As soon as we heard the news that there was activity on our site, we scrambled to figure out when we’d be able to make it out to the lot and see the progress first hand. It didn’t take long – we made our way out to Stonecutters Ridge this morning to find ourselves a flat plot of land, a few footings dug, and LOTS of concrete piers. We even arrived just in time to see our port-a-loo being delivered (admittedly it’s not as fancy as the one a few doors down)!
It’s pretty amazing to finally have work starting on the land. After all the delays we encountered at council, it was finally nice to see progress, albeit earlier than expected. It’s worth noting that the contract states Metricon should be on site and commencing work within 20 business days from having all the required paper work in order. It took them eight. I did end up getting that call from our site supervisor (SS) late Friday afternoon during which he very enthusiastically let me know that, if the weather cooperated, we’d have a slab down by the end of next week. Expect more pictures next weekend!
While we’ve only just been in contact with our SS, it was a good start to an important relationship that will develop over the life of the build. Our SS was very friendly and made a point to give us his mobile number and say he was available by phone whenever we had questions or concerns related to the build (during regular business hours of course) and that he’d call us with regular updates as well. A good start. Through the rumour mill, I’ve heard that unlike Metricon builds in other states, the NSW projects aren’t subcontracted. If this is true, it’s a smart move by Metricon. They build great homes – beautiful and well thought out. If I were in their shoes, I’d want to make sure the finished product was just as wonderful too. Keeping the project under the same roof is a great step to assuring quality work.
To top it all off, we had a great visit with our soon to be neighbours, Brad & Amanda, who were out laying turf in their enormous backyard. It looks fantastic, and can envision a number of backyard cricket games being played on the beautiful lawn. Thanks for the visit, and the tour of your beautiful home. I look forward to being able to return the favour in 6-7 months time!
Without further delay, some pictures from our visit…