Well last week was a really busy week.
One of things we have found building with a smaller builder, the
schedule is a little more "flexible" than building with a larger
builder. This can be both a positive or a negative depending on how you
look at. Its good because you may change some smaller things over the
build, but what you have to watch out for is that any additional costs
need to be covered by you outside of your building loan. Also, you have
to make sure you are on top of these things.
for us, BH Developments have a really good line of communications. In
our spec sheet, the choice of hot water system was still TBD. BH
Developments picked this up and asked us which way we wanted to go
traditional or instant hot water systems (more on that later). But to
make that decision we needed to finalise our cabinetry. So Friday arvo
was spent on con-calls with BH and the plumber; and BH and the chippy.
The chippy work over Saturday on the final designs and BH work on the
costing on Sunday. In the end it came under the allowance we had set
aside so went ahead with the instant hot water system.
the cabinetry we have a massive amount in the kitchen, and have
additional cabinetry in the laundry, study and WIR in the master
So the hot water system. We could have gone
the traditional 250 lt hot water system. However, with 3 females in the
house I doubt whether Ethan or I would be having a hot shower in 10
years time. So we went with an instant hot water system (easy choice
there). Doing a straight swap between systems isn't much of a cost
difference, but due to the size of house the recommendation was to have 2
hot water systems (the extra instant hot water system is where the real
additional cost comes into it) so as to not have a massive drop in
pressure when multiple areas are using it at the same time. So that is
what we have done 1 system for the kitchen, powder room and ensuite and
another system for the laundry, kid's bathroom and toilet.
after that weekend, the boys on site have been flying along. All the
ducting, plumbing and gas went in at the beginning of the week.
Under house work
first day of framing
second day of framing