Today is the settlement day!!! We did our final walk through in the morning, and then we drove to BB's headoffice to pick our keys. Bank cheque in, keys out (: There are dozens of keys for our house, trust me, we got a big bag of keys, for every windows and doors. Also, we got a big bag of gifts from BB, they are kitchen related, nice and useful.
1) The driveway is coloured and sealed
2) The hot water system and heating unit both are installed and connected.
3) The kitchen appliances and my staircase handrail are on. However, we were being busy to test all the electric plugs with a light we brought, I forgot to take pics. I might take some next time.
The building experience with BB is great, especially that we are so lucky to have Jay as our SS~ The only thing that I wish BB to improve is its paperwork stage, took ages to organise and finish (for my case is half year).
The following steps are installing an alarm system, cooling system, fences, landscaping, furniture and etc. OMG, still have so many things need to be done before we move in...... Let me just forget them for 1 night, I just wanna drink high and have a rest.
Both my SS and inspector are excellent! My SS is easy to talk with, willing to do amendment after each inspection! There is no communicating problem at all~ Most important, he has done great jobs along the way~ My inspector is detail concerned and experienced, which is good for the house owner and worthing every dollar!
For the PCI, just some small touch ups need to be done. The Hot Water System and the kitchen appliance will be installed before the settlement~ Driveway will be coloured and sealed by today~
Booked the final walkthrough and settlement on the 20th, that means we can get the keys before X'mas, whoooohoooo~
1) Rainwater tank is in and connected.
2) Externally venting point is done.
3) Storage room beneath the stair is painted.
4) Everything is cleaned.
5) The timber staircase has been stained in walnut colour. Love the colour!
My SS is so nice!!!! he brought a shovel with him and dug the ground under the porch's contract bricks to prove that it has concrete footings to support the weight. I worried about it for a long time, and asked my SS to prove it since i did not notice any footings under that area during the Base Stage (see the link Day 62). Now no more worries~ I luv my SS (:
Ok, now some updates:
1) The porch is done, the rain goes away! Will be painted in Surfmist colour~
2) The storage room under the stairs is done~
3) The tiles arrived! Tiling starts tomorrow!
4) Kitchen sink is in
5) The roof tiling to the alfresco is done!
6) The doors of the robes are on!
7) The water-resistant painting to the wet area is done.
8) The basins are in!! Luv the semi-reccessed basins~
Scaffolding is removed and now we can see our house clearly! There are damages under the eaves maybe caused by the scaffolding removing progress. I will call my liason to check that out on Monday, I think BB will replace them.
SS told us the small things that need to modified from last inspection have already been done. Furthermore, the plaster boards will be installed next week and then the carpenters will start~ We officially move to the Fix Stage, whoohoo~
We had our Lockup stage inspection (Pre-plaster inspection) this afternoon.
This time we hire another inspector to do the inspection. This inspector has many years experience in house inspection and he's very famous in some building forums. When I called him, he suggested that we should have the pre-plaster inspection instead of the lockup inspection. Some electrician drill holes through timber inappropriately that might damaging the frame works. So we hold the inspection until our SS told us the electricity, plumbing n insulation are done.
This inspector is very detail concerned. It took one and half hour to complete the inspection. He told us BB did a very good job and he's amazed. BB uses good quality timber for the frames, every room's size is correct, BB does many detail works while other builders don't care about small things. In conclusion, our inspector rated our house's quality as in top 10% based on all his past inspections. I just wanna to thank all the workers and our lovely lovely SS!! Our SS communicated with the inspector this time and walked with him all the way through. It's much easier for us cuz they can understand each other's 'construction related words'. Nothing major problems were found, just some smalls things need to be modified. Yah~~~
Cladding and eaves are painted this week. I was worried about the Colorbond Surfmist is too white with Hawthorn bricks. When I saw it today, what a relief!! Nice bright white matches well with my bricks!!! Love it!!!
Furthermore, top half of the brick wall is washed and cleaned, again, love Hawthorn so much~
My SS told me the plumbing and electricity are done, how quick they are! However I can not go inside my house without BB's permission, I will take some photos when we have the Lockup inspection next week.