If you’ve been following our blog from the beginning, you’ll be well and truly familiar with our initial council approval issues that surrounded our bifold door installation and finding an appropriate way for them to meet the harsh bushfire restrictions that are in place for our lot.
Despite having council approval to move forward with the build, there’s a nice little box of fine print text on the plans that state, “All exterior hinged doors and windows must be screened in accordance with bushfire standards.” Of course, since we’re in a level 1 bushfire area, this means aluminium mesh.
Before going any further, it’s worth noting that this was something that we were going to do in the first place – at least for all windows and doors that are able to be screened appropriately. Where things went south is when we started looking at our French Doors (both downstairs and up on our veranda), and our front Pivot Door. The French doors open outward, and cannot be screened with a proper bushfire resistant material. We contacted a number of screen installers and all stated the only available options were retractable screens. Of course, this meant using a nylon mesh – not bushfire compliant.
So what were we to do?
Because our plans were approved with the intention of having aluminum mesh on all external doors and windows, we find ourselves in a predicament. The French doors are in (and look damn good), but are unable to be screened as council has requested. Our customer service manager at Metricon is currently working with Council to try and come to a reasonable resolution but unfortunately nothing has been resolved as of yet. Handover is quickly approaching and this could end badly. Will we be able to get an exception request to these doors or will we have to come up with an alternative solution – something that is likely to be really expensive?
We’re still waiting to hear back from council and Metricon on a resolution, so cross your fingers.