Permanent Occupancy Certificate (Part III)

After a long wait, with little information from both Metricon and Council, we received the phone call we’d been waiting to get for quite awhile. Council has signed off on the remaining items, and our permanent occupancy certificate is in the mail!

For weeks, we’ve been wondering what big issue we’d be facing next. No info was being communicated from the builder (please work on this in the future, Metricon!) and frankly, we were starting to freak out. After a number of unreturned phone calls to Metricon, we were contacted out of the blue by Blacktown City Council. It wasn’t Metricon that was causing the hold up – it was Council!

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Permanent Occupancy Certificate

We decided that, after almost 18 months living in our ‘new’ home, we were ready to approach Blacktown Council around getting our Permanent Occupancy Certificate. They were quick to respond, and a day later we had the very same inspector that we ‘dealt’ with for our bushfire concerns out inspecting the house. You could have cut the tension with a knife.

So how did it go? To be honest, I’m not sure. He wrote a bunch of stuff down as he meandered through the house – making the occasional comment to Megan and I. Then, he asked about our bushfire protection measures.

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Council Issues? Resolved!

HoorayAs the bushfire issue with Council dragged on with no end in sight, Megan and I have been preparing ourselves to do battle – expecting that Council would continue to drag their feet and act like a stubborn 3 year old. But in an astonishing turn of events, it appears they’ve given in – not to us however, but Metricon!

Megan received a call late yesterday afternoon from our customer service manager at Metricon who greeted us with VERY good news. It appears they’ve been aware of our discontent and have been fighting diligently for us ‘behind the scenes’ over the last week or so, engaging a number of people at Blacktown Council to get this issue resolved on our behalf. The outcome is better than we would have even expected – we’ll have our interim occupancy certificate on handover!

So what do we need to do about the doors? Nothing! No kickplates, no inward opening screen door, no ugly shutters contraption – nothing! Metricon has redeemed themselves as far as I’m concerned. They stepped up to the plate, and did what any reputable builder should have done – made this crazy house building adventure just a little bit easier for someone who doesn’t know the first thing about what to do (then again, I’m pretty sure Megan is a bushfire expert by now).

We don’t have any pictures for you today, but this news was too good to keep to ourselves any longer. We’re now approaching practical completion and handover a LOT less stressed. Thanks Metricon!

Now here’s comes the fun part!

Our certifier has gone missing!

Fenceless House

As if the idea of a looming PCI wasn’t enough to stress us out about how little time we have left, Megan made a call to Council on Monday to see how our certifier was progressing with information on the French Doors we sent him last week. He was out of the office.

He wasn’t just out of the office, he had gone on holiday for four weeks and didn’t bother to let us know. If we hadn’t followed up with him (like that’d happen), we would have been sitting by idly thinking stuff was progressing along nicely. Note to self – nothing ever progresses along nicely when dealing with Council.

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HOME Magazine Interview

Home MagazineIn 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.

So, once we’re in and situated, we’ll have the unique opportunity to talk about experiences – both good and bad about building our own home as well as our reasons behind choosing Stonecutters Ridge as a place to settle down and stay while. It looks like they’ll not only send someone out to interview us about the home building process, but a photographer as well. It’ll be an unfamiliar position for me – for once I won’t be the one taking the pictures!

It’s likely to be interesting speaking to someone who is heavily involved in home design/building. Sure, we might have a lot of stories to tell, but I’m looking forward to seeing how our process stacks up against others that they may have spoken with in the past.