My partner and I recently purchased a block in Woburn Park, The Vines. This will be our first time building and we're pretty excited. In fact for me this almost trumps the wedding we have planned for November. I'm sure the build will be more stressful though.
We decided on The Stoneleigh Advantage from Dale Alcock, with a few modifications. We've made the minor bedrooms, alfresco area, garage and lounge/dining area bigger, added solar panels, ducted reverse cycle and all that jazz. We've gone way over our budget, but we always do.
Essentially we've ended up with a Stoneleigh / Stoneleigh Advantage hybrid.
Here's our preliminary plan:
And like many others I've been playing a bit with SketchUp (loving it) to see how things will fit and to get an idea of how the sun/shadows will affect us:
We're here to share our build in the hope that others will benefit, and of course to learn from those of you who've done it before. I'll update the timeline below as we go.
Our (rough) Timeline
07/06/2014: Put in offer on land
11/06/2014: Land offer accepted
25/06/2014: Land finance approved
30/06/2014: Signed up with Dale Alcock
23/07/2014: Land settlement
08/09/2014: Colour selections & Intelligent Home meeting
15/09/2014: Building Permit received
20/09/2014: Contract signed
22/09/2014: Prestart and electrical meeting
11/12/2014: Brickwork started
17/01/2015: Plate Height!
19/01/2015: Roof carpentry started
29/01/2015: Roof carpentry complete
11/02/2015: Roof cover!
13/02/2015: Electrical pre wiring complete
17/02/2015: Grey float started
19/02/2015: Grey float complete
23/02/2015: Ceilings started
03/03/2015: Ceilings complete
05/03/2015: Cornices started
11/03/2015: Cornices complete
12/03/2015: White set started
17/03/2015: White set complete
20/03/2015: Lock Up!
27/03/2015: Cupboards complete
30/03/2015: Ceilings and doors painted
02/04/2015: Garage concrete
09/04/2015: Tiling meeting
22/04/2015: Tiling started
04/05/2015: Tiling complete
08/05/2015: Electrical & Plumbing complete
22/05/2015: Paving complete
10/07/2015: Moved in!