Thursday, 9 May 2013

Finally.....We Have KEYS!

Well we were supposed to have handover LAST Thursday but instead we had it yesterday, still Thursday just the wrong one. The valuator held us up and didn't come out to valuate our house until Monday which was frustrating plus there were two big scratches on our wooden floors! Needless to say I have sitting around moping eating chocolate and getting fat instead of packing as I took time off work.

 An unofficial handover still went ahead last Thursday even though the final payment wasn't being made, so hubby met our SS and a lady from Metricon at the house for final documents and warranty things to go through. They made Stu wait out the front for 10 minutes to get things ready and upon entering the house my husband was met with two large scratches on the floor where somebody (plumber) had scraped the floor getting our oven in. Husband as you can imagine was not happy at nobody mentioning it to him before he went in, it was kinda like the last straw really and made SS call Andy from Carpet Call immediently to have someone come out to fix it. We also realised later on that the two cabinets either side of oven had marks as well and will be fixed. Way to put a downer on handover.

So flooring ended up being replaced in that spot, they couldn't touch it up and cabinets will be looked at on Wednesday as kitchen company is coming down with two replacement doors for another area of our kitchen. We still have an ongoing issue regarding our gutters at the front that still have not been rectified and has been a source of great stress for us. This issue was picked up by our inspector at framing stage and was at the time thought to be a minor thing, we told at each stage it would be getting fixed by chippie but it never happened and now what was once a seemingly simple problem is now in our eyes not. SS did have the framers out to readjust the guttering but it is still not right but our SS disagrees and sees nothing wrong with the guttering and we have had to take it further up. After photos were sent and an email it was agreed to have the framers back out but were then told by the framers that there was nothing further that can be done. This was so maddening  as we know that there is an issue as visually it doesn't look right, so just fix it!

SS was not there for the second handover yesterday as he is away as his wife is due to have a baby. Let me say he was not missed by us. Instead we had his boss and my husband told him to get up on the ladder and just have an actual look to see what the issue was and to try and make them see sense that it needs to be rectified. He agreed to have someone else to come out. I'm not sure how much faith I have about this as this will be the second time but we will see.  We have already rang HIA and if it is not rectified we will be seeking their assistance.

So that is where we are at. Whilst we are happy we have keys it has been overshadowed by this gutter issue. I will admit I haven't been out to the house since our first PCI  so I have no idea what the end result is, I decided to just leave it to husband and the house building gods. I will say that Metricon have been good about rectifying just about anything else that has popped up as things do when you build and have always abided by everything in our contract, no complaints there. They have told us to call if there are any major issues. Doors and locks were adjusted  yesterday by a lovely guy from A&L and garage door was having a service this morning too.

So moving day is today and I have only packed a quarter of our stuff. I know shock horror. I have been selling of lots of our stuff as I decided I would rather move in with nothing and have empty rooms and start afresh when budget allows. The thought of what work is still to be done like landscaping and lights still to be put up, we don't even have a mailbox or clothesline yet is overwhelming but we will get there.

So after many arguments between my husband and me (we had a beauty yesterday, you know the type where you bring up things from 10 years ago) we have keys. I'm off now to do some rushed packing as I have a ballet Eisteddfod all day Sunday and also need to drop off a bed to a buyer. Eeep!

Thanks for following along and I'll still keep posting about our journey post build if that's alright? It should be marginally interesting with no budget. Perhaps a name change too now that the build part is over.

Tash xx


37 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Tash! I'm sorry to hear that the end part of the build has been so stressful for you, and that you've become disconnected from something that you seemed so amazingly excited about in the planning and early building stages.

    I am sure once you get in there, you will fall in love with your house all over again. I also love your idea about selling off the imperfect, and filling the house with the right furnishings over time. To help you with this - I'd like to offer you a $20 gift certificate at The Decorating Emporium. Just e-mail me - emporium@maddanhome.com.au - when you're ready and I'll provide you with a code.

    Best of luck with the move.

    Mx

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  2. sounds bitter-sweet!
    glad you are in, and i hope the rest of the things to fix get done asap for you!
    any photos?

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  3. I'm so happy you've made it Tash! These things are never as easy and lovely as they are meant to be. But I hope overall, once these last few issues are sorted and you are in your house, that you will settle in and start to fall in love with your new home all over again. In the beginning the idea of it all is always so amazing and exciting, and then the reality of the building process can really bring you down. I definitely understand what you mean with things being overshadowed, between Daniel and I we have both made plenty of comments like 'lets just burn the place down' anytime we start to think too much about some of the issues that came up. I hope though that when you look around you can remember the things you were once so excited about. That kitchen of yours is an absolutely beauty, as I am sure the rest of your house is too. I would love if you kept posting, it's really nice to see what people are up to. We've kind of dropped off with posting on ours, mainly because there's no money to do anything, but once it picks up again I'm sure we will be updating again too.

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  4. Yay! Hand over! I'm hearing and empathising with the stress but remember ' this too shall pass'. Don't let these relatively minor issues spoil what should be a time of great excitement and happiness. x KL

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  6. So excited for you even though it's been marred by some really big frustrations.

    Your kitchen is absolutely stunning!!! You should be so proud of what you have achieved with this house. I wish I'd seen your kitchen before we planned ours - I would have got them to do the ends of the island like yours - but we are having a waterfall bench so it's almost as good ;-)

    Please keep your blog going - can't wait to see more pics of your beautiful and stunning house!

    Did I say your kitchen is stunning???

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  7. I only just came across your blog!! Congratulations on the build!!! Please keep updating. You are just getting to the best part!! I can sympathise with the no budget thing. That is all me. I have the same philosophy when it comes to decorating, sell off items that don''t quite fit and live with no furniture till the budget allows and the right piece comes along.
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  8. Congratulations! I too only recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading about your house build and admire your style. I do hope that you keep blogging so we can continue to share your journey. I've just created my own blog about renovating our Queenslander in Brisbane. I'd love you to visit www.familyhomeblog.blogspot.com.au

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  9. It is absolutely frustrating when your roofing contractors don't see with you eye to eye on the issue. Hopefully, it's already settled as it should be, since gutters have to be properly implemented, or it's going to be tough come rainy season. Congratulations on your new home as well!

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  11. As Torquay Estate Agents I have to say how impressed we have been with your construction project. The house would be very marketable if you ever decide to sell.
    Well done!

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  12. On one hand, it’s done; on the other, there are still glaring problems that should have been fixed a long time ago. Still, having a new house finally can trump all that for now. Congratulations, btw! Hope you’re doing well in your new home! :)

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  13. If the inconveniences are something you can work around, best to enjoy your new home for now rather than worry about them. Since you still have them for a few months after you move in, you can remind them in a few weeks or so that they still have work to finish. Anyways, have fun in your new home!

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  14. Hi tash! I am currently in the process of a project build and stumbled across your blog when I was googling 'grey and white' as I am obsessed with those colours. Your taste is so similar to mine and I have been pouring over your blog posts! Can you put up some pics of your completed home? I'd love to see the finished product :)
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  16. Hi! Congratualtions on the new home! We are just starting and I came across you blog on homeone and am so inspired. We are doing a project home with MOntgomery but I am trying to make it as individual as possoble and am so reassured this is possible by your pics. Hope all is well and you are settling in to your beautiful new home!

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