Forrester in Mernda

Our project in Mernda with Burbank

Settlement done, bins delivered

The final inspection went well and the all the areas we wanted touched up had been done.

We had to go to Altona to pay the final invoice and pick up the keys.

Meanwhile our council has already delivered the rubbish bins. That’s been quick considering I had send the email on Monday morning.

The first job to be done post construction is curtains and these have been booked for tomorrow. The remaining fence will be done next week and before the school holidays start.

Here are the latest pictures:



the two bins



dishwasher side


Occupancy certificate issued, letterbox installed

Not much happening at the moment as we wait for the handover but we got our occupancy certificate last week. The bank needs this in order to process the final payment.

We also managed to organise the Certificate of Insurance with our building and contents insurer. Our bank also needs this certificate.

At the site itself, we installed the letterbox. Our council needs the house number to be clearly marked either on the house itself or the letterbox before delivering the bins. We decided the letterbox was the better option and hence installed it – our first job.

Here are some of the latest photos:




no letter box


with letter box

PCI completed, handover on the 13th

The PCI went on well and there were no major issues. The final inspection will be on the 13th of September in the morning and then followed by keys handover later that morning and its done.

In the meantime, we have started to get quotes for house and contents insurance and when we get the occupancy permit we will apply for the bins from the council. The council says it will take up to five days maximum to deliver the bins and so we have lots of time.

Here are some photos from PCI:





powder room view





Telephone working, broadband organised

Today we had the telephone line installed and its working. This was a big breakthrough because when I first contacted Telstra about the phone line they said the phone would be available sometime towards the end of November,

However, that project was pushed forward to August and we will have access to a phone when we move in. Broadband and Foxtel have also been organised and they will start on the same day.

Here are some pictures of the water tank taken from the outside over the weekend:


New photos of the inside will be available after the PCI on Thursday.

Temp fence off, driveway completed

Over the past week the temporary fence and toilet have been taken away and the driveway has been completed.

The rain water tank has also been installed and now this leaves only the hot water tank and general cleaning.

PCI is still set for August 30 and I assume between now then there will be some touch ups here and there.

With the temporary fence gone, the house can now been seen clearly and here are the latest photos:

fence off

temp fence off




side view


front view


rain water tank


water tank, alfresco

PCI booked

The Practical Completion Inspection(PCI) has been booked for the 30th of August. We are looking forward to that and hopefully it will go smoothly.

We don’t anticipate many issues, ours has been a smooth ride so far with great staff from Burbank helping along the way.

There are no photos this time, hopefully some photos after the weekend visit.

Alfresco ceiling painted

One of the last places to be painted is the alfresco ceiling and this has now been done.

It was hard to take photos of the carpet because of the glare coming back from the windows. There is no carpet on the side of the house(south) where there was no glare.

Here are some of the latest photos:




Alarm light


Gas meter

garage door

Garage door - closer look


Front door


Corner view




Carpet installed

I have just checked Burbank’s My Place and found that the carpet has been as completed. This means that the last thing inside the house been completed five months after starting and the remaining things will be on the outside. I will have some photos after the weekend visit but for now this is “My Place” extract:


Carpet completed

Electrical, plumbing fit off completed

Over the last week the electrical and plumbing fit off were completed.

We had a chance to get into the house with the site supervisor to review the latest work done. All looks good and on course to be finished within the next fortnight.

The next work to be done is now painting touch up, carpet, alarm and then site clean up and then the driveway.

Here are some photos:

Outside tap

Garden tap

Exterior plug

Exterior plug

Kids toilet

Kids toilet

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Balcony scaffolding removed

The scaffolding around the balcony has now been removed. The carpenter had come back to finish off his work and it looks like he has finished now.

Also in the week we had the Telstra pit dug from the nature strip to the house. What is left now is for Telstra to connect the telephone line.

Also done is the fence to the right of our house. This is our last shared fence to be completed. The remaining fence is now all ours.

The garage door was also installed.

Here are some pictures:


Balcony - scaffolding off


Balcony - side view


Balcony - street view