Framing of the house has begun

front doorWell, here we go – we’re moving up! This past week, Metricon Homes started framing up our house. No longer do we have a flat, almost 2D flat block of land with a bunch of cement on it. We now have the ability to start visualising what our home will look like, and how the dimensions are all going to work. While most of the framing that has been done, there’s a few issues here and there, but it’s nothing the site supervisor and/or inspector should have an issue picking up on – I’d assume they’ll invite us along for the walkthrough anyways, before moving on to the next stage.

After a relatively dry week, it took our builders around two days of work to get much of the lower level of our home framed up. According to our site supervisor, we should have the roof trusses on by the end of next week – they’re already on site (and with our name on them too!). Our house has been marked. Tattooed even!

Elsewhere around the neighbourhood, things are really picking up. Our neighbour across the street had site scrape recently, so it looks like progress is finally being made on their lot. They had similar issues that we did with bushfire regulations – I think they dealt with the same guy at Blacktown Council as we did. As for Amanda’s place, they now have a beautifully landscaped front yard! Along with the new fencing they’ve put in, there home is really coming together nicely.

Sales at Stonecutters Ridge are picking up too! The lots behind us are set to be released onto the market over the coming weeks. We may soon have neighbours on the other side of our rear fence!

As for the golf course, it’s full steam ahead. According to the sales office, six holes will be open in two months time, with the remaining 12 to open early 2011, after using the summer months to let the fairways grown in and mature. The permanent clubhouse will start construction around the same time too – it’s already been approved by Council.

At any rate, I’m exhausted – I shot a wedding today (for the first time) and I’m worn out. It’s a pretty daunting task, but seemed to turn out well. I had no idea it was such hard work! We quickly stopped by our lot this morning, then rushed off to support the lovely couple.

So, I leave you with a few pictures:

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. maja says:

    Love it! Cannot wait to hear about the wedding shot too.
    love, mom and dad

  2. Kriss says:

    First, I want to say that there should have been some sort of bug warning for us arachnophobes. That sure should give me nightmares tonight!

    How exciting! The framing must really let you envision your space.

    Photographing a wedding? That is great, Stefan. I am sure all your hard work lead to beautiful photos. Just think, the couple will be cherishing YOUR photos forever!

  3. Amanda says:

    Looking great guys! That spider looked harmless :)

  4. Anna Nitis says:

    Hi guys, I have found your site extremely interesting and informative.
    We are looking at building a new home. Initially we were going to renovate. Our home is full brick and thought it would be a shame to knock it down and rebuild which would be brick veneer. We have been tossing and turning at night trying to decide what to do. Renovating is also costly. We have spent around $70,000 in the past 5 years on this house. If we extend or add another level, you have the old with part new and the cost is almost the same as building a brand new home.

    We looked at the display home in Dee Why the Lindrum 52 absolutely gorgeous house. So our mind was made up to build new. We are going to the display village tomorrow to have a look and one of the designs we are strongly interested in is the Liberty. My only concern is, after looking through comments posted on various forums on the net, the negative comments towards Metricon as a builder and the most common complaint seems to be lack of communication and caring and not following through on issues. I am having second thoughts but I do note there are negative comments towards a lot of the other building company’s as well. I guess it just comes down to luck.

    I have enjoyed going through your regular updates on the progress of your building process. I have saved the link on our desktop so my hubby can also go through it before we make any firm decisions on what we decided to do.

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