Cleaning up the mess

New veranda railing

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?

No scaffolding!

About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Sandrine says:

    Hi Stefan & Megan,

    The house looks wonderful.
    All the best with the last few weeks of finishing touches. Bet you can’t wait till your first night in the house!
    We are celebrating for you,and can’t wait till we are at your stage, seems far off though as they are just about to start bricking our place.
    Looking forward to your blog next week and pics of the finished house :)

  2. Kriss says:

    The house looks great! It is really exciting to see it looking more and more complete.

    I am excited that you have some opportunities to write about and photograph your build experience. I would imagine you will have a bit of a internal dilema when writing about Metricon. Overall, they seem to have done a good build, but I know I would want new customers to also be forewarned that they may not offer the extra support when dealing with Council they give lip service to. Regardless, I am happy you have such great, new opportunities.

    Looking forward to seeing you make this beautiful house a home.

  3. Shayne says:

    Hi guys,

    The house is really looking great! Congrats on nearing the end, I also can’t wait to see lots of pics of it competed :)

  4. Kriss says:

    Hey guys, I just wanted to add I like the new site look!


  5. Michael says:

    Just started the building process of building the same house in Melbourne,Hopefully my finished house will look as good as yours,


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  2. […] In an earlier post, I mentioned the possibility of HOME Magazine (the insert in the Sunday Edition of The Telegraph) doing a piece on our experience of building with Metricon Homes, Blacktown Council, and how we came to live at Stonecutters Ridge. This morning, I received confirmation that they’ve greenlighted the story. […]

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