Thursday, 15 January 2015
Framing stage complete & slab fix ups
Today we had the opportunity to go onsite with our site supervisor and look at the completed frame and were even allowed upstairs via a ladder (not kids). So excited that I didn't even take one photo! Oops. Must have been the fact we had 4 kids with us at 7am that made me forget!
All walls stable and rooms all correctly laid out. Doors all look like correct type, size, height, direction of slide, opening, and some frames already in situ (didn't take tape measure but seemed fine). Windows appear to be correctly centered and heights, size etc look ok. Window companies should deliver in next week or two, delayed because of Xmas holidays. Roof cavity looks TINY and I totally understand why it's better to do all wiring with PD and not wait to do post handover. I noted the height of the sliding wardrobes in kids rooms were correctly increased to 2400 and not 2000 which is standard (no point in having a large bulkhead as it's wasted space).
The frame looks good in my lay opinion. Obvious areas needing touch up and finishing touches (abstract nailing, bracing, remaining window framing), all will be sorted out later today as rain stopped; they had to finish early previous day due to heavy heavy rain.
A few things that will require fixing that I picked up were:
- they were using plans which were not the final plans we signed off on! However that said they were the 2nd final plans so almost perfect.
- At this stage that meant the recessed bathroom cabinet mirrors were not addressed in framing for master ensuite and kids bathroom. Will check other things missed later tonight.
Slab Supervisor also reviewed site with concreter today:
- The overhang of steel frame in alfresco area will be fixed with and re enforced with a steel plate/screw or something like it & not just builders grout stuff.
- friable edges will be fixed prior to Hebel installation next week.
- rain water tank slab area which has snapped will be completely fixed and redone in a few months. Not doing it now so it won't get damaged again while exposed by trades/equipment/future scaffolding etc.
The PD inspector also reviewed frame today after our visit so all his issues should be fixed before our independent private inspector comes on Monday to review framing stage.
Overall we are really happy with how well they've done everything. All staff have been lovely to deal with and seem very happy to work with us and our questions. They have great phone manner and communication. Really considerate with neighbours and a temporary fencing issue crushing plants and reducing access to side path. They did say there are always a few things to fix with a slab and frame stages and I believe we are getting a very well built home as each thing is identified and fixed, no patch jobs or pacifying at all now all Trades have finished Xmas holidays.
Next is roof tiling, and I believe while scaffolding up they put on solar hot water panels, evaporative cooling unit and guttering. Once roof insitu i think hebel might be next. For those that are wondering what hebel is it replaces the need for bricks and has better sound, hear/cooling properties, cheaper and faster to build; read for yourself http://hebel.com.au
Will get a better picture soon.