Building A New House
Re: Stellabella's second build...Aaaand I'm back again!163
Jul 21, 2017 8:42 pm
My parents are living in WA at the moment, so I'm waiting to hear back from my mum after she scrutinizes (critizes?) the plan. Then I'll take these changes back and hopefully get it fully costed up!
One thing I'm struggling with is the layout for the bathroom. I want a drop in bath with a hob at each end, so I'm trying to find a way to make that work- but also have enough room for the shower to be 1x1.8 and the 900mm vanity. I'll attach a photo of what I've come up with so far!
Re: Stellabella's second build...Need opinions on plan!166
Jul 23, 2017 1:48 pm
I'm also having trouble deciding on the flooring we want...I'm backwards between bamboo-timber-tiles! I have in mind grey walls, white skirts/archs and the timber floors...but that also makes it hard to decide what to do in the kitchen. I want a darker (although not TOO dark) timber/timber look on the floors, but lighter in the kitchen, and I just don't want to combine the two...so I think I might need to go tiles. But this will change the look I'm going for completely. Just one of the many things I'm debating with myself about at the moment!
Re: Stellabella's second build...Need opinions on plan!167
Sep 01, 2017 4:29 pm
I will be following your build with anticipation. We are building out at Curra (we looked at land where you're building, but the road right by the river freaked me out, lol). This is our second build. We have just had notification that we're out of council and start date of 5th of September.
Can't wait to see your colour selections. Sound similar to my tastes. I am having vinyl plank flooring throughout including the bedrooms. I decided on an all white kitchen so that I didn't have the clash with different wood colours and textures. I am also having grey walls with white trim and doors. I have a thread, but haven't updated it because I can't for the life of me remember how to post photos, lol.
Follow my build: https://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=87724
Re: Stellabella's second build...Need opinions on plan!168
May 29, 2018 9:53 pm
Here we are...back again! Plans (mostly) finalised, finance approved, deposit paid, site cut booked for 18 June. We haven't got the soils or footing design back yet, so we won't actually start for a while after that, but happy to at least have the ball rolling! Still trying to decide what to do for some of the external cladding - we are having rendered Hebel and Scyon Linea cladding, but are thinking rendered blueboard or possibly Matrix cladding above the carpentry line. TBA...will let you know what we decide
We are doing the colour selection ourselves this time, have selected nearly everything, just the tapware to be confirmed.
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!169
May 31, 2018 1:43 pm
A few pics of our tapware selections... we have gone over budget as DH has decided on black to the ensuite, after much debate 🙄
The toilet is the same as ensuite, the showerhead will be the chrome version of the rail shower. The vanity will be 1200 in bathroom and 750 in the WC/powder room. Can't find the pic of the ensuite shower head, but it's just 2 black square rainheads with ceiling droppers. Ensuite bath is std but a bit longer I think 1700 instead of 1500. Ensuite vanity is custom.
Mixer same as kitchen
The outdoor kitchen will have the same sink and mixer as the laundry.
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!170
Jun 02, 2018 12:13 am
Ok...so some upgrades we have. Are they upgrades if we select them from the start? Haha! I think being second-time build clients and being more financially stable means we know what we want, and we're willing to pay for it. I remember the first build, we were trying to get as much included in the home/mortgage as possible...this time around, we're trying to pay for as much as possible out of pocket so we don't have to pay it back! How things change in 7 years haha. Again, it's hard to tell what is an upgrade since it's a custom plan and we basically designed our own specifications/inclusions, but I'll try and note what I can!
- Tapware upgraded from standard - we just have an allowance for this and can basically get what we want. We will definitely be going over on what we've had allowed, even though it's triple the standard amount already (thanks DH again for going black in the ensuite)
- Floor to ceiling tiles in ensuite and bathroom (was only ensuite originally but we've just signed our first variation to have this in the bathroom too)
- 1700 bath in bathroom instead of 1500
- BTW toilets
- Custom cabinetry in pantry, laundry, WIR, ensuite and living room
- Upgraded carpet (will also be upgrading underlay)
- Addition of tiles to alfresco and porch
- 2550 ceiling height
- Scyon Linea cladding externally as well as rendered Hebel
- R1.5 insulation to all external walls; soundbatts to media
- Stainless View (window company's version of Crimsafe) to all sliding glass doors
- Custom front door by window company
- 2340 high doors internally throughout
- Humes LIN1 doors to WIR and laundry
- Higher allowance for internal door handles
- Allowance to (hopefully) cover any higher bushfire and wind ratings
- 2400 height garage door
- Third 5000gal tank to shed
- Higher allowance for tank/pressure pump
- Gas HWS
- Higher allowance for appliances
- Smart wastes throughout
That's all I can think of for now...will add to if I think of anything further!
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!171
Jun 05, 2018 9:06 pm
We received the 'welcome' email for the shed company today. We paid the deposit last week and we may have slightly rushed the colour and door positioning etc decisions, as the bank said they won't release their part of the house base stage payment until they have the approved plans for the house AND the shed, so we had to get it in to get the process started. Might have to look at the plans again tomorrow to make sure we haven't overlooked something!
No real updates on the house, waiting on the final plans/full construction plans and the soil tests and effluent...eep! I don't think we'll have any problems with the souls as our neighbour has rock, so good for soils (not so good for site works, but better in the long term I guess). We are really hoping we can have septic trenches/system instead of the treatment plant system usually designed for our region...guess we just wait and see!
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!172
Jun 10, 2018 10:26 pm
Paid a quick visit to the block today, DH wanted to take some pics before the site cut is completed as he's not sure when he'll be home again.
First time I've been there since the house has been pegged out. It's a lot closer to the road (easement), than I thought! I did want it as close as possible (10m) so we had less costs with concrete and getting power to the house, but I was kind of imagining more space between the road and the garage... oh well!
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!173
Jun 10, 2018 10:27 pm
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!174
Jun 11, 2018 2:15 pm
Had a phone call this morning to let us know the machine to be used for our site works has had a breakdown and requires repairs, so our new date is 27June. At least they let us know, and it gives us more time to save $$$ I guess!
On the upside, here's a pic of some more of our selections!
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!175
Jun 17, 2018 10:07 pm
Spent 3 hours with the cabinetmaker on Friday - I thought we'd only be an hour or so, so that length of time was unexpected! They will be doing quite a bit - kitchen, butler's pantry, laundry, laundry robes, WIR, ensuite vanity, shelving and desk to sitting room, and POSSIBLY some custom doors from sitting room to WIR.
We are a bit unsure about what to do with these, we can get the Humes LIN1 doors in a 410mm width but they have a decal across the glass which we are trying to avoid. There aren't many other options because they are 2340mm high instead of the standard 2040mm high.
We've also had a quote from a joiner, I got a quote with some separated glass panes, but DH is thinking more just the two doors with one piece of glass surrounded by timber - although we will be painting not staining, so not fussed on the material type.
Bit of a bummer, found out we can't have the sink we want in the pantry. We are having laminate in there (instead of stone like the kitchen) to save $$, but I didn't realise you can't undermount sinks in laminate so now have to find a different sink. We also had to play around with the layout of the pantry a bit to fit the fridge etc. Will post more details and layouts when I have them, likely be a few weeks before we have them.
We were also wanting the cabinetmaker to do the outdoor kitchen, however their colour selection in the waterproof materials wasn't great, so we are looking at other options for this.
We went into Bunnings to have a look of their range of prefab outdoor kitchens, and they had a cute outdoor lounge on clearance that we scored for half price!
Speaking of scoring...popped into Aldi this week to pick up one of their specials for DH - a little greenhouse for seedlings - and they had kitchen mixers very similar to what we were going to order, for only $80! Less than a quarter of the price we were going to pay! So I bought two. They have the Watermark symbol and a 5 year warranty, but for $80, I'm very happy!
Hopefully have final plans this week - our update last week was that they are just waiting on the truss layout to be confirmed. I'm also hoping on soils and effluent this week!
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!176
Jun 20, 2018 8:42 pm
We've heard today that the draftsman is just finalizing the energy efficiency. To reach the R value, we need to adjust something in beds 1 and 2. Either R2.5 batts to external walls (meaning we need to change to 90mm frames) or change the walls to Hebel instead of the Linea cladding. I don't want to do either 😔
I have no idea if it'll make a difference, but I'm going to ask if there's anything we can do with windows or anything. I don't mind R2.0 batts if we don't have to change the frames, but I don't want to change to Hebel on those walls, and I don't want to lose room size 😞
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!177
Jun 21, 2018 5:24 am
Is it the look of Hebel you don't like, or the cost? You can get routing done on the Hebel to kind of mimic the Linea cladding styles?
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!178
Jun 21, 2018 9:54 pm
We just REALLY wanted the Linea cladding, we upgraded to it specifically from Newport because that's the look we're after.
As it turns out, we need R2.0 to all external walls and R3.0 to entire ceiling, so we'll just go with that. Draftsman has finalised plans and will sign and print tomorrow!
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!179
Jul 15, 2018 5:30 pm
Re: Stellabella's second build...Final floor plan, contract!180
Jul 23, 2018 5:36 pm
We're planning our 2nd build as well and I came across your thread while doing a search about hebel.
How are the Hebel walls in your first build and are you planning to build with Hebel again? I'm mainly interested in the durability because I hear they are prone to cracking or can get chipped easily. We are seriously considering Hebel for our 2nd and would love to get some feedback.
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