Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rough in and wrapping

This week we had our electrical and plumbing rough ins. We (Daniel) had some very specific requests for the electrician, so it was important that we go through all of that with him. Luckily the electrician was brilliant in that he completely understood where we were coming from. Anytime an issue came up where he couldn't do exactly what we asked for, he worked with us to come up with a reasonable alternative. I really got the sense that he understood that this is going to be our home, and everything needs to be user friendly and make sense.  We were also relieved that the electrician was happy to sort out our double meter box issue without much fuss. We have finally got the message through to the right person that we already have a meter box and therefore only need a switchboard inside the garage. So glad that is sorted out! We also had a separate company come out at the same time to do our Ethernet cabling. 
You can just barely see the brackets to hold our light switches there. 
We were also excited to find that the house had been wrapped. It feels like there is a lot of progress going on at the moment. 

Front door installed
There was a lot going on while we were there. We had the electrician and his apprentice, the plumbers sorting out drainage around the house and another company doing the data points all at once. I'm sure it's like this most days, but we've never been there to see it. 

Plumbers doing drainage

We also met with the SS on site. He let us know he is trying to sort out some issues with the area where our water tanks are going, there's a chance they will have to move them over more. We aren't too happy about that, but understand he is doing his best to sort things out. We've offered to get in a larger excavator if that will help, especially since we've had good experiences with one of the local excavator operators and he has access to a 14 tonner.

The SS also ran through the schedule with us. I can't remember everything he said but it sounds like bricks should be started this Monday, plasterers sometime after that. The tiler is booked for the 17th of August. We explained to him that our rental lease ends in the second week of October and he felt that we should be able to move in before then at this stage. Phew.


  1. Looking good, guys! We dealt with two different electricians during our build (one for rough in and one for fit off) and both were great. I'm glad you've had the same experience.

    This is so exciting, I'm starting to get itchy feet already!!


    1. I almost forget this is actually happening sometimes! I'm so used to it being a glorious, unruly block of grass and weeds. It's taken so long to get to this point (it was 2 years in July), and now all of a sudden it's going quickly! It's getting very exciting, there's so much to see now that it's all happening. Hehe, I understand the itchy feet thing, but I can't wait to actually be living in our own real house.

    2. I know what you mean about reality taking a while to sink in. We were also in the "planning" (and pre-planning!) stage for so long that it seems like the block belongs to someone else. And I keep calling it the "block", but really it's the "house."

      We're also dealing with several (three!) electricians. It sounds like our other halves are cut from the same rug. Men and their data cabling!

      Hooray for progress. It's motoring along now!

  2. I love the look of your house from the driveway - so lush and green! After a slow start they are definitely getting their groove on and moving along now - hooray for progress!

    1. Lush and weedy haha. I really hope they keep up with the progress, it will suck if we can't move before our lease ends.