Thursday, 14 May 2015

Stage 5 & 6: Roof and render

Well things have really been moving along with our house finally taking shape. Over the last few weeks we have had all of the following completed:
  • Hebel paneling
  • Fascia boards and roof gutters
  • Roof tiles to main section of house
  • All plumbing and gas fitout
  • Full house rendering
  • Semi site clean-up

Friday, 10 April 2015

Stage 4: Hebel

After spending many visits to every brick yard in Sydney it wasn't long before we both realised we did not like any of the bricks on offer. So it was a no brainer when Metricon offered the Hebel package.

With the frame being completed yesterday (9th April), there was no time off on our site with the Hebel installation team starting on site today.

For those that don't know much about Hebel, Hebel is aerated concrete and the Hebel Power Panels that are being used on this build are reinforced with steel mesh internally. There are many advantages over standard masonry construction (e.g. clay bricks). Hebel is strong, versatile and delivers a range of benefits including thermal and acoustic insulation, fire protection and faster construction.

With the shortage of brick laying teams at present, we are glad we are building with Hebel.

View from the front at the end of the battle-ax driveway (with our natural pond that is developing).

View from the front showing the corner of the garage and the Hebel panels being installed.

View from the back of the alfresco and main living areas.

View from the back showing the dining room and Hebel panels being installed along full length of house all on day one.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Stage 3: Frame

Things are moving along just fine with our ground floor frame near completion and the first floor and roof to follow in the coming days. I drove past yesterday while the guys were there so was lucky to get my first look at some of the rooms as so far am very impressed with our choice and can't wait for the rest to develop.

View from the kitchen out towards the alfresco and state forest in the distance.

The steel beam that will hold the first floor up and enable us to have our clear span column out to the alfresco.

The open living kitchen area with the window splash back in the rear wall.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Stage 2: Slab

Things have moved along very quickly with the piers being done and the slab going down all in a couple of days.

All ready to go.

Our expensive drop edge beam.

Great bunch of guys in action. Excellent job.

The finished product.

We have gone from a vacant site to finished slab in under two weeks.

Stage 1: Excavation

What a surprise to find on the way to work while driving past the block and looked up the driveway (like I do two or three times a day) and to my surprise there were Giant Tonka Toys playing in the dirt on our site.

And the end result:

This shows our 60,000 ltr detention tank that we are required to have and that we are going to hide out of site under a deck. Stayed tuned on this one.

Monday, 16 February 2015

We have movement onsite

It has been a long wait from when we first brought the land back in Feb 2014 to now bu finally something has started to happen on our site. Last week thanks to the excellent work by a close builder friend.

We had the 1m high retaining walls built on three of the boundaries that will eventually support the block and give us the level site we have been after.

From this:
01 Feb 2014

To this:
01 Feb 2015

To this:
14 Feb 2015

They look a bit strange at present as they have been engineered to be 15 degrees off vertical. Metricon were happy for us to do these either before or after construction, so it was a no brainier as to which would be easier, cheaper and quicker to build. The remaining retaining walls on the south boundary will be done after hand-over.

 15 degree slope on retaining wall

The site is now ready for Metricon to move in and do what they do best, the 1 meter cut and fill to level our block (as close as possible).

Our block

Our block is a 1054m2 parcel of land in West Pennant Hills, Sydney. It is a battle-axe block with a 6m wide and 60m long driveway. The building portion of the block is approximately 33.5m x 20.9m (700m2) with a fall of around 1.8m across the site.

Panoramic from bottom corner

Our long driveway

Our building block starts here

The site faces north and looks over a State Forest

We also have one tree on the site that no matter how we placed a house on this block , it had to go. Thankfully the local council were great about this and approved it's removal whcih has already been done.