Montague 21

16 August 2017


We are at week 6.
So far we had 3 inspections: Slab pre-pour, slab+frame, pre-plaster+frame re-inspection.
I am pleased with choosing to have all the inspections, it makes sure that I am involved in the process, that I get informed when and if mistakes are going to be rectified. Above all I think that it keeps the builders on their toes. They really need to do a good job first time around or it will delay the build which is already way behind schedule... next month they will need to start paying us for delays and there are at least two more months to the finish line.

DH had a job near Altona North so he drove by the house to take a pic, looks like the brickwork is coming along nicely.

Plaster starts next week and in two more weeks the bricks should all be done and we will pay for the lock up stage :)
<3 ~ 

02 August 2017

Roof being installed

Week 5: I had my first meeting with my Site supervisor today. He seems like a great guy, was super nice and accommodating. Answered every question, gave me as much information as he could, was the most helpful person I met from Porter Davis so far. Really hope the house keeps going full steam ahead, it's insane how fast the house goes up once they start it! Looks like we will definitely be in our new house by Christmas with enough time to spare to decorate. Been a dream of mine to have an insanely decorated house for Christmas :)

While being on site, the roof guys were there installing the colorbond roof,  seeing it on a full roof looks so sooooooo much lighter than it looks on the tiny sample they show you at WoS.

If you want to compare the roof to the sample we got in WoS then go to this link:

It's so much lighter, it's like it's not even the same color!!! I don't mind it so much, my husband is in-charge of the exterior color scheme so I don't have any sort of attachment to the colors. As long as the kitchen is the way I want it, I'll be a happy camper!

UPDATE: We went over the weekend, the bricks started going up and the roof has the right color.. all is well :)
Now it's blue! 

29 July 2017

Frame complete!

Week 4: I think today was one of the windiest days I have ever ventured outside in my life! I mean, bits of trees flew at me the whole drive, the car was shaking, I am just so glad to be alive to share this post with ya'll :)
We are basically in week 4 since Porter Davis started the excavations again and we can see progress every single week. A day after we got the notification that the bank paid for the slab we received the invoice for the frame. On Monday we will have Darbecca inspect the slab and the frame and hopefully PD did a good job and we won't have a whole headache of chasing them up to fix tons of things... it's nice to hope for things...

We now have a roof frame and everything~~
The back alfresco with my finger for that extra artistic flare~

23 July 2017

We have a SLAB!!!! AND A FRAME!!!!

Week 3: Last week on Monday we had the pre-pour inspection done by Darbbeca, they only found some minor things to rectify and Porter Davis fixed them on the spot. The concrete was poured the next day on Tuesday. We thought we'd go check out our new slab over the weekend but we never expected the surprise that awaited us on our lot... In a few days they made huge progress on the frame and even brought in all the windows and doors.
Not just a slab!!
Front of the house
We were ecstatic going through the house and seeing where everything is going to be.
You can imagine how the house is going to turn out and add big windows for a nice effect but nothing beats seeing how nice and big everything is
kitchen window as seen from the alfresco

bedroom and second living area windows, large and in charge! 

The huge window we added to the living room
The house is overlooking the oil refinery. If you've watched the movie "The Castle" then we are almost living the Australian dream! Location, location, location! thanks to this movie we are more amused by this view than annoyed by its monstrosity...
'It's a real testament to men's ability to produce [oil]" (The Castle)
Our very own castle! couldn't be happier!!!

We have yet to hear from our site supervisor. As long as he is doing his job then he can stay in the shadows for all I care. But would be nice to get a call and get some sort of timeline.
Yep- we still don't have one o' them fancy timelines everyone puts in their blogs. 

We also got to meet our very nice neighbors. They were kind enough to come and meet us for a chat. It is very reassuring knowing that you're going to live in a nice neighborhood with lovely people. :) 

So, to be continued...........

14 July 2017

New site start

Hey there readers, long time since I posted, been very busy and very anxious about all the things that happened with the build. I was so anxious that I didn't tell anyone about the new site start just didn't want to get excited and then disappointed again if they find something else wrong with our site (So far we paid about 48k for the whole asbestos thing). But the site started two weeks ago 30 June. Excavation done, screw piles in, electricity in, bunch of other things done and slab needs to be poured next week on Tuesday.
I hope to share a nice picture of the slab by next weekend... keep your fingers crossed! :)

03 May 2017

Site start and why we can't have nice things

Yesterday 2.5.2017 our site excavations have finally commence!! woot woot!! how exciting! well.... actually, not really... because the universe decided that I can't have nice things (just being first world, spoiled white woman dramatic here, sorry) it has given me ASBESTOS!!! yep, asbestos. Not just any asbestos, asbestos contaminated soil. I talked to my BC she said it wont cost us money because it's already site start but it will cost us time as they can't do anything until professionals take it all out.
UPDATE (15.5): or that's at least what she told me over the phone. I suppose PD realizing how much it will cost to get rid of asbestos contaminated soil, they decided to look at the contract and see if there is anything they can find to somehow lay it on us. So we need to get a site scrape of approx 140mm and get rid of it as contaminated soil which cost us about 30k. I filed a complaint with dbdrv and will hopefully hear from them soon and they will tell me if indeed it is supposed to be paid by us or by Porter Davis. If we are supposed to pay for it then I will try and see if there is a case against the person who sold me the lot and see if he will pay for it. Apparently because it is so expensive to dump asbestos in legal dumping grounds then people just dump it either in residential vacant lots or even in public parks!! it's outrageous to think that because the government isn't providing a cheap way to dispose of asbestos people around the community sometimes suffer asbestos exposure. It is not cheap to get rid of asbestos and it's not going to go on the mortgage so someone with a lesser conscious than me might have considered disposing of it illegally. Probably like the person who just dug a hole in my land and threw asbestos in it..

At least it seems like it will be a two day job and will be done this week so we can start getting this increasingly expensive house done.

20 April 2017

Good News and Bad News

Good news are that Porter Davis booked us in for site start next week- FINALLY! so we got our fence down and got our lot cleared of weed for about $900 which was pretty good. For each job I got a few quotes and managed to save some money that way. One person asked for 4k to do the fence and weeding, another asked for 850 just for the fence so it is very important to ask for multiple quotes. I ended up finding separate trades from Gumtree to do these jobs.

All clear and ready to go~

Bad news: Our neighbor who is building in the lot next to us informed us that the water meter on our lot is actually registered to his lot and we actually don't have a water meter and should probably look into it. This is pretty annoying especial since we are so close to building and this can potentially delay us more if Porter Davis were not aware of this situation and thought that we have a water meter. I don't even know if this is an issue or not... I'm just stressing because I hope it won't delay us. we are SO close~~~

UPDATE: We talked to our slab supervisor who so far seems to be like a pretty good and accommodating guy, he basically said not to worry they'll take care of everything and they will start the build as scheduled! OMG THIS IS HAPPENING!!!!!!