We're still quite away off starting the actual build but since we've hopefully (ha!) finalised our design now that our set back is sorted I thought it's a good time to get started on here.
We're building at Gen Fyansford, on the fringe of Geelong, our land is expected to title in April, I'm not holding my breath but so far they are on schedule, and it looks like the first lots are about to title when they said they would, so fingers crossed it stays that way.
We paid a deposit with Kings at the end of May after also considering similar plans with Boutique and Metricon. We loved Kings fexibility, our sales guy was great and no change has been too much trouble for them. It hasn't been the quickest process but overall they have been really good so far.
14/3/2015 – Land contract signed (est. settlement Apr/May 2016)
31/3/2015 – First estimate from JG King
25/5/2015 – Deposit paid with JG King
17/7/2015 – Preliminary plans – with hilarious 25 degree skillion roof!
29/7/2015 – Electrical appointment
31/7/2015 – Colours appointment
4/9/2015 – Tile appointment
9/10/2015 – reworked drawings
30/10/2015 – third set of drawings
10/2/2016 – drawings again
April/May 2016 – chase our tails to reselect discontinued tiles only to eventually find out that they were set aside at the time of selection. Update on land, now expected to title in Aug 2016
5/5/2016 – Developer approval application submitted
24/5/2016 – Developer approval failed due to a stack of nit-picky things
25/5/2016 – Road completed
10/6/2016 – colour doc updated with new essa stone
15/6/2016 - Contract drawings including amendments for Developer approval – still a few things to sort out
23/6/2016 – 6[sup]th[/sup] set of drawings back and sent in for Developer approval again
26/6/2016 – Developer comes back with more notes – back to drafting again
28/6/2016 – Land loan approved, pre-approval on construction loan
8/7/2016 – 7[sup]th[/sup] set of drawings back and resubmitted to developer – third time lucky!
19/7/2016 – Developer approval! And floor area fixed on drawings and fly doors added.
2/8/2016 – Statement of compliance on the land
25/8/2016 – Land titled
6/9/2016 – finally stand on our land for the first time! Soil testing done.
9/9/2016 – Land settled
23/9/2016 – Land info added to drawings
29/9/2016 – Applied for report and consent for boundary wall height and height of pier in setback
4/10/2016 – Engineering drawings back
10/10/2016 – Engineering take 2 and Final site costs
13/10/2016 - Contract signed. Find out council won’t process report and consent
31/10/2016 – Construction loan unconditional
1/12/2016 – Council agrees to process report and consent with letters from developer and their lawyers
16/12/2016 – Finally have three support letters for council
21/12/2016 – letters sent to council
24/1/2017 – Council again refuses to process report and consent
2/2/2017 – Make the decision to move the house back – back to drafting!
6/2/2017 – 10[sup]th[/sup] revision of drawings back, sent to council and engineering. Council sends letters to neighbours for comment
8/2/2017 – Plans with new setback sent to developer for approval again. Revised engineering back. And drawing errors fixed (for the final time hopefully!)
10/2/2017 – Developer approval!
17/2/2017 - Council processes report and consent but refuses it.
Below are the original plan and our modified plan.
The main changes are:
- 1.3m chopped out of the length by removing the ensuite bath and taking a 200 from the master and 100 from the living.
- added 500 to the garage by adding 300 to the outside and narrowing the entry hall 200
- Ironed out the step in the bathroom wall by reducing Bed 3 (my office) by 100mm and adding 100mm to the WIR
- Moved the dining widow to the Family and increased it to a 2327 mock casement
- Added a sliding glass door to the dining
- Added doors to the Living
- increased the height of the window splashback to fill the space between the bench and overheads
- added a window above the ensuite mirror to replace the one we chopped out with the bath.
- increased the height of the master and living windows
- added a 600mm eave to the north side
We haven't had to go crazy with the upgrades because the Allure range inclusions were right around where we wanted to be. But the main things we upgraded or changed were:
ceiling fans to all bedrooms and both livings
downlights, a dozen or so power points, extra lighting in the garage and outside
power provision for future air con and serge protection
square set cornice to entry/hall/kitchen/dining/family and bathrooms
upgraded ovens so that I can cook without fan
upgraded to AFA exact sinks
One waterfall end to the island bench
Tiling to the ceiling in the bathrooms on the walls that had tiling (i.e not every wall), we were lucky that the tiles that we removed along with the bath covered the extra ones in the ensuite so only had to pay for the bathroom
bricks and main floor tiles
I have to run to school pick up now but I will try to get our colour selections uploaded later. I look forward to sharing our journey on here, this forum has been such a massive help!