Thursday, May 31, 2012

Roofy and Acid

No it's not drugs, but it makes me feel good none the less. Yes the roof on the main part of the house is now on and today I got an email from Ben saying the brick cleaners are on site cleaning the top story. Great progress this week.

I think they do the top first and complete the lower level later once everything is done to ensure they keep everything clean. Having moved over to South Penrith I haven't had the chance to get over every day but I look forward to seeing the house on Saturday or tomorrow afternoon.

Again can't fault Kurmond homes, Ben my supervisor has been popping me photo's each week with pictures of update. He sent this one today, you can see the top is all cleaned. It looks like my eaves might be done too but I was thinking they were doing that next week, I'll take a look tomorrow and see. The house is looking great to me and moving in can't come soon enough.

Here's the photo Ben sent me.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Roof Tiling to Start this Week - Bricks done

Good news, my roof tiles are expected to go on this week and the brick laying is all done. Ben gave me a ring on Friday and said roof tiles should go on this week. He also mentioned the bricks should also be cleaned this week.

After that the eaves will go on and then be painted which I'm looking forward to. We painted our eaves a colour rather then white as we had seen a few houses with coloured eaves which looked magic. Keen to see if it looks good or not.

A few new pics from out the front that Ben sent over, roof tiles out the front. Ebony colour.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Opticomm Fibre to Home Update - Jordan Springs

Received this Opticomm update today, basically if your house is being built you should be contacting these guys now to arrange connection. Happy days.

$330 is a good price and I for one can't wait to be using it. See below for the update.

We have reached an exciting stage in the delivery of telephone, internet and television services for residents of Jordan Springs. The optic fibre cable has been reticulated through Water Gum Village and you will see that the Communications Hub is being installed and fitted out on the site of the future Northern Road Oval.

The network will be ready for resident connections by the end of the month. In the meantime, it is important to ensure that you’ve registered with Opticomm and logged a request to have an Optical Network Termination unit (ONT) installed at your home. The Optical Network Termination (ONT) will be installed by representatives of O’Donnell Griffin (ODG) on behalf of Opticomm.

Your next steps are:

1. Phone the OptiComm Customer Connection Information Desk (CCID) to arrange ONT installation and Free to Air TV connection on 1300 137 800 (or Email

2. The OptiComm CCID will:
  1. Invoice you for the connection fee of $330 (GST inclusive)
  1. Arrange the time/date for installation of ONTcabinet and the power supply
  1. Give you the option of paying for the connection when you ring or when the network goes live
The connection fee of $330 (including GST) is to cover:
  • Supply and installation of the fibre lead-in cable from the street to your house.
  • Installation and commissioning of the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) including power supply unit and housing cabinet
  • Provision of free to air television service
  • Providing the capability to connect to internet, telephone and PayTV through service providers of your choice from the range identified on the OptiComm website. The network has also been designed to deliver future IPTV services when they become available.
Prior to the change in the Telecommunications Act, you would have paid Telstra $299 for the new phone line connection and then paid for an antenna installation fee in the vicinity of $500 (or more depending on signal availability). The Fibre to the Home solution at Jordan Springs is an Open Access Network and this provides you with a choice of Retail Service Providers (RSP) for your telephone, internet and pay TV. There are some very competitive prices being offered by the RSP’s, available to view on the OptiComm website.

3.Visit the OptiComm website at to select your preferred RSP. The list on the next page shows the RSP’s that operate in NSW.

Please note:
The modem and VoIP telephone service supplied by Nortec IT and funded by Lend Lease will be discontinued by 30 June 2012. The TV Antennas supplied by Mr Media and Blue Mountains Antennas will also be removed by 30 June.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bricks 95% done, gutters delivered.

Hi everyone, just another quick update. Bricks are all but done now. On Saturday the last bits of sand and a few more stacks or bricks were delivered to finish of the small parts that are left. On top of that the gutters have arrived so things are really starting to move now. I've pretty much caught up to the other Kurmond homes around me almost so it looks like a few of us will be moving in all at the same time. The weather has been fantastic to so work is being done everyday on our house and couldn't be more happier.

I'm guessing by the end of the week all the bricks should be done (including our front porch) and some of the roofing will start to happen possibly. In the mean time I've been spending my Saturdays and some Sunday's at the old house and I'm about one weekend away from renting that out if I can get all the painting done next weekend. I have the father in law coming over to give me a hand.

I've taken some more pictures, some didn't turn out that good thanks to the crappy camera on the phone but you can get a feel for how it's looking.

Kitchen window.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Front is Coming Along

Just a small update, the house is taking some shape this week and the bricks are half way done now. Thought I'd celebrate with a photo update. The side is done also half way up, so making great progress this week.

Gotta say the bricklaying quality is fantastic, AAA+ for their work. The red brick at the front is that colour as they use these to render/maroka. It will be a few shades of brown when it's all done. Still hoping it turns out as good as we imagine. Always worrying about the colours etc.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bricks are getting Laid

Have to admit, it's taken some time to get started but after a quick inspection today I have to admit the quality is very good. Bricks are being laid and we're pretty stoked. And this week they have gotten stuck into it so I'm pretty happy. Communication has been good still, so no real drama's to report on. Again Kurmond have still been pretty good with me, and Ben my building supervisor is doing a good job to keep me updated with what's going on. He even sent me a bunch of pictures yesterday while he was on site.

As for us we're now at my mum's house living with her and 3 other people, a house of 7 with a pregnant Peta isn't the funnest thing in the world but we're all getting along so it's not to bad, we need to get out before baby is born though. This weekend I plan to go back to the old house to fix the pool up and hopefully do some more paint preperation, hoping to rent out our old house in a week or two.

Here's a picture of mum's garage. We can just get the lawn mower past.

Peta is very happy with the colour we've chosen and we especially love the black windows with the choccolatto bricks.

Photo Taken on Monday

Part of the front porch.

Side of the garage.