It’s starting to feel like a house!

The front of the house with french doors.

I think we’ve set a record this weekend. *Checks watch* Yep. We’ve officially spent more time at the house this weekend than we have at any point during the build process thus far.

On Saturday morning, we received a phone call from our site supervisor, letting us know that the carpenters were on site working a half day trying to catch up on some of the time lost during the poor weather from earlier this week. It’s nice to hear that our SS is trying to keep things on schedule for us/them. He also briefed us on what is to come over the next two weeks.

Saturday was also Megan’s birthday and, as part of her day, we went out to the house to check on the progress from the last half of the week. Was there progress? You bet. Our french doors were installed (well, the frames at least), the rest of the cladding on the rear of the house was installed (though not painted), the dutch gable on the garage roof was put on (not stained however), and our electrical and air conditioning ducting was put in. Oh, and check out the main roof dutch gable! It’s been stained! Shoots!

But the coolest thing about this past week was the fact that we had a walk through with our site supervisor, as mentioned in the previous post. I’ve finally gotten around to processing the photos from the inside of the house. It’s funny to think our electrical is starting to be installed – it seems like just yesterday we were at Metricon’s Studio M, checking out all things electrical and making our lighting decisions. Check out the thumbnails below – heaps of pictures! It’s kinda weird to see the ‘guts’ of the house after seeing it built from the outside, but come next week it won’t seem so bare, as the insulation and gyprock should be on by Thursday.

So what else is on the horizon? Well, our fireplace should be in on Tuesday, with next Monday scheduled as the start of construction for our stairs! While no official notice has been given to us that we’re at lockup, it’s likely to be soon, and frankly that means that the house will start look finished from the outside and all the progress goes ‘underground’ with not much changing as far as we’re concerned. We’ve been told by those who have gone before us that this is the most painful part of the build process, as you never really know what’s going on inside.

Sure, there’s a bit to be done on the outside – the front cladding and pillars need to be painted (as well as the backside of the house), the metal brick capping needs a bit of paint, the garage dutch gable needs to be stained, and the garage door needs to be installed (just to name a few). But do these things need to be done this week? Not likely. So here’s hoping we have a few weekends yet of progress photos to post.

It’d make us feel better too. But that’s next week. For now, some photos…

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:

    Are there any further estimates on finish date? Moving day will be here before you know it!

  2. Kriss says:

    Looks like such a beautiful house! I can’t wait to see the french doors and folding doors in (I bet you can’t too).

    So, happy for you both!

  3. Howard says:

    Well done Stefan! Very nice website and very informative!

    I am also building my new home at the Ponds and the plan has been with Blacktown Council for about 4 weeks. So fingers crossed it’ll come through soon! Your website has been very interesting to read and provided very helpful information!

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Gen says:

    Wow! It is really taking shape!
    I have been watching your posts closely as we are building with Metricon in Sydney too. Your blogs have really reassured me and given me an insight into what is to come and what to watch for! Your dramas with Bushfire Plans really alerted me to the ‘surprise’ I was soon to get!
    Thanks for all the regular updates! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  5. Mariel says:

    Hi Megan & Stefan,

    Looking forward to see your home complete in couple of months. We were intended to built our home by Metricon as well by but end up going to other builder because cant find suited design for my irregular shape lot. We like the color of your brick wall. Would you me asking the complete info of your bricks and supplier. Cheers & regards,

  6. Megan and Stefan. Have enjoyed your posts of your building journey. It’s great that guys like you have posted your entire journey, it gives us ideas and insights as what o expect.

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