Building A New House
May 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Hubby and I very excited to start our first build with Simonds Homes "Prague" with modifications to original floor plan. Our experience with Simonds has been really wonderful from the start. We went with their broker and He has gone above and beyond to get unconditional approval on time for land settlement.
Prague is originally a 19sq home but we have modified it to 22.5sq home. Adding extra room for a study or activity room with double doors and also added 3.7meters extention to meals area. It looks huge now like a big open plan. I haven't found anybody else who is building the Prague.
The plan is not clear and one side of the page
Big major mistake from my end was we didnt read the plans properly (even after going over it 1000 times) we missed it. The window across from the kitchen island is small, same size as in bathroom. We thought that it was the same size as the one in the meals area which is huge. Didnt realise until the frames was up. (
So, I don't know why it saved like that.
This is the original floor plan
We love the plan as it fits on our small block.
And Here is our completed timeline.
07/02/14 paid deposit on land
05/03/14 gallery selections done
14/04/14 contracts with Simonds signed
24/04/14 unconditional approval granted
09/05/14 land settled
10/05/14 site started
21/05/14 base stage
28/05/14 Frame stage
30/05/14 Lock Up
07/07/14 Fixing stage
Awaiting Carpets and PCI
14/08/14 PCI completed
27/08/14 Handover... keys!!!
Re: Sophia's first build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb2
May 16, 2014 11:31 pm
Welcome!! I love following new Simonds builds
We are building the Sierra in SA. We too have had a great experience with Simonds so far and are due to start on site within the next 2 weeks.
Looking forward to following your build!
Re: First build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb3
May 17, 2014 9:53 am
Congratulations on your build! We are also building with Simonds in Vic and have our colour selections on Monday! What Colours did you go with?
Great to hear you've had a good experience so far, we have too
What is the name of the broker guy? We are using simonds broker too, Steve Hudson is his name - so far so good but we haven't gotten around to applying yet as we have to wait for tax returns which really isn't far away!!
Locked up 20/10
Re: First build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb5
May 18, 2014 10:35 pm
Thank you for following my build im so excited. I will post all my colour selections and floor plan soon I promise! Can u help with posting pics from your mobile, how do I do it?
jaclegg88 our simonds broker was Alex Zaikine. I would recommend him in a heart beat. He was sooooo helpful and know what his doing.
So we drove pass the block today and they have started most of the plumbing. There white pipes coming sticking out from the dirt. It looks like pipes for the tiolet.
Will try my best to post pics
Re: First build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb7
May 31, 2014 11:55 pm
Lots of work has happend in the last 2weeks.
Frames were up 3days after slab was poured then roof and windows the day after on 27/05/14
We drove pass to have a look and looks like Simonds don't muck about at all. Roof tiles, gutters and fascias are up. Looks like the roof is 98% complete. Really happy with our colour choices so far
Roof is standard black Sambucca
Gutters- Night Sky
Fascias- Surf Mist
Cladding- Haymes Paint in Imagine
Windows- Satin Black to all windows
Garage doors- Night Sky
Re: First build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb8
Jun 01, 2014 11:53 am
Look at all that wonderful progress... You must be thrilled. It looks fantastic.
Re: First build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb9
Jun 06, 2014 12:38 am
Wow! Looking great, and awesome to see how quick Simonds are too.
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Jun 27, 2014 12:51 am
Hey guys sorry I've been MIA but a lot has happen in the past few weeks. Our bricks were scheduled to go up on 4th of June but kept on delayed coz the tradies haven't finished the double story home around the corner from us so ended up starting on 16th of June and they Are about 75% done. Eaves around the house will get done after bricks are finished.
We also had some problems with leaking roof and rain pouring into our master bedroom for a few days. SS reassures me that there is no damage done to plaster as walls went up 1week before bricks... eeeekkkk, scary yes I know but all good in the hood now, everything's fixed.
Here are some pics. Cat2 Austral Access Fawn bricks
Left side of the house
Loving this facade and so glad hubby talked me into it.
plastering n cornices went up 1week before bricks. I must say it makes the house a lot more bigger! Feels a lot more like house. The doors and arches went up on Tuesday. Painter will be at the house on Friday.
Our master bedroom. Walls, cornices and arches all done!
Kitchen/family room/meals area plus WIP with fridge access
I really hate that stupid little window at the end of the family room wall. Should of upgraded it a larger window
Kitchen + WIP with access to fridge. Also Laundry at the back!
Kitchen looking onto hall to the front door!
Really love the WIP with the fridge
Our front door! Just the standard door ( that isn't the door handle that we chose. We chose the standard one In gloss finish.
Master bedroom (sorry about the photo quality. Hubbies phone is pretty badly scratched)
Loving the double doors in activity/study room (pic taken from inside room)
Re: First build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb12
Jun 27, 2014 1:13 am
This is what our front looks like as of yesterday. Hrmmmm looking more like a war zone then a construction site lol. The cladding will eventually go on when bricks are finished which on mysimonds website tells me 30/06/14... Cladding are getting painted the colour "Imagine" white, beige colour.
I can't wait to see the house when bricks are fully dried and all cleaned. Fawn is such beautiful bricks and this pic doesn't do it justice!!!!!!
Re: First build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb13
Jun 27, 2014 2:24 am
Bricks are strange. Ours took a few days to dry or bake or something before they lightened dramatically to what we picked. They haven't been cleaned yet either so probably another surprise in store. No the pictures are hard to take but I think yours look wonderful there. Hard to see through all the fences and signs lol
Re: First build with Simonds Homes "Prague" Melb14
Jun 27, 2014 10:11 am
It all looks fabulous... thanks for the pic update!
Re: First build with Simonds Homes: Let the painting begin17
Jun 27, 2014 11:53 pm
Had a walk through with our SS today and I was so shocked to seer kitchen installed and vanity to both bathrooms! Yay! Kinda second guessing my choice on kitchen colour (designer white textured laminate) it looks so white and shiny, doesn't deserve my sons dirty finger prints all over them lol lol. I also think it's a tad too small. We didn't have enough funds to upgrade on many things and including a big beautiful kitchen ANYWAY I was glad to see the painter there too. He painted the first coat on the ceilings in the colour Standard Simonds white. Also he had done first coat, on all our archs and all the doors aswell. Our colour for all walls is Haymes paint in Oak Buff just the standard 2 coats. The painter has been so nice telling us that he will look after our house and give it a good paint job meaning he would do 3 coats whereas needed we are happy with that.
SS gives it 7weeks from today until PCI.... WHAT REALLY... IM HAPPY WITH THAT!!!
Doors painted and all lined up to dry
I don't know about the colour but it definitely does not look like oak buff to me. Oak buff is more creamy beige and this is looking kinda white ???
Our small white kitchen well I guess the huge WIP makes up for it. We chose WILD ROCKS (black marble effect) for Our stone benchtops which are getting installed next week.
So here's the inspiration behind our kitchen splash back!! I have an obsession with black and white. Even my fashion sense is monochromatic and it's hard for me to incorporate colour into my everyday life hehe abit boring I know! Well I really love this so hopefully it looks ok in real life.
Our bathroom and ensuite Vanity in Cinnamon Sprouss which I Love Love
Re: First build with Simonds Homes: Let the painting begin18
Jun 28, 2014 10:38 pm
It all looks great!
Don't worry about the kitchen, the Sierra doesnt have a big kitchen either, but you can be smart with space and really not collect clutter. I just did an audit of my current kitchen items and half of it I don't even use, and am just storing,.. So out it went!
7 weeks! Wow, that's so good. How exciting!
Re: First build with Simonds Homes: Let the painting begin19
Jun 28, 2014 11:35 pm
Looking good, I like your brick colour. You can always get smart storage solutions for your kitchen cupboards. You'll be suprised how much room you don't need when it's all stored in a space efficient way.
Building a Sierra on the Gold Coast
https://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=68899 Full timeline on Pg 1
Retaining Walls: 20/06/14
Site Start: 02/07/14
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