Tuesday, 30 December 2008
The owner will be taking all of his stuff out tomorrow and putting it into storage, so we should be able to put most of our stuff in and finalise the clean in the rental house by COB 1Jan09 (Happy New [OLD] House).
We have another couple of trailer loads of boxes and bags of clothes and stuff and a couple of loads of the BIG stuff (fridge, washer, plasma, TV unit, Lounges and the beds. Tomorrow will be a big day, dunno if I will see the new year in...really stuffed after today! Very sore too.
The house we are in now is a small 2 bedroom house with a small garden shed. The house-sit isn't much bigger, but is a different layout - it is amazing how much stuff we have accumulated since we arrived here in Yass in April (this year 2008). A lot of it really is crap, stuff that we are moving from house-to-house just to keep us busy. We also have a tonne of stuff at my parents house in Canberra, half of their garage has our stuff in it.
Will blog once we are in the house-sit - HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, wishing you all good health and happiness.
John, Tarin, Kalinda, Kevan, Josh & Tommy.
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
He was due back today, but has not shown up. Just as well, really, it has been bucketing down this morning. So today, he has a genuine reason for not doing his job.
I doubt we will see anyone at the site now until probably at least 5Jan09.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all - if you are travelling, make sure you travel safely...
John, Tarin, Kalinda, Kevan, Josh & Tommy.
Monday, 22 December 2008
Mark states he was due each day last week, then it was put off all weekend, with a continuation of site works planned for today. Still nothing. Mark said he would call, but he hasn't. I called him, left 3 messages.
Mark did say the excavator would be on-site "Monday or Tuesday", I doubt very much he will turn up tomorrow - can't get him to the site on normal days, let alone just prior to the Christmas break. Also, the excavator has gone...to who knows where?
This is the same excavator operator that said the ground was too wet to work, but worked the driveway earthworks on the block next door - may have only been raining on my block? It has been dry for a week now.
This will no doubt affect the schedule...
Will update later...
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Mark said that the pouring of the slab has been delayed a bit. Here is the revised schedule:
- Mon 22 Dec 08: Continue/Complete site preparation. Level building platform.
- Tue 23 Dec 08: As above.
- Wed 24 Dec 08: START Christmas Closedown.
- Sun 4 Dec: END Christmas Closedown.
- Mon 5 Jan 08: Pouring of the Slab.
- Tue 6 Jan 08: As above.
- Wed 7 Jan 08: START - No Activity Planned.
- Tue 13 Jan 08: END - No Activity Planned.
- Wed 14 Jan 08: Delivery of Timber Frames and Windows & Doors.
Yesterday, we also went to the block to whipper-snipper the grass around the fence line (I like to keep the site tidy ;-)
We noticed that the site fencing has been fixed too, it has been extended and goes around the entire perimiter of our block.
The boys decided to play in a nearby huge dirt pile and decided to start throwing dirt at each other while I was whipper-snippering - look what happened to Tommy: NOT HAPPY with these boys!
That's it for now...
Thursday, 18 December 2008
We are also in the middle of packing at the rental as we are moving to another rental house, we were really hoping we wouldn't be packing 'til we were moving into the new house.
So here's 'til Monday!
Monday, 15 December 2008
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Have never seen sooo much bloody rain.
Rain, rain go away, come back....in 7 months or so (or rain over the dams ONLY).
Even thought it rained heaps, the site looks OK and isn't the mud pit I expected. Here is a pic:
Oh, and here is the new peg I mentioned earlier...1.02m means that the slab is this distance from the boundary, the boundary peg is on the fenceline, which is the short one (below).
Now we have a fresh, clean, white new peg to look at ;-)
Will take some pics of the estate later today...
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Mark said that the excavator had started and that the earthworks will take a few days.
Tomorrow the surveyors will be back to replace a peg that was accidently removed during next door's site clean-up. They also need to do some extra makings for the 3 x Garages as this part of the house is 800mm lower than the main house slab.
Mark also said that we should have the slab by Christmas (that doesn't leave much time) and our frames have been ordered and should arrive either 7 or12 January 2009.
Here are some site earthworks pictures taken this afternoon...
Left: This is of the rear section of the cut. Cut is approx. 1 metre deep.
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
Friday, 28 November 2008
So, it's getting very exciting now. Tarin drove past the block after work and found that nothing has happened up there yet. So Mark must be still figuring stuff out.
We are all very excited that we are one step closer to seeing our home start - Yippppeeeeee
Hugs to all...
Friday, 7 November 2008
Wendy called to let us know that she had passed our file on to the Constructon Planning and Programming department. She said that it was a sad day for her as she had to pass our file on and that she had a tear in her eye. I must say we will really miss dealing with Wendy - she is the greatest and has a great sense of humour (well, she needs to when dealing with me)!
Wendy has been wonderful to us as she has been there for all of our ups and downs during the planning phase. Wendy never hessitated once when we called her with a problem or a question. She made this part of the building process such a breeze, which we thought was going to be very stressful. We have been through this part of the process a few times with other builders and it was not easy, with Masterton it was a snack!
So, now we are really moving, it's all so exciting and we just have to say again Masterton is doing a WONDERFUL job.
We are off to Sydney today to take the whole family up to see the display home in Kellyville. Everyone is so excited. They are all so excited about going to Sydney (but that is probably due to the fact that the place we are staying at (in Parklea) has a swimming pool ;-)
More updates later...
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
John and I are so relieved that we are at this stage as it means in about a month our brand new 2 storey house should begin construction.
Last weekend we met Mark (who will be our project manager for the build). He's a really down to earth, cool bloke and we are really happy that he will be guiding us through it and building our dream home.
Yesterday we went and bought some sample pots of our paints that we will be using around the house. We were so pleased to find the colour choice for the kitchen doors is not purple (like we thought, but we knew we weren't that silly) :-D.
Here they are, see pic below:
Left is 'Chambray' (by Taubmans paints) - this will be painted on the render on the front of the house
Middle is 'Ocean Pebble' by (Taubmans Paints) - this will be for the walls (low sheen) and for the doors and door frames (high gloss)
Right is 'Echidna' (by Bristol paints) - this is the colour of our Kitchen Doors, and it will be in a high gloss.
We have also put together a document with all of the inclusions that will be included in our beautiful home so here it is click on this link to have a look at all the goodies:
YELLOW CREEK ESTATE UPDATE:
The estate is starting to fill up with new houses (mainly Masterton Homes, of course). We love going up there now and seeing the new additions to the places being built. We often see our Project Manager Mark up there and stop to say Hi. Mark is amazing, he even hooks in and gets into the building himself, last weekend he was putting up frames and trusses with the rest of the team (I have never known a PM to do this, the ones I have had before don't like to get their hands dirty).
It's all so exciting! I think by time we are ready to move in it will be a busy time for the street 'cause we will all be moving in around the same time. The kids are looking foward to it as well as they will be able to play outside, ride their bikes and have a heap of kids to play with. This is something they didn't really have at the old house back in Canberra.
Keep an eye out for updates...things are really moving now...
Picture (above) is a two-storey Kingston (with Prestige facade).
Picture (right) is our neighbour (on left side) - the design is Doncaster (Classic facade).
Saturday, 4 October 2008
This is where the Surveyor rocks up at the block and pegs out the location of the house so the digger can move on-site and start the earthworks. They cannot start the earthworks until we have signed the contract and building agreement, which will happen in around a month or so.
The light is at the end of the tunnel - very dim, but we can see it...
John & Tarin
Thursday, 25 September 2008
John had to attend the Council Meeting last night and answer any questions the Councillors had. Then they had a vote and Approved the Development Application - Yeeehaaa.
Where to from here?
Next step is for Masterton Homes to get the ball rolling on the Contract Plans, Order the Pegout Survey, we sign the contract, then the building can start in approx. 6-8 weeks time.
So, it is all systems go now...
John & Tarin
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Got a call today from Wendy from Masterton Homes to tell me that our plans have been sent off to Yass Valley Council - we are soooo excited!
Around 3 pm I took another call from Bob from Masterton in Goulburn telling me the same.
Masterton are soooo on-the-ball! It is amazing how quickly they move stuff through.
I suppose the next step is to make the trip to Sydney to make some selections, this should be fun.
Sunday, 27 July 2008
The Drafting dudes have made a couple of changes and some updates to some of the site information, such as the land contours and the 'Cut and Fill' (where the site will be cut in and where the fill will be on the site) information.
All going well we should be in Council this week.
Also, the Commonwealth Bank got in touch with Wendy at the end of last week to get details of the house and the land to check whether they are happy to give us some $$$. We don't need all that much but we would like to borrow enough money for the landscaping, driveways, paths, etc.
That's it for now...
Friday, 18 July 2008
We got a personal letter from Jim Masterton today wishing us all the best with our new home and thanking us for the letter we sent to him.
Masterton Homes never fails to amaze us...
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Wendy (our Customer Relations Manager) called me today and gave the following update:
- Revised Tender is now complete and will be emailed to Bob & Renaye (our new-found friends at Masterton in Goulburn) - hopefully we will get this emailed out tomorrow and we can see the updated price (nervous :-\ )
- The Plans are in the Drafting area now and will be for 3 days or so. This is where the team do the full working drawings, the overshadowing diagrams (required for 2-storey homes), plus other stuff that I cannot remember.
- Then the BASIX (Building Sustainability Index), which is energy rating stuff, followed by the ABSA (Association of Building Sustainability Assessors) assessment. These dudes ensure we are building an energy efficient home.
- Then the Council Planning Team swings into action whereby they get the entire package ready for Yass Valley Council. Once this is done we will be in Council awaiting approval - which takes approx. 6-8 weeks.
That's it for now...will keep you posted...
John & Tarin
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Wendy was ringing to give me an update on the plans and where we were up to.
They have received our plans from Goulburn, they are making some minor changes to the tender (at our request) and then in few weeks or so we should be off to council...
Can't wait until this happens, getting closer by the day.
We have logged onto Pathway as well (the Masteron package for customers to track the entire process of building a home) - it is an amazing tool, I have never seen anything like it. You can veiw it at http://www.mastertonhomes.com.au/ (take the Pathway demo link).
Take care all...
John n Taz
Monday, 30 June 2008
Last Friday we drove to see Bob and Renaye (Masterton Goulburn) and we signed the plans and all papers to be able to send our plans and paperwork off to Masterton's head office. So, now we are almost back to the point where Beechwood Homes shafted us.
Based on our calculations, in less than 3 months our beautiful new house should start - we are soooo excited :-). We also went looking at houses that built with the bricks we have chosen. Now that we have seen them we are really impressed and really love the colour of them.
John bought a new printer last week and we now have pics of the new house everywhere in our rental house, our lounge room wall has a wall full of pics of the display house - he cracks me up LOL...
Huggles to all...
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
...and here is a similar floorplan to the first floor of our house :-)
Now you have seen the house, we will move on to a few more visuals such as bricks and roof tiles :-)
(ABOVE) These are the tiles we have chosen, they are from CSR Roofing and the colour is Barramundi, its like a grey colour.
(ABOVE) This is our brick and its from PGH and it's called Poa from the Spinifex Range.
(BELOW) Photos taken on Sunday, 22nd June 2008. John went up to the land and they have done some stuff it looks like they have done a soil test (or it's a bloody deep snake hole or bush toilet (YUK ! !) hehehe :-D
Looks like we are well on our way again, we have to go and sign the papers this weekend in Goulburn and then it's off to council for around 8 weeks :-(
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
We woke to the phone ringing at 6am this morning. It was John's Dad ringing to let us know that Beechwood had gone Bankrupt. John and I looked at each other in total disbelief and then I bursted into tears.
If there is any luck involved, we were due to pay our $17,000 deposit but hadn't...phew! Still upset though...
So we have Land....We have a drawing....We have no BUILDER.
I will be back later with more info, too depressed now...
Oh here is a web link to the story in the daily telly
Sunday, 11 May 2008
They were after some information on the driveway gradient and the drainage diagrams. So hopefully it will come out some time this week or next. Once that happens we can sign the papers, John will probably be going down to do that on his own, we will just have to wait and see.
Last night we met our next door neighbours which was really nice as only last week I has said to John it's really wierd that we have never seen any one else who has bought the blocks of land, and low and behold, they drive up.
We have chosen our colours now and as soon as I get batteries in the camera I will take some pics of the stuff we have chosen.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Today is the START of the next phase of our life. After 2 pm we should have a call from our solictors telling us its all over. Yahhiess. Fingers crossed...
We have less than a week 'til our new house comes out of council as well so that is the next thing that needs to be done...
Saturday, 12 April 2008
The kids are off on school on holidays now so I reckon that I will just stay at the old house for most of it as the kids have thier mates in the street to play with and their bikes and stuff. I also finished up at work, it still hasn't hit me that I don't have a job anymore yet i'm gonna miss the gals in my team, they have become such a HUGE part of my life and I dont think I will ever get anything close to that again.
Well the Beechwood house plans are now at Neighbour Consultation and will be finished on the 29th, once that's done we should be done with Council YAHHHIIESS then we can go to the Beechwood head office and start to choose our stuff OMG I cant wait :-)
Saturday, 8 March 2008
John was saying that with our luck it will take half of this time, then we will have to go and talk to the bank as our $$ are invested :-S. But thats OK...
I can't believe we are off and running after 6 mths of crap :-) it's all good now...
Saturday, 1 March 2008
well thats it for now :)
Monday, 7 January 2008
This weekend was the first open house for Independant and apprently we had 83 groups through the place 83 WOW we were getting excited over 9 or 10 with Go Gecko LOL and yes we have a buyer. Apprently she is over the moon with it and loves it. The feedback we got from the real estate agent was that that it was all positive and if this lot fall through its ok because we have others waiting on the list.
As for the new house, the drawings are going through now. John called Geoff our guy from Beechwood yesterday and asked him about it and he said they should be in by the 21st. we decided to go for a layout called the Ascot Sands and we have changed it. It will have 3 car garage as well as a cinema and an extra bedroom. The kitchen I have chosen is called a York style kitchen and its gonna look so groovie with the style of house :-D it also has 2 alfresco dining areas with sliding stacker doors out to them.
So if all goes well we should be out of the house in Canberra by the 2nd week of Feb and all the exciting stuff should start :-P