We have been in our home 2 and 1/2 years now and it is still absolutely amazing and wonderful!!! To all the newbies out there, you need to have a realistic idea of what building a project home is all about.
We researched for FIVE YEARS, got plans drawn up for extensions, had private builders provide quotes, and researched every home design of every builder of every display home before going ahead with KH.
The best advice I can give is to have patience patience patience.
EVERY builder takes a long time as, don't forget, your home is NOT the only home they are building. It is a complex process and the speed of the build very much depends on the availability of tradespeople (which can be a nightmare), material being delivered on time and the weather.
If you start worrying that the builders haven't been on your site this week then you are in for a big headache. Remember what you are trying to achieve - a professionally built home that you will love forever...and that's exactly hat we got with KH. We made sure our Council did all of the interim checks so we knew everything was built properly, as the Council were the ones signing off on the quality of the construction.
Yes we would all love our homes to be finished in 3 months, but that is not realistic. Don't sweat the small stuff. Only complain when there is something really bad to complain about and then you will get immediate action.
We could not be happier with our home. It was a rollercoaster and very stressful but we know we have a quality build - which after all is what all of us want. GOOD LUCK TO ALL and read my earlier posts for more info
Hi! happy to hear that you love your house!
I would disagree that all builders are the same in their process.
My neighbours already have their kitchen cabinets installed vs we just had piering this Monday done. Our lots were registered on the same day.
I have also seen other neighbours built their homes in 5-6 months.
So Kurmond IS very slow with paperwork. Not only that. They also make the clients stress a lot.
You say we should not complain about small things which I think will make you get totally different result from what you expected. they just keep moving things around the house when you told them not to. And if you don't tell them again and again they will just make you sign something that you don't like.
I am FOR being loyal but at the end I want to get the result I want and not something that their drafter mistakenly drafted.
As far as I can see from my experience, Kurmond is severely understaffed (not enough drafters, not enough consultants), the staff they have are very unprofessional and QA is non-existent. I really hope their tradies are better than admin staff. I really hope that in 3 years I will come to this forum and tell everyone how happy I am with my new house.
As until now I am not happy and stressed with the pre-construction stage.
Anyway, happy Friday everyone!
I concur, I'm glad that someone has had a good experience with them, however the last 12 months have been a paperwork hell.
There are 5 other people on my street that all registered on the same date, and they all received their DA /CDC approvals in Feb. The latest one was on the 20th of Feb. My Approval came through on the 8th.
My street now consists of 2 homes with slab and frames, and 3 homes with bricks. And a vacant lot (mine).
Not to mention the ENTIRE ESTATE now has at LEAST frames up (one or two look like they are ready for people to move in). And I'm sitting here with an empty lot and probably not even starting until next month sometime.
Every single stage of the process takes so much longer than everyone else. A friend of mine purchased land in the same estate and the same release as me, so making comparisons is very easy with someone going through the same process, at the same time, in the same estate. It's quite heartbreaking really.
I don't want my home built in 3 months.
But I also don't want to wait for 15 weeks from council approval before I even have the insurance to build my house. Seriously.