I have read through a few threads and think it's a great way to not only get good advise and ideas but also record our experience!
My husband Mick and I are building our first home at Aura on the Sunshine Coast in QLD.
We have choosen to modify the Grange 23 to add a hollywood robe, modified ensuite, wider hallway and living area, closed in Media room, larger walk-in-pantry and larger alfresco.
Our Timeline So Far:
18/11/16: Deposit placed on land.
20/11/16: First discussion with Coral Homes.
04/12/16: Initial plans received from Coral based on our discussion.
11/12/16: Deposit paid to Coral Homes.
01/02/17: Soil test completed, Rated "M".
02/02/17: Additional deposit for plans paid.
03/02/17: Preliminary tender letter ordered.
23/02/17: Tender letter received.
24/02/17: Land Registered.
03/03/17: Contract ordered.
16/03/17: Contract Signed!
27/03/17: Tile selection.
4/04/17: Unconditional Approval
6/04/17: Error found in finance paperwork. Need to start again.
10/04/17: New unconditional approval granted.
28/04/17: Land Settlement!!!
01/05/17: First mortgage payment due boooooo
05/05/17: Plans submitted to council
08/05/17: Plumbing plans approved by council.
18/05/17: Colour Selection Day!
19/05/17: Council Approval!
22/05/17: Clipsal Appointment via phone (don't recommend)
6/06/17: Covenant application declined. Changes required for driveway, fence gate and retaining walls.
8/06/17: Covenant application resubmitted.
9/06/17: Clipsal Plan finalised.
23/06/16: Covenant Approval
11/07/17: Meeting with SS
12/07/17: Site cut
21/07/17: Slab poured
Original Grange 23 Plan:
Roof: Classic Tiles - Colour: Steel
Fascia & Gutter: Shale Grey
Render: Tranquil Retreat
Garage Door: Ironstone
Front Door: Bondi Sands
Window Frames: White
Front Door: Savoy XS24 with Clear Glass.
Handle: Precise Tri-lock in satin finish.
Internal Doors: Accent Primed MDF HA4
Internal Handle: Florence in satin finish.
Kitchen & Bathroom Benches: Raven
Pantry & Laundry Bench: Deep Anthracite
All Cabinets: Polar White
Main Bed & Media Carpet: Black Magic (Silver Range)
Bedroom 2,3,4: Informed (Standard Range)
Underlay: 10mm Foam throughout
Paint Throughout: Lexicon Half.