Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Tuesday Late showerMin: 8°C Max: 17°C
Wednesday Possible showerMin: 10°C Max: 16°C
Thursday ShowersMin: 10°C Max: 18°C
Friday ShowersMin: 9°C Max: 13°C
Saturday Showers easingMin: 8°C Max: 14°C
Weather forecast for the next week.............................. just our luck; rain most days. this might mean they don't start this week. one of the problems of being owner builder; you don't have a deadline to wave in front of their face. How often is the weather man actually right?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Has anyone ever been able to negotiate 10% off the price but still walk away paying more than the quoted price? Well, it happened to Helen today when she ordered the windows. It seems the quote we got has run out (1 month expiry period) and they have had a price rise since then. The window guy told me that silver (aluminium) colour was standard when i was in the shop yesterday. But when I ordered them today, he told me that they were an extra 10% on top of the quoted price. My (pitiful) attempt at arguing resulted in him not adding the 5% price rise and instead of charging us 10% for the silver colour, he offered to charge us only 5%. So in summary, I negotiated a 10% discount on the cost of the windows but it ended up costing us $600 dollars more than the initial quoted price! Only me!
Monday, July 16, 2007
just wish we could go skiing! maybe in 30 years time when we have got over the stress of building.
we managed to buy many of the light fittings for the house, except the downlights and the hallway lights. it was a pretty arduous task but quite worthwhile. many things were (supposedly) on sale, with extortionate prices on the tags crossed out and replaced with less extortionate prices so that you think you have a bargain.
on paying for everything at the end, I decided we really should get more for our money and asked for a further discount. the chap said that his lights were already heavily discounted and that he could do no better. On providing a little bit of pressure the main acknowledged that he could probably give us a few globes to sweeten the deal. He then presented us with a shopping bag full of 50 light globes (unfortunately not the environmentally friendly ones).
so, just to recap;
expensive block of land; check
bore water; check
light globes; check
now all we need is a house, wiring and electricity. no worries
Saturday, July 14, 2007
We managed to finalise our tile selections and will order them next week so that they do not run out of stock meaning we would have to choose them all over again. We have gone for pretty simple and neutral colours for a couple of reasons;
- we don't know what we are doing
- we have no idea what we are doing
- everyone says stay neutral
We think the results are pretty trendy but not overkill. We are tiling all the way up to the 3 metre ceilings so there are a lot of tiles! Luckily the tiler is Frank's cousin so he can't complain too much about the work involved. It's all getting a bit more exciting.
a) ensuite; grey / purple striped tile
b) main bathroom / powder room; grey glass mosaic
c) outside bathroom; red glass mosaic
Friday, July 13, 2007
Following laying of the slab we need to let it cure for 4 weeks to prevent cracking. This length of time is also necessary because we are building double brick. I guess that gives us 4 weeks to get everything else organised and coordinated for delivery.
it is getting much more exciting now, imagine how i will be when there is actually movement at the station!