Monday, February 14, 2011

Before and after - brick to weatherboard

Stage two of our build, the rear extension has started, well the demolition part anyway.

Before

Our brick has been removed to expose weatherboard and already I think the house looks better, even with the weatherboard being dirty (well if you use a bit of imagination of how it will be with new deck, cleaned and painted).
After

Our house is weatherboard house built in the 1950s and then in the 70s someone put brick cladding on it which in my opinion is nowhere near as appealing. This now exposed weatherboard is also going to be removed for newer board and our extension will be done in weatherboard to match.
Anyway the thing we can't get over is already this few days of demolition has caused arguments with our building company who were trying to claim they didn't know the weatherboard was there and wanted to charge us extra to remove it.

To cut a long story short I am happy to say we managed to prove that they did know, we had e-mails about it and so they will not be removing the contract variation they were trying to make us pay. So lesson learnt - keep everything in writing and stick to your guns!

11 comments:

  1. Looks great! Whoever invented "brick veneer" was not clever or stylish!

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  2. Lucky you kept that information. Sheesh, pesky builders! It's going to look great!

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  3. Cheeky buggers aren't they...loving the progress pics. And you're right - it looks better all ready

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  4. Gosh, I can't believe someone put brick veneer over those boards? Good on you for sticking to your guns, really they will try anything won't they. Looking forward to more progressive shots. ;-)

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  5. i'm with jenny......i love weather boards, good on you for keeping the paper work......same thing happened to use when we built a house, we went through the paper work with a fine tooth comb and yup it cost them not us
    have a great day and am excited to watch this amazing transformation, it does look better already have a great week xx

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    1. Lisa, I think you mean 'you had a house built' few people 'build houses' but they all take credit in sayin 'we built' only to see the fact that a builder 'built it' Lol, 'WE built, and had problems with THEM' See my point :-) You had it built. Bit like buying a kid's cubby and saying you made it bacause it came in a box with a screwdriver!

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  6. WOW such a transfomation already, how fantastic is it going to look when everything is shiny & new.
    It certainly pays to keep an eye on your tradies & the paper work!!

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  7. I've never heard of putting brick veneer over cladding! Can't wait to see it all finished, it is looking so much better already.

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  8. I'm glad you weren't charged more by proving to them otherwise. Happy for you.

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  9. this house was bricked in the 1960s as the bricks are appricote wire cuts 3 hole brick commonly used in this time

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    1. Always someone who knows everything! It 'may' have been bricked then. Brick style sales last a very long time and I think the actual home owners may know more about the house history than you. You can still buy these bricks now if you look hard enough you tool. Even if you've been a bricky your whole life, the brick style doesn't mean you KNOW when this house was bricked does i? You say it 'was' bricked as if it's a fact. Just had to write something to make out you knew more than the owners at 1:50 am! I'm sure it was just an observation, but this site is full of "knowitalls" trying to find their fame, with the hope that others don't know any better than to believe everything they say. Go get some sleep and something better to do with your time. You've not helped anyone, but just wanted the spotlight for that moment to be on you. I bet you bore the shit out of people at the station waiting to catch a train. Get a t-shirt with "knowitall" on the back!

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