Now, something's not quite right with this one. There's maybe 3 of these on the first floor. Past the frame, you can see the 12mm of backyard space we have (OK, maybe slightly more than that...) towards the neighbour to the rear. We'll flag these at the frame inspection, if they're not fixed up by then.
Also, if you look just beyond this failing noggin, there's a cutout in the flooring - that's for the flush tiled shower base in the bathroom. Apparently now you can choose to have totally flush tiled shower bases - absolutely no step or raised section between shower base and the tiled floor. Hopefully it works (without any leakage!!) as we have this flushed option in the bathroom and ensuite showers.
Now this one is a little trickier. I mean, it's pretty level, positioned just above the line marker you can see on the right stud (noggins generally stagger above and below the line marker, as you might make out on the next stud wall behind this one). However, as you can see, on the right of this noggin there's a gap of about 10mm. I'm wondering if we can flag this one at frame inspection for a replacement - any thoughts, people?
We had a look at the Tribeca open for inspection yesterday (see earlier post). Only a couple of years old, and generally quite nicely done internally, but of course a few things that stood out...
- There were tiles and floorboards on the ground floor - and the floorboards were about an inch higher than the tiles! A definite difference in level, and enough that you could just about stub a toe on the difference. Another reason why you should just have one flooring option on the ground floor, especially if there are open, joined spaces.
- Felt quite small in some areas - the study was packed full of stuff, with dark walls. If you're selling your house, especially one that's asking better than $1m, move all your crap out into storage! However, their furniture was very good, and the kids rooms decorated very well. Also, having seen hundreds of display homes with high ceilings, the standard ceilings in this house were noticeably lower and rooms/hallways felt smaller.
- Very nice white plantation shutters to the bedrooms - love the look of them, but concerned that they won't block out all light (we must have a totally 100% blacked out master bedroom!). They were also PVC/plastic, not timber - which is great; as we've stayed in quite a few hotels with timber shutters, and every one of them were cracking and/or warping. Will have to enquire around for plastic/PVC shutters, and find out if there's any with any additional light blocking mechanisms. For example, see this pic with the shutters above the bath. The other thing is, that showerhead that's visible is barely 170cm high, I can't stand underneath it at all! Standard adjustable showerrails go to about 200cm, which should be OK for most people (but if you're extra tall, make sure you remember to move the showerhead rails up on your construction plans!)
We've got our fingers crossed for the roof to start up this week - let's keep the ball rolling!
B&T: The side fence needs to be removed because the garage wall will be built 150mm from the boundary/fenceline. For some reason I don't have a photo of it, but will get one up later. The fence has to be gone, otherwise they can't get the slab formwork/frame done correctly, plus there wouldn't be enough room to lay bricks for the wall otherwise. We got permission from the landlords of the next property to take it down & put it up again (this will be at your cost, don't expect them to pay for any of it!)