Monday, 22 July 2013

Knock, knock. Who's there?

The engineer.

Finally the engineer turned up tonight. He said the plans should be done by Friday. Great :)   So tomorrow I will get everything sorted for the owner builder permit and get it signed and posted off tomorrow.

That takes 2-3 weeks to get done. Once we have that hopefully the surveyor can get the building permit. But what we don't know is who does the 6 star energy rating. Dave will call the surveyor tomorrow to ask about that.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Take two

The engineer didn't turn up on Monday as plan. Said he had car problems. Hmmm...

Anyway he rescheduled for this afternoon at 4:30pm so lets see if he actually turns up.

Dave was applying for his owner builder permit this week. He was just about to get it certified when I discovered that the forms he filled out were old. So today at work I printed him off a new set so another setback.

All these little delays certainly build up. A day here, 3 days there, soon ends up to be months of wasted time.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Where we are at.

We got the preliminary working drawings from the engineer this week. David has been busy going through them all, looking for mistakes and just getting his head around it all.

They look very pretty with him using coloured highlighters with the help of our son, Sam.

Tomorrow the engineer is coming to our house to talk about the issues ad mistakes that we have found. So hopefully soon we will have the final drawings.

Also this week we will start to get quotes for builders insurance and house insurance (I think that is my job) and some more things required for the owner builder permit.

So things are slowly moving along. Dave will start adding it all up soon to see what we will be up for. Fingers crossed it wont be too expensive with us doing as much ourselves as we can.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Slowly, slowly catchy monkey

This project feels like it is moving along at a snails pace. Honestly, every little thing just takes 3 times as long as it should. The engineer has told us that he has started the work on our house drawings but it wasn't until today that he received the CAD drawings from our draftsman. Also, he is still waiting for our plumbing drawings from Casey. David plans to pick up a set today from a Resees plumbing shop apparently. Fingers crossed that he does.

We also need to tell them how deep our sewer is. How on earth should we know that? So somehow we have to put a big stick down the sewer outlet and measure the depth. Because we will be building over the sewer the stump holes have to go down as deep as them or deeper I think. This sounds costly, don't you agree?

If we weren't on Industrial 3 zoned land we would have been finished the reno by now. That is the sad part. I am now so used to nothing happening each day. I more hurdle every day it seems.

Just a bit down about it all today :(