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.