Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

After 35+ years of marriage, two wonderful sons, living and working in Australia, Sweden, UK and USA we are now 'just the two of us' plus a very spoilt Shitzu.

Following five years at The Sandhurst Club it is time to downsize. Our criteria - build a new home in a development within ten minutes of John's Sandhurst Golf Club, access to Monash and Eastlink Freeways, all new infrastructure and proposed services, recycled water and no Management Company or Body Corporate Fees.

We invite you to view our journey as we build with Carlisle Homes our 'Savannah 28' at 'The Avenue at Casey', a masterplanned community meeting all our criteria.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

On-Site Meeting with Carlisle Homes Construction Manager and Site Supervisor

We met with CM and SS 7.30 a.m. to discuss rectification work as per Independent Inspection Report.

Following assessment of reported defects and discussions outlining Carlisle Homes intentions we are better informed and reassured Carlisle will follow through with rectifications as necessary.  

Numerous defects are minor, some we had 'no clue'.  

Major issues: 
Garage - the lintel/brickwork across the top of garage opening is up to 20mm out of level.
Will be taken down and reconstructed.

Laundry Sliding Door -  is noticeably out of parallel to the inside laundry walls.
CM is confident the defect is a 'bow' in the timber reveal; removal of architrave, sliding door and installation of new timber reveal will rectify.   

Study - a small section of cornice is not parallel - previously rectified and still not within tolerance. 

Front Feature Render - some areas not acceptable - will be totally re-rendered.

As PCI was two weeks ago (4th March) we were disappointed Carlisle took this long to assess; especially since all communication was being instigated by us. We voiced our concerns and trust our home is priority to a speedy take '2' PCI and smooth Handover - CM and SS assured us Handover will be by the end of March.
Relevant Tradesmen will be on-site from tomorrow.

Without an Independent Inspector many defects, however minor, would not be picked up by the average client.  Cosmetic defects are generally visible but Industry Standards and Tolerances require the knowledge and expertise of a professional Independent Inspector. Considering the emotional effort and money invested in building a home; peace of mind to have an industry expert representing us.


  1. Absolutely agree, having an independent inspector is worth every last cent. Hope you get to move in soon and enjoy your new home!!

  2. So do we now have a happy Deb? Not that many sleeps until the end of the month.

    Thanks for the heads up on our frame :)

  3. Deb it is so annoying to think that at this end of the build these issues have emerged. If only they had taken more time and attention to detail during construction instead of rushing things then an extra week or so to the first PCI would have made no difference. Now your moving plans have been disrupted because of this and they had bloody better get these things fixed quick smart so you can get back on track.

    Besides we need to have you moved in when we start so Reinsey and I have somewhere to get a coffee from while we check our builds!

  4. Yes Helen, a lesson for everyone. Without Independent expertise the major issues would have been overlooked - they will be fixed and we will enjoy our new home.

    I am happy Reinsey, Tuesdays ambush and this mornings meeting; confident with Carlisle Construction Manager overseeing work with Site Supervisor. All considered I think we have been relatively calm and he is out to please us.

    Hey Janine, can you please put all that in writing to Mr. Carlisle...clearly someone wasn't taking enough notice; why does it have to be the homeowner?

  5. Hi Debra,

    You've definitely convinced us to get an independent PCI inspection. Best wishes moving into your new home soon and getting all the issues addressed to your satisfaction.

  6. The power of a 'blog' Craig. Homeowners are well informed - Construction Manager made reference to 'home blogs', a powerful tool. I've never known anyone to be disappointed with an Independent Inspector - only the Builder! Good Luck with PCI.

  7. Seriously? I wouldn't have thought they'd read our blogs. More build guys, less time eavesdropping on our blogs!!!

  8. May I ask which inspector you used?

    We will be building an "Odessa 34" in the Ambrosia estate Cranbourne West

    1. Hello Sean,

      New Home Inspections - Kevin McDonald; excellent. Used him on two homes and recommended many times.