Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Plans submitted to ponds council

As the topic suggests, our McDonald Jones rep told us that our plans will be submitted to council today! woohoo!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Electrical and land prices

On Friday we ventured out to Newcastle to do our final electrical selections for the house.
This covered, lights, switching, power points, air-con, TV points, phone points, garage fittings, home theater equipment, alarms etc.

Craig was a great help, he had a good knowledge of everything, and being an interior decorator, he had some great idea's. We ended up getting standard light fittings to all areas of the house, that we will replace with down-lights after hand-over to save money. Craig suggested we put in standard lights instead of the pre-wireing for the downlights, so at least the alignment of the lights would be completed before we moved in. We got the basic home theater package which includes many TV outlets, speaker wiring, extra phone and pay tv points and of course a TV aerial. Each item of the home theater pack gets credited back if you dont use it.

Wiring up the light switches was great fun. The application they use makes it very easy to choose what light gets switched from where. We also ended up with an extra aircon zone, so we can make sure we only cool or heat the areas of the house we will be in.

In other news, the prices of land at the ponds has gone through the roof. In some cases, the same size block of land is up 40-60 thousand dollars. Amazing since we only bought a block late last year!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Our land registered today!

Now we move on to the next stage, finance and eternal debt :)
We also have our contract from McDonald Jones to sign, its massive and we are going to take our time going through it, making sure everything is correct.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sneaky price list

So we've booked our electrical appointment for next week. Plans fell through for a mini-holiday we were going to take due to a canine mishap. We already had taken the time off at work, so we tried to get our appointment booked for that day.

Originally they set the date for May 7th, but then came back shortly after and said we could do the appointment on our day off, if we drove up to Newcastle to do it. Perfect!

We also managed to swindle the electrical price list before the appointment if anyone is interested: