Monday: Finally spoke with our Site Supervisor to get an update for our build after the Christmas and New Year industry shutdown. Finally SS advises us that he will give us the date of PCI and possible handover date this coming friday.
SS mentioned that this week will be the final coat from the painters, roof rails taken down, down pipes to be connected to main drainage and few internal bits and pieces.
SS also don't mind for us to arrange for the NBN installation prior the handover. We'll just have to advise him the installation date so he will arrange to open the gate.
We found out that it is important to know your landscape design and the position of the house/slab level early during the landscape design planning. We also found out the important of this quite recently when we have to fill in quite a lot to make our backyard in level condition. This requires two sets of retaining wall because ThePonds requirements only allows max 600mm high retaining wall. If the slab/house level was placed lower, we would not need the second retaining wall. One retaining wall costs us close to $10K. So our solution at the moment is to use one single retaining wall but let the backyard a bit of a slope. We're a bit lucky that we can have a bit of a slope but just in case that your situation may be different.
Anyway, you have to have an opportunity to liaise with a landscape designer, either via WH landscape or external contact, to come up with landscape plan to be submitted to the council for a DA approval. It might be useful to check with the landscape designer the best way for the slab to sit in a particular level with your choice of landscape design.
I think you have to worry about this right after you have the first drawing after they survey the land. Then when you gave the drawing to the landscape designer you can worry and ask if you need a retaining wall and probably adjust the proposed slab level to be adjusted with the landscape design so you have a nice and level backyard.
On other note. We've heard from Wisdom Landscape that our driveway can be installed in about 1.5 week from today. So it's great. That means we're very close with our handover. :-)
Finally at least we can share some pics from this week.
Front piers in moroka finally painted.