Missing in Action

Disaster! Panic!

We were informed last week that our tile selection was no longer available.  The tiles we loved and had agonised over during colour selection; our super white 600×600 porcelain rectified tiles!

We could not believe it.  We could not imagine that such a tile would be discontinued; it’s a neutral colour that we were sure was quite popular. Our Carlisle client liaison requested that we come back into Spectra over the coming weekend to select new tiles.

I got straight onto Beaumont Tiles.  Luckily, I got to speak to a knowledgable person. Yes, the old tile had been discontinued, but it has been replaced with a new tile of exactly the same description; Super White 600×600 Porcelain Rectified Tiles.  The reason?  Well apparently they had switched suppliers as the version from the previously supplier were getting progressively darker in shade; I guess not “Super” enough.  So, they were sourcing the product from a new supplier.  This then resulted in a new product code and hence our old order being flagged as discontinued product.

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Product details for the replacement tile.
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New tile compared to the old (click to zoom)

Being pedantic, we were down at the Beaumont’s showroom in Dandenong first thing Saturday morning to view a sample. Fortunately they had it in stock, and I was able to purchase a single 600×600 tile. To our eyes it appeared to be exactly the same as the original tile. The ultimate test, however, was to take our sample over to the Canterbury display home in Somerfield, which has the original Super White tile (yes we picked what was on display!), and do a comparison.  As you can see from the image to the right, it’s pretty damn close.  If anything, it’s a tiny bit brighter, but this could easily be attributed to a variation between tile batches.

Anyway, after a thorough investigation we were comfortable with the tile (even if we did look a little strange traipsing around a display home with a 600×600 tile under my arm) and sent the details through on to Carlisle.  They confirmed that they were able to source the tile.

All is well with the world again!


Site Start Dates

We received our site start dates from Carlisle today!

Temp Fence and Banner 4th March
Site Cut and Toilet 7th March
Set out and Bin 9th March
Electrical Connection 11th March
Drains 17th March
Slab Start 21st March
Slab Pour 23rd March

The excitement builds!

Wanted: Public Liability Insurance

Discovered an interesting fact today.  Even though our Builder is fully insured for the upcoming build, that coverage does not extend to public liability.  So if, during construction, a worker was to injury themselves they would be covered.  However, if someone was to wander onto the block and injure themselves, they would not be covered.

Given that presently the block is vacant and the build has not started, the situation is worse.  It is effectively uninsured.  Too risky a proposition for me.

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Fence Interrupted

Received a call from the council today notifying me that our temporary fencing had come down; falling forward onto the path.  The council requested that I attend to the situation with some urgency as there is an aged care facility in close proximity and the residents frequently use this footpath for their daily walks.  Any obstructions would be problematic.

I was at work at the time of the call and quickly jumped onto a train to get back to the block.  This is what I found when I arrived.

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It’s gone

Our old home is gone.  We dwelt there for 10 years, raising three children. Prior to that it was the home of my grandparents for decades.  It was a place I had known since I was a child.  A lot of memories for a lot of people.  It was hard to say goodbye, but now its time to look forward to what will be.

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Our old house
The block today

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Our gas service was decommissioned last week.  The process for removal was almost identical to my previous article on electricity abolishment.

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Electricity. Abolished.

Board after the meter has been removed

Electricity and gas service abolishment is a key pre-requisite for demolition.  Abolishment is the removal of a distributor’s assets from a property.  For electrical abolishment, this includes removal of the (smart) meter and disconnection of lines to the premise.   Continue reading “Electricity. Abolished.”