Monday, November 29, 2010

Ducting now

Drove past the site today and saw a white van on the drive way.  Of course I got a little curious and checked out what's being done! :) Yay! Someone's installing the ducted air :)  I saw the "silver coloured-cylinder" hanging on the ceiling already and an empty box of Actron Air motor so I'm pretty sure it's for the ducted air! LOL

Picture below shows the "silver cylinder" on the ceiling.. =D  OMG, I'm very bad with construction jargons! I don't even know what this is called, I just know it's for the ducted air!  =))

Hmmm what else is new? Ah! the "thing" on the porch has been added as well (picture below - the blue thing hehehe)

Anyway, I had a quick chat with our SS and asked him what's lined up for the building process.  He said internal lining is scheduled to commence on 7 December.  Prior to that, electrical stuff has to be done including the installation of the ducted air!  Then they'll complete bagging and painting the whole house once internal lining is complete - this is to avoid the light paint from getting stained. He even said, that it is quite possible that he would get us in earlier than March!  Wow!! I hope he'll be able to deliver that!!  I'm so excited!

LANDSCAPE - I've requested quotes from different landscaping companies and was so surprise that most of them did not respond at all despite talking to them on the phone and them asking me to send them the plans.  There's also this company that insisted on asking me to give him a range for our budget, out of 10 he's the only one who asked for a budget.  Anyway, we couldn't give him a budget range initially cause we're really clueless about landscaping projects!!  He gave me a price range which according to him is between $70,000 - $90,000! Phew!  I told him it was too expensive and that we should just stick to what's on the Landscape Plan instead of his innovative ideas!  He then insisted again on the budget so just to give him a figure I replied: $25000 - $35,000.  He didn't reply so I thought I'd follow up saying: "may i know if you're still able to provide us a quote?" NEVER REPLIED to at least tell us that we are not in his market or whatever! Hayyyy..  Not a very professional guy!

A quote came in from another company $48,000 inclusive of GST (only treated timber pine for the retaining wall).  We thought it was okay - because of our ignorance to landscaping project budgeting - but then decided to get a couple of quotes more.  One came back $22,000 inclusive of GST - this guy even included the fence (but didn't include my water feature)!!  Another company came back with a quote, this company have won many landscaping awards for his projects and have been featured (his projects that is) in 2 home improvement magazines BUT IS ONLY CHARGING US $24,000+ including GST FOR EVERYTHING THAT'S IN THE LANDSCAPE PLANS (which excludes the driveway of course as this is part of our contract with Eden Brae, and the Fence exclusive of as well).  So we have decided to sign up with this guy who is even very humble everytime I'm talking to him on the phone and responsive of my questions!  I'll post his details once I have signed the contract with him!  :)


  1. Very good information! Looking forward to seeing if this contractor is going to do a good job! Let us know his details!


  2. Thanks Hao! I did a research about this company and he owner himself and found out he's won awards for his work. I also found that he's been tendering for huge government projects from marickville to the blue mountains and that he's been recently awarded a 52 week - contract by RTA worth $440,000. This is why I got surprised he still entertaining me even our project is worth too little compared to his other contracts.

    I will definitely post his details.

  3. Hi Neighbour,

    Will be great to get the landscapers details pls.
    House is looking great!
    EB aren't afraid of the rain as much as Metricon are.
    Can you believe that it will only be another 3 months before we are well and truly in our homes and borrowing sugar he he.