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2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Wow - it's been a while between drinks around here, so time for an update. My house achieved Lock Up status in late Feb, approx 5 months after the…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Take Two - Calleya - Moved In!

Hi elemist. I would also like to know how you got on with National in the end.
Thanks

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Yes, I think Windspray would be too light for bricks such as we have. We did consider Wallaby, but there is a bit too much green tinge in it for…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Hi nelleebellee (that's a lot of e's!)
So actually, the roof just went on last Thursday. The build has been going OK with the first run of electrical and plumbing…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Hi everyone (and mum :D ).
I have some more progress pictures to share. As of today, the brickwork is prolly 95% complete, and…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Hi SBG,
I had a chat with the bricklayer about this and he showed me your Option 3 (Waterproof cement parging) being used. The colour of it is a sort…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

We considered all the same roof colours as you. We chose Basalt because we thought Windspray might be too light a colour, and Wallaby has a green tinge to…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Thanks for the comment nelleebellee. The brick colour is BGC Minilya.
The roof colour will be Colorbond Basalt. We did umm and ahhh on the roof colour quite a…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Yay - bricks!!
The bricks are going down, being expertly laid by Giles. Thanks Giles, I think it is looking fantastic.
Below is his progress after two weeks.


The laying did start…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

So the last 3 weeks have not been too bad. Power has been run, the storm drains installed, site cleaned, and the bricks delivered.
That said I was told the…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

So now it feels like it's actually happening :)
We have a slab. Super Yays all around!! And boy the build has progressed so very…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

So things appear to be actually moving now, which is great. Let us hope the momentum keeps up. The siteworks are done, and the slab is happening. …

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Can you believe it? Because I can't.
After a mammoth 410 days since we paid our first deposit to National Homes, the siteworks has finally started. We were starting…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Hi everyone. It's time for another update.
So we got all the above issues sorted out and now have planning approval. The solution to the parking issue was to have…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Truss and roof structural drawings

I think sometimes it is because they don't do any drawings. Often the roof detail just gets called up as make roof per the relevant Australian Standard.
The roof carpenters just…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Anyone building with National Homes or builders under BGC?

Agree - also building with NH ....

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Hey W2T,
no action as yet. Still stuck at the council approval stage :( It's a bit disappointing really. There are two issues that…

2 years2 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

OK, so time for an update. These have not been very regular so far, but then again, things are moving so slowly I barely even notice them happening. …

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Thanks for the reply elemist. I have done as you suggested and organised an early ClipSpec session. Hopefully this will shed some light on the whole thing.

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Take Two - Calleya - Moved In!

This right here scares the bejesus out of me. Somehow it seems unethical. Has anyone ever challenged this with any success?

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Take Two - Calleya - Moved In!

Hi elemist.
Just wondering how you went with the lighting selections. We are awaiting a pre-start booking with National but I am trying to understand how the lighting selection process…

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Hi all,
so just sent in our preliminary selections and no we are waiting to get a pre-start date booked in. It's a funny process as you get no idea…

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Thanks for the replies everyone. Yes, we are quite pleased with the plan, I think it will be a good functional house. The slowness is something that concerns me,…

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

So early draft plans and elevations appear below. This is a modified version of "The Ashwood " by National Homes, mainly modified by changing the house orientation to run…

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
NATIONAL HOMES Build - Bicton WA - Lock Up!

Hi everyone.
So we (wife and I) have just signed a contract with National Homes (yesterday) to formally begin our new house build. It has taken too long to get…

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Red Bricks, white roof .....

Thanks again everyone. That studiom site is pretty cool - I like it.

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Red Bricks, white roof .....

Thanks for the replies. I will give the visualiser a try, tho I think the homes it offers look generally too fancy to properly reflect a simple single story…

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Red Bricks, white roof .....

Hi everyone,
so we are building a new home in Bicton, WA. Right now we are building with National Homes, but it has been 6 months and we have not…

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Anyone building with National Homes or builders under BGC?

We are building with National. Well, we are still in "Admin" phase and it is going very slowly .....
We chose them however because the house plan suited our needs…

3 years3 yearstimwatimwa posted:
Tiling Costs?

Thx all - great feedback.

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