Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Three month inspection

We have just had our three month inspection.

I must say that is was a very pleasant experience, I thought we would be arguing about all the items we wanted addressed. The maintenance inspector from PD can in, looked at our list, looked though the house, identified a couple other items and added those to the report.

Now we wait for a maintenance crew to get allocated and all the items hopefully will be fixed on the same day.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Driveway Completed

We have finally had the driveway done.  We chose 'Balcombe' aggregate concrete from Mentone Pre Mix.

We have half of blinds installed, we decided not to get the ground floor blinds installed until the timber floors have been sanded and polished.

The shed should be delivered this coming week and I will put it up over Easter, we are also going to paint the fence, mostly likely we will go with charcoal in colour.

Start working on the gardens.

This is going to be a busy long weekend.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Timber Floors

The timber floors are currently getting installed, we went with Black Butt.

Here are a couple photos of the floor, I think it looks great.

Passage way

Close up of the floor.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lighting and flooring

We have been busy in the house lately, we changed the lights in the kitchen and family rooms, added ceiling fans to the kitchen, family, alfresco, games and master bedroom. The ceiling fans have made a difference to the temp up stairs.

We put in LED downlights in the family room and passage. Replacing of the halogen globes with LEDs, the six globe light in the kitchen hanging over the island bench currently uses 300 watts, this will become about 36 watts or less depending how good the LEDs are.

The flooring has been started down stairs, the ply is currently getting laid, hopefully the floor boards are laid later this week.

After the floors are done, the blinds will be installed, they have being held until the flooring is finished.

We have starting planning the driveway, going aggregate (not sure what type). We are waiting for the concreter to get back to us with a couple reference sites so we can see the the different aggregates.

We have a garden design, it all starts with the driveway.

Monday, February 6, 2012


Now that the tradesmen are back from holidays we have been able to get thing moving on our house.

The fences are getting done at the moment, I think they look great.

We had an electrician doing some work changing lighting and putting in some ceiling fans.  The fans have made a big difference in the upstairs room temp.

We are getting some quotes for the driveway, looking at aggregate.

Next will be the garden design.

So many things to do.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Things to consider when taking ownership of your new house

Its been a while since I have posted an update about the house, this is mainly because when we moved I lost access to the net, waited for Telstra to connect the phone and then waiting for our ISP to transfer the ADSL connection.

During this time I have found and learn a few things about taking ownership of our home, the following are items to consider before taking final ownership.

1) on your final inspection, take window clean and clean all the glass doors and windows. Almost all the glass doors have scratches and I have had a few discussion with PD about changing them and still have to further discuss the issue.

2) Check above all the door and window frames, our home has gaps between the skirting and the plaster, before taking the house we could of requested PD fix the issue, now all they will do is fill and paint the gaps.

3) We have air coming in from the glass sliding doors, we temporarily used a light fabric to cover the windows and doors and we get lots of movement when all the doors and windows are closed.

We didn't have PD do the flooring , we had our carpet installed and we are very happy with the finished product.  The lines in the carpet are the vac marks, its not a patterned carpet.

The wife had her dressing room fitted out. She is in love with the dressing room.


Next we need to get the timber floors installed downstairs, have to wait until end of Jan before this can be done. The pantry will be fitted out after the floors have been done.

Once the inside of the house has been completed it will be time to start working on the outside.

So far everything we have done to the house looks great, we just love our new home.