Sunday, 30 June 2013

Progress on Frames and Flooring Appointments

The constant downpour over the past 10 days meant no work for most of the days on site; however our SS found two sunny days and recruited an army of men to work on the frames. I will post frame-pictures of different rooms on another day.

The Kitchen and Pantry windows can be seen from our neighbouring lot, which is on a higher ground – warranting the instalment of privacy screens – I thought I could get away from spending more money – but there is no escape from this one.

Retaining Walls: With the heavy downpour last week, there is mounting evidence that the retaining walls in the side and rear elevations will need to go up sooner than later.

Frames standing in water puddles on mud surfaces and stacked closely together – causing me to believe whether they would encourage mould growth and decay of wood. The timber entry frame has also been soaking up in the rain…

A peripheral look at the windows and sliding doors that were delivered from Southern Star Windows do not reveal any damage to them – a pleasant surprise – although we will know the reality when the protective layers are removed and fixed on frames. When we were at Studio M for colour appointment, we noticed Wideline as the window supplier; we must have been one of the last batches to get Southern Star (anyway, I do not prefer Wideline, which we have in our rental- place).

We completed last week our tiles and flooring appointments with Di Lorenzo and Carpet Call respectively.

At Di Lorenzo, we chose tiles within the Builder’s standard range; however, upgraded the tile heights on one or two elevations in most of the wet areas, as they not only make cleaning much easier, but make the rooms appear larger and give them a sleek finish.

     Wall tiles 250 x 500 mm  DCW1212 – the tile has a pattern as well as texture - the tiles will be laid horizontally

                                Floor tiles 400 x 400 mm  DC2223 – the tile has a visible pattern

Feature tile-1  200 x 400 mm DCW1196 (Chocolaty colour) to back of shower niche in Ensuite

                    Feature tile-2  (3 rows wide) Venus Lead Glass Mosaic –
on shower recess wall and face of the bath in Ensuite, and on returns in Powder Room.

At Carpet Call, we chose from the standard range of laminate for entire ground floor (except Sitting room). As part of Metricon’s Imagine Promotion, we got laminate flooring at no additional cost to Entry, Foyer, Kitchen, Pantry and Family (whilst carpet to remainder of home); however, we upgraded to laminate flooring in Study, Dining and Under Stairs Storage areas. The laminate flooring we chose was Tropic Ash Block-2 Plank fine grained texture from Parador Classic 1050 category.

For stairs and entire first floor, we chose carpet from the standard range – not bad considering it came at no additional cost because of the Promotion. The carpet we chose was Eaton Park Bike with a 7 mm foam underlay.

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