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Standing on the first floor

This morning we dropped by the site again, and had an impromptu site meeting.

We agreed that the splashback for the kitchen sink will be 100mm of tile, plus 69mm of architrave.  The final height will depend on the height of the benches, which will vary between manufacturers.

Matt also took me through the problem with the plans and the position of a first floor wall.  The bedroom will be 300mm bigger, but the 'retreat' space will be 300mm smaller.  I'm not worried about that.

While there I identified another issue.  Because the ducted evaporative air and heating isn't shown on the plans, there's no allowance for the ducting to run through the structure of the floor, or the walls.  After bouncing some ideas around, Matt has identified some ways of achieving it using the new (not yet built) verandah roof and the false ceiling in the walk-in pantry that should enable us to get around the problem.  Matt recommended that I check out Duo Duct Fittings to see if I can quickly source some replacement ducting and vents to enable the air-conditioning and heating to be put through to the extension.

Rain set in during the early afternoon, delaying the start of the first floor wall frames.  It was good to stand on the first floor this morning and see the walls marked out, as well as to look at the view.  I hadn't expected to see the Dandenongs from our new bedroom window.


  1. Dave,

    Don't you love how builders like to take you through the problems with plans after the start building - You would think it better to sort out beforehand!

    Fix this problem and you will be the renovation superhero!

  2. I think we have this problem solved - with the lined verandah, we have a continuous roof space that will permit us to run the ducting to where we need it. Similar with the aircon, although it is more constrained; however I hope that a wall mounted vent will solve the problem. I find out tomorrow.


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