Building A New House
Oct 25, 2021 1:17 pm
We have recently bought a quite old house on a 730sqm block and was thinking of living renovating at the time of purchase.
We were there for a shock of the cost of renovation being close to the cost of a new build. Pondering around owner builder/renovator and living in for while until building craziness settles. We end up considering building with Lofty Builders now.
We were looking at a custom builder who can implement our sketch of 5 rooms with 2 bathrooms and an open living/dining kitchen with decking/alfresco. There are not many reviews/feedbacks for local small builders out there, unfortunately.
I was reading some horror stories of volume builders like Metricon, Metro Homes and Weeks Homes which seems to be interstate managers hiring local tradies on their product review pages. Also, we have friends building with them and 1 year on the houses are not even a meter above the ground, with no apparent reason stated than Covid.
Considering the skills and material shortage, I was wondering if anyone had experience with this small/medium size builder? How did the process go? Were there delays in delivery times? Also how much did the budget blow from their initial quote?
It was surprising that Lofty has assured us that build will be done before the end of next year. While a couple of smaller builders mentioned 18 to 22 months. Also cost-wise they were sure that they can keep it under 400K including their luxe specification of fittings.
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