Saturday, May 16, 2009

Acoustic amelioration, WTH?

Today I read the fine print in my sales contract and discovered I need some kind of acoustic treatment to the house. This only came about because my builder queried it, as I was in close proximity to a main road.

Now I'm ringing anyone that has been associated with the development to see what I can find.

From what the real estate agent knew, he though the acoustic fence was all the sound treatment that was need to any propsed dwelling built on site.

I got onto a guy at the Department of Main Roads, he sent me the full conditions of development on that site. In a nutshell it must pass noise attenuating conditions spelt out by DMR. With with a traffic project of 10 years, it must be adequate to be inhabitable without disturbing the occupants of the house. I need to involve acoustic engineers to certify the proposed dwelling to see if it passes the design criteria.

I rang a couple of companies and they all asked for an existing noise report, or one had to be developed. According to the development application of the subdivision, there is someone who has one. I just need to track it down. That would save me thousands of dollars. The certification costs a few hundred, but the study costs way more due to equipment hire and data retrieval. I'm doing some more investigation to see who has a copy of the report.

OK a few hours later after ringing developers surveyors and engineers, i was told to contact Brisbane city council. The people working there are so helpful. He found what I was looking for and has emailed me a full copy. After I confirmed I was the owner of the property he didn't hesistate. As I read I found it was 4 years old.

I rang a couple of acoustic engineers that could help and they could make conservative projections from the data already obtained. Still wouldn't be as accurate as if they had to perform a noise report from scratch, but it was something.

Let's see what the outcome is. I would still want to use double glazing on my windows, not only to see what all the fuss is about, but being in close proximity to the road, I think we will need it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Studio M appointment

This is not exactly the house we have selected, but use your imagination by combining the everest below with the fascade and the colour selections above, then you will have the finished product. I hope.

Indicative kitchen layout
Indicative living area layout
Indicative bathroom layout
Goto and give it a go.

Went to Studio M today. As it was my rostered day off, we spent pretty much the whole day at Metricon deciding on colours, and electricals. We even met up with out CSC afterwards.

  1. Floor Tile
  2. Wall tiles
  3. Roof Tiles
  4. Fascias
  5. Gutters
  6. Interior Wall
  7. Window Frame
  8. Main cupboard laminex
  9. Secondary colour laminex
  10. Ceasarstone benchtop

Our complete colour selection:
Frames : Black
External Glazing:
Wet Areas: Grey Spotswood
Sidelight: Translucent
Windows & Doors: Grey Tint

Roof Tiles
Standard: Windsor
Colour: Gunmetal

Fascias, Gutters, Downpipes, Rainwater Tank
Fascia: Classic Cream
Gutter: Monument
Downpipes: Classic Cream
Rainwater Tank: Paperbark (by owners)

Gutter Profile
Profile: Trimline (square)

Garage Door
Colour: Classic Cream
Profile: Heritage

Upgrade range 4: Stonewash (Double height)
Joints: Rolled
Mortar Colour: Off white with white sand

External Entrance door
Door Style: INFWS 6G (Pivot)
Finish: Stain grade
Glazing: Clear
Laundry & Garage doors: flush panel, paint grade finish

Internal Doors
Standard: flush panel, paint grade

External door furniture
Front: Horizon 9648PH370- back to back c/w 775 series with 10EU4 escutheons
Garage & Laundry: Terrace lock + 550 series deadbolt

Internal door furniture
Style: Venice
Hinges: Chrome
Cavity Sliders: 396 circular pull

Architraves: Classic/42mm x 12mm
Skirting: Classic/ 68mm x 12mm
Cornice: Cover, 90mm

Benchtop: Raw Silk 20mm aris edge profile
Ebony Macassar code 272 Laminex: cupboards Fronts, 200mm Island Cupboard Front, Bank of drawers, Pot drawers, Island end panels, Island back panel, Kickboard
Parchment code 202 Laminex: Infill/shadowline, Overhead Doors, Overhead panels, Server all panels incl. top.
Sink: Clark Quatro
Splashback: Star Fire glass, snake skin (metallic)

Kitchen Appliances
As per promotion pack

Bathroom + Ensuite + Laundry
Licorice Linea code 279 laminex
Basin: Liano square inset with pop-up chrome waster
Bath: Newbury with pop-up chrome waste
Shower: Framed + semi framed pivot door
Mirror: Framed
Toilet: Fowler Regent

Irwell Pin Mixer
Dorf Nutra Multi Function Shower on Rail (showerhead)

Floor Waste

Bathroom Accesories
Dorf Belmore MKII Toilet roll holder & Towel rail

External Painting
Door & Frames: Sikken Dark Oak (009)
Other Hinged external doors: Taubmans - Colourbond Classic Cream
Eaves & External Ceilings: Bristol Beige Shadow
Window infill/ FC sheeting/Blueboard: Taubmans - Colourbon classic Cream

Internal Painting
Ceiling & Cornice: Metricon White
Main Wall Colour: Taubmans China Beige T2-2W
Woodwork: Bristol Bassinet P001-L3

Range: Stoney Creek
Colour: 12 Almond Shell
Underlay: Rubber 1 (Premium)

I discovered that there's a studio M website, that allows me to visualise the colour selection. This was made for victorian customers, but it can still work for us northern states. The entire range doesn't exists, but you can still choose something close.
Bathtub tiles & laundry splashbackFloor Tiles

Monday, May 4, 2009

Display home again

I'm so pissed. I went through the display home to locate all the electrical fitouts for our electrical appointment next week. I brought in the plans for the house and marked out all the down lights and switches. I left it for a few minutes on the kitchen bench and some S.O.B nicked it. I gave up and started to take a video recording instead and tried to work from that when I got home.

The nerve of some people. To take something that is not theirs. That's enough of my rant. Whoever you are, I believe in Kharma. So you will get your just desserts.