Finally we are moving in the right direction. Monday the plumbers turned up to do all the external plumbing. We also got them to put in some additional drainage around the side and back of the slab to help deal with any runoff from being on a slope.

Wednesday the lower floor frames arrived as promised, with carpenters due on site the next day. I went past on Thursday expecting to see some action but it was a ghost town. Lucky they turned up on Friday and got the lower floor sorted.

It was good to be able to actually walk through the rooms and get a better idea of the size instead of just imagining!





10 Weeks In..

So it’s 10 weeks today since we started Construction. It will be 10 weeks on Friday since our site was cut. Watching other Clarendon builds, it seems to usually take around 2 weeks to get from start of Construction to slab down. I drove past the block this morning hoping to see a concrete truck but no cigar.

I called our Customer Service Consultant on Monday and requested to speak to the area manager. She said she would get him to call me. Once again, still no phone call. This seems to have become a regular issue with Clarendon, and after speaking to others building with them I know it’s not just us. Clarendon do some things really well, communication is not one of them.

Not happy Jan.

UPDATE – 5 minutes after posting this I got a phone call from our Customer Service Consultant to say the slab will be poured today. 😉

ANOTHER UPDATE – NO SLAB! Going to be poured tomorrow now. Yep. Will believe it when I see it.



News we really did NOT want to hear..

So after having no one at the block again my husband rang the concrete manager this morning. He never bothered ringing me back after I spoke to him last Thursday and now I know why!

They have sacked the concreter! They have apparently now put a new one on but we’ll be lucky to have a slab by the end of next week. Keep in mind our block was cut mid December.

There is now no access at our block (which is a battleaxe so not great at the best of times!) because we currently have sitting there floor joists, steel beams, waffle pods, reo and now gravel which they have dumped at the entry gate. Wouldn’t surprise me if the frame turns up before we have a slab!

The concrete manager admitted by now the frame should be up and bricking should have started. Instead we have some pipes in the ground and that’s it. What makes it even worse is seeing the block next door who cut their block last week and are now at the same stage as us!


It’s been slow going since being piered almost 2 weeks ago, but we now have plumbing done ready for the slab.

The waffle pods and reo have also been delivered so fingers crossed in the next day or two we should FINALLY have a slab!


Frustration Sets In

I called our Customer Service Rep again yesterday to try and find out what was going on. We’ve had a good stretch of sunny weather yet still no progress apart from a silt fence. According to her all our concreting was scheduled for completion by 21 Jan but this has all been delayed because of the wet weather in January.

We get that. The weather was crap. What is frustrating is that no one is bothering to keep us in the loop. Shoot us an email and say “hey we are hoping to have such and such done this week”, something! Twice now I have been told the concrete manager will call me to let us know what is happening. I’m yet to hear anything. Time to pick up your game Clarendon, your lack of communication so early on in the build is a big worry!

Just had a call from the Concrete Manager (the message must have actually been passed on this time! We should have piering this afternoon or tomorrow at the latest 🙂

It’s a Christmas Miracle!

Well after seven loooooong weeks we finally got our bank approval last week. I honestly wondered if we were ever going to see the light at the end of the tunnel after the bank kept moving the goal posts on us.

The good news is the day the loan was approved Clarendon passed our file through to construction and sent out all our orders. We were told not to expect any contact until the new year from the construction team so we were a bit shocked when two days later the block got cut!


Finally some action – of the council kind

After a few holdups with council (it helps when they actually look at the current plans) we are finally approved! It took about 5.5 weeks all up which isn’t too bad, just annoying knowing it could have been sorted quicker if people did their job properly.

I had a call from the valuer for the bank who was going to go look at the land to do the final valuation yesterday so hopefully we should hear back on that in the next day or two.

Next up is time to clear the block. We have 9 pretty large trees so it’s no small job and of course the next week is forecast to rain! Fingers crossed there is a break and our tree guy can get in there and do some chopping.

Next up from Clarendon will be getting (and checking) the final construction plans. Hopefully this won’t take to long and our file can go to construction.