We have just started our first ever home build with TAH. Being our first home build, we are somewhat nervous and feel that we will miss important considerations so any guidance or feedback is highly appreciated.
At the same time, we would like to contribute back to the forum by documenting the entire journey with TAH and provide insights we learn on the way for new home builders.
Progress so far:
- Initial deposit and design fees paid following PSQ and concept design (July '21)
- Soil test and site survey completed (Aug '21) and now waiting for report
- Joinery list received and our selections provided (Aug '21)
- Soil and site survey report
- Master drawings
- Concept landscape design (not with TAH)
Summary of our build (mostly provisions at this stage):
- Hive 45 with C5 Facade (photo below)
- $45k site cost (we have a slope of ~1.5m across building footprint)
- $181k in upgrades incl C5 Facade which is not included in base price
- $14k in design changes with 17m2 increase in space
- $6k for engineered cover and scaffolding of pool within 2m of home
- $3k design fee
Overall experience (thus far):
The experience thus far has been exceptional. The Business Development Consultant (BDC) was a qualified architect/designer with many years of experience and understood the cost of upgrades and possible changes in detail.
We had spoken with several other builders and most of them didn’t appreciate the limitations of our block, or understand good design principles such as maximising north facing light.
The $3k design fee was unique to TAH, but we found this to be well justified given the upfront time and effort made by the BDC in drafting a custom design to suit our block.
- I’m thinking of going full electric so no gas because it’s better for the environment, but also reduces my upfront and ongoing costs. Are there any con’s I should consider?
- Our landscaper is recommending a 6x3m concrete pool sit right up against the house behind the dining room which is single story. Does this still require an engineered cover for entire pool + scaffolding, or will a 225kg load bearing cover + fencing be sufficient?
- Has anyone been successful with getting their builder to match online price for appliances? Might be something I have to do after handover.
- Would doing reverse cycle HVAC 6 zone after handover be a good idea, and if so, are there any provisions I need to make with my builder? I have tradie mates that do heating/cooling.