I’m starting this thread to share our build process with others. It is partly due to the wealth of info we have got from others, and I’m hoping to give something back.
We have signed with Sterling Homes.
Our plan is our own design, layed out to capture the Northern aspect to the living areas.
We have a 10 acre block. The property already has a small cottage on it, we had intended to extend it when we brought the place. But after a couple of years of deliberation we have decided it was better to build a new home.
The old house is right where we want the new house ( landscaping ) so we will be knocking it down prior.
We felt that we could have a blow out on the reno and still have half an old house to show for it. Not to mention the poor insulation quality of the old part.
The main reason's for going with Sterling was the price and flexibly. Like any of the big building companies I have heard of a few bad experiences with them. We have had other friends use them and are still happy with the house 10 years later too.
Our consultant was excellent, he always had plenty of time for us and I'm sure I must of been a PITA tweaking things all the time. Thinking more on it, and reading of other peoples drama's, we were lucky to have such a good consultant. The last of the good ones I reckon.
What I’ve taken from this is do your home work, then do your home work again. Don’t trust them trust you. If at all possible use a good independent building inspector at as many stages as you can afford.
I believe none of the large builders are immune to admin and building errors.
I think a lot of the bigger companies issues are their administration / site supervisor work loading and lack of good tradies. Given the current slow in the industry I think it’s a great time to build.
Having said all of that I have still strapped ourselves in and braced for the worst!
Due to wanting approval prior to demo of the old house we have to submit a non complying application to council. It is done in two stages which we have a private planner to sort.
So unfortunately it will take longer and cost more to get the approval.
So at this stage, we’ve signed and payed deposit, plans and submission is at council.
Selections are in a couple of weeks.
Cheers for stopping in.