After lurking for awhile I thought it was time to start my own thread and share our second building experience!
First time around we built with Affordable Living and found the whole process pretty average, they weren't keen to have owners involved and took next to no responsibility for quality. We sold up after six years to move from SOR near Mr Doe's family and build a larger house NOR closer to my family. This time around we're building with Express Two Storey, Ventura Group's newest offshoot specialising in double storey builds. We've just been through pre-start and are finalising our upgrade selections while our mortgage broker deals with the bank to add some structural changes to our mortgage which Express let us add at pre-start rather than having another meeting beforehand. So far they've been very accommodating and we got some great inclusions because we signed up before they officially started advertising plus all the staff we've dealt with have been very helpful and happy for us to be on-site meeting trades and being involved when the time comes which is a great change from our first build already.
Our first house was a 3x2 on 561m2 and we are not gardeners so this time around we are building 4x2 + study on a 379m2 block with the aim of having as little yard maintenance as possible. This makes us very happy!
This is our block 12.62m frontage x 30m depth plus nice and flat so site works are minimal:
Edit -- Final draft of house plans: