Month: August 2007

The garage door is on the house

Checked up on house progress yesterday morning, my wife managed to get the following pictures. It appears our garage door was fitted. It looks quite good too. Unfortunately our front door has been delayed so it won’t be on until maybe next week. In the meantime they have fitted something different for the moment.


EDIT: And a photo taken late today. Shows the temporary front door. Like I said the one we have selected won’t be in for a few more days yet.


House is moving along, more progress

My wife went past house today and just as she was leaving some workers turned up to start doing some further work.

As you will see on the pics below, painter painted alot more of the front. And we don’t know why he didn’t do the columns. And you’ll also see the cavity slide doors have had gyprock attached.


Cornices have been installed

Went out to house site yesterday to confirm what has been done. The waterproofing in the wet areas has been completed and it appears the other trades person my wife saw on Friday must of been the cornices fellow. The cornices have been completed and they look really good. The house is coming along nicely.

We also managed to go shopping with a friend who knows more about audio then we do and managed to find a place who would demo the amp we wanted with the speakers we wanted. The unit sounded great, and the price was good too. So we put a deposit down and managed to get free delivery too. Just need to give the fellow 2 weeks notice to get it in stock and then of course go pay him the outstanding amount.

Below is a few pictures showing the cornices in various rooms, of course each one can be clicked for a better look.


Internal Stairs have been confirmed

I went out to the house lastnight on my way home from work and can confirm we do indeed have internal stairs now. They look good and make a difference. Now we don’t need a ladder to go upstairs to check on things. Although now that has been done it’s not long now until the house goes into the lock up stage.

While we were onsite my mate and I put the hole on the correct side of the wall where the alarm

control box will go, we then did what we needed to pull through the various 32 cable runs. Then counted to make sure we had them all. Then taped them up in a nice coil. Hopefully now they should stay in place and not get pushed back in wall or anything like that. Painter just needs to paint around them (and lift them out of the way using something so they can paint behind it).

Finally the house is taken shape, I’ll post up some pictures, as I believe my wife should of got some earlier today.

Of course once we move in, then I need to go around and dig out all the other cables we put in place. ie. extra phone points and data cables in the various rooms. Oh that will be fun, not.

EDIT: And as promised some photos. Click for larger size.


Internal Stairs

We are lead to believe from Electrician that the internal stairs should be installed in the house today. They were being delivered and installed.

I hope to go past tonight to confirm this did happen, as well as check that the alarm cables for the control board have been pulled back through the correct side of the wall, since it wasn’t performed as I advised. I did tell them not to pull anything through and leave in wall cavity. However found out later that day they pulled them through, but the wrong side. So advised site manager it has to be pulled through the other side (and much higher up).

Will check tonight we have internal stairs installed, and then confirm the alarm cable runs have been corrected (not to mention check all of the cable runs have been pulled through, and none left behind in the wall).

Somewhat annoyed

To say I am somewhat annoyed would be an understatement. Just checked the mail and you wouldn’t believe it, but Elamond Homes have sent us a letter for another 3 day extension for 3 day’s last week. Those day’s are; 14/08/07, 16/08/07 and 17/08/07.

What’s more annoying is that on these days in question I don’t recall any rain being about, not to mention the fact when we queried them on the Sunday about what was going to happen that week, they only gave us some information 2 day’s later.

At this rate of course they will finish in contract period, cause they keep bloody extending it at every chance they have. As far as I was informed last week, only the gyprock was happening, and that started Friday (17/08) and took place, yet according to this letter they wish to claim it as an extensions day due to weather? So maybe they expected some other work to take place but couldn’t happen cause of weather? I say bullshit.

I know for a fact it didn’t rain Friday as I was on a rostered day off so I called into the house site twice. Of course gyprock was going up and no rain fell.

You’d think we were asking too much

Is it too much to expect regular updates on a house you’ve invested huge amounts of funds into. It would appear as though we probably are. I won’t even begin to mention some of my personal pet hates related to the process to date.

Let’s just say people tell fibs only to bring themselves undone several days later. Not to mention if you have someone indicate they will call you back, you’d hope that they indeed do. Although lately that’s not been the case, so you have to call them back anyways.

I’ll be so happy to have the house be complete then I won’t have to deal with complete idiots on a regular basis.

All wired up

Today was the day that we wired up the house. A friend with the help of his own brother came to install all the wiring for the alarm system. So that’s all the sensors in various rooms and also the window reed switches etc. All I can tell you is it was lots of cable.

While they wired the alarm stuff, I set about wiring in the number of cat5e cable runs I did from the various rooms. I wanted to make sure every area that had a tv in the future would have a dual cable run of cat5e. I managed to get this done. They all terminate back into the room we have made as our home office.

I then ran 2 more cables from the first phone point into the Kitchen and then into the home office. These will allow us to loop the phone line from the lead in to other parts of the house. In

New Apple hardware and software

It would appear the rumors of new Apple items was indeed correct. Of course no new iPod’s so I guess these will happen sometime sooner or later.

What we did get was the following changed items;

Airport Extreme Basestation (now has gigabit ethernet)
New Apple USB and Bluetooth keyboards
iWork 08
iLife 08

So in all, a few changes. After just purchasing an iMac 20″ I don’t feel bad that it got changed. I love my machine and hopefully it will get me a good 2-3 years of use with MacOS X updates.

We’ve ordered a copy of iLife 08 from Apple, as I couldn’t find a copy at the local reseller. It appears Apple never shipped copies earlier then announcement plans. Of course they had no demo units on the new stock. Oh well.