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.



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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