Stairs and doors

The bifold doors are installed

People are always telling us that when lock up stage arrives, it’s really difficult to see any progress. Maybe that’s true, but that’s probably when the doors are locked, installed correctly, and workmen aren’t on site and inviting you in. For us, it was a different story entirely.

We visited the house again yesterday (there’s a common theme here), and discovered a lot of work had been done over this past week. The stairs are in, the front door is on, the bifolds were installed, the cornicing was finished, the waterproofing completed, the lower gutters had guards on them, and most of the internal doors were in place! It’s worth noting that the missing walls next to the fireplace were being fixed while we were on site. Well done to the team, getting this fixed in a timely matter – especially on a Saturday.

Our front pivot door

Our front door, with the incorrect frosted side panels

While quite a lot was accomplished this week, it appears there were a few mistakes along the way. Probably the most obvious was the front door. It seems there was an ordering mix-up with Corinthian Doors, and we received frosted side panels where we selected clear glass. While we appreciate the free upgrade, it wasn’t what we asked for, and will still opt for the clear glass. After all, the glass is clear on the door itself, and looks a bit off with only the side frosted.

A second issue exists around the bi-fold doors. We were contacted earlier in the week by our site supervisor to discuss how to install a deadbolt and/or locking mechanism onto the bifold doors. The issue has been complicated due to the fact that we opted to have the pillar removed between the two sections, which now requires them to lock into each other. Unfortunately, it seems as if a deadbolt has been installed in the wrong panel, and will likely need to be replaced, as there’s a hole drilled in the door. After inspecting what was already installed at the house, we visited the display home to compare. It confirmed our suspicions, as the display home has both a handle and deadbolt installed on an opposite door from where ours has been installed. While this may prove to be frustrating, as our doors were custom ordered due to the bushfire requirements, I would assume this issue will be addressed with the same urgency and professionalism that our site supervisor has dealt with all of the previous hiccups we’ve encountered.

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.

Comments

  1. Kriss says:

    It is exciting to see it all coming together. While I am sure the mistakes are frustrating, they are expected, and I have seen and heard worse. I hope you see everything fixed quickly and accurately.

    Again, I am excited for you guys!
    Kriss

  2. Lauren says:

    Wow, I haven’t checked your blog in a couple of weeks due to all thats being going on – but my God – so much has been done! It looks amazing – love those bi-fold doors! I’m jealous!

    I’ve decided to start a blog, beginning of our build phase, so feel free follow our journey and shoot any helpful information or tips out way too!! I’m sure we’ll need all we can get! http://laurenandrichard.blogspot.com/2010/08/beginning.html

  3. Stefan says:

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for the comment! We’ve definitely had a lot of progress lately, surprising even me! The bi-fold doors are going to look great, as soon as they’ve been put in…correctly. But judging by the proactive approach of our site supervisor thus far, I don’t envisage any issues in getting it fixed.

    Best of luck with your build down the coast – looks like a beautiful area!

    Cheers,

    Stefan

  4. Lauren says:

    Thanks Stefan! Last time our site supervisor was mentioned by Metricon, I remember them saying that there was only one for Sydney, and that he would be the same one for us? So I’m not sure if thats still the case or not – we haven’t met him yet, but hopefully he is the same person, because its sounds like he’s done a fantastic job for you guys. Can’t wait to see your inside take shape!

    We’re starting to get a bit excited now too :)

    Lauren

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