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Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie101
Nov 20, 2019 4:56 pm
Progress is pretty good this week in the runup to the (interim) finish line - getting interim occupancy certificate for the Granny Flat and moving into it.
The granite has now been set on the benchtops in the kitchen. The two joins are barely visible, can only be lightly felt if you run your hand across them.
Sink set in nicely.....
I am very happy with the way it looks. What do you think?.......
Thanks very much to Edsteins of Taree, They and their staff had a difficult week last week with the factory almost getting burnt down and many staff off either fighting fires with the RFS or protecting their own homes. Plus my granite cracking as they cut out the hole for the sink. Great job guys getting it done this week!
Al that remains is the splashback tiling to be done, taps on and cooktop connected and some minor finishing on the cupboards. Am tossing up whether to put on the handles or convert the doors and drawers to "push to open". Would look very neat without handles, I think.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie102
Nov 20, 2019 5:07 pm
The bathroom is virtually finished too. Just waiting on the glass shower door that will be fitted tomorrow morning. Plus a bit of a scrub to clean everything, so will be usable on Friday.
Inspection to be done by Council Certifier tomorrow afternoon. Should be all fine as he was here last week giving me some advice on his requirements and knows the build process well.
Here is a closeup of the kitchen granite - it has multiple colours and textures in it.
The blue cable is for data (CAT6) and where the ADSL2+ modem/WIFI box will sit - the other is for RF in case someone might want a TV in the kitchen(not me), it can be mounted on the wall above. Note the USB ports as part of the double powerpoint next to it for fast charging phones etc. The RF and CAT6 will be set into matching Clipsal Iconic switchblocks. These are fairly cheap, but the USB doubles are surprisingly expensive.
Both are also wired to the feature wall in the living area for the main TV and will be set into matching
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie104
Nov 21, 2019 10:10 am
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie105
Nov 22, 2019 8:11 am
Yeeha!! At last!
Interim Occupancy Certificate Inspection passed yesterday, so today I am moving into the Granny Flat. Bathroom all sorted with shower door now on, floor cleaned, vanity and taps done etc. Just awaiting gas bottles today but gas heated tested and inspected.
Kitchen is finished with cooktop and dishwasher connected and taps on. Just needs splashback and cupboard handles on, those can wait until next week.
Fitting curtains and blind in bedroom, bathroom door and a couple of paint touchups, then will start moving in furniture this afternoon.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie107
Dec 05, 2019 9:57 am
So have moved in. How wonderful it is to have a full working kitchen, actual doors and rooms, carpet and timber of the floor and proper lighting (although the shed was very bright inside with its huge LED worklamps.
Here are some pics, although not everything was finished when these were taken.
Tiles going on yesterday in the kitchen. Steve is doing layout.
Cooktop side done.
Rest will be finished today (Friday 5th). Those plastic braces with pegs are a great way to ensure the tiles stay level while the mud dries. Can't really see the ripple texture in the photos - will show that better in a later photo. But it does look good.
Really only got some filler panels around the oven, skirtings and some small paint jobs to finish now, plus a couple of small things on the outside to do.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie109
Jan 02, 2020 10:52 am
I don't know. Mine is not an account based one, I pay for each item as i go. But I deal through Bunnings Trade so get trade prices rather than the standard 5% reduction. So you will need to contact Bunnings to find out.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie110
Mar 11, 2020 3:46 pm
Yet another gap! Oh well, I try. I did write a nice long post, with several photos a couple of weeks back, but but just as I was about to post it, my computer had a hiccup and lost it. I didn't have time to rewrite it then. Sorry.
So on this rainy day stuck inside, I will try to catch up - again. Like my New Years' Resolutions to "get fit, lose weight etc " some things get lost in the wash........
Been busy here with doing the DA for the subdivision of two blocks off the front. That is now nearing approval, all the issues have been sorted and hopefully going to the approval meeting in a week or so. There was a bit of a hold-up with an objection - easily dealt with as all the relevant issues were covered off or pre-existing so not related to this DA. And one rather silly one - the fire access road loops around the block and returns via my driveway. It was suggested I may turn this into a raceway! Hmmm.......
Once the approval is provided then I can start getting the engineering work planned, costed and under way. It will cost a bit, and the price range will vary depending on what the various engineers and power/water providers require so the cost range can vary by quite a lot. Hope fully it will be on the lower end of the scale but I am not holding my breath.
Once we started back work around mid-January, Steve and I focussed on the house. The detail work on the GF can be finished in bits as time permits.
First off we had to use a dumpy level to set a reference level right around the house. From there we could measure down to the slab and check how level it had been built. There was a variation from high to low of about 20mm - not too bad given the size - but we could discount two outliers because of their location which wouldn't affect our next step. The we could decide the average at which we would set the height for the bottom rail the supports the base of the Cemintel sheets. This then determines the setting of the bottom flashing which holds the snakeskin down and creates the required 10mm air gap tot he Cemintel bottom lip.
I then had the flashing made up after measuring the lengths required (same design as the house). Two days later it was done and we could start putting it on. If it sounds a bit complex, it is actually easy, if a bit time consuming - once you know how. Again, the experience on the GF as the "crash test dummy" paid off as we were much quick this time around.
Here is the bottom rail fixed on - the bevel edges are yet to be secured together. We leave the nails partly out so if we need to make a last minute adjustment when fitting the Cemintal we can do so. It is critical to start the Cemintel sheets dead level.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie111
Mar 26, 2020 12:13 pm
Well, things move on don't they. Coronavirus panic is hitting the world, toilet paper is rarer and more sought after than pink diamonds and supermarkets are making very good money while other businesses such as restaurants are going broke and people losing their jobs.
Meantime back at the ranch, work onsite has stopped while I deal with several things. Firstly, getting the subdivision approved for the 2 front blocks. With some late additional documents required by the Council (no problems, just added a delay) and an objection from one neighbour (more a nuisance, much of it not relevant to this DA), things slowed up. Given the objection it had to go to a DA Panel which includes two independent members who can sometimes create issues as they rarely speak to Council first to understand why things have been done in particular ways. They can also impose conditions which may be somewhat unpredictable and less than obviously reasonable. Which, if you are not prepared to accept, the DA needs to go to a Council meeting which means another delay and can be a very tedious process,
The DA Panel Meeting was yesterday, done now by Skype/Teleconference because of the COVID-19 problems. The objector did not log in and the process went smoothly, we managed to get the one condition which was problematic amended to a a flexible, workable solution and no other issues were raised. So all good and my DA was approved. Woohoo!
A neighbour is also looking to buy approx 430 sq m at the rear behind my shed - land that is of no great use to me. We have prepared a DA, agreed a price and I am just doing a written agreement about costs. I will get that off to him today for review and hopefully submit that DA next week.
Now I have to decide if I will proceed with the works for the blocks out the front. I don't want to spend the money on doing the sewerage, water etc if the blocks will be hard to sell when ready. The recession coming may impact demand for land. However, around here the buyers are usually retirees and second home buyers so not much influenced by most downturns. But fear itself may be the driving motivation and prices suppressed, so need to do a bit of thinking and assess the potential market shifts.
And my cashflow too! Like all Grand Design-like project, money usually becomes an issue as work progresses!
Good luck to all out there and take care of each other.
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