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Finance, the never-ending story… I think we were celebrating a bit too early. Yes, it is all approved. But just getting the money proves much more difficult than I could have ever anticipated.

In order to get money from the bank we have to fill out a form. Where we note what stage the invoice is for. Whether it is an invoice that needs to get paid to the builder or if we have paid it and it needs to get reimbursed directly to us. With some signatures, bank information, attached invoices and proof of payment etc.

Sounds easy enough. But yet. I think we have already submitted the documents like 5 times. Each time it takes a day or 2 to get a response and each time something was not right or missing. Or they wanted something else on top of it. It’s been over 2 weeks of waiting for the 4 payments to be reimbursed…And we are now sitting at the end of October already…

Once we get the reimbursement, we have to go on a big shopping spree. We have to pay for the remainder of the windows, the HRV, the heat pump, pay for the timber flooring, the entry door and all the bathroom fixtures and fittings.

Just in time for the end of the lockdown. So at least we can finally go to showrooms again, in case we have any last-minute changes ? I can’t wait for the kids to be back at school full-time…

Quite a few things are happening on site as well.

All the ground floor internal stud walls are up. And the timber subfloor between the ground and first floor has also been installed. Now all is ready for the first floor Sips and the roof which are about to go in shortly.

We also did some last-minute changes upstairs to the internal walls. We swapped robes around. To make the kids rooms more usable. Especially the smaller kids’ bedroom. Some of you might remember. We had quite some issues with our big easement. The easement is already over 2.5 m wide. But we had to increase our setback a further 600mm to stay away from the pipe. And rather than making the entire house smaller we ended up cutting the corner off. Which means one kids’ bedroom upstairs has an angled wall… So, we swapped the robes around, to give the smaller room more usable wall area.

We also came up with an idea for a small feature shelf in our master bedroom.

Can’t wait to see the first floor and roofing going on.

Stay tuned.

PS: How good is the view to Mount Dandenong?