Day 24: We have Wood

All the framing materials (beams, joists, lintels, studs, etc) were delivered today.   Carlisle currently stick build their frames rather than use prefabricated sections, with the exception being the trusses which are brought in pre-assembled as framing nears completion.

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The polystyrene blocks in the image above are the waffle voids used in the slab construction.  Refer to Day 19: We have a (Poly-)Waffle Slab for more information.

In the foreground of the image below you can see the 300 grade steel beams which will be used for additional strength to support the larger open areas and spans within the house.

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Day 21: On the rocks…

The final preparation step occurred to day with the arrival of crushed rock to the driveway/access, more fill soil, bin and a site clean.  All is ready to go for framing!

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Final Construction Drawings

Today we received two copies of our Final Construction Drawings, Colour Selections, Sketches and a building variation.  This represents the last opportunity we have to ensure all is correct before moving into the construction phase.

Once the content is confirmed as ok, Carlisle have requested that every page on both copies is signed by us and one complete set returned to Carlisle for their records, with the other remaining with us as the client copies.

From the contract stage there have been a number of further reports and site surveys that have been undertaken which have been reflected in the building variation.

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Day 1: Construction Commenced!

We received written notification from Carlisle today that our construction has officially commenced as of the 7th of March 2016!

In accordance with our Victorian New Homes Contract, our building works are to be completed within 280 calendar days from the commencement date.  Applying my Calendar skills that would put the last completion to be around the 12th of December 2016.

We are very exciting to finally get construction underway after all the planning effort thus far!

Water tank tanked 

The hydraulic report for our construction has returned with the conclusion that a fully charged water system is not required. During the tender stage, a requirement was added to our contract that a  “Fully charged system including a water tank supplying the toilets” was necessary not so much due to the local water infrastructure, but as a council sustainability requirement for new dwellings.

In light of the report, Carlisle  inquired as whether we still wanted the water tank.  I was somewhat confused as I was still under the impression that there was a sustainability requirement.  I went online and referred to the Kingston council’s Integrated Storm Water Management Plan, but could not get a definitive answer.

Therefore, I decided to contact the council directly and speak to the relevant department. There I was informed that this requirement is typically tied to those constructions requiring planning permits i.e. multi-unit dwellings.  Given that we were not in that category, then it was not necessary to install a tank.

Based on that information I informed Carlisle not to proceed with the tank installation. The price quoted was significant and it is something that we can easily look into in the future.