We have been lurking around the forum for quite a while now, learning and planning, with a vision to build our first home. There are some really lovely people on this forum and some very helpful advice from other people who are building their first homes, as well as some older wiser people building multiple times before. Hopefully documenting our process will help someone else navigating and negotiating through all the builder talk.
We finally came up with a block that we liked. We chose to build at Seaford Meadows as we really loved the area, it was close to the beach, train to the city for work, internet is Fibre NBN, and we preferred south instead of north.
We got quotes from several builders and heavily compared them in spreadsheets. We finished up with Fairmont because the Aircon and Bathroom bonus deals we got seemed good, and they allowed us to customise the plan to how we wanted it.
We are building a modified version of a Fairmont Madrid, although many of these plans are so similar I don't think that really matters. We modified it enough that it would be hard to really say which plan it originally was.
Roof: Colorbond Monument
Gutters: Colorbond Monument
Fascia: Colorbond Surfmist
Render: Wattyl Scallopini
Bricks: Austral Grange + Brighton Lite White + White Sand
Floors: Blackbutt Parador Laminate Flooring
Carpet: Cormorant 980 (charcoal/mid grey)
Paint: Solver Siren's Call
Tiling: Charcoal Floors/White Walls
14/02/16 - Signed Contracts
08/04/16 - Builder Soil Test Received
08/04/16 - Engineering Plans Started
08/04/16 - Council Submission Apparently
13/04/16 - Engineering Footings variation received
19/04/16 - Elevations Received
26/04/16 - Council website lists our Development Application
11/05/16 - Selections with Direct Interiors
18/05/16 - Selections with Supreme Kitchens
20/05/16 - Selection appointment Clipspec for Electrical
31/05/16 - Council has granted planning approval
31/05/16 - Original settlement date on Land
07/06/16 - Final Builders Interview
16/06/16 - Approval from Bank, also Valuation
17/06/16 - Council full approval
29/06/16 - Settlement for Land !!
10/07/16 - Started Siteworks
12/07/16 - Plumbing services
15/07/16 - Slab poured !
22/07/16 - Stormwater pipes laid
29/07/16 - Frame and bricks delivered
17/08/16 - Brickwork started
22/08/16 - Roof On !!
22/09/16 - Brickwork pretty much finished
27/09/16 - Lock Up Stage
29/09/16 - Joinery/Kitchen/2nd Fix carpentry
12/10/16 - Render Fascade
13/10/16 - Tiling
18/10/16 - 2nd fix electrical
23/10/16 - Painting Prep
27/10/16 - Painting
14/12/16 - PCI
21/12/16 - Handover !!