Tuesday, 28 August 2012

DA Check Complete

We were told , it would take 4-5 weeks to get EB on site after council's approval but it doesn't seem possible to me as 3 weeks have already been passed. They are very slow but good news is finally DA check has been completed and I have signed last PCV. Lets how long they take now to the final construction drawings.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Council's Approval

We lodged our application on 17th of July and got the approval in record time in 3 weeks. Even though EB scared us that Hill Council is very pedantic – so more than likely, there will be a letter requesting something to be addressed but we got approval instead so good news. Now lets see how weeks EB to take to get on the site, I hope they shouldn't take too long.

PCV Item Costs

Here are the costs of different upgrades as PCV

*Delete Standard Clarison Wire Shelving from -   (-$865)
*Provide 1No.Additional Cold water point to - * fridge space  -  $124
*Provide a Landscaping Concept Plan as required by - * Council * the Develop Control Plan - $750
*Provide stained Timber post to front facade balcony in lieu of standard paint finish - $260
*Provide a timber look steel 'Decro' garage sectional door - $1714
*Gainsborough 3003 ABC Hydraulic Door closer to Entrance door - $107
*Provide 1No. Gainsborough 700 privacy adaptor in 3 bathroom and main bedroom - $132
*External Gas Point - $132
*Hot/cold water and drain in Alfresco as basin or BBQ - $447
*Fly Screens All over the house doube story - $714
*Provide Frosted Obscure Glazing in WC/Ensuite/Bathroom in lieu of clear glass - $280
*Aluminium safety door to Laundry aluminium sliding door including installation, lock & diamond grill - $385
*Provide sliding aluminium flydoor to bedroom balcony including installation (no lock) - $227
*Translucent glazing to double entrance doors in lieu of standard - $144
*Gainsborough 3003 ABC Hydraulic Door closer to Entrance door - $107
*Provide 3No. capped off cold water points to: * Powder Room * Wc * Ensuite - $305
*Provide Stained double entry doors & frame in lieu of standard paint finish - $125
*Provide off white mortar in lieu of standard - $391

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Stairs Appointment

We love the Lincoln Display home stairs. We upgraded the standard stairs to stained treads & open riser (top/bottom flight) and glass balustrade option in lieu of standard .It costs us around 6500K. We asked ourselves so many times can we justify this upgrade but it looks so beautiful I think it is worth upgrading.

Electrical Appointment

We had our Electric appointment on 12th of June. As building double story we knew we had to get all our ground floor lightining done by the builder. We spent around 11k and few item were ridiculously expensive. We selected following items and their price item are

*double power point $67
*Single power point $59
*Down light installed and fitted $120
*Foxtel point $189 (it includes 2 foxtel point and 1 phone point so you can credit the standard phone and foxtel cost you around $91)
*B/A Stairs Step Light $153
*TV Point $98
*Stainless Steel FAN $278 (charging 150$ for the fan point then fan+installation cost more than $278)
*Flush Speak Round set of two $493 for Alfresco
*Ducted Vacuum $1832
*TV Antenna with booster $635
*Wall mount tv kit $140 (Nogging/bullnose/cables)
*Power point Quad $99 (for media room foxtel/PS3/TV/DVD etc)
*Outdoor Double Power point $122
*two way switch for my hall way down lights $73
*Junction Box light $70
*Facade lights $100 call out charge and $35 for the installation and I will provide the lights otherwise they were asking $235 for one light

I got heaps of free noggings for the fan support in the room and future Chandelle.Regarding the down lights, it is bit trap , they are charging $67 per down light point, then you have to spend around $50-$60 for down light and pay $5-$10 to electrician for the downlight fittings etc so it would cost you around $130-$140 if you do after hand over. We are building double story so had no choice I got them to install down lights ground floor and will do first floor after hand over.


We really love to had Lincoln display polished poreclean tiles but Delorenzo quoted us 25K, would you believe that ridiculous. We we are thinking to get the ground floor tiling after handover, sent an email to EBH to check how much credit we will get back and then visit CTM on weekend to get an idea how much we spend after handover.I hope EBH would come back with decent number but you never know these builders. We really want to have Timber flooring for first floor but we are already over our budget so we stick with the standard carpet and will upgrade to timber down the track 2-3 years. We'll also do the porch/alfresco flooring post handover , would be cheaper.
EBH provides skirt hight tiles in the bathrooms so we upgraded this to the vanity hight. We selected standard range wall/floor/nieche tiles, we spent around 2.5K whole.