Saturday, March 21, 2009

Week 3

Visited site today to find almost completed frame. Noticed issue with position of several windows. Will discuss the matter with SS on Monday.


Slab was poured on Monday.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Week 2

Polystyrene rafts and waffle pods have been laid down. Site is now ready for the concrete pour. Hopefully we will have our foundation completed in a few days from now.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Week 1

We’ve got port-a-loo, waste cage, temporary crossover protection, and concrete pier footings.

Site Start

Our site finally started on March 2nd. Given the construction timeframe of 183 calendar days we expect completion in early September (keeping fingers crossed).

Below are some pictures that I made a couple of days before the site start.

Site Costs

Soil test came out as “M” class slab with need for extra piering due to proximity to easement and a nearby tall tree. The total site costs including reticulated termite protection system was quoted at 11.8K.

Major Variations

The standard Heywood 29 offered by Porter Davis at list price is a basic design and we found that we had to upgrade quiet a number of things to meet our requirements.

Structural Variations

* Added eaves due to covenants
* 2.74m high ceilings throughout the home
* Raised ceilings by additional 300mm in the family and kitchen area
* Alfresco option
* Brickwork over garage door
* Converted Bedroom 4 into Study (deleted wardrobe, relocated door)
* R3.5 insulation batts to ceiling
* R2.0 insulation batts to external walls
* Reticulated termite protection system in lieu of final spray

Doors and Windows

* Added sliding doors to ensuite, WIR, rumpus
* 4-panel doors
* Deleted a window in the ensuite and a narrow window in the rumpus
* Upgraded to taller bi-folds and windows to match our 9” ceilings

Cabinets and Appliances

* Island bench option
* 40mm Caesar Stone bench to the kitchen
* 20mm Caesar Stone benches to the ensuite and bathroom
* Overhead cabinets to the kitchen
* Pot drawers and under bench microwave space
* Glass canopy rangehood


* Upgraded to three-phase electrical power
* Exhaust fan to laundry
* Downlights
* 2-way switches, dimmer switches
* Bosch security system

Plumbing and Heating

* Added refrigerated cooling option
* Additional ducted heating points (extra outlet to the master bedroom, outlets to ensuite and bathroom)
* Upgraded to 1700mm bath (in lieu of standard 1500mm)
* Stainless steel insert sink to the laundry in lie of standard plastic sink
* Chrome waste throughout in lieu of plastic waste

That’s about it.