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kjane
6 December
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Dec 06, 2018 10:41 am
Zen Zen
kjane kjane
Gorgeous tile selections, very lux. I liked the Thornleigh Beaumonts too. Good luck with culling, we went back and forth for so long just on the staircase alone :wink: Fingers crossed you get some joy with the latest DA.


Thanks kjane! Out of interest, what did you decide with your stairs? I remember you chose a thermolaminate for your kitchen cabinets - did you consider the 2pac at all?

We originally wanted matching floorboards on the staircase but then changed to carpet with thick underlay. We swapped back and forth multiple times but went with carpet in the end. I think the floorboards would look better but with two kids running up and down the stairs the carpet will sound a lot better, and I value my sanity :wink: Same with having glass balustrade, would prefer the look but wouldn't want to be cleaning them everyday as kids would no doubt put smudgy hands prints everywhere and that would drive me bonkers.

Yeah we did look at 2 pac but just couldn't stretch the budget that far.
Zen Zen
kjane kjane
Gorgeous tile selections, very lux. I liked the Thornleigh Beaumonts too. Good luck with culling, we went back and forth for so long just on the staircase alone :wink: Fingers crossed you get some joy with the latest DA.


Thanks kjane! Out of interest, what did you decide with your stairs? I remember you chose a thermolaminate for your kitchen cabinets - did you consider the 2pac at all?

We originally wanted matching floorboards on the staircase but then changed to carpet with thick underlay. We swapped back and forth multiple times but went with carpet in the end. I think the floorboards would look better but with two kids running up and down the stairs the carpet will sound a lot better, and I value my sanity :wink: Same with having glass balustrade, would prefer the look but wouldn't want to be cleaning them everyday as kids would no doubt put smudgy hands prints everywhere and that would drive me bonkers.

Yeah we did look at 2 pac but just couldn't stretch the budget that far.
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kjane
5 December
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Dec 05, 2018 5:16 pm
AllyBrian 2078 AllyBrian 2078
Hey Zen,

All sounds really good, love love your tile selection. Our selection appointments seem like a lifetime ago, well they kinda were (15mths or so).

Anyhow we got a larger Aircon system which has 3 zones but we must always have 2 zones on or we were told the pressure could be too much and ruin the piping - so check out if you can have a single zone on only.

Good luck with your build - kinda wish we were back there doing it again, such an amazing experience.


Hi AllyBrian, great to see you on here again. Your comments on this thread were invaluable to me when getting started. How is it in the house? Anything you wish was different?
AllyBrian 2078 AllyBrian 2078
Hey Zen,

All sounds really good, love love your tile selection. Our selection appointments seem like a lifetime ago, well they kinda were (15mths or so).

Anyhow we got a larger Aircon system which has 3 zones but we must always have 2 zones on or we were told the pressure could be too much and ruin the piping - so check out if you can have a single zone on only.

Good luck with your build - kinda wish we were back there doing it again, such an amazing experience.


Hi AllyBrian, great to see you on here again. Your comments on this thread were invaluable to me when getting started. How is it in the house? Anything you wish was different?
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kjane
5 December
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Dec 05, 2018 5:10 pm
Zen Zen
Latest from us - we finally finished all the selections appointments. We have most of the upgrade costs but waiting on 1 more before we can sit down and start culling the list as we are already over our budget.

Quick rundown on what we selected:

Flooring - we went with TDF coastal blackbutt and upgraded our carpet underlay - total upgrade about $5.5k

Tiling - I enjoyed this appointment the most, the sales consultant was very helpful at the Thornleigh Beaumonts and was very efficient in bringing out the tiles that matched our bathroom inspo. We stayed within the standard range for all tiles but upgraded the shower niches with mosaics (I love the marble herringbone). Also upgraded the tile wastes and matching grout for the darker tiles. Total approx $1400. Photos of our selections below. The little wood squares are our vanity laminates.

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Electricals - we had a $4k provision, I think we will be slightly over. We doubled the powerpoints and used up most of our downlights (incl the 20 downlight promo) downstairs. Upstairs put in battens. Added in extra timber noggins and wiring for 2 ceiling fans, put in 2 conduits for the TVs, extra data points, dimmers. We are thinking of adding an extra aircon zone (2 is the standard). Did anyone do this? I think an extra zone would be good for night time just in the bedrooms but I saw on another thread people using the smart aircons where you can basically have as many zones as you want. I still need to research this. I'm also wondering whether dimmers are worth it given how advanced all the smart home tech will be in 2 years time when our build will likely complete. Smart lights are already pretty common now. Did anyone put in strip lighting under kitchen overheads and on islands? Elba came back with an upgrade cost of about $450 for strip lighting under the kitchen overheads, sounds pricey...wondering if it's easier and cheaper to do after handover.

I found the electricals appointment quite intense and we actually prepared for it. It's been brought in-house and they still had the running tally where you see how each item adds up to the total. Also got a sneak peak into the new showroom at the H&H parramatta office - they are bringing the internal selections in-house too and the showroom looks very slick.

Kitchens - got the quote back today...heart palpitations looking at the upgrade costs. We went with thermoseal cabinets (about $3.6k), added 2 mirror shaving cabinets that was more expensive that I anticipated - our ensuite one is $900, main bath about $600. Also got laundry fit-out quoted (~ $1.4k), upgraded our kitchen benchtop to Snow (about $680 for 40mm), upgraded our butler's pantry from laminate to caesarstone ($800). Some other bits and pieces, we're going to take a good long look to see what we can cull.

Plumbing - we changed to shower rails, changed kitchen and laundry mixers, wall-mounting our bathroom taps, approx $860. Water filter in butler's pantry came to about $450 but this is one that will have to go.

Stairs - originally wasn't going to upgrade but might do timber rails.

Internal selections - upgraded front door handle, translucent doors, internal doors. Still waiting on costs for these.

Gorgeous tile selections, very lux. I liked the Thornleigh Beaumonts too. Good luck with culling, we went back and forth for so long just on the staircase alone :wink: Fingers crossed you get some joy with the latest DA.
Zen Zen
Latest from us - we finally finished all the selections appointments. We have most of the upgrade costs but waiting on 1 more before we can sit down and start culling the list as we are already over our budget.

Quick rundown on what we selected:

Flooring - we went with TDF coastal blackbutt and upgraded our carpet underlay - total upgrade about $5.5k

Tiling - I enjoyed this appointment the most, the sales consultant was very helpful at the Thornleigh Beaumonts and was very efficient in bringing out the tiles that matched our bathroom inspo. We stayed within the standard range for all tiles but upgraded the shower niches with mosaics (I love the marble herringbone). Also upgraded the tile wastes and matching grout for the darker tiles. Total approx $1400. Photos of our selections below. The little wood squares are our vanity laminates.

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Electricals - we had a $4k provision, I think we will be slightly over. We doubled the powerpoints and used up most of our downlights (incl the 20 downlight promo) downstairs. Upstairs put in battens. Added in extra timber noggins and wiring for 2 ceiling fans, put in 2 conduits for the TVs, extra data points, dimmers. We are thinking of adding an extra aircon zone (2 is the standard). Did anyone do this? I think an extra zone would be good for night time just in the bedrooms but I saw on another thread people using the smart aircons where you can basically have as many zones as you want. I still need to research this. I'm also wondering whether dimmers are worth it given how advanced all the smart home tech will be in 2 years time when our build will likely complete. Smart lights are already pretty common now. Did anyone put in strip lighting under kitchen overheads and on islands? Elba came back with an upgrade cost of about $450 for strip lighting under the kitchen overheads, sounds pricey...wondering if it's easier and cheaper to do after handover.

I found the electricals appointment quite intense and we actually prepared for it. It's been brought in-house and they still had the running tally where you see how each item adds up to the total. Also got a sneak peak into the new showroom at the H&H parramatta office - they are bringing the internal selections in-house too and the showroom looks very slick.

Kitchens - got the quote back today...heart palpitations looking at the upgrade costs. We went with thermoseal cabinets (about $3.6k), added 2 mirror shaving cabinets that was more expensive that I anticipated - our ensuite one is $900, main bath about $600. Also got laundry fit-out quoted (~ $1.4k), upgraded our kitchen benchtop to Snow (about $680 for 40mm), upgraded our butler's pantry from laminate to caesarstone ($800). Some other bits and pieces, we're going to take a good long look to see what we can cull.

Plumbing - we changed to shower rails, changed kitchen and laundry mixers, wall-mounting our bathroom taps, approx $860. Water filter in butler's pantry came to about $450 but this is one that will have to go.

Stairs - originally wasn't going to upgrade but might do timber rails.

Internal selections - upgraded front door handle, translucent doors, internal doors. Still waiting on costs for these.

Gorgeous tile selections, very lux. I liked the Thornleigh Beaumonts too. Good luck with culling, we went back and forth for so long just on the staircase alone :wink: Fingers crossed you get some joy with the latest DA.
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kjane
4 December
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Dec 04, 2018 2:28 pm
Hollander Hollander
I had a look at the display homes at Kellyville and I really liked the Elyse. While the display Elyse had lovely rendered walls, to keep the cost down I'll probably go with the Traditional facade with the exposed bricks.

To anyone building an Elyse with the Traditional facade, does it include bricks as standard to the entire building exterior or is there cladding on other parts of the building not visible from the front?

We have gone with the classic façade and the whole house is brick apart from the panel at the front of the main bedroom and the small panel in front of the front bedroom 4. The upper and lower levels of the sides and rear is all brick, I'll post a photo of all four sides of ours when the bricking is finished which should hopefully be early next week.
Hollander Hollander
I had a look at the display homes at Kellyville and I really liked the Elyse. While the display Elyse had lovely rendered walls, to keep the cost down I'll probably go with the Traditional facade with the exposed bricks.

To anyone building an Elyse with the Traditional facade, does it include bricks as standard to the entire building exterior or is there cladding on other parts of the building not visible from the front?

We have gone with the classic façade and the whole house is brick apart from the panel at the front of the main bedroom and the small panel in front of the front bedroom 4. The upper and lower levels of the sides and rear is all brick, I'll post a photo of all four sides of ours when the bricking is finished which should hopefully be early next week.
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kjane
4 December
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Dec 04, 2018 1:43 pm
Amanda_Ly Amanda_Ly
Hi All,

We have our tender presentation next Friday. What should we expect?

TIA!

Not sure how our tender presentation compares to others as we did it mainly via email and skype as we don't currently live in Australia. We went through all the plans and made sure that they covered what we wanted and then also put forward a huge list of questions. We made some changes and additions at this meeting and HHH then came back a couple of days later with costs etc and then we made the decision as to if we wanted to go ahead with those changes. All the best with the presentation and keep us posted, always good to follow another build.
Amanda_Ly Amanda_Ly
Hi All,

We have our tender presentation next Friday. What should we expect?

TIA!

Not sure how our tender presentation compares to others as we did it mainly via email and skype as we don't currently live in Australia. We went through all the plans and made sure that they covered what we wanted and then also put forward a huge list of questions. We made some changes and additions at this meeting and HHH then came back a couple of days later with costs etc and then we made the decision as to if we wanted to go ahead with those changes. All the best with the presentation and keep us posted, always good to follow another build.
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kjane
4 December
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Dec 04, 2018 1:37 pm
Hollander Hollander
A big thank you to everyone in this discussion. I recently started the process with Hall and Hart and as someone new to building this is an invaluable resource.

Agree, as a fellow newbie this whole forum has been great. Looking forward to hearing how it all goes for you.
Hollander Hollander
A big thank you to everyone in this discussion. I recently started the process with Hall and Hart and as someone new to building this is an invaluable resource.

Agree, as a fellow newbie this whole forum has been great. Looking forward to hearing how it all goes for you.
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kjane
22 November
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Nov 22, 2018 3:25 pm
Zen Zen
kjane kjane
Getting our bricks on!
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Great choice of brick, the colour looks great! Can't believe how fast it's going up for you.

Drove past Chauvel St yesterday and saw another H&H build going up!

Must be stressful packing your life up in Singapore and moving back to Sydney - good luck with it all! :)

We have our kitchen appointment tomorrow, we are sticking with a neutral colour scheme - mostly white, with some timber to warm things up.

Have fun at the kitchen appointment! Funnily enough I randomly met the lady building in Chauvel street when I went to do my flooring appointment back in April.

Slowly getting everything sorted here for the big move, can't wait to see the house in the flesh.
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Great choice of brick, the colour looks great! Can't believe how fast it's going up for you.

Drove past Chauvel St yesterday and saw another H&H build going up!

Must be stressful packing your life up in Singapore and moving back to Sydney - good luck with it all! :)

We have our kitchen appointment tomorrow, we are sticking with a neutral colour scheme - mostly white, with some timber to warm things up.

Have fun at the kitchen appointment! Funnily enough I randomly met the lady building in Chauvel street when I went to do my flooring appointment back in April.

Slowly getting everything sorted here for the big move, can't wait to see the house in the flesh.
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kjane
19 November
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Nov 19, 2018 1:45 pm
MickeyDonald MickeyDonald
Great progress kjane!

By the way, what are you building?
I can see a classic Elyse but I'm wondering why the alfresco is not in line with the theatre/family room?

Cheers!

Hi MickeyDonald, you're right we are building a classic façade Elyse with lots of modifications. Have a look at the Elyse 42 floorplan, the back of the house is the same as that with the alfresco coming off the kitchen/ meals area.

How is your progress?
MickeyDonald MickeyDonald
Great progress kjane!

By the way, what are you building?
I can see a classic Elyse but I'm wondering why the alfresco is not in line with the theatre/family room?

Cheers!

Hi MickeyDonald, you're right we are building a classic façade Elyse with lots of modifications. Have a look at the Elyse 42 floorplan, the back of the house is the same as that with the alfresco coming off the kitchen/ meals area.

How is your progress?
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17 November
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Nov 17, 2018 12:52 pm
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17 November
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Nov 17, 2018 12:23 pm
Zen Zen
I've read through the Tree Management Manual and the Tree Preservation section of the DCP, were there other documents I should look at? The tree we want to remove is a jacaranda, fortunately it's not a native tree but it's also not on the pest list so council decision could go either way. I'm worried council could take a while to come to a decision. Our tender expiration is in May...we need to get a move on :(

Was your water filter from Oliveri? Do you have the model of the 3 way water filter you selected and the cost? The updated quote provided by the sales person doesn't have a 3-way tap option and now that you've mentioned it, having 2 taps next to our little sink in the butler's pantry wouldn't look good.

Which kitchen mixer did you go with? We want a pull down hose version and tossing up between the Dorf (extra $337) or the Methven Minimalist (hopefully no upgrade cost). The Dorf is so well made and will match the bathroom taps too, but will anyone really notice it matches? :wink:

It will be amazing to be able to see your own build in person, especially when they start doing the internal fitouts! When do you plan to move back?

Lucky the tree is not native, I wonder if you propose replacing the jacaranda with a smaller native (especially making note that it is on the council preferred tree list) with a non invasive root system if it would help sway things in your favour? This stuff is so tricky and hard to predict which way council will go, I really feel for you guys.

The kitchen mixer we went with is zip 3 way filtered sink mixer #94574. It provides hot and cold and filtered ambient temp on the one tap. It isn't pull down though so maybe not what you are after. The tap was an upgrade of $205, we had put in an allowance of $280 for a separate everpure water filter in our tender so took that off and it ended up saving $75. We also have a water point put in for our fridge space and will have a fridge with a water filter for chilled filtered water.

We move to Sydney just before xmas so the kids can start school in the new year, not long to go now. We are madly packing and arranging shipping here now.
Zen Zen
I've read through the Tree Management Manual and the Tree Preservation section of the DCP, were there other documents I should look at? The tree we want to remove is a jacaranda, fortunately it's not a native tree but it's also not on the pest list so council decision could go either way. I'm worried council could take a while to come to a decision. Our tender expiration is in May...we need to get a move on :(

Was your water filter from Oliveri? Do you have the model of the 3 way water filter you selected and the cost? The updated quote provided by the sales person doesn't have a 3-way tap option and now that you've mentioned it, having 2 taps next to our little sink in the butler's pantry wouldn't look good.

Which kitchen mixer did you go with? We want a pull down hose version and tossing up between the Dorf (extra $337) or the Methven Minimalist (hopefully no upgrade cost). The Dorf is so well made and will match the bathroom taps too, but will anyone really notice it matches? :wink:

It will be amazing to be able to see your own build in person, especially when they start doing the internal fitouts! When do you plan to move back?

Lucky the tree is not native, I wonder if you propose replacing the jacaranda with a smaller native (especially making note that it is on the council preferred tree list) with a non invasive root system if it would help sway things in your favour? This stuff is so tricky and hard to predict which way council will go, I really feel for you guys.

The kitchen mixer we went with is zip 3 way filtered sink mixer #94574. It provides hot and cold and filtered ambient temp on the one tap. It isn't pull down though so maybe not what you are after. The tap was an upgrade of $205, we had put in an allowance of $280 for a separate everpure water filter in our tender so took that off and it ended up saving $75. We also have a water point put in for our fridge space and will have a fridge with a water filter for chilled filtered water.

We move to Sydney just before xmas so the kids can start school in the new year, not long to go now. We are madly packing and arranging shipping here now.
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kjane
16 November
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Nov 16, 2018 4:13 pm
Zen Zen
That's fantastic progress, @kjane! With the frames up, the inside space looks huge. Weather has been a bit wet this week, hope they managed to get the bricks up for you.

We've never rented before, so don't have any tips to share though I've saved alerts on domain and realestate.com.au so I can keep an eye out for rental prices near my home. Are you looking to rent near your place to keep an eye on the build? You might find that owners prefer to do a 12 month lease so they have more certainty - if you're looking for a 6 month lease, it might limit your choices a bit.

We have bad news, our arborists came back and changed their advice on the neighbouring tree - instead of saying it was fine to keep, they are now saying it's a problem for the build and recommended we do a root mapping exercise to see how many roots need to be pruned (another $1k-2k cost). Even with the root mapping exercise, we might find that the tree isn't viable if pruned and will have to be removed or change our build design. We decided to just ask our neighbours if they would be willing for us to remove the tree and they've agreed (thank goodness for good neighbours!) so now we have to prepare our submission to council to remove the tree...hopefully council agrees and comes back relatively quickly so we can get on with the rest of our DA. If they don't allow us to cut it, it will be back to square 1 again. Oh the joys of council!

Did our internal selections yesterday, did it in less than 3 hours with bub in tow! Even the consultants remarked how efficient we were. We're waiting for quotes to come back on upgrades (internal doors, front door lock, translucent glass). Surprisingly, we weren't able to choose our laundry security door (kjane, I remember you mentioned you chose that during internal selections) - so we have to go back to H&H to get costs. We also chose different kitchen and laundry mixers, shower rail and got those upgrade costs back on the same day. Forgot to add the water filter so sent an email to the sales consultant. We found everyone to be very helpful with good advice. They all kept remarking on how good the standard inclusions were in the H&H package and I agree, especially the Dorf taps and basins. 1 appointment down, 3 more appointments to go.

Our internal colours - we chose Cotton Ball for walls, Brilliant White for architraves skirting etc, for the feature wall we chose Grey Wolf (didn't realise we could choose a feature wall so had to make a decision relatively quickly and decided to put it in the master bedroom in case it doesn't look good...lol. For those still do to selections, think about where to put your feature wall and colour (and avoid last minute decisions like we did). Also recommend going to the Home Options gallery before your appointment to see the bathroom, kitchen and laundry inclusions and do your research on what you like from the showroom (they display the model numbers so you can research the models and read reviews). We are doing that after the appointment which is probably not the most efficient.

Oh man, you can't catch a break with those trees! Sorry to hear it's not going smoothly with the DA. When we were having all sorts of trouble with a tree we found the council list of preferred trees (really big list with some lovely ones on it) and also the document that states which species of tree you don't need a permit for so is generally straight forward to get council approval to remove. I was surprised about how many species they classify as pests so are happy for you to take down and replace with a preferred tree. I'm sure you and the arborist are all over it but if you want me to send you those links I dig them out for you.

I'm really happy with how our place is coming along, the roofline is really nice (I think anyway!). The bricks are onsite and hope we had some action there this week. Thanks for the tips about renting. Yep we are looking to stay close to the build mainly because the kids have been enrolled in the local school and I'm hoping to be able to walk to school.

Good to hear the selections went quickly - all your research paid off! Yeah, we added our laundry security door at home options in the colour selection appointment. We upgraded the same items as you - we must have great taste :wink: For the kitchen water filter we switched out the kitchen mixer entirely and went with a zip 3 way one, it worked out cheaper and the consultant gave us the advice that one tap may look better on the island than two separate ones. It's a nice looking mixer too, not like an office style one.
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That's fantastic progress, @kjane! With the frames up, the inside space looks huge. Weather has been a bit wet this week, hope they managed to get the bricks up for you.

We've never rented before, so don't have any tips to share though I've saved alerts on domain and realestate.com.au so I can keep an eye out for rental prices near my home. Are you looking to rent near your place to keep an eye on the build? You might find that owners prefer to do a 12 month lease so they have more certainty - if you're looking for a 6 month lease, it might limit your choices a bit.

We have bad news, our arborists came back and changed their advice on the neighbouring tree - instead of saying it was fine to keep, they are now saying it's a problem for the build and recommended we do a root mapping exercise to see how many roots need to be pruned (another $1k-2k cost). Even with the root mapping exercise, we might find that the tree isn't viable if pruned and will have to be removed or change our build design. We decided to just ask our neighbours if they would be willing for us to remove the tree and they've agreed (thank goodness for good neighbours!) so now we have to prepare our submission to council to remove the tree...hopefully council agrees and comes back relatively quickly so we can get on with the rest of our DA. If they don't allow us to cut it, it will be back to square 1 again. Oh the joys of council!

Did our internal selections yesterday, did it in less than 3 hours with bub in tow! Even the consultants remarked how efficient we were. We're waiting for quotes to come back on upgrades (internal doors, front door lock, translucent glass). Surprisingly, we weren't able to choose our laundry security door (kjane, I remember you mentioned you chose that during internal selections) - so we have to go back to H&H to get costs. We also chose different kitchen and laundry mixers, shower rail and got those upgrade costs back on the same day. Forgot to add the water filter so sent an email to the sales consultant. We found everyone to be very helpful with good advice. They all kept remarking on how good the standard inclusions were in the H&H package and I agree, especially the Dorf taps and basins. 1 appointment down, 3 more appointments to go.

Our internal colours - we chose Cotton Ball for walls, Brilliant White for architraves skirting etc, for the feature wall we chose Grey Wolf (didn't realise we could choose a feature wall so had to make a decision relatively quickly and decided to put it in the master bedroom in case it doesn't look good...lol. For those still do to selections, think about where to put your feature wall and colour (and avoid last minute decisions like we did). Also recommend going to the Home Options gallery before your appointment to see the bathroom, kitchen and laundry inclusions and do your research on what you like from the showroom (they display the model numbers so you can research the models and read reviews). We are doing that after the appointment which is probably not the most efficient.

Oh man, you can't catch a break with those trees! Sorry to hear it's not going smoothly with the DA. When we were having all sorts of trouble with a tree we found the council list of preferred trees (really big list with some lovely ones on it) and also the document that states which species of tree you don't need a permit for so is generally straight forward to get council approval to remove. I was surprised about how many species they classify as pests so are happy for you to take down and replace with a preferred tree. I'm sure you and the arborist are all over it but if you want me to send you those links I dig them out for you.

I'm really happy with how our place is coming along, the roofline is really nice (I think anyway!). The bricks are onsite and hope we had some action there this week. Thanks for the tips about renting. Yep we are looking to stay close to the build mainly because the kids have been enrolled in the local school and I'm hoping to be able to walk to school.

Good to hear the selections went quickly - all your research paid off! Yeah, we added our laundry security door at home options in the colour selection appointment. We upgraded the same items as you - we must have great taste :wink: For the kitchen water filter we switched out the kitchen mixer entirely and went with a zip 3 way one, it worked out cheaper and the consultant gave us the advice that one tap may look better on the island than two separate ones. It's a nice looking mixer too, not like an office style one.
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6 November
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Nov 06, 2018 12:11 pm
Zen Zen
We found out the arborist included up to 9 trees on the report, including trees on neighbouring properties, so we didn't end up going to Council to check which tree specifically. At our site inspection, the arborist said one of the trees on the neighbouring property was too close to our fence, our options were to ask if they would consider cutting down the tree (more delays since we have to apply to cut down the tree through council) or H&H would have to redesign how they are doing the cut and fill (and potentially redesign the house layout). Good news is - the tree is just far enough away that we don't have to cut it down, will just have to prune the roots later when we start construction. Huge relief! Now just waiting for our other neighbour to consent to us connecting to the stormwater pipe on their property, hopefully after their due diligence, we will get their consent soon. Slowly knocking off one council issue at a time, fingers crossed will be done soon and council can start their actual DA assessment!

Doing our home options appointment next week. Finally getting to the fun part of the KDR process!


How's your build going? Weather has been awesome so you should see lots of progress this week :)

Good news on the trees, although frustrating that it slowed things up for you. We also initially had issues with a tree on a neighbours property but a storm came through in Jan and it partially fell down so council removed it, lucky as we had been quoted 11K :shock:. Hope the stormwater gets sorted ASAP. Have fun at home options, what paint colour did you end up deciding on? Brace yourself for the Clipsal appointment, the cost adds up so quickly.

After getting the kids enrolled in school we are now trying to get a rental sorted for the 6 months after we move until the house finishes. Do you have any tips on agents etc in the local area?

Or house is travelling along well, just got our update from SS to say all frames and trusses were completed last week and bricks and brick hardware delivered yesterday. Aim to have bricking done up to scaffold level by weeks end, then first floor next week. These are some photo's that SS sent last week before frames/trusses finished but gives an idea of window size etc.
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We found out the arborist included up to 9 trees on the report, including trees on neighbouring properties, so we didn't end up going to Council to check which tree specifically. At our site inspection, the arborist said one of the trees on the neighbouring property was too close to our fence, our options were to ask if they would consider cutting down the tree (more delays since we have to apply to cut down the tree through council) or H&H would have to redesign how they are doing the cut and fill (and potentially redesign the house layout). Good news is - the tree is just far enough away that we don't have to cut it down, will just have to prune the roots later when we start construction. Huge relief! Now just waiting for our other neighbour to consent to us connecting to the stormwater pipe on their property, hopefully after their due diligence, we will get their consent soon. Slowly knocking off one council issue at a time, fingers crossed will be done soon and council can start their actual DA assessment!

Doing our home options appointment next week. Finally getting to the fun part of the KDR process!


How's your build going? Weather has been awesome so you should see lots of progress this week :)

Good news on the trees, although frustrating that it slowed things up for you. We also initially had issues with a tree on a neighbours property but a storm came through in Jan and it partially fell down so council removed it, lucky as we had been quoted 11K :shock:. Hope the stormwater gets sorted ASAP. Have fun at home options, what paint colour did you end up deciding on? Brace yourself for the Clipsal appointment, the cost adds up so quickly.

After getting the kids enrolled in school we are now trying to get a rental sorted for the 6 months after we move until the house finishes. Do you have any tips on agents etc in the local area?

Or house is travelling along well, just got our update from SS to say all frames and trusses were completed last week and bricks and brick hardware delivered yesterday. Aim to have bricking done up to scaffold level by weeks end, then first floor next week. These are some photo's that SS sent last week before frames/trusses finished but gives an idea of window size etc.
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3 November
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Nov 03, 2018 4:09 pm
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I know it’s been a little while posting. Family/work/life has been pretty busy and we have been slowly chipping away at our list of things to do! I’m happy to say we have finally completed our deck. Still a couple of little decor details but overall very happy with the end result!!
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Wow, the space looks so much bigger with the decking done. Looks great!
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I know it’s been a little while posting. Family/work/life has been pretty busy and we have been slowly chipping away at our list of things to do! I’m happy to say we have finally completed our deck. Still a couple of little decor details but overall very happy with the end result!!
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Wow, the space looks so much bigger with the decking done. Looks great!
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kjane
30 October
520
Oct 30, 2018 12:34 pm
Morri Morri
Great photos Kjane and LePip.

We have started bricks after the rain delays. Happy with the Austral brick colour choice after choosing so long ago. We are still uploading photos on Instagram for anyone interested. You don’t need an account if you follow this link: https://www.instagram.com/rebuilding_thelows/

Just had a read of your rebuild, looking great! Can't wait to see the front room with the moody blue paint. What furniture/ lighting are you thinking for that room? Exciting times!
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Great photos Kjane and LePip.

We have started bricks after the rain delays. Happy with the Austral brick colour choice after choosing so long ago. We are still uploading photos on Instagram for anyone interested. You don’t need an account if you follow this link: https://www.instagram.com/rebuilding_thelows/

Just had a read of your rebuild, looking great! Can't wait to see the front room with the moody blue paint. What furniture/ lighting are you thinking for that room? Exciting times!
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kjane
30 October
519
Oct 30, 2018 10:37 am
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Zen Zen
What lucky timing on the 1 day sale - that's an awesome deal on the lights! The weather has been pretty good this week so hopefully you'll get moving along with those frames :)

H&H submitted our DA last week. Today Ryde council came back with some pre-assessment notes which we need to address - going to cost us more money and time. We have to pay our landscape designer an extra $220 to get some fence elevations - I am shocked the $990 we already paid them didn't cover this, tempted to ask them to remove the front fence from the landscape plan but they will probably charge for that. We also need to get an arborist report though not sure which tree Council wants the arborist report on since we are not removing any trees, just a bunch of shrubs. I've made an appointment to see Council to get some clarification as the arborist report is going to cost $1000+ and we don't even know which tree they are referring to. Sigh....this build is starting to feel like an uphill battle and we haven't even done the proper DA assessment yet!

That's so frustrating! Good idea to meet with council, hope they can be clear with what they want regarding the trees, such an odd request to get arborist given you are keeping your trees. I agree with you that the landscape plans should be complete, including side elevations for fences given the money you have paid. Grrrr. Hope it gets sorted out quickly for you and for minimal cost.

Did you go Ok with the council meeting? hope they could give you some clarity.
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Zen Zen
What lucky timing on the 1 day sale - that's an awesome deal on the lights! The weather has been pretty good this week so hopefully you'll get moving along with those frames :)

H&H submitted our DA last week. Today Ryde council came back with some pre-assessment notes which we need to address - going to cost us more money and time. We have to pay our landscape designer an extra $220 to get some fence elevations - I am shocked the $990 we already paid them didn't cover this, tempted to ask them to remove the front fence from the landscape plan but they will probably charge for that. We also need to get an arborist report though not sure which tree Council wants the arborist report on since we are not removing any trees, just a bunch of shrubs. I've made an appointment to see Council to get some clarification as the arborist report is going to cost $1000+ and we don't even know which tree they are referring to. Sigh....this build is starting to feel like an uphill battle and we haven't even done the proper DA assessment yet!

That's so frustrating! Good idea to meet with council, hope they can be clear with what they want regarding the trees, such an odd request to get arborist given you are keeping your trees. I agree with you that the landscape plans should be complete, including side elevations for fences given the money you have paid. Grrrr. Hope it gets sorted out quickly for you and for minimal cost.

Did you go Ok with the council meeting? hope they could give you some clarity.
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28 October
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Oct 28, 2018 1:49 pm
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27 October
514
Oct 27, 2018 1:06 pm
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That's great to hear kjane! My partner has already said Mahogany is her favourite so that's a very good sign!

I've attached a copy of the floor plan our sales consultant Danny drew up.We have a narrow lot (12.5m), and it's been very difficult trying to find a house design that ticked all the boxes for us. In fact, we had looked at the Zara previously but didn't like the way it was laid out, and I wasn't sure exactly how flexible Hall & Hart would be. Amazingly, Danny said yes to pretty much everything we asked for, and we couldn't be more happy with the end result!

The design picks the best things from the Zara 30, the Aspiration 31 (Wisdom) and the Tiffany Rose 30 (Better Built Homes) and blends them together. A few things we have done are:-


  • Slightly decrease the length of the Master bedroom in order to extend the WIR, add in a double vanity and allow a sliding door from the WIR to ensuite
  • Relocate the laundry and powder room above the garage and move the linen into the laundry in order to create a space for a study (We also like how all the doors open up into a little hall off the main hallway)
  • Flip the Alfresco and dining, then pretty much swap the family and dining areas
  • Extend the family room to square everything off


As well as a few other things you might notice. I don't think there is a design out there more suitable for us then this one right here!

All in all we are very happy and can't wait to see our final plans :)

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So cool that you were able to get the floor plan exactly how you want it. Great idea with adding in the study area, but that it not really obvious in the living area. Lots of storage in the house too. Great size sitting room upstairs too, it will feel really spacious up there. Would you consider putting in a door on the back right hand side of the garage so you have direct access to the garage from the yard or is that space earmarked for water tanks and sheds etc?

Your partner must have awesome taste too :wink:
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That's great to hear kjane! My partner has already said Mahogany is her favourite so that's a very good sign!

I've attached a copy of the floor plan our sales consultant Danny drew up.We have a narrow lot (12.5m), and it's been very difficult trying to find a house design that ticked all the boxes for us. In fact, we had looked at the Zara previously but didn't like the way it was laid out, and I wasn't sure exactly how flexible Hall & Hart would be. Amazingly, Danny said yes to pretty much everything we asked for, and we couldn't be more happy with the end result!

The design picks the best things from the Zara 30, the Aspiration 31 (Wisdom) and the Tiffany Rose 30 (Better Built Homes) and blends them together. A few things we have done are:-


  • Slightly decrease the length of the Master bedroom in order to extend the WIR, add in a double vanity and allow a sliding door from the WIR to ensuite
  • Relocate the laundry and powder room above the garage and move the linen into the laundry in order to create a space for a study (We also like how all the doors open up into a little hall off the main hallway)
  • Flip the Alfresco and dining, then pretty much swap the family and dining areas
  • Extend the family room to square everything off


As well as a few other things you might notice. I don't think there is a design out there more suitable for us then this one right here!

All in all we are very happy and can't wait to see our final plans :)

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So cool that you were able to get the floor plan exactly how you want it. Great idea with adding in the study area, but that it not really obvious in the living area. Lots of storage in the house too. Great size sitting room upstairs too, it will feel really spacious up there. Would you consider putting in a door on the back right hand side of the garage so you have direct access to the garage from the yard or is that space earmarked for water tanks and sheds etc?

Your partner must have awesome taste too :wink:
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kjane
27 October
512
Oct 27, 2018 10:19 am
circaten circaten
We paid our tender acceptance deposit now waiting on drafting to draw up the plans :) Have been advised to check out the brickyards and the selection looks decent enough. Did everyone go with the included range or did you end up upgrading?

Also if anyone is interested in seeing our modified zara floorplan I'd be happy to share


Yay! Exciting times 😀 We went with the included bricks. Funnily enough we went to both brickyards and looked at all the bricks and chose the two we liked best and lucky for us both are included in the premium selections. We went with Old Colonial Mahogany for bricks, evening haze for upstairs and garage door and barramundi for roof tiles. You can take sample bricks and roof tiles home which we found helpful when choosing porch and alfresco tiling and driveway colour etc. The brickyard will also give you a list of houses build with the bricks you like so you can see them in reality. That really helped up decide.

I'd love to see your house plan, I love to see what everyone does 😊
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We paid our tender acceptance deposit now waiting on drafting to draw up the plans :) Have been advised to check out the brickyards and the selection looks decent enough. Did everyone go with the included range or did you end up upgrading?

Also if anyone is interested in seeing our modified zara floorplan I'd be happy to share


Yay! Exciting times 😀 We went with the included bricks. Funnily enough we went to both brickyards and looked at all the bricks and chose the two we liked best and lucky for us both are included in the premium selections. We went with Old Colonial Mahogany for bricks, evening haze for upstairs and garage door and barramundi for roof tiles. You can take sample bricks and roof tiles home which we found helpful when choosing porch and alfresco tiling and driveway colour etc. The brickyard will also give you a list of houses build with the bricks you like so you can see them in reality. That really helped up decide.

I'd love to see your house plan, I love to see what everyone does 😊
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kjane
24 October
509
Oct 24, 2018 10:10 am
Zen Zen
What lucky timing on the 1 day sale - that's an awesome deal on the lights! The weather has been pretty good this week so hopefully you'll get moving along with those frames :)

H&H submitted our DA last week. Today Ryde council came back with some pre-assessment notes which we need to address - going to cost us more money and time. We have to pay our landscape designer an extra $220 to get some fence elevations - I am shocked the $990 we already paid them didn't cover this, tempted to ask them to remove the front fence from the landscape plan but they will probably charge for that. We also need to get an arborist report though not sure which tree Council wants the arborist report on since we are not removing any trees, just a bunch of shrubs. I've made an appointment to see Council to get some clarification as the arborist report is going to cost $1000+ and we don't even know which tree they are referring to. Sigh....this build is starting to feel like an uphill battle and we haven't even done the proper DA assessment yet!

That's so frustrating! Good idea to meet with council, hope they can be clear with what they want regarding the trees, such an odd request to get arborist given you are keeping your trees. I agree with you that the landscape plans should be complete, including side elevations for fences given the money you have paid. Grrrr. Hope it gets sorted out quickly for you and for minimal cost.
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What lucky timing on the 1 day sale - that's an awesome deal on the lights! The weather has been pretty good this week so hopefully you'll get moving along with those frames :)

H&H submitted our DA last week. Today Ryde council came back with some pre-assessment notes which we need to address - going to cost us more money and time. We have to pay our landscape designer an extra $220 to get some fence elevations - I am shocked the $990 we already paid them didn't cover this, tempted to ask them to remove the front fence from the landscape plan but they will probably charge for that. We also need to get an arborist report though not sure which tree Council wants the arborist report on since we are not removing any trees, just a bunch of shrubs. I've made an appointment to see Council to get some clarification as the arborist report is going to cost $1000+ and we don't even know which tree they are referring to. Sigh....this build is starting to feel like an uphill battle and we haven't even done the proper DA assessment yet!

That's so frustrating! Good idea to meet with council, hope they can be clear with what they want regarding the trees, such an odd request to get arborist given you are keeping your trees. I agree with you that the landscape plans should be complete, including side elevations for fences given the money you have paid. Grrrr. Hope it gets sorted out quickly for you and for minimal cost.
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kjane
22 October
506
Oct 22, 2018 12:51 pm
Zen Zen
Love your choice of upgraded tiles - the colours and pattern are gorgeous and timeless.

Glad to know we can choose 2 different wall tiles for the bathrooms as part of our inclusions. I think we have a good idea on the tiles we want to choose - we're playing it safe with a neutral colour scheme (gravitating towards grey slate, white textured tiles and marble-look tiles).

Still trying to book in our appointments, doing tiles and carpet in early Dec. Internal selections harder to schedule since it takes 6 hours but will have to do that next month based on the order H&H gave us. Will definitely share what we eventually choose - I'm really excited to lock these down!

Are your frames up yet? Hopefully rain stays away this week!

Unfortunately no more progress on the frames due to the rain, so fingers crossed for this week. Has your DA gone in yet or do you have to have all selections done first?
I loved choosing the tiles the most. Like you we are keeping things pretty neutral with a stone and metal palette. When I was in Sydney a couple of weeks ago I purchased the feature lights for the entry and stairwell. I saw them in a design magazine back in January before we had even had a tender! I've been stalking since then to see if they ever had a sale and randomly they were moving to a new showroom and had 70% off everything for one day. I can't wait to see them go up.
Zen Zen
Love your choice of upgraded tiles - the colours and pattern are gorgeous and timeless.

Glad to know we can choose 2 different wall tiles for the bathrooms as part of our inclusions. I think we have a good idea on the tiles we want to choose - we're playing it safe with a neutral colour scheme (gravitating towards grey slate, white textured tiles and marble-look tiles).

Still trying to book in our appointments, doing tiles and carpet in early Dec. Internal selections harder to schedule since it takes 6 hours but will have to do that next month based on the order H&H gave us. Will definitely share what we eventually choose - I'm really excited to lock these down!

Are your frames up yet? Hopefully rain stays away this week!

Unfortunately no more progress on the frames due to the rain, so fingers crossed for this week. Has your DA gone in yet or do you have to have all selections done first?
I loved choosing the tiles the most. Like you we are keeping things pretty neutral with a stone and metal palette. When I was in Sydney a couple of weeks ago I purchased the feature lights for the entry and stairwell. I saw them in a design magazine back in January before we had even had a tender! I've been stalking since then to see if they ever had a sale and randomly they were moving to a new showroom and had 70% off everything for one day. I can't wait to see them go up.
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