Friday, 31 January 2014

Ready....Set....SLABBED!


Week 3.

I received a call from our site supervisor part way through the week to let us know that the slab was scheduled for the end of this week however we may face a slight delay due to the heat wave setting other builds back. Miss N also confirmed this and advised it would "probably" be early next week but LO AND BEHOLD - we have been slabbed.

Concrete looks so pretty!
Really pleased with the outcome and finally being able to get a visual on the size of the house on our lot.






Friday, 24 January 2014

Earthworks - Week 1 & Week 2




At the beginning of the week as I was bracing myself for the heat wave ahead of me with above 40degree temperatures every day, I received a call from our site supervisor to introduce himself.
He outlined the next week or so and informed me that if all goes well, we should have a completed house within 16-18 weeks.

Mr SS is a carpenter by trade and is currently supervising 5 other houses in our estate. The race is on!


So....first the site scrape which took place on Tuesday 13th January then the site fencing went up later in the day. Next was the set out on Wednesday where the dimensions of the house were pegged out and the ground leveled according to the site plan. Kudos to the tradies who got the job done when I didn't actually expect them to, considering the heat.

Thursday and Friday saw the footings and concrete piers being constructed...there sure is a lot of those that are going to hold up our slab!



 Further to my previous post the rubbish that was dumped ended up being collected by the maintenance men of the Livingston Estate. The Estate rep put in a few calls while he was on leave and had it removed. I found out after and was so thankful! No expensive tip runs. What a great gesture, thank you to the team at Livingston!

By the end of the week I am so happy to see what has been done considering Melbourne has set a record by having 4 consecutive days over 41 degrees.  

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Week 2 of the earthworks was completed on 24/01/2014.

The concrete piers were dried and leveled into the soil. The power box was installed earlier in the week with drains and underground power carried out at the end of the week.

Next week we are scheduled for concrete labour and.....THE SLAB! I am just hoping it isn't too hot as we creep up the high 30's in temperature.

Time will tell!






Monday, 6 January 2014

New Year, New House


HAPPY 2014!




Today is a good day. Just received a phone call from our new construction liaison who I will refer to as "Miss N" to advise that earthworks are starting on our site this coming Monday, 13th January 2014.

Followed by a site scrape the site fencing will go up on Tuesday then the site will be marked out ready for the slab.

The timing couldn't be better as the last couple of weeks had me feeling really disheartened after our site had been targeted for illegal rubbish dumping. A huge pile of waste, still sitting there now which includes a mouldy mattress, car bumper, garden waste, buckets, boots, tent, wood, concrete...the list goes on.
At this stage it is only us and our next door neighbours that have nothing to show while the rest of the street is mid construction. It makes us a fabulous target for thoughtless people to carry out these acts. We haven't removed it yet because we didn't want it to re-occur and have to clean it up again.
I made a report to the local Council though and was informed that as we are not paying full rates, just partial rates based on the land...we are not eligible for a hard rubbish collection. Nevertheless we submitted an illegal rubbish dumping report formally for community statistics and Local Laws will investigate the pile of rubbish tomorrow morning for possible incriminating evidence. I would love to be the person to organise "return to sender".
We will do the clean up on the weekend.