019 1:40 pm
TILE GROUTING COMPLETED
Our tiler finished the grouting off yesterday, and we're happy with both the workmanship and how all the colours have come up. Considering our tiles are all fairly standard 'non-rectified', the grout lines are fairly minimal and the grout itself isn't bulging out which makes it look more subtle and fairly neat.
I think today the tiler might be doing all the silicon work on the edges/joins? Plumber fit-off is scheduled for tomorrow, so I have to get our Rinnai instant gas HWS dropped around to the house fairly early.
Here are some pics after the grouting yesterday (prior to silicon sealing):
Ensuite shower (1300 x 900mm)
Toilet...we upgraded to the 'teenage-boy-splashback' tiles up the back!
Laundry (tiled up to around 850mm)
Kitchen sink area
Walk in pantry
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria97
Aug 06, 2019 2:35 pm
Thanks, yeah the tiling has come up really well.
No we didn't get any floor waste's in WC (or anywhere else). It's strange because in other states, it looks like these are fairly standard but in Victoria not so much.
Our builder gave us a price at one point (I think around $180 from memory) but we left them out as like I said they are not very common for Vic builds.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria98
Aug 09, 2019 9:29 pm
CARPENTRY FINAL FIX & VINYL FLOOR PREP
We had a fair bit of action on the house this week, and today in particular.
Our handover date is tentatively scheduled for the end of August, but we're not in a massive hurry so we'll let the builder get things finished without having to rush hopefully. Our site supervisor so far has been good at sorting out any issues either they or we have discovered. The trades in general have been excellent, but like any build we've had a couple of things like windows/doors, some minor damage to cabinetry that has been sorted out. Our sliding door is looking better which is great, so it looks like the window company have been out recently.
Anyhow up next is flooring, then I think central heating commissioning, water tank setup and I can't remember to be honest but it should all happen fairly quickly now that we are close to finishing.
We also met with a concreter today to get some quotes for the driveway and cross-over etc. We also silicon sealed our internal skirting boards and later I got in the roof and sealed up the top plates (to plaster) over all our cavity sliding doors....these things are just so leaky and obviously being open internally you can't air seal them from the skirting boards like normal walls.
Here are some pics from today:
Plumbing fit-off in ensuite, including towel rails etc done today by our carpentry duo
Ensuite shower (Methven Kiri MK2 rail shower)
This was my big upgrade for this build....Caroma Forma 'Cleanflush' rim-less toilets! Not sure what it says about me when I was excited to flush it today and watch the 'vortex' flush in full flight?
Main Bathroom. We had the niche in the way to put in the same rail shower as the ensuite, so went with a Methven 'Kiri MK2' Hi-Rise unit.....although it is leaking so the builder has organised a replacement.
Another fascination of mine during our selection process. These particular Methven shower heads have a system called 'SatinJet' where each water outlet has two jets that angle in to each other, so they collide and the water mixes with air as it comes out of the head.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria99
Aug 13, 2019 11:09 am
FLOORING INSTALL TODAY?
I think our vinyl plank flooring is due to be installed today. I dropped around to the house late last night after picking up my son from basketball and it looks like they've done some additional levelling prep work on the floors. We also noticed the 3000L rainwater tank has been dropped off to the garage, and the chippies look like they've finished off the final fix work.
We had a chat to your site supervisor and the flooring installer Friday about the undulations in parts of our slab and how we definitely don't want to see undulations in the vinyl planks. After our experience in the main hallway with the right side wall issue (showing up lots of 'bumps'), we figured having the conversation beforehand at least gives them the opportunity to get the prep work done properly. The last thing any of us want is to have to redo parts of the flooring once it's glued down. Anyhow to their credit it looks like the main problems areas have been treated with some levelling compound yesterday, and the whole area has been sanded off by the look of it.
Here are some images of the house from the last day or two:
The dividing 'tile edge' separating the vinyl planks the carpet sections within the main living area.
They use about a 10mm tile edge strip to allow the planks to ramp up to the doorways where it will meet carpet.
The main hallway has had some extra attention with levelling compound going in near the garage access door. They've also sanded the whole slab.
In the carpeted areas, I wasn't sure how well they would fill any holes/chunks in the slab prior to putting down the underlay, so I went to Bunnings and bought some 'Agnews' Multi Purpose Filler....simple to mix with water and sets super hard in a few hours.
To assist with the flooring install, the cabinetry team have quickly put in our bases (kickboards) for our extra fitouts going into the study nook, study & hallway cupboard.
So this was a bit of a challenge....the chippy decided to install our double bi-folds (into the small study nook) originally so they folded outwards into the living area.
We have had several conversations now about it, and when I caught up with them onsite last week they were still adamant our plans were incorrect (drafting error!) and you couldn't have them fold into the nook.
I stuck to my guns and said I don't care what it looks like in terms of trim edges etc and hinges exposed.....and WOW! my wife and I both think it works great. Very happy and our SS and chippy were even nice enough to install some 10x10mm trims to the top and jambs to conceal the gaps.
Took a while, but definitely happy we kept pushing for this to be changed.
The chippy also kindly installed our little door catch/stop we purchased recently from Bunnings. This is for our big timber door entering the living area, and when we have the main sliding door and front entry doors both open, the wind coming through there is massive....needed something solid to stop it slamming.
Re: Bryan & Petersen Build in Regional Victoria100
Aug 13, 2019 1:12 pm
Hey darb74, looking good!
Just curious, you have that half height nib wall between the shower and vanity - will there be a glass blade above it? I notice there’s a gpo just on the other side of the nib wall.
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