Jan 07, 2021 1:14 pm
Though we would start a thread to blog our new home build. This is our first time building, it's certainly much harder than buying an already established home! Even though we are building on a 2.5 acre lot we didn't want to build a big house as its only myself, my wife and our son living there. The Montrose 20mkII was a good size for us and the price meant we could spend money on lifestyle additions outdoors as that is where we prefer to spend our time / entertain.
Our journey so far:
May 2019: Contacted Coral Homes via their display home in Port Macquarie and picked a design. Mark the salesman is really good at his job. Patient, lots of practical knowledge and not pushy at all.
June 2019: Initial $1650 deposit paid for soil and contour testing.
June 2019: $2000 paid for bushfire and septic assessments (rural block - no sewer)
September 2019: Plans returned, deposit paid, load approved, land settled
October 2019: Colour, Clipsal and Tile selections completed - really easy as the staff knew their stuff
December 2019: DA approved by council in just 22 days, can start building
January 2020: Final plans due today (07/01)
February 2020: Hoping for building to start
Our modifications were:
- Moved the Bed 2 wall out in line with the other rooms (deleted rear garage door)
- Removed Laundry and repurposed as a butlers pantry minus the sink. Laundry now in garage.
- Added a large window in the family room and the garage
- Added a 5000lt rainwater tank
- Removed built ins to Bed 3 (home office)
- 2550mm ceilings
- South Hamptons facade
- Designer package
- Upgraded all tapware to black, upgraded carpets and various other finishings like rainwater shower heads etc
- Kitchen upgrade (900mm appliances) plus bin drawer, sunken sink, range hood, dishwasher and tiles to the ceiling (splash back)
- Ceiling fans throughout, upgraded exhaust fans to bathrooms and garage above dryer mount
- Added eaves to right hand side wall (none included in plan) which removed internal bulkhead
- Widened hallway walls at entrance
Our budget over-runs were:
- Selections appointment - $3500
- Tiling appointment - $500
- Electrical appointment - $6000
After handover we plan to add:
- 4m x 8m timber deck to rear patio
- Outdoor bar / gazebo to end of deck (included bbq area)
- 6 person spa (electrical points added at clipsal appointment)
- 2 bay carport next to existing garage
- Driveway and fencing
- Vege gardens and chicken pen
- Split system aircon
- Combustion fireplace
- Swimming pool & landscaping
- Solar power
- Security system / cameras / sensor light package
- Crimsafe doors
One thing though, Admin seems to be really slow. We feel like we have to be on to them just to get information which in turn makes us feel like pests. An update once every 2 weeks even by email would be fine by us. Hopefully today we will have our final plans and a build start date. From what we have read on other forums, the process from here is much faster and easier. If the end product is a beautiful house then all the issues in pre-build admin will be a distant memory.
We will come back and update this thread as things progress
Re: Building a modified Montrose 20mkII through Coral Homes2
Jan 26, 2021 7:52 am
Re: Building a modified Montrose 20mkII through Coral Homes3
Feb 05, 2021 1:42 pm
Update 05/02/2021: Temporary fencing has gone up, portable toilet on site. Concrete piers went down today.
We haven’t had our site visit, met our site supervisor, site administrator or been given a date of expected completion. Not sure if this is normal or not. Patience I guess, at least the build is progressing. Plumbing & slab next week and then frame up 22th of February.
Re: Building a modified Montrose 20mkII through Coral Homes4
Feb 12, 2021 4:32 pm
Update 12/02/2021: Plumbing is in, power is in and pods have been delivered ready for the slab to go down next week. Our site supervisor has been calling us weekly with updates which is great!
Re: Building a modified Montrose 20mkII through Coral Homes5
Feb 19, 2021 7:54 pm
Update 19/02/2021: Slab frame up but due to the rain no further action. Rain is set for the next 5 days, unlikely to see a slab until the end of next week. Weekly updates from the site supervisor have been great.
Re: Building a modified Montrose 20mkII through Coral Homes6
Feb 25, 2021 7:40 pm
Update 25/02/2021: Slab was poured today at 7am which is awesome considering the weather leading up to today. Unfortunately we’ve had thunderstorms and about 15mm of rain this evening with water pooling beside the slab. Hoping it’s cured enough to not be an issue. One thing we noticed is the house has been squared off the the side boundary 45 meters away and not the road so it looks “crooked” from the street. We will have to screen it in with some gardens so it’s not so obvious.
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