Right after the long Easter break, the bricking commences...
Since, I have some time off work, I'll make an effort to write a line or two about our experience so far.
To date, the site has been kept relatively clean, the neighbours have complimented the contractors who have worked on site. Two thumbs up there.
The only major hiccup so far is the door frames on our bottom floor. We have raised our ceilings to 2340mm from the standard height of 2040mm, with this, we felt it would look and feel better to raise all our door heights 300mm as well. When the timber frames were complete, the ceiling height was correct, however, the doors are of standard height, so the carpenters will have to return and have the door frames corrected - which is a bummer! We noticed this error from the street as the windows and doors didn't line up, so if anyone is at this stage and have upgraded their doors like we have, this is how you can tell without a site inspection.
The bricking is starting to shape up... which I'm pleased about. They look a little dull at the moment due to the dampness. In true "Mel style", I noticed that the mortar was looking particularly grey (what they would call "natural" colour) but we had requested "off-white" so I called the Site Supervisor to ensure that they had the mortar colour right as it would be a shame to have to start all over when all that work has been done. The Site Supervisor assured me that the mortar will dry "off-white". Well I bloody well hope so!
|Brick colour - Latte by Austral Bricks|
|Mortar - "off white" - well it should dry that way according to the Site Supervisor|