Monday, January 23, 2012

Peering done, Soil Removal Needed

So today I was on deck to witness the peering for our new house. I had 52 peer holes which was amazing. The engineer was on site to check and I was ready to go. The smallest peer was 1.1m, the deepest was 1.7m. All up I ended up with 75.3m (lineal) of peering for our home. My tender allowed 50m2 so for anyone building a large home just be ready for the extra. I'll let you know the cost in the comments when I get that info back from Kurmond Homes.

This added to my soil removal problem to, 50 holes 1.5m deep is a lot of soil. I must admit I have a lot less then others so I feel a bit lucky, but some houses have had none what so ever. A friend of ours built and had 9 truck loads to remove. Kurmond charge $550 a truckload to remove soil so you could imagine the cost.

I've got maybe 3 truckloads to remove and I'm looking around for anyone who can do me a better deal or help me out from the community. If someone is worried about the cost to get rid of it, that's the easy part for me, I have a cousin who works on the weigh bridge at Eastern Creek so I can make that cost go away potentially but I'd need to check with him. It's the bob cat and truck which is the hard part.

I'm guessing 3 truck loads. This is what I have to get rid of.


So far I've got a guy who will do it all for $425 including getting rid of it. I may throw the cousin at it and might be able to shave some more off it. I'm still trying to see if I can do better. The fact I blog about it is also a bonus as I'm sure I'll generate the person a  heap of leads seeing my blog gets over 200 visitors a day now.

A few people mentioned today was this one of those "hidden costs" the builder didn't tell me about. Are you kidding? I've gone over my plans, my contract a million times. I knew this was coming, just how much was the unknown part.

Here's some pictures of the peering.
This shot just how big the slab is. She's a big home.

50+ Peers

11 comments:

  1. Hi Luke,

    Have you tried putting an add on gum tree it's free site, maybe someone out there needs soil. That might help.

    We were out there Kids wanted to play at the park. Thanks for the update on the FFTH, it makes abit more sense.

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  2. Hey Luke,

    Have been following your blog for a while as we are also building with Kurmond.

    We designed our own home and getting Kurmond to build it. We are just in council now so it's great to see what's ahead of us.

    We are building in Twin Creeks so not far away and we have been out to Jordan Springs alot visiting the display homes etc.

    I was just curious how many squares is your home??

    Ours is about 53sq so freaks me out when you see how much peering there actually is.

    Also, with the cost of extra peering we actually asked this before we signed and Kurmond charge about $90 per m2. Obviously check with them as this may have changed. We needed to cross this off first having a larger home, so we have obout 150 included in our tender.

    Anyway look forward to seeing your home get built.

    Like you, I feel our experience with Kurmond has been really positive so far. I really can't complain about what they are doing for us. Like you said, be respectful and you will be respected - so far I have loved dealing with them.

    Anyway - good luck for the rest of your build!
    Regards,
    Claire

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  3. Hi guys - well thanks to my posting I've found someone to get rid of my soil for $300 for the lot. This person is helping me out in a big way because of the work I do in the community coaching basketball and blogging about building etc. Sadly a one off and the guy didn't want any leads, he just wanted to help me. Treating people right and doing what you can to help people out goes a long way. I'm grateful for his help and with a young family his help has helped me in a huge way at a time I really needed it. (I'll tell you the story about my sisters place burning down with no insurance soon and what that all means to me moving.)

    Great stuff Claire - I think you will be fine. I forgot to ask about peering cost, silly me never thought of that one, but it's good to know the $90, that helps me know what to expect. My house is 42 squares so it's a large one to, but not as large as yours. Being a double storey means it needed a bit more. If I can help in anyway expect a peering every 1500 around the border of the house and then around borders of garage, alfresco and porch.

    Imagine the picture below is a house with alfresco, no garage. the small square is the alfresco. They'll peer those borders. They'll also run what they call keyway peers, roughly every 2 meters, in mine they ran two lines of these. All in all 52 holes at different lengths which came to 75m2. If your house is single storey the holes may not be as deep (but still could be - make sure you ask what depth is needed) but being single storey means that size home could spread out over more land. This is just a rough guide. If you like email Kurmond and ask them to see the peering plan. They had one on site when I turned up. Wish I had seen it before so why not ask for it.


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  4. Claire just noticed yours is single storey - this means more peer holes. Ask for the peering plan early so you can try and work it our up front. In the mean time I'll check mine are actually 1500 apart.

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  5. Thanks Luke - I'll do that. Ous slab is pretty big, our plan is on http://cbcbuild.blogspot.com/ so I think we will have quite a bit, but as you say, they may not be as deep hopefully.

    Anyway, not much we can do, I'll just be thrilled to actually see a loo!

    I am very sorry to hear about your sister, how horrible. As long as your family is ok, that's the main thing, but still, what a dreadful time they are going through - I sincerely wish them all the best.


    Thanks again - your blog is awesome!

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  6. Hi Luke, just wondering if you have had any progress on your site, especially today. Thanks!

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  7. Was out having a look at my block on Crimson st yesterday to check if there was any flooding and noticed your slab is done. Happy days mate!

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  8. Hi Luke and Peta,

    I am so glad your home is progressing. We have waited more than 6 months and our slab is still not laid - delay after delay, promise after broken promise!

    Now the neighbours have dumped building materials on our site and we are not receiving any assistance from Kurmond to speak to the other builders about removing their material - they did not even tell us that they had put our building on hold yet again because of it. We found out quite by accident - ie being abused by the owner of Kurmond for expecting some assistance.

    Regards, Marina

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  9. Ring your neighbours certifier. It will get cleared that day.

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  10. Hey Luke
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