Not everything that goes on in a build goes smoothly – everyone knows someone who has a drama or two, or unfortunately for some, a nightmare tale to tell.
We’ve had a hiccup or few along the way – like the fact that the basins and bathtub are still enroute despite being ordered 5 months ago. In good news – apparently they’re all in the
country in Brisbane and are scheduled to finally be delivered Monday!
Timings don’t always go to plan either – deliveries come late, or there’s other unforseen circumstances…like Energex.
The plumber was due to come in and do the fixings yesterday (Tuesday), however Energex had other plans this week, taking the power offline for the day whilst they did some work in the street. Fortunately we noticed the notice in the mailbox. As a result the plumber has had to be postponed till next Monday, which turned out to be a good thing in the end given the bath and basins only just surfaced in Brisbane yesterday!
When the cabinetry was installed, in their enthusiasm to get it in – the installers managed to put a hole in the wall in our bedroom and also damage the flooring in the kitchen – so badly that 6 of the planks had to be replaced. The worst part is that it seems they didn’t let anyone know about the damage, which meant we were the ones to find it first.
Then there was the square hole – round vent debacle – let’s not forget that either.
These are the the kind of thing that must drive builders up. the. wall.
What is very apparent in a build is that the devil really is in the details. If you ask the right questions (preferably at the right time) you might just catch things and be in a position to address them. Like when we realised that the wall for the fireplace legally had to be a certain width and ours was 400mm short – right about the time the walls were supposed to go up. 🙂
There’s also the things we missed due to poor timing on our part – like the plumber being on site in early March to connect all of the down pipes from the house, and us not realising and missing the opportunity to get the shed drains connected at the same time. And my terrible timing having arranged the check measure for the walk in wardrobe and us all realising only a day later that they should have also done the check measure for the second bedroom and linen storage as well, resulting in them having to come back out again (from the Gold Coast).
Making sure you and your builder are on the same page is super critical – there are stages where you do have the influence to make decisions and finesse things and times where if you were to make a change it is complex and possibly even expensive. It is also really important that you get on.
When I first rang John, one of the first things he said is building is a really personal experience, and you need to have a good rapport and connection with your builder, otherwise it will be highly stressful.
When you are looking for a builder, make sure you connect and they share your enthusiasm and passion for your ideas. Trust your instincts too – if you don’t have a good feeling about a builder from the get-go, how do you move forward with a positive outlook?
It’s stressful regardless, but having trust in John and his team to work with us to build the vision of our home has made this a largely positive experience. Things go wrong, but hey, there is generally a path to a viable solution.
We’re in the fixing stage now and the time (#5weekstogo) whilst dragging in some ways, is flying by. It’s also one of the most rewarding parts of the build – seeing all of the finishing trades coming in and the swatches and samples come together in the right way.
This week we got to turn on the lights – next week, it’s the taps 🙂