Friday, April 20, 2012

Cafe's Open, What's Happening and What's On

First things first....packing sux, but it's good to be doing it now and everything will stay boxed so will make the final move that much easier.

The house had the sand delivered today and Ben from Kurmond gave me his weekly call to let me know what was going on. I copped a bit more rain this week so that held me up again (Pee off El nino), but the sand was on site today and I'm told the bricklayers are there tomorrow to start the ground works and the first course. by about mid week next week the scaffolding should go up and we're on our way. If the rain stay's away he's expecting to have the bricks done in about 3-4 weeks, then we're heading towards the finish line. That's good news.

Again everything has gone really well so far so can't complain.

I also discovered this week the Cafe at Jordan Springs has opened for business and has been open for a little while now. I popped in yesterday and got my new regular Vanilla Latte, a few hot chocolates for my friends and some cakes that are home made by the chef there. The food was nice and service was friendly, recommend everyone checking it out. I know the builders have caught onto it.

Thought I'd share a few things happening here this weekend. I'll be moving house but I'll be there at some stage to grab another coffee and check out the house.


Meet the project team and enjoy a free sausage sizzle

Go behind the scenes to meet the team delivering  this great new community and get all of your buying, selling and building questions answered. Entertain the kids with clowns, face painting and more.
When: Saturday 21 April 2012
Venue: Jordan Springs Sales and Information Centre
Time: 10am and 3pm

Free family fun day with the WSFM Roadies

Meet the WSFM Roadies and enjoy a free BBQ, free giveaways, a jumping castle, face painting and balloon sculptor.
When: Sunday 22 April 2012
Venue: Jordan Springs Sales and Information Centre
Time: 10am and 2pm

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tips for Packing Boxes and worrying......

Well the decision has been made, we're moving out. My sister is having a tough time getting settled and we can't wait much longer so we've decided to move out and start leasing our house in the next month sometime, otherwise it's us who's going to be having a tough time as we need to save about $6000 to settle on our house. We have a few thing's we'll have to fix before we leave but oh well, in the end it's probably better.

So today we started packing, I thought I brought home 20 boxes but found out I only had 11 so we're busy packing as much into those as we can. I have some packing tips that might be handy for others.

1. Label your boxes with what's in them and what room they're going to.
2. Number your boxes and keep a spreadsheet, we'll be storing some at mums and we want to make sure none are lost. It will also help if you're looking for something in particular.
3. Fill the boxes with half heavy stuff, never fill it just with heavy stuff, throw some soft toys or sheets on top to make the boxes lighter.
4. Put the kettle and cups in one box and label it as such. Once you move 50 or so boxes you wont care about unpacking them but you'll want a cuppa!

Why are we worrying???
We'll be moving in with my mum who has 4 at their house already, with Jordan that will make it 7 + 1 dog. That's not going to be good. The other reason is Peta is pregnant and due mid September. I'm a little worried our house will go over it's expected completion time of July and we might have the baby while Peta is living at mum's. It's not the environment or the house we want to take a new born baby back to. While there's nothing wrong with mum's for now it's not great to be have a new born there with no room for a bassinet or cot.

I hope Kurmond get us in on time.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Issues that slow things down.....

Well at least I can say I now have my Chocolatte bricks on site ready to go. One thing I've learnt when building is that if there's an issue with your house while building it basically holds you back a week or more each time. Saying that, the house is looking pretty sweet and I know it won't be to long before we see the bricks up.
This is our main brick around the house.

The red commons are used on the front to Moroka finish.

Would you believe that the laundry chute and a metal beam has both resulted in a weeks delay in progress (each). The laundry chute didn't line up and the drawing was off. Because of this Kurmond had to get my permission to move it and someone back in to finish it. A metal beam in the back took a week and a half to have constructed because a piece of timber was going to make my alfresco look like a dogs breakfast. Oh and my balcony needed some extra work.

I'm crossing fingers next week that it will be a bricking laying week and Ben at Kurmond has hinted it should take about 2-3 weeks to finish that stage. Seeing other Kurmond homes going up faster is a little frustrating but I must admit since speaking to Kurmond homes about communication a few weeks back they've been telling me everything and letting me know of when subby's are coming back. I'm in line with a lot of houses and if you miss your spot you quickly learn you're going to suffer.

I've taken a few more photo's and was very lucky to have a builder next door quickly allow me to go upstairs of the house next door before he started tiling so I could take some upstairs shots.

Balcony was finished last week.

Plumbing was also completed last week.

Pipe that comes down into the laundry from the top floor.

Pipe that comes down into the laundry from the top floor. 

This is upstairs, my ensuite is shown here.

That window there is to the main upstairs bathroom.

Our main bedroom is found upstairs at the front of the house.

Cornerless frames are put in place ready for bricks.

Not sure what this is, think they're doing some type of waterproofing.??