I’m taking our construction schedule with a grain of salt. Obviously it’s a standard schedule. 10 days have been allocated to paving, and we are not having any paving by the builder. We are 2-3 weeks off schedule already, but that’s nothing that can’t be explained away by “the non-availability of trades, inclement weather, shortage of materials or the like.” In any case, I’m using it to plan the timing of purchase of “owner supplied items”. Since we aren’t living locally during the build we really tried to minimise owner-supplied items, but some items such as our fireplace, air conditioning and the integrated dishwasher weren’t offered by Webb and Brown Neaves. In the case of our feature pendant lights, I didn’t like any we saw at our builder’s supplier. Between a variable construction schedule, variable lead times on items we need to supply and nowhere to store purchased items, the whole situation is a bit tricky. I already made the mistake of purchasing the fireplace early to avoid 2015 price rises, and then was tripped up by a $250 delivery fee to a friend’s garage because the supplier wouldn’t hold it. I’ve been creating lists and charts over the past week, trying to get better organised for costs, supplying items and the post-handover activities.
You can see I’m having some commitment problems with a couple of items. For the kitchen pendants, my taste is expensive, but I can’t be sure that what I want is the right thing. So I’m leaning towards buying cheaper alternatives, until I’m in the house and able to weigh all the other factors up.
For the alfresco area, I have grand plans for an oversized cray pot pendant, DIY. So all I need is a bare bulb hanging on a cord at least 2 metres long, but I am struggling to find something that won’t quickly rust in our outdoor environment. Outdoor lighting options are rather lacking! The only item I’ve seen that fits the bill so far is $600. No! Not when it’s going to be covered up anyway.
The brickies have made a start on the second storey of House By The Water. Imagine my excitement to receive this picture on Sunday, the first news of any brick laying activities:
And special thanks to house-building blogger, Trixee, who popped by our house on the weekend and took the photos shown below. Trixee is building a glamorous solar-passive house in Perth. Trixee’s slab has just been poured so the excitement is mounting over on her blog: The SP Chronicles.
As they say, it’s coming along!