Well, where do I start? We bought our block of land in November 2007 and said we would build in 5 years time. It's now been 5 years so here we are...
It is a 1000m2 block (cliff) that slopes down from the street. The block (cliff) drops a total of 9 metres from front to back
We have designed our home based on the principle it will be our forever home. All living areas and bedrooms are on the main level. The lower level will be unfinished space aka. The Mancave. This will be hubby's project to complete once we move in. Although the builder will complete the downstairs powder/bathroom.
Some points on our custom plan:
The laundry is located on the main level as I NEVER use the washing line. I have this strange dislike for washing lines (maybe the birds hate me ) so I usually hang washing inside or use the dryer. Although there is direct access to outside in case I change my mind...
The purpose of the Mancave is mostly for entertaining guests, parties etc. if we have a group of people over it'll be straight downstairs to the Mancave. No guests messing up my house This are will eventually have a bar area with mini kitchen (small sink and oven).
The downstairs bathroom has been designed with two entry points. One from the Mancave and one from outside. This is so that we can access the bathroom/toilet if we are outside in the pool without having to walk wet through the house. Shower is there for 2 reasons. First so that we can rinse off after being in the pool. Second reason is so we can wash/house down our fur kids (dogs) and then they can run straight outside to dry off.
We wanted the master bedroom to the rear of the house to take advantage of the views.
Hubby wants to put a little flap door between the walk in pantry and walk in robe so he can get snacks during the night without walking all the way to the kitchen
The downstairs store room will be our garden shed so we don't have to have a separate shed for the mower, garden tools etc.
Enough talking and more pictures here are the plans we have agreed to:
We should get our working drawings shortly. We are still hoping to commence the build early 2013. We have been told that it'll be a 9 - 12 month build so fingers crossed we have had our last Christmas in our current house.