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.


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.




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!

Crushed Rock
Site Bin


Day 19: We have a (Poly-)Waffle Slab

The first major building milestone has been reached today. We have a slab! Sure it’s not quite “move in” time, but it is very exciting to see actual build progress after many months of planning.

Our Slab
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Building Variation #2

Received our second building variation today due to removal of the “Fully Charged Water System with Water Tank” (refer to Water tank tanked ).  Represents a bit of saving in the “Mandatory” costs for us.


Day 12: Drainage going in


Went past the block this morning and saw a truck parked out front with a whole bunch of plumbing materials unloaded onto the nature strip.

We stopped the car and saw there were a couple of guys busily laying the underground storm water & sewer piping.

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Day 6: Important build milestone reached!

Drove past our block today and noticed some important site prep had occurred!

The Dunny is here… Build Milestone complete!

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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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