I've read loads (over a hundred perhaps!) of build-threads on here over the years, and now it's finally time to build our first home.
We've bought land in Warrnambool, VIC - for those of you that don't know where it is, it's basically at the South West terminus of the Great Ocean Road.
There are five of us, myself, my wife Sarah, daughter Scarlett, son Hunter and daughter Hayley. Originally this started out as a forever home, as I wanted to set up the perfect shed and never have to move; although budget has forced us to look at this as a home with potential to be a forever home if need be - but probably more around a 10 year lifespan for us - provided we enjoy the build process, we'd love to create another building in the future (note, I'm saying this very early in the process!!!)
I have a blog which outlines some of the steps thus far in more detail; it's located at http://www.yourbuilds.com
I've designed the house myself. Initially I was super keen for ICF construction, solar passive, net zero etc - I bought a copy of the Your Home book; unfortunately very few local builders have experience in this area, and as a value to space equation it does not make sense unless you're in a financial (and time) position to owner build. We looked at a great many display homes, and settled on some must haves based on what we saw, and what we need.
- 4 Bedrooms
- Large, open-plan North Facing Living and Dining area
- Dark theatre room
- 15x7m workshop/shed tall enough for a hoist
- Plenty of backyard for entertaining and for the kids
We set about finding a block big enough. We're in a lucky position here in Warrnambool as there are a great deal of new housing estates opening up and a few were quite close to where we're already renting - an area of the town that we know and love. The majority of the blocks in these estates are 4-500m2 and 650-750m2 with the occasional 800m2. We initially decided we'd need an 800m2 block to do what we needed to do, but that it would leave very little room for a yard for the kids. Then we found an oddly shaped 987m2 block. A quick play in google sketchup showed that we should be able to make it work, so we bought it.
(Lot 16 is us)
My first design had high (12-14') ceilings in the living area, as well as a study off the garage:
Then we spoke to some builders. Initial prices for construciton were $140,000 over our budget.
One of the builders was helpful enough to give some suggestions to allow the building to come in under our budget rather than trying to flip us over to one of their existing floor plans. Consequently, we've proceeded with him.
This is a rough idea of the revised plan:
Playing with some colour selections:
At this point we're planning on:
- Roof - CB Basalt
Fascia - CB Monument
Gutter - CB Monument
Downpipes - CB Monument
Feature Render (light) - CB Dune
Feature Render (dark) - CB Monument
Bricks - Boral Horizons Mocha
Front Door - Dulux Orangeade
For the shed we're going to use CB Basalt Roof, CB Monument gutters and downpipes, and CB Dune for the walls so the building colours flow from the front door. Part of the reason for this is you see the shed from the front door - eventually we'll probably build a green-wall of some kind there to conceal the shed, but initially we don't want it overwhelming the space:
I've also been playing with internal colour selections and rendering with a few programs and sketch-up to approximate the view from the Kitchen splashback window, mainly to see if a fence conceals a rather large existing shed further down the hill:
Which it would appear to do:
Just trying to get a better handle on the 3D render process so we can test-drive a few colour finishes for the inside. I haven't got the lights worked out yet unfortunately:
At the moment we've used Dulux Vivid White for the ceilings, Dulux Dieskau for the walls, Feature wall in Scarlett's room of Radiant Orchid, in Hayley's of Rose Quartz, and in Hunter's Serenity (I'm a sucker for Pantone, but also because Hayley and Hunter's face west, I didn't want too strong/warm a colour to start with - Scarlett's got the stronger feature wall because her room faces east.)
Anyway, it's nearly 1AM so that's all for now. I'll post more as I know/do more.
Our builder (Jarrod Dorney of Warrnambool Builders / Novara Homes) has finished our plans and is in the process of pricing them up - we're getting closer!!