Sunday, 12 May 2013
We are now almost halfway through the month of May, and as the last of the leaves fall from our frangipani tree, we are still waiting for construction to commence. So this is where we are at:
Our house design includes a 9m long built-to boundary wall. The Engineer forgot to ensure that the wall had a FRL (Fire Resistance Level) which is a BCA requirement, so that meant a slight delay to revise the drawings before we could lodge the Building Application. We should have BA approval next week.
In the meantime, we have commenced lending approval (which couldn't be done without a copy of the building contract) so this too is now underway. Hopefully both approvals will coincide - fingers crossed.
If this all goes to plan, the builder will be able to start by the end of the month, with a 5 month construction timeframe confirmed. This means that we should be moving into our new home before Christmas, at which point the tree above will be covered in flowers and accompanied by that familiar heady scent.
I'm still yet to confirm some of the inclusions (ie floor tiles, oven and a couple of other things that will need to be decided on-site) but I've still got a bit of time to work these details out.
Once we get underway, this renovation should come together relatively quickly, but I'm sure - just like a pregnancy - that last month will d-r-a-g out.
Happy Mother's Day!