Saturday, August 6, 2011

Progress is Good

Lots of activity on site, given few rainy days but mostly sunny ones!

The roof tiles were finished over a week ago now.The plumbing (both storeys) has gone in too. FYI it's flexible black PVC pipe with brass fittings where connections need to happen. To our slight surprise, all the shower and bath mixer taps have already been fitted - one of which is already scratched. I understand why, I just wish greater care is taken, understanding that some bits and pieces are part of the end result (as well as the fact that someone is paying money for all this...).

Moving on... we extended the retaining wall between us the next door neighbour's (included in our package) to run all the way to the back of our block. This has now left us with a more usable and level backyard. And the fact that we did this now also means that we kept the cost down since all the machinery was already on site. Thanks to Davnic (local retaining wall specialists and also subcontracted by Metricon) for accommodating us and for doing a good job.

There is a bigger retaining wall to be built street-facing, on the side of the house - but I don't want to think about it now. We're getting quotes and saving extra cash for it. The thinking for that wall is Outback Sleepers or rendered Besser blocks.
Moving on... we knew that recycled water was included in the deal and we noticed that all three toilets are plumbed into the recycled water supply (purple pipe running through the house) and there is an extra tap in the laundry for the washing machine to be potentially plumbed in the same supply. The lady of the house is feeling a bit unnerved about that though...

I guess the next couple of weeks will see parts of the heating & cooling system and electrical work.

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