Yesterday we did our PCI inspection. I was writing a PCI post and added this general update about what has changed, but the post was getting a bit unweildy, so I have split the two. The PCI post is here.
Since the last time we were inside the house was a few weeks ago, we saw a few new things while we were there. Of course, defects not withstanding, the house is now "complete" so most outstanding matters have been attended to. I didn't take any pictures yesterday, so probably won't have any picture updates until handover.
I saw for the first time (and Robert for the first time not through a window) the kitchen splashback, and the lights under the overhead cabinets in the kitchen. With those lights on the splashback looks decidedly grey (as opposed to the brownish tone that it actually is) which I think is a bit of shame, but Robert tells me only I can see a difference. Besides, it's not like it looks terrible.
The missing tile in the bathroom has been replaced, and the bath has been fixed in position. The shower drain "grilles" have also been fitted (they're not really grilles though, I just don't know what they're called).
The part of the roof that needed repairing has been repaired.
Front Door (and a little about the bi-folds)
The front door has been painted; apparently the painter was only in yesterday morning and the paint was still a bit wet, which is why there was still paint on the glass that will be cleaned. Apparently the painter was cringing as he painted our beautiful door; paint over stain is not a popular option for this range. I'm not sure if I've explained it before, but I'll take a minute here to talk about it here.
The look we have gone for in the house is reasonably modern, but neutral. Our last house had a lot of timber features and while it looked great for the most part, maintenance was an issue. We were therefore happy enough that aluminium windows and external sliding doors were standard, and decided to go with aluminium bifold doors as well. The doors would match our windows, and also the sliding door from the rumpus room to the alfresco (if we had gone timber then I would have wanted that door to match so we would have had to upgrade that door). We like the bifolds not so much for the look, but for the effect they have when open, so for that reason we didn't mind that the aluminium doors, on their own, don't necessarily look as good as timber. The consistency through the house and the reduced maintenance was benefit enough for us. We certainly got the impression at the office that it was an uncommon choice, and our Site Supervisor yesterday commented that he had never done a house with aluminium bifolds before.
So, when it came to the front door, it was looking like being the only timber feature of the house. It is a beautiful door, but as with the bifolds it wasn't going to suit the house or our tastes. Moreover, much of the striking-ness (??) of this door is in its size, which it doesn't lose by being painted. We decided to paint the door, and it is still a wonderful, grand feature.
Preparation for after handover
The company we are using for our blinds have confirmed that our blinds are currently being made and should be ready this week; hopefully we can arrange installation as soon as possible after we are in. We have bought our lights for the front pillars, and have decided on a feature pendant for the bedroom. We still need to decide on light fittings for the rest of the rooms that don't have down lights.