Post subject: Building alone - Disappearing into the ether
Posted: Jul 28, 2011 4:43 pm
Joined: 28 Jul 2011 Posts: 372
My husband and I planned to build our dream house over 2 year ago. Married 25 years, 4 kids leaving home at various stages. Time for us, a 'Grown Up' house. Someone wasn't reading the script. My husband was killed in a road accident last year. At first I wasn't going to build the house. Even rang the company and told them to cancel. 9 months on I've had a rethink. He would have wanted me to build. I'm going to make our dream come true. I've had the tender prepared, made some simple changes (ones we talked about) and now I'm just waiting on the contract. I'm not deviating from our dream except I no longer need a double garage/workshop down the back for his motorbikes. This forum is a way for me to document the build. Land purchased May 2010 Tender received 20/7/2011 Visit to sales consultant 23/7/2011 Money paid for contract to be drawn up 26/07/2011 Picked up Home Building Agreement 21/08/2011 Signed contract and completed electrical plan 27/8/2011 Colour selection 25/9/2011. Complying Development Certificate 21/10/2011 Plans stamped approval 24/10/2011 I have a port-a-loo on site. YAY!!!! 11/11/2011 Daughter's wedding. All done and dusted. Fantastic day. 12/11/2011 Site excavated 22/11/2011 Tiles for kitchen splash back, toilet, laundry and bathrooms selected. 30/11/2011 Steel screw piles driven into black soil 20/12/2011 Plumbing 16/1/2012 Waffle pads and steel re-inforcement in place ready for slab 18/1/2012 Windows and frames onsite 27/1/2012 Call from SS. He said "slab is done and looking really good" 7/2/2012 Text from brother. "Frames and trusses are up" 13/2/2012 Fascia and gutters are up and bricking started 16/2/2012 Roof completed 23/02/2012 Brickwork 100% completed and water meter connected 12/3/12 Electrical done. 21/3/12 Plastering done 2/4/2012 Lock-up bill 12/4/2012 Kitchen almost in 25/4/12 Tiling done 13/5/12 Garage door 7/6/12 rubbish removed 14/6/12 keys to the house 21/6/12 Floors done 29/6/12 Driveway done 16/8/12 entry tiled 20/8/12
Joined: 23 Feb 2010 Posts: 12010 Location: nz-oz- uk- oz-uk-oz- nz, Im exhausted!
ooow, that is so sad. what a shock for you and the kids. Someone didnt hand you the new plan to sign obviously....I would be asking for a re play, with a different ending. seeing you didnt sign it off!
good luck with your home, he would have wanted you to have been in a nice brand new home that you both had planned. my hubby has felt he was being pushed to build our home and get our family sorted (we have 5 kids) as he doesnt feel he will be living in the house long, but wants us to be ok in the future (big life insurance on him I tell ya to pay for said house as I aint working!! I too havent signed off on any deviations, it is just a feeling he has)
I wish you well and that you enjoy the ride. I am sure he will be near, helping you get through it all. we are all here too....so spout off when you need to
Unfortunately none of my kids will be living there. They are each on their own journey in life. The youngest started UNSW this year. However, they will always visit and our block is 2364 sqs so a small house would look odd.
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