Majestic 40 at Gardener's Ridge

building a Wisdom Majestic in North Kellyville

I’m singin’ in the rain …



[‘Singin’ in the Rain’ MGM 1952 – photo from Wikipedia]

Well I’m no Gene Kelly or Debbie Reynolds for that matter but I’m pleased to see the rain here.

Yep, I mean it. All the rest of the build I have been holding out for good weather but the rain has come at the perfect time for us.

Why? Because since we’ve had the roof on we have had very little rain and I’d like us to have a deluge to put the Colorbond roof through its paces. This week the gyprock is due to be installed and so we want to see if we have any leaks beforehand. The Site Supervisor has said he tries to visit the builds in the rain to check for leaks so I hope he visits before the gyprockers start.

Last week the electricians and air con people came back to tweak a few things and the insulation was put in. Well it looks like a sheep has exploded inside the house but it is Bradford Gold insulation.

As standard Wisdom supply (excluding garage):

  • R2.0 Wall Insulation to exterior walls and
  • R3.5 Ceiling insulation

We have upgraded to have a mix of sound proof and comfortseal insulation in the ground floor interior walls for energy efficiency. The main reason being to make it warmer in the Winter and cooler in the Summer with the added bonus of reducing sound transmission on the tiled floors. So hopefully it helps a bit environmentally and financially with reduced heating/cooling requirements and costs.

The manufacturer, Bradford, state that the Gold insulation is made from up to 80% recycled content. I’m not sure what percentage is glass and what is sheep 🙂 . Well we’ve certainly contributed to glass recycling with the odd empty wine bottle or two over the years ….

Why didn’t we do the first floor as well? Cost is the short answer as it would have been nice to do the whole house however all the upgrades soon mount up. Since the downstairs is mainly tiled and the upstairs carpeted, with upgraded carpet and underlay, plus the boys bedrooms are at one end of the house and we are at the other we just put it downstairs.

So here’s what an our fluffy house and air con looks like:

insulation Collage

If you look carefully from the balcony you can see the Blue Mountains in the distance – well until the empty lot is built on but at least I caught a nice sunset. Just as well we weren’t planning on using the roof space for storage as the aircon unit is a beast. The two holes are for the aircon air intake.

Also we had our independent pre-lining inspection by Houspect on Thursday and are awaiting our report. Hopefully it will come back before the gyprock starts so if there is anything Wisdom need to rectify they have a chance to sort it out before the linings go on.

Spot Quiz:

Anyone notice something different about my site?

At the top of the Header Bar I have added an ‘Our Construction Journey’ link to a flowchart of our build. Other builder’s give their customers a construction flowchart for their build so you know what order things happen in but Wisdom don’t or at least we never received one. Therefore I have produced one (after a quick lesson in PowerPoint from hubby) for our build with other key events added like Progress Payments and Independent Inspections. I hope you find it interesting and useful for those building.


Author: lunar62

Having lived here as a child in the 60's I fell in love with Australia and always hoped to one day be able to visit again. So when the opportunity came to move here with my husband's job we decided nothing ventured nothing gained and decided to go for it even though it was hard to leave our family and friends behind in the UK. So now we're here lock, stock and barrel, children and pets too and embarking on building a new home.

4 thoughts on “I’m singin’ in the rain …

  1. That sure is a serious air con! Hopefully you won’t need it too often if your home is well insulated. Our house had to have the whole roof raised to fit in the air con. A lot of work and cost for only a handful of days per year that we’ll need it. I hope. Lovely sunset pic. Glad you are enjoying your rain. Keep it your side of the country!

    • Hopefully you’re right Johanne and between the insulation, ceiling fans and cross currents of air we won’t need to fire up that monster too often.
      My poor old cat thinks he’s back in the hold of the aircraft when we use our rental aircon with the noise it generates.

  2. Cool flowchart! We didn’t get one either. We’re due to get some rain on the weekend, hoping we don’t spot any leaks.

    • Thanks trixee! I find myself studying other peoples time lines to try and gauge when we might be in so hopefully other people building with Wisdom will find it helpful.
      Good luck with the rain and hopefully you are all water tight.

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