I had to go away last week, so it was two weeks between visits and it was certainly all coming together when I went to the house on Saturday. The lights and fans were being installed, painting was completed (baring a few touch ups), the showers and toilets were installed, kitchen sink installed, the stained glass had been replaced by Harkaway, chimneys were up, the gas connection was done, fences on both sides replaced and base boards painted. The pressed metal splashbacks had still not be installed and the ensuite pressed metal has not had the dado rails installed.
There has been lots of progress in the last two weeks:
- Bathroom and ensuite pressed metal
- Kitchen and pantry cabinetry
- Solar panels installed
- Steps at the front and side (laundry door)
- Internal painting
- Cupboard shelving
- Stained glass fitted
Stained glass installed
Stained glass installed
Pantry stained glass window
Stained glass on front door – clear not obscured
If I had written this post on Thursday night it would have been mostly ranting; but the passing of a few days has been more positive. We weren’t supposed to do “house stuff” last weekend; we were supposed to be having a few child free days away at a vineyard. Unfortunately our baby sitters for Oscar were sick so we had to cancel, but we had the time off work so we thought we’d make the best of it and go out for a nice lunch together. It didn’t turn out that way, but perhaps cancelling our weekend was a blessing in disguise as we didn’t have to deal with all this stuff today.
Hubby stopped by the house Thursday and Period Details were there to install the pressed metal sheets, he just happened to notice that the splash back sheets were the wrong colour. After some frantic checking on what we had asked for we told the builder it was wrong . These sheets have a six week lead time, so we weren’t happy. But then it got worse; the colour we had chosen was no longer available! It hadn’t been available at the time it was ordered either but was when we chose it several months earlier. (This is the third time we have missed out on our selections because they didn’t get ordered when we chose them.) So our relaxing day off was spent trying to choose a new colour. Kath and Dave from Period Details were very helpful with suggestions as was Dulux Powder Coatings in sending us sample paint chips overnight. The biggest issue was that we wanted a metal look and it had to match the colouring in the stone bench top. Friday afternoon we made our decision:
Dave from Period Details has cut the sheets to the correct size and they will be re-powder coated, so the delay should only be one week, not six.
The next issue we discovered was the paint in the ensuite. It was supposed to be the Dulux “Off White” but looked brown. Hubby thought it was the Hog’s Bristle for the main areas, used in the wrong spot. It turned out the paint was tinted incorrectly. The rep from ecolour came out pretty quickly, acknowledged the mistake and replaced the paint today.
These things always come in threes! The stained glass has been installed, and looks gorgeous! The only problem is the glass around the front door was supposed to be obscured glass so no-one could see in, but it’s clear. We called Harkaway and they agreed to organise the replacements straight away and have someone coming out to do the swap over.
Update on kitchen splash back: things did not go so well with the recommended selection.