Day 220 – PCI Give me a P. Give me C. Give me an I

Today we had our final inspection. The next time we see our home will be for the key ceremony!

The PCI inspection is your last chance to look over your home and make sure you are happy with it. We spent 50 minutes checking doors, taps, climbing under things.

I even sat in the bath and stood in the shower. Not sure it helped with the inspection, but it was a useful perspective.

Truth be told, I looked hard for items or issues to raise, but our eagle eyed SS has put red dots on everything that don’t meet the standard. Most are small paint touch ups. The painter was in today finishing off the few dots left. I know everyone has a different experience but the volume builder Gods were with us on this build. The quality and care has been first class. If a few paint touch ups are the sum of the PCI, then I am a very happy customer.

It really does come down to your SS. Ours is a first class operator. His attention to detail and desire to make everything perfect – is really amazing. His philosophy is do it once, do it well. Whilst you can hear stories of builds having  issues with wrong construction materials, wrong electrical installations, wrong light fixtures, wrong tiles, wrong laminates, we have not had any issues. Touch wood.

The carpets are in and they look great. I was worried that the colour was too dark, but in the house and in the sun light it is perfect. It will hide the dirt but it also has a really nice weave and texture. We went category 2 for a bit more warmth and colour selection.  They are Carpet Call carpets and they are commercial grade, meaning they will wear really well. One upgrade you can’t look past is the increase in underlay quality. It is around $500 but so worth it.  It is a nice sponge and sound dampener underfoot. Don’t miss this one. The standard underlay would be more at home in a compost heap.

The blinds are hung and look great; they sort of blend in with the wall colour. We didn’t want them to be a feature.

…still waiting for the pesky gas meter, but everything else is pretty much done.

Master bedroom with its feature bamboo. This room is boomingly huge

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Front office with sheer blinds and carpet installed2014-05-16 08.12.10

Airlock doors leading to open plan living out the back with kitchen, dining and lounge2014-05-16 08.12.41

Carpet on the stairs. Would have liked wood stairs but the budget would not allow it. Our staircase is hidden away and is not a feature of the house so happy to save a tad here.2014-05-16 08.13.14


Upstairs leisure room with carpet and blinds.2014-05-16 08.13.19


I think this is a cupboard.


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The bath that was never in our plans but then suddenly we decided that the offer from M on this upgrade was too good to refuse! :>

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Master bedroom with balcony views

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Bathroom upstairs. The north light pours into this room. Just an amazing space.

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Adults bathroom with bath.


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Upstairs hallway with feature red dots.

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Day 218 – We have a handover date

Everyone says the last home run takes forever.

I can agree with that. The weeks are now dragging. So slow.

The gas pipes were run down the street on Monday and Tuesday.

Now we are just waiting for a gas meter.

This meter stops the plumbing certificate which stops the occupancy certificate from being finalised which stops the handover which stops the bank’s release of final payment. 

Game of dominos for anyone?

We had our final QA inspection via Metricon’s third party provider. 

There are 13 minior items that need addressing – scratch on a tap, a few paint touch ups, a few hairline cracks on bricks that will be replaced, and a small 2mm gap between the brickwork and window that needs to be filled.

Great news as well – we now have a draft key handover date on the calendar of a few weeks time.

Very exciting if everything goes to plan.


Day 212 – But where is the gas meter?

So, we are done. Finished. The house is complete. Blinds are in. Carpets are in. Independent M inspection went well. Certificate of occupancy went well.   There is nothing more the builder needs to do (few touch ups)

…but the gas man is another story.

It seems the gas meter, and connection to the gas mains in the street is months late. The job was booked in March, and still nothing.

Dormant house. Waiting. Next month’s rent is also due next week. Very frustrated.

Of all the delays…who would imagine it would be the gas….

Makes me smile as we almost turned off the gas and had a fully electric / solar house.

We have an inspection and official presentation of the house next week  – photo bomb to come…(minus the gas meter)

Quad on earth is that?  

One of the best ways to save money for the builder is to have the trades come once, or twice, and finish their work.

So it makes sense for the trades to get as much done as they can.So the skirtings and architraves go on pretty much after plastering.

Now, as far as I can tell, the whole point of skirtings is to tidy up the join between the floor and the wall plastering. Well, these days, with the floor going on AFTER the skirtings, there is a gap that is created.

This small gap between the floor and the skirting needs something on it to hide the gap. What is used to cover this gap is called quad or beading.

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Everyone has a view on quad and whether they like it or now. I’m here to explain some of the options for quad.

1)  Decide to love it; then decide whether you want it to match the floor colour or paint it to match the skirting

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2)  Decide you hate it and get your builder to do the floor first (cover it with protection) then do the skirtings (for an additional fee of circa $2500)

3)  Decide you hate it and do the flooring yourself.

Any decision to do the flooring after the build raises other issues. How will you get the skirtings on? Again you have a few options.

1)  Ask your builder to cut the skirtings and label them for you to put on later

2)  Ask your builder to tack them on the wall lightly so you can easily remove them when you come to do the flooring.

I have heard of it costing upwards of $1500 to have a tradesperson to come in and help you get the skirtings back on. A bit to think about for everyone.

We took the quad path. We are still unsure whether we’ll paint them or leave them.

At the end of the day, once the place is furnished, I’m not sure the quad will really be something that features in any way, shape or form.

Are you a quadder or not?