Our meeting yesterday with the architect went well, I think.
The whole council planning process is rooted, but, as we found out today, our application has finally been allocated and is now online! Such a relief to know it’s there.
- Although we have a new project manager, she didn’t sit in on the meeting, which was a bit of a shame. However, she will be the person we will email from now on, and cc the architect so he is across what’s going on.
- The building inspections will be done by a combination of architects. We have the good fortune to be really close to their office (literally about 200 metres away), so it’s really easy for them to pop down and check it out.
- Inspections will be carried out at the following stages:
- Pre-slab – to check the earthworks
- Slab down – to check the slab
- Brickwork at 50% – to make sure the insulation is done properly
- Brickwork complete – to make sure the insulation is finished off properly
- Roof framing
- Electrical chasing
- Pre-PCI (just before PCI)
- End of maintenance (for celebratory drink!)
- We went through the variations and asked for clarifications to many things, and deleted some things as well.
I mentioned my anxieties regarding the facade, and apparently the new architect is a whiz at sketchup and showed up some cool photo-realistic mockups he’d done, so I’m to send through my requirements and he should be able to do some mockups for me. So hopefully I should have some pretty pictures to show you all soon.
The main outcome is that our architect will go back to the builder at the end of the week and follow up on the variations, then they will get back to us with another set of costings.
Meanwhile, we need to compile a list of all the “finishing touches” that we want so they can also be quoted on as well. Some of these we may not know about until prestart, but nevertheless we should have a list so we know what questions to ask.
Now I know I’ve said this before, but now I really need to get a move on with the demolition. I’m feeling a bit weird about getting it done – I want it done but I’m procrastinating a bit. Because once it’s gone, it’s gone.