An early morning visit to the house today proved to be fruitful. Not only did we arrive early enough to have come and gone before the first thunderstorm of the season hit, but we had cleaners on site clearing out a lot debris that was scattered around the house. The place is looking great! Do you think if we asked nicely enough, they’d help us clean up the problematic screening issue at Council? After all, Metricon left it up to us to sort out – unless we wanted to spend a ‘significant amount’ to replace the doors with Merbau.
In an interesting twist though, I received a phone call from the Medallist office at work yesterday asking if we’d be interested in having a piece written up in Home Magazine (the free insert in the Sunday edition of The Telegraph newspaper) about our build experience with Metricon, Council, and why we chose Stonecutters Ridge. While the details are still being finalised, the timing is pretty ironic. At any rate, I’ll let you guys know how that pans out. I’ve also been asked to take photos of Stonecutters Ridge for Medallist to be used for random promotional material. Again, it’s still early days, but it’s an intriguing offer.
So what’s new at the house this week? We were finally able to see the house without scaffolding! Gone is the towering monstrosity that kept us from seeing the house as a freestanding structure, and in it’s place is our veranda railing. It’s woodland grey – to match our Colorbond roof. The electricians were back too – fitting out the lights, switches, power points, and everything else that’d you’d expect to have an electrician do. The plumbers showed up too – we now have running water!
The finish line definitely isn’t far off. When speaking to our site supervisor this week, he made mention of the fact that he’d be conducting a walk through of the house trying to pick up on last minute fixes before what I would assume will be PCI (practical completion inspection). Apparently Metricon has a very strict tolerance for issues/errors and, if the past is anything to go by, our site supervisor has the bar set even higher for quality assurance. Our neighbour gave us a VERY complete list of things to check during inspection. I’m sure it will come in very handy.
Leaving the house and driving out of Stonecutters Ridge gets more and more difficult these days. Between the house looking finished, and really getting to know our new neighbours, we find ourselves anxiously awaiting handover. As you can see though, we’re not far enough. Hey, we’ve made it this far in once piece. What’s another few weeks?