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.
The hydraulic report for our construction has returned with the conclusion that a fully charged water system is not required. During the tender stage, a requirement was added to our contract that a “Fully charged system including a water tank supplying the toilets” was necessary not so much due to the local water infrastructure, but as a council sustainability requirement for new dwellings.
In light of the report, Carlisle inquired as whether we still wanted the water tank. I was somewhat confused as I was still under the impression that there was a sustainability requirement. I went online and referred to the Kingston council’s Integrated Storm Water Management Plan, but could not get a definitive answer.
Therefore, I decided to contact the council directly and speak to the relevant department. There I was informed that this requirement is typically tied to those constructions requiring planning permits i.e. multi-unit dwellings. Given that we were not in that category, then it was not necessary to install a tank.
Based on that information I informed Carlisle not to proceed with the tank installation. The price quoted was significant and it is something that we can easily look into in the future.
We received our stamped plans and approved building permit from Carlisle today. Another important step towards construction starting!
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.