Building A New House
Feb 10, 2014 3:56 pm
I have been reading this forum for several months now and I find it quite useful. We are building Bermuda 23 house with PD and it has Alfresco as well. Our BC gave a call 1st week of Feb and confirm site transfer would happen on 14th Feb and the construction will begin 7-10 days from site transfer date.
We are very keen to get an independent inspector to take advise on major stages. We would like to know if there is anyone currently building with PD who have taken service from an independent inspector. If so, appreciate if you could let us know list of names for us to compare?
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick3
Feb 15, 2014 6:34 pm
Had the final meeting with our BC who is been really helpful during the design stage. During the meeting we were told the kitchen range hood has a fan that will circulate the smoke from producing from the cooking however there is no vent from the Rangehood to the outside in the standard design. I'm not quite sure why this is not considered as a health hazard but seems like that's how most houses are designed by PD today.
Other than that no major issues and we are quite happy with the service.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick4
Feb 15, 2014 6:37 pm
Welcome to the forum We are building near Berwick.
The Bermuda is a nice design
Have you chosen all your colour and interior selections yet?
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick5
Feb 16, 2014 10:27 am
Yes, we've done the colour and interior selection. It was not too complicated for us since we simply went with colours of one of the themes PD had in their display house. In terms of interior, we changed only few things like bathroom fittings, lights in certain areas and most of other things kept standard.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick7
Feb 16, 2014 8:38 pm
Congrats for picking your floorplan and builder. We almost went with Pd Bermuda and orchard rise was also my first option in terms of estate! Love the Bermuda but after adding in all the extras it was just over our budget.
Have you sort out the vent issue. My builder has standard venting straight outside so cant help you regarding that. ..
So site start should be very very soon.. wait till you get ur water taps... that was exciting for me! Exciting times ahead for you!
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick8
Feb 16, 2014 10:19 pm
thanks for the feedback trambay. Our BC did tell us that can be done but would have to pay for it.
Hey PEARZ, thanks for the information. We didn't add much to the standard design to keep the cost within our budget but like the overall design of Bermuda.
Our BC told us there won't be a vent from the rangehood to outside. Not quite sure what they mean by that but hope they will do the right thing. Yes it is quite exciting to see the work is about to begin and we were really happy to see the water taps in our land.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick9
Feb 24, 2014 10:27 pm
We are also building in Berwick, Orchard Rise (lot 82) with Rawdon Hills.
Just to let you know that rangehood without a vent is a standard design across all builders.
Basically you need to pay for the vents (we did).
Anyway, I hope you build will go well, however would be interesting to hear your site cost/ any other estate related issues /costs.
We just completed our colour appointment today and waiting for the final contract to be prepared.
Also would be interested in independent building inspector contacts.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick10
Feb 26, 2014 7:47 am
Hi Alex, all the best with building your new house. Nice to hear from someone building in the same estate. There are no estate costs as I remember. Only cost would be the installation of equipments need to connect with NBN. Site cost can vary depending on the nature of the block and there are lot of blocks in Orchard Rise that has considerable fold. Our block didn't have a noticeable slope so I didn't think site cost would be major.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick12
Mar 10, 2014 12:48 am
Construction work has begun last week and site scraping was done. We went in the weekend saw they have done some cut and filling. There was temporary fence around and it was fully closed. Nice to see construction work is progressing. I've added a countdown to our blog which I thought something helps to keep a track of number of days spent since site start
I've added few more photos in our blog.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick14
Mar 12, 2014 11:58 pm
I spent little bit of time updating the Blog with more details of our landscaping plan. This information is available at http://mydreamhouse4u.blogspot.com.au/p ... -plan.html I also added a counter to show how many days gone since the site start date. I must focus more on the content than the decorations but I also added a page view counter to show how many users have accessed the site within a week.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick15
Mar 13, 2014 9:30 am
It's great that you can get a landscaping pack with PD. Once less headache to worry about
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick16
Mar 20, 2014 9:35 pm
We received a call from our BC and SS to confirm slab stage is completed. We went to the site and we were really happy to see the slab is poured. We went around the site and noticed they haven't put retaining walls. Isn't the retaining wall is part of slab (first) stage? Has anyone had similar experience with their build?
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick17
Mar 21, 2014 12:41 pm
Had a confirmation from PD that retaining walls should have been completed in stage one. Now they are planning visit the site an evaluate what is been done. We are hoping to hear from them next week.
Slab level is lower than the nature strip. Before the cut the land did not have noticeable decline of land height.
Here is the image of the front with the view towards neighbouring house.
Also noticed gaps in concrete filling in a small area just front of the garage entrance.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick18
Mar 24, 2014 11:13 pm
We had a discussion with our SS regarding the slope and he admitted slope cannot be avoided with the current situation. Our land had about 1 meter fall with slope which is hardly noticeable. At the end of first week we went to check the land and saw Porter Davis had done the excavation. I soon noticed the cut of the front garden is too deep which could result in a slope towards house. Our personal view is the cut the land more than what is required (may be a mistake?). Last week after they completed the slab and it became more prominent that slope is inevitable unless make some modifications. This was never agreed and we hope PD will provide a solution. We do not want water coming towards house when there is rain.
Re: Building Bermuda 23 with Porter Davis in Berwick20
Mar 26, 2014 9:25 pm
Good to hear someone is building the Bermuda 23. Site start was last week
Hi there Pinoy_nz, congratulations on your site start. Are you building Bermuda with PD too?
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