Day 44: Frame Inspection Day

Today was the first opportunity to walk through our (future) house!  It was slab/frame inspection day. As posted previously we selected the services of Darbecca for our Independent Building inspections.

I met Dave from Darbecca on site, along with our Carlisle Site Supervisor, and spent over an hour walking through the structure, asking questions and taking photos. I will cover the outcome of the inspection in a later post, however in the interim I thought I’d post some photos for you to have a look at! Click into any image for a larger view.

Selecting an Inspector

In my opinion, engaging the services of an Independent Building Consultant during construction is beneficial.  Their objective is to highlight any defects in a new home whilst its being built. This is an independent voice aiming to ensure the builder is meeting quality standards, against relevant codes & standards, and hence hopefully averting potentially costly rework later. Given the size of the investment one makes into a new dwelling, it is a small price premium to pay (somewhere between 0.5% to 1% of purchase price) for peace of mind.

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Day 39: Updated Timeline

Just had a check in with my Construction Supervisor.  He has provided us with updated timelines for the next milestones.

Frame Completion 19th April
Roof start 26th April
Brick start 9th May
Plaster start 11th May

These dates are of course tentative, but gives us a good indication of what’s up next.

The supervisor has also requested that I notify our independent building inspector to organise our first inspection which is currently slated for the 19th of April.

Day 34: First week of framing

We have reached the end of the first week of framing and a lot has been achieved.  The garage is now underway.  You can see, in the image below, the front double garage opening (4800mm) along with a single width opening (2400mm) at the rear.  This will give us a lot of flexibility in the future for access to the rear of the property.  We have also added two metres to the width of the garage.  You can see this from the frame section to the right of the double opening.  This makes the total internal width of the garage to be 7500mm.  Plenty of room for a work bench, shelving (and most importantly) a fridge!

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Day 30: Rapid Progress

Just a day after frame commencement and the guys are making rapid progress.  The front part of the ground floor is taking shape.  Nothing yet on the garage, but given the pace I can imagine this will be in place in the next day or so.

At the front of the frame you can see the large opening on the left, which will be the double doors, and the two window frames on the right that will hold the facade specific boutique style windows.

Day 29: Introductions

This morning we met our Construction Supervisor, Ryan, in person for the first time. He shouted us a coffee and walked us through how he plans on running our job including how we will be kept informed.  He has a strong focus on ensuring that works are executed in a professional manner and particularly on establishing a good relationship with the neighbours.

We will have weekly check ins via phone, with the option of organising on-site meetings as required (providing we give 5 days notice). We notified him that we will be engaging our own independent building inspector and requested that he gives us about 5 days notice prior to a stage inspection so we can organise a time to accommodate everyone.

During this meeting he raised the topic of “fully” water proofing all the wet areas. Apparently, for an additional cost, you can get all the wet areas fully waterproofed as opposed to just meeting the Australian standards.  This is something that had not been brought to our attention previously and hence something we had not considered. More on this topic in a later post.

We also asked him for his opinion on our electrical layout. His view was that it was well planned and thought through with the exception of lighting over the sinks in the kitchen. He felt there could be more lighting there. After some additional research we agreed – once again more on this in a subsequent post.

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.