So keeping a time line for my records and just as the forum has helped me it might help someone new.
The one thing I learned from this forum is that all builders when it comes to building are the same - choose a Private building inspector ( compared to the cost of your build spending around $2000 is worth every penny and even much less for a single storey home) , the floor plan and inclusions that suit you when you decide - The most important person in building process becomes not the Company but the Site Supervisor as you will notice on various forums across homeone -
1. if you get a good SS who rectifies the things as pointed out by your private building inspector the building process goes on nicely and stress free - otherwise as noted by Androolz on Arden product review dated 17th Sept 2016 - his blog on wordpress is now private but when it was not many of us read and I also printed out the blog and also showed my sales consultant the blog - issues raised by private inspector at pre-pour were not rectified although his SS told him in written that they were fixed but then later during frame stage was cutting into the slab - his issues were a non-ending saga with even some of the tradies showing or lacking total knowledge - his specially chosen feature wall tiles had to be done 3 times and even at third attempt they did not look good.
2. so if you decide a builder then see whose build with that builder is going good and ask for his SS and DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE I DID - I found out all the good SS and the bad SS within my builder and I also informed my sales consultant but not the admin - clearly state you don't want so and so to your admin referring to the site and only then you r signing the contract.
Still to see some better video made like this for a lemon
Land contract in Cranbourne East - 18/07/16 - expected titles April 17 - delayed to August 17.
Compliance given for land on 21/08/17 and has gone to title office.
Land titled on 30/08/17. Settlement on 13/09/17.
Asset Protection permit on 13/09/17.
Finance approval on 14/09/17.
Things left - Developer Approval ? - 22/09/17
Building Permit? 13/10/17
Taps on site - 25/09/17
Soil test report - 28/09/17 - has come back as H1 - the report was dated 21/09/17 - happy that I have site costs fixed and also my builder includes almost everything like electricity, water connections with it - Have not been charged anything other than what was noted as fixed costs.
Site Start date: 01/11/2017 - a good thing and they do the site cut on 31/10/2017 because it is good weather and the rain is forecast for 01/11/2017 - a good initiative
Piers - 03/11/17
Power on site - 13/11/17
Plumbing - 14/11/17
Slab Pour - 17/11/2017
Frame started -
Frame completed -
Lock up -
Building Quote with Arden homes for Votivo 37 - 3/8/16
Signed our building contract on 09/06/17
Initially looked at building a home on 14x32. But we liked the floor plan and the room size of Vot 37/Aegan 280/Colorada 37. The promotion by Arden was the best plus their standard inclusion and they were flexible with floor plan changes than others. So, we went ahead and bought a 12.5x33 - which meant our delay in deciding the floor plan and location of the lot - costing us $10,000 dollars more for land - for the same money we could have got 14x32 initially.
Our SC helped a lot in deciding things by putting options and letting us know any drawbacks to our ideas/modifications.
Arden were flexible with the dates and also allowed us to do 2 colour browse - the first one despite lurking on homeone for a long time - we were a bit puzzled by what to look. Second browse went good because after first browse we went to display homes and noted the things down. So we found second colour browse much slower and easy whereas first went like a whirlwind.