Lockup leads to wait and see

New Homes writer Erick Lopez is in the process of building a home with his girlfriend Shauni Levy. We’re following his journey from land purchase to lockup and move in, along the way garnering some sage advice for other prospective homebuilders. In part 8, the couple make a game out of lockup – trying to peek each change made within the home through the windows.

With our home in lockup it has made it more difficult to see each process of the interior – apart from looking through the windows. However, seeing each little piece come together over the couple of months of lockup has been incredibly exciting, paired with the mystery of not knowing what we’ll find each time we visit the house.

Once the windows and doors were installed, the focus turned to the installation of the kitchen cabinets and stone benchtop. Although it was a pain to try and see all the work which had been done through the windows, it almost turned into a game between Shauni and I to see who could notice any changes first.

In late March we met with our tiler to confirm our tile selection for the kitchen splashback, bathrooms and laundry. He gave us a rundown of how he would install the tiles, as well as the opportunity to go in and see the bathrooms for the first time, as well as take some snaps of Shauni in our soon-to-be home.

Our next visit in early April showed us how each little piece of the puzzle was being put together towards the final completed product.

A week after meeting with the tiler, our tiles in the bathroom, laundry and kitchen were complete and, once again, our selections in our prestart consultation proved to be ones we were very happy with.

My choice of the darker tiles in the bathroom and Shauni’s choice of a white marble-styled splashback in the kitchen had come to life, into something we could see and touch.

Just like the earlier construction of the bricks and roof, our home was changing each week with toilets, showerheads and kitchen appliances installed within a week after the tiles.

As time went on the changes became less and less noticeable, as power points and lights were installed followed by the installation of roof insulation and air-conditioning.

One thing we remembered once seeing it was our configuration and position of the lights in the rooms. As downlights weren’t included in our build, we were given the handy advice to place the lights in one corner of each room with the idea of upgrading to LED lights once we move in. Having a few close electrician friends meant we could save some extra money and make the job easier for future installation of downlights.

Two months out from the expected completion time, we had a pretty clear idea of how the completed build will look. The flooring would be one of the last remaining additions as Shauni and I ramp up our preparations and purchases as we approach move-in time.

Next time… the couple prepare to move into their new home.


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