Some of you may remember me from back when i built the first time in Byford 3 or so years ago. I've been stalking these forums again for the past couple of months and have seen a few familiar name's pop up!
So firstly let me introduce myself. I built in the Glades at Byford approx 3.5 years ago with Blueprint homes. Had a reasonable smooth build and have loved living in Byford. However i'm on the road for work a great deal which involves travelling alot of K's each week, and have also recently leased an office in Vic Park, so i've been looking to move closer in.
Anywho - so about 12 months ago i started hunting around for an established home to move to, and getting my finance all in order. My preferred areas of Hammond Park or Aubin Grove were more or less out of my price range. So despite swearing i wouldn't build again, at least until i could afford to do it with no budget constraints, i started throwing around the idea of buying some land and building a house on it.
Times have certainly changed since i brought my first block 4+ years ago. Gone are the days of looking at a selection of 20-30 blocks in a number of different estates, discounted land sales, time to pick and choose. Land is in extremely short supply in most close to the freeway areas south of the river - and at a price premium.
I looked in a number of areas - Hammond Park / Aubin Grove (too expensive), Wandi - Honeywood (too far a way, and pricey for its location, Harrisdale (too far from freeway), before discovering Aspiri at Piara Waters.
Unfortunately i was still waiting for pre approval of finance when the next release happened, so it took a couple of months before the next release came out. Long story short - completely stupid sales process - and i wasn't able to secure a block. Given the High Voltage lines that run through the back of the estate - when the next release came out, it was a bit too close to the HV lines for comfort, and for that matter all the future releases would be closer and closer, so that ruled out Aspiri.
I was first tipped off about a new estate on Armadale road by one of the display home sales guys. He had no real info, just that he had heard a new estate was being developed. I asked around, but no one else seamed to have heard anything. After some digging around online i found a council application for developing a new area next to the old brick works by Stockland. So started stalking there facebook, website and googling every few days.
Finally they announced the estate, and i registered for info. Again long story short, at the start of December i finally at long last purchased a new block of land!
It's a 12.5 x 30m 375sqm front loaded block located in the first public release (which is stage 3 - 1 & 2 are the display village). It was quite a bit smaller than i had intended to buy, and had alot narrower frontage. So pretty much every plan i had looked at went in the bin, and i've gone back to the drawing board. Titles aren't due until June 2014, so i have a little while to get everything nailed down.
My current preferred plan is called the Viceroy by National Homes, it's the display home in Honeywood estate Wandi. Floor plan is http://www.nationalhomes.com.au/images/floorplans/viceroy_webplan.jpg. But will be making some changes.
Opening the floor to suggestions from everyone as to suitable floor plans. I have a few requirements
1) Master Bedroom not at the front of the house
2) Functional Theatre - off the main living area so can be used more as a lounge area.
3) Office - I do work from home a bit
4) Garage Entry Alcove - an area between the garage and the rest of the house to come inside and dump bags, papers etc rather than them ending up on the kitchen bench
I have a budget of around the $225k mark not including site works.
One thing i haven't yet looked into much is the option of going two story. I had a quick look at a couple of two story displays before everyone shut for Xmas, but they were all out of my price range. I've done a bit of stalking on the forums, and of different websites and will be checking out Ben Trager & 101 Residential when the displays open in the new year.
I'm not a big fan of two story, i think they're somewhat expensive and over rated (unless your building a giant mcmansion!), but i have a 45% open space clause in the DAP which somewhat limits the size of the house to approx 206sqm - which i'm actually discovering is quite limiting.
Anywho.. I'll update this thread as i go along and feel free to suggest any cool floor plans or designs you've seen
5/12/13 - Block Purchased
19/5/14 - Titles Released
20/6/14 - Land Settlement (delayed - Recheduled)
2/7/14 - Signed final plans / variation list
14/7/14 - Land Settlement
13/1/15 - Pre Start
21/1/15 - Building Permit Issued
30/1/15 - Developer Approval Issued
20/1/15 - OMG a Tap!
27/3/15 - SPAD!
12/4/15 - Slabbed
17/4/15 - Drainage installed
25/4/15 - Soakwells installed
27/4/15 - Site clean
2/5/15 - Window Frames Delivered
13/5/15 - Bricks Delivered
15/5/15 - Brick Layer started
26/6/15 - Brick Layer finished (finally.. sort of)
31/7/15 - Brick Work actually finished
3/8/15 - Roof Carpenter Started
18/8/15 - Conduit/Electrical channels cut
21/8/15 - Roof Carpenter Finished
26/8/15 - Electrical prewire started
5/9/15 - Electrical finished & Gas connected
22/9/15 - Plumbing pipework installed
29/9/15 - Roof Tiles delivered
5/10/15 - Roof Scaff Installed
8/10/15 - Roof Tiler's started
13/10/15 - Roof tiling completed
29/10/15 - Rendering started
30/10/15 - Rendering complete
3/11/15 - Ceilings & Cornices started
6/11/15 - Ceilings & Cornices completed
11/11/15 - Plastering started
16/11/15 - Plastering completed
17/11/15 - Solar Hot Water panels installed
18/11/15 - Doors hung & shelving completed