Building A New House
Mar 29, 2015 10:49 pm
I've been reading lots of progress stories on this forum and decided to contribute our own story. All the stories I have been reading are from the Perth area, we are a little further north in Dongara, which 65km south of Geraldton.
We purchased a block of land in Feb 2013 (813sqm) and have been looking at Display homes and loads of builders floor plans to get an idea of what we want in our dream home. We got engaged in Jan 2014 and are due to be married end of Oct 2015. This is when we decided it was probably time to get organised and start the process of getting our own house (currently living with my parents)
We had planned a meeting with the bank for early Feb to check what we were able to borrow so that we could go looking for a design we knew we could afford (the joys of living in regional WA means we are charged more for construction costs). As luck would have it Redink had a monthly promo on for a design we loved and was within our price range! After speaking with a sales rep and making a few changes to the original plan we signed our PCQ at the end of Feb.
We received our site report and survey mid March. At the moment we are just waiting on the working draws.
We have already picked out flooring for living areas and bedrooms (to be installed after handover) and have been looking at colour schemes for tiles and benches (so many choices!)
9 September 15 - Earthworks started
22 September 15 - Plumbing & Electrical run ins and Footings
23 September 15 - Framing of slab
24 September 15 - SLAB!!
6 October 15 - Bricks delivered
8 October 15 - Frames and mortar delivered
13 October 15 - Brick work started!!
19 October 15 - Internal bricks complete
27 October 15 - External bricks complete
30 October 15 - Roof timbers started
5 November 15 - Roof timbers finished
9 November 15 - Electrical
11 November 15 - Plumbing and Colorbond started.
12 November 15 - Roof completed
13 November 15 - Internal render started
23 November 15 - Internal render complete
24 November 15 - Gyprock and cornice delivered
25 November 15 - Ceilings started, windows in
29 November 15 - Ceilings and cornice finished
30 November 15 - Locked out!
5 December 15 - Internal doors and shelving done
11 December 15 - Grano poured, tile meet
12 December 15 - Bricking up in wet areas started
14 December 15 - Tiles started
5 January 16 - Gloss painting done
6 January 16 - Pavers delivered
11 January 16 - Paving started
12 January 16 - Paving complete
19 January 16 - Air con installed
28 January 16 - Tiles complete
29 January 16 - Garage door installed
2 February 16 - Electrical finals started
3 February 16 - Plumbing finals started, Door furniture installed, air con complete, oven/cook top installed, gas finals completed
4 February 16 - Rangehood installed, hot water unit and solar installed, toilets installed, bathroom accessories installed
12 February 16 - Electrical complete, insulation installed
24 February 16 - Mirrors, robe doors and shower screens installed
26 February 16 - PCI complete
14 March 16 - KEYS
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders2
Mar 29, 2015 11:37 pm
I'm new to this so I'm hoping the picture worked.
Had to do a bit of print screen editing but this is our current floor plan. I'll be adding more bench space in the kitchen but other than that we are in love with our design.
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders3
Mar 30, 2015 1:16 am
Hi we built wth redink in Byford though . Plan looks good . There are plenty of red inkers on here . So if you have any questions I'm sure one of us will be able to answer them . Good luck
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders9
Apr 04, 2015 8:05 pm
Congratulations and welcome to the forum, ColleyCrew - we'll be building with RedInk too. We're waiting for our job to go to scheduling now (I think). So hopefully won't be waiting too much longer for something to happen! Love your plans and you've got a lovely huuuge block! Wow
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders13
Apr 06, 2015 8:02 pm
Fellow Redinkers - does anyone have a price on adding overhead cupboards? Also open to suggestions with kitchen. I'm concerned about bench space and storage! I was thinking of extending the bench with the oven right to the wall near the pantry but not sure what to do with breakfast bar/island if this is long enough. TIA
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders14
Apr 06, 2015 9:13 pm
I would extend the back bench to the wall as you say, I'd also consider then moving the sink to that extended bit? Then the whole breakfast bar would be open. You could also U-shape the kitchen by closing off the bit nearest the dining. I'd seriously consider going to Ikea for overheads, we'll have some through RedInk but only because we won't be there to have too many things done ourselves. As it is we'll get very basic normal cabinets, 2 on each side with an internal shelf, and over the fridge recess which is 1m wide and we're charged $1830 for it. Have read in another thread about cabinet makers used by RedInk - I'll find the link and paste back here
Edited to add link to MIMN's thread - and a post by xxkatxx re cabinet makers:
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders15
Apr 06, 2015 9:24 pm
Thanks MalSannie. U shape sounds like a good idea. Didnt even think of ikea! The partner of a lady i work with has done cabinetry work for Redink in town and he actually lives across the road from our future home i may ask him for pricing on it after handover.
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders16
Apr 06, 2015 9:57 pm
Oh that is a good contact to have!
For some Ikea cabinets see AKB's wonderful laundry - her ensuite is to die for too viewtopic.php?p=1240630#p1240630
And also Cupcakes - they've added Ikea overheads in the scullery it looks lovely viewtopic.php?p=1321510#p1321510
If I'd known the Ikea things were so lovely I'd have tried to get our dimensions to suit them lol
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders17
Apr 06, 2015 10:10 pm
They look really good! I am pretty lucky my dad is a carpenter by trade so DIY may be a real possibility. But i would love to be able to just turn the key and walk in to a finished ready house. Cant have it all unfortunately unless i win the lottery haha.
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders18
Apr 07, 2015 12:46 am
Welcome! Plan looks great. Nice flow about it. Our overheads cost about $1600, though we're having the IT nook bench and cabinets done after handover. Our sales rep even told us they were charging too much definitely like the idea of extending benchtop all the way to corner next to pantry. We put our sink towards the end of the island and it's given us a lot more space. Good luck and please ask any questions. We had about 13 pages of stuff quoted up at prestart
Our Redink build SOR
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders19
Apr 07, 2015 1:46 am
It is definitely worth asking on here what people paid for stuff - and ardie was very helpful when I had to prepare for prestart too (thanks again!). It is important because sometimes people make mistakes, and we were going to be overcharged for wc's to the tune of £300 each. If we didn't know what they were costing someone else via the forum we might have paid it! We also have quite a few things priced up - would be happy to pay it forward like ardie did
Re: Redink Midwest First Time Builders20
Apr 07, 2015 12:00 pm
We're building with Redink too. I can't comment on the overheads as ours were included in our offer but I would definitely recommend extending the kitchen as the others have suggested and like Ardie we have moved the sink to one side of the island to maximise the bench space.
Look forward to seeing how you progress and all your selections!!
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