Building A New House
Aug 21, 2007 11:21 pm
Hi everyone, we have recently paid our $550 deposit to commence building with Henley at "The Chase" in Berwick. We have found the sales people, Warren and Sandra to be very helpful. We have been to-ing and fro-ing with Henley for a few months now. Looked at 5 blocks of land and 4 different house designs until we worked out the perfect combination.
Between my hubby and i we have renovated 3 houses together and i had previously built 1. Hopefully we are seasoned at this sort of thing, but you never know. This is our first time with a "major project builder" so apart from knowing that things are not going to happen when we click our fingers, we should be okay. Hopefully......
Does anyone have any experience with building with Henley in Berwick?
Just thought that i'd ask if anyone iis willing to share there experiences of building in the same area. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks
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Aug 22, 2007 8:33 am
Welcome to the forum.
We are also building in the Chase estate. At first we were very keen on the Ascot from Henly. Loved the open floorplan & the $$$. Had a look at a few more displays before we paid our deposit and eventually went with the Bordeaux from Carlisle. Similar layout & price but the 3 main differences were.. the finished product (better workmanship to finer detail)... the options (more leaniant to our needs for change)... & finally their customer service were next to none (unlike what we found with Henly).
Up to now (site start next week) we have had a smooth run with no major problems. They have been fantastic.
I'm sure you'll enjoy every step of the way & are looking forward to starting as much as we are.
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Aug 22, 2007 11:53 am
Hi Mike, thanks for the reply. i checked out your blog. Pretty cool. Hey i think i know where your land is. 2nd entrance off O'Shea Rd? Cool view. Isn't it funny but when we talked with Carlisle, they would not widen the garage or add in a study to the house that we wanted so we went to Henly. Are Carlisle charging much for the slope in the block?
We have tried for months to get into the Chase. Looked at established homes, H&L pkg's as well. Anyway we finally found a block which settled earlier this week. We have been to-ing and fro-ing with Henley and others for a few months now and have chosen Henley.
We recieved a call today for our colour selection appt in 3 weeks and our tender appt which is 2 weeks after that. Can't wait till we start. We currently live about 20km away from The Chase so it is a bit of a lifestyle change for us.
Hey keep in touch and if you don't mind, we can watch as your Carlisle home is built. We come up most weekends to look at our piece of dirt.
Hope to chat again soon. I'll keep checking out your blog for updates....
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Aug 22, 2007 12:15 pm
Spot on with the land position... Unfortunately in the last week the block behind us (looking down the hill) has just put up the framework. It's an NSD home & it's HUGE so it has blocked a little of our view. We were expecting to lose it once they started, but we still have about 180 deg view.
We've had the land now for 2½ years & we're the last ones in the court to build, which is great because it should hopefully deter the theives / vandals while we build.
The block has a 1.5 mtr fall from LHF to RHR. Carlisle didn't charge us any extra for site costs. Standard slab & less than a 3 mtr fall.
We had heaps of inclusions (Alfreco extension, Knocking out walls etc.. which is all in the blog) & there was no problem for them to comply.
Good luck with the colour / tendor / contract signing etc.. some real exciting times ahead. Keep us all updated on your progress as well
Oh yeah... Take a look at this thread...
.. Took us by suprise so thought I'd give you the heads up in advance.
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Aug 22, 2007 12:41 pm
Thanks Mike, checked out the thread. Placed a reply on there as well. We were aware of the infrastructure levy. Wendy in the Sales office explained it to us. No big problem. Thank goodness its a once off thing. But the estate is lovely so $400 is not so bad.
We have been looking for land in the Chase for so long that I know just about every block of available land in the estate. Sorry if i know where your block is.....(not a stalker). Will keep in touch.
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Aug 22, 2007 4:22 pm
We're in Berwick Springs (so not the Chase but nearby) & our neighbours-to-be are building with Henley. As of next month, they will have been building for a year.
Hopefully you'll have a better run of it than them!
Good luck. Some friends of ours have built in the Chase & quite like it there.
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Aug 22, 2007 7:28 pm
Hi Epiphany, a year is a heck of a long time. I thought that the build time is around 9 months tops, so i have been advised that if we have just started the process, we are looking at about May/June next year. We have already sold our place and moved elsewhere, so a quick timeframe is better for us. I am also moving my older son to the local school at the beginning of 2008. So a bit of a drive everyday to get him there & back home. But we are looking at the big picture.
Are there any specific issues with your friend's home/site that are causing the delay's? Love to hear more about it.
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Aug 22, 2007 9:03 pm
I have a rental property in that estate...
Armitage Drive if you know where that is!
It is a nice area and really starting to look "finished"
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Aug 22, 2007 11:10 pm
Greetings Phoenix & Welcome!
We are building with Henley as well, but in Heidelberg, not Berwick and are a demolition/rebuild site. Our experience with Henley has been terrific thus far, with a few minor hiccups earlier on but things are really beginning to move for us now. You can catch the details and the relive the journey to this point on our blog (http://fundingthedream.blogspot.com/).
I know from personal experience that these forums and blogs (if you have one) are monitored and read by the building companies, Henley included and can be a good way to keep them on their toes. As long as the forum's are not abused, they can be a very powerful tool in telling your story to others (good or bad), which often times are potential customers to the major builders. It's also a great place to get advice, read about other experiences in steps that you have yet to encounter and can empower you to guard against undesired experiences that others may have had.
Best of luck, hope to see a blog on your journey soon and enjoy the ride!
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Aug 23, 2007 12:00 am
Are there any specific issues with your friend's home/site that are causing the delay's? Love to hear more about it.
I have no idea why it's taken so long. They originally wanted it finished before they went away on holiday (4 months ago) as they were going away for 3 months & wanted to sort everything out before they left. They'd been told it would be finished by then...then told it would be finished while they were away & would they sign power of attorney over to someone else so handover could be completed while they were away...but I'm pretty sure they've returned from holiday (I'm sure I've seen their car) & the house is still yet to be completed. Last time I spoke to the owner, she was far from happy about it.
They cleared the site in Sept of last year. I know the date because my mum was over on holiday & we were onsite (I was showing her our site) when they started scraping the block. It took them almost the entire time our house went from scrape to lockup for them to get their bricking done. There only ever seems to be one or two people onsite at any one time...& only for a few days a week. In fact, I know when someone is due to come round for an inspection because there's a sudden flurry of activity.
I suspect Henley may just have a lot on at once at the moment. Maybe?
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I have a rental property in that estate...Armitage Drive if you know where that is! It is a nice area and really starting to look "finished"
Yep, I know where that is. My daughter has a friend who lives on Armitage Dr. I won't say the street we live on (public messageboard & all) suffice to say we have a nice view
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Aug 24, 2007 1:59 pm
Hi Bry&CBear, checked out your blog, cool stuff. It is nice to see when things start happening onsite isn't it? Hey how much did it end up costing you for your slab in the end? Did it cost any extra, i noticed you mentioned that it was originally a H class, then P then back to M. Why did it change and what was the outcome.
I ask because our site has had a site test, when we were originally going with AVJ(but decided not to proceed in the end) and it was noted that a M-D class slab was recommended (waffle raft). They only dug 3 holes on the block.
Since changing to Henley, they too have performed their own site test, digging 5 holes on the block and we are waiting for the classification. We were originally told that it might be a P class slab as there were trees running down the LHS of our block. We are not sure of how large they were as all were cleared beforehand. So we arenot sure how much to allocate for the site costs. We have enerything else covered, but it is always the unkown.
Just heard from Henley and they have classed the site as a H???
Does anyone know if there is any differene between an M class and an M-D class slab? Or alternatively does anyone have any costly slab stories? What is the % price diff approx in an M class VS a H class slab.
I know we will have to wait till tender to find out costs for certain, but if anyone can give me a heads up i would appreicate it....
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Aug 24, 2007 2:41 pm
Just another update, Henley have just called hubby to advise that they have all docs ready to proceed further and they would like to see if they can bring forward the colour selection and tender appt's. We have also been placed on a cancellation list. We will take any earlier appt for both if available. All of our i's are dotted and t's crossed. So hopefully someone cancels and we are in like flynn. Anyway, we know that Henley are on the ball...so far.....
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Aug 24, 2007 2:52 pm
It's interesting to see that Henley down there has colour selection prior to tender, up here with Plantation we have don't have colour selection until the contract signing stage.
Our h-class waffle pod slab was tendered at $7400, and the initial estimate of MH was priced at $4700. This is for a 34sq lowset home.
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Aug 24, 2007 3:17 pm
Think it is pretty much "the norm" with the colour selection coming before the tender. Carlisle do the same.
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Aug 24, 2007 8:38 pm
Hi Damo, the colour selection comes before tender with Henley because, it is at this point where you choose the extras such at upgrades to the fittings, tiles and bricks etc. They make sure that all the extras are included in the tender so that you know exactly how much more you have spent over your budget!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well hopefully that is not the case for us
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Aug 25, 2007 5:53 pm
Hi again Phoenix,
To answer your site cost question, I actually had to review what I'd written as Tender signing seems like eon's ago (especially with things moving so quickly now). Our slab remained an 'M' Class slab, but there were various factors (post demolition) that raised our initial tender cost by about $3000. That said however, they did not run into any rock despite a nearly $4000 rock allowance that I suspect will be refunded at the end of construction as well as the refund of one of the retaining walls and a few other little items that were not needed.
The additional costs were due to extra dirt for fill, modifications to the retaining wall on our Eastern boundary and thickening of our slab on the Western boundary as it was built near the sewer line.
Other than that, I suspect that our costs will come in somewhere around $15K to $16K, from an original quote near $20K. Will know for sure when we are all said and done, but hopefully that answers your query.
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