The site supervisor has told me he's looking to try to get someone to do the first layer of render before the Christmas break, and is also looking for a painter who's willing to work over the break so we can continue to have at least a bit of progress in those three weeks or so.
Achitraves have been installed, and of course all of the external walls are finished; small issues with the door locks also fixed. Most significantly it looks like cabinets will be installed on Monday and Tuesday right throughout.
One thing I've noticed is the glass that's on the front door - it doesn't appear to be what was ordered. I was reluctant to have glass on the front door as because of the design of the house it would mean you could see straight down the entire length of the house - so I wanted some kind of translucent or frosted glass. It looks like what's currently in the door is regular transparent glass, so I'll mention it in the coming week or so - it's entirely possible they already know about it and it's going to be replaced at some point... though I kinda think unlikely. I'm not too keen on on people being able to rock up to the front door and see exactly what's going on inside.
Lastly, the camera company are still having fun with the delivery company - those cameras that were missing? They sent a replacement package, and that package too was claimed as having been delivered but never showed up. We've checked the security cameras here 30 minutes either side of the time the driver claimed to have delivered them, noone came in to the street, let alone near our house. Not only that but the driver never showed at the depot that night or the next morning for more pickups. That's gonna be a funny story to see played out.
Since it's now getting to the point where stuff is getting installed inside, I might start delaying posts by a week or two - just in case there's any opportunistic types who go "ooh, a blog telling us when everything's getting delivered that we can rock up and pinch". Because we know how popular construction sites are for break-ins.
Anyhow, progress photos.
Oh yeah, the photos are 16:9 now because I switched away from the god-awful iPhone 4S to a Nokia Lumia 920.