Building a new home is an exciting process. However in my opinion it is important to familiarise yourself with the stages of building a house and those moments that you ‘must’ celebrate by cracking a bottle of champagne! As most you know, Mr. Spittoon and I built a house in the Swan Valley a few years ago and heck, it was definitely the wine that got me through it!
I even wrote a blog post on the 5 wines that helped me survive the building process! Currently I have a number of friends who are going through the same process so I wanted to make sure they enjoy the process as much as possible alongside understanding what’s going on (I was so clueless to the process of building a new house which added to the stress!).
Therefore with the above in mind I have collaborated with the team at The Temporary Fencing Shop for all the building stage descriptions and then I have suggested my perfect champagne match for each stage.
By the end of it, you will have tried 12 new champagnes and have a brand new house. Does life get any better?
Stage 1 – Slab Stage:
It is always exciting to see that the slab and foundation of your new home has been set. Ensure that your plumber has laid out all your pluming prior to the slab being poured as plumbing is required to be located underneath the slab.
Celebrate with a glass or bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne as you sit on your slab for a bit of a ‘slab party’ (feel free to include some fish’n’chips or KFC – both great champas matches)
Stage 2 – Frames & Roof Trusses:
The frames are prepared before being delivered to the site and can generally be erected within a day or two. Frames and roof trusses give you a good indication of what your home will look like at the end of production.
Celebrate with a glass or bottle of Ayala Champagne whilst exploring your new humble abode
Stage 3 – Roof Tiling & Metal Roofing:
Ideally a builder will attempt to put your roof on as soon as possible in order to protect the frame and trusses.
Celebrate your roof placement with a glass or bottle of Bollinger Champagne
Stage 4 – Brick Work:
This stage gives your home structure and you always find yourself sighing in relief when the brickwork goes up.
Celebrate your bricks with a glass or bottle of Mumm Champagne
Stage 5 – Rough Ins
Rough Ins involve the electrical and plumbing wiring and pipes to be installed before the internal lining for your home be installed.
Celebrate electricity & plumbing with a glass or bottle of Pol Roger Champagne
Stage 6 – Internal Linings
After the rough ins are complete the next step would be to install the insulation of your home, this is the stage where you get a good sense of your space as the plastering for your walls are completed during the internal linings stage.
Celebrate insulation & walls with a glass or bottle of Taittinger Champagne
Stage 7 – Waterproofing & Tiling
All wet areas will be waterproofed in preparation for tilers to start work.
Celebrate waterproofing with a glass or bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne
Stage 8 – Timber Mould Out
Timber Mould Out involves your carpenters installing all skirting boards, architraves, door jams, doors and kitchens.
Celebrate Timber with a glass or bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne
Stage 9 – Lock Up
Lock up is when all external doors including garage and shed doors.
Celebrate lock up with a glass or bottle of Ruinart Champagne
Stage 10 – P.C Fit Out
This stage includes the installation of all prime cost items such as tapware, bath, mirrors, vanities and other accessories.
Celebrate your taps & vanities with a glass or bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne
Stage 11 – Practical Completion
This is the stage where council inspections are conducted right before the builder is finished. Your site manager will walk through the development and point out any items that still need to be actioned. By this stage it should only be minor changes and touch ups that should require installation.
Celebrate practical completion with a glass or bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne
Stage 12 – Handover
You are satisfied with the standards of completion for your home, this is the stage where you pay the final invoice and receive your new home keys.
Celebrate the end of a hike with a bottle or two of Louis Roederer NV Champagne or if you’re feeling like something extra special, splash out on a bottle of Cristal!