Week 3 Checking out the site and the first site meeting

21 01 2015

We had our first site meeting today. It was interesting to see the block and how the levels translate in real life, rather than just on the plans. I really hadn’t pictured what it would be like. While the front and back of the house match the existing site levels, to make a flat house floor there is still quite a drop between levels, indicating a noticeable slope in the block that wasn’t so noticeable when it was covered in grass and trees. So, we had as few new issues that the architect had ignored or not addressed appropriately such as needing a retaining wall on the south side.

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Retaining wall required here.

Retaining wall required here.

Have to work out what to do with the landscaping here. Maybe a retaining wall / seat.

Have to work out what to do with the landscaping here. Maybe a retaining wall / seat.

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The flattened area down to the front of the house, which matches the natural block level.

The flattened area down to the front of the house, which matches the natural block level.

The project manager, boss, lackey and a very short and fat looking Lara.

The project manager, boss, lackey and a very short and fat looking Lara.

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The block, showing the step up and a rather pregnant looking Lara.

The block, showing the step up and a rather pregnant looking Lara.

Leftover soil from the cut that will be spread around in the front garden a whole lot if extra soil got dumped.

Leftover soil from the cut that will be spread around in the front garden. A whole lot of extra soil also got dumped.

 

Later in the day we chose flooring for the hallways and bedrooms as the builder needed to know the thickness of the bamboo flooring for the slab height. We also spent about an hour selecting every little piece of door hardware.

For example, the deadlock on the front door. http://www.lockweb.com.au/en/site/lockweb/Lockwood-Products/?productId=948305

The handle for the front door.http://novas.com.au/novas-collections/designer/entrance-handles/   Item 61027

The levers for all internal doors. http://www.gainsboroughhardware.com.au/hc_G2SeriesContemporary_Detail.aspx?PartNo=1905ANGBC

And for some fascinating comparisons, this handle costs $650 but our entire house’s door hardware is $1000! http://www.gainsboroughhardware.com.au/hc_PullHandles_Detail.aspx?PartNo=9266PH600

 

Our bamboo flooring is probably either this product in Natural http://www.premiumfloors.com.au/bamboo/arc-bamboo-australiana/ or this product in Ochre Sands http://www.arrowsun.com.au/categories/bambooflooring . Just trying to weigh up the eco credentials of the two.

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