After a lot of time reading through other people's building journeys I've started my own thread to document our own exciting journey (building the Hudson with Simonds in Warrnambool, Victoria) with my partner for our first home!
While researching the building process, being our first home, we were concerned with costs mostly, so in my thread I'd like to be a bit informative about prices (keeping in mind prices are different depending on where you're building) because of course we've found costs we didn't consider, so I'm more than happy to hear your suggestions on saving money and I don't mind discussing costs at all, so fire away with any questions.
All up so far our experience with Simonds has been fantastic. Everyone we've dealt with thus far have been friendly, helpful and most importantly very honest, understanding and genuine.
We made a few changes to the floorplan - making the garage wider ($1400), the butlers pantry upgrade ($2600) but we kept it in line with the garage extension so it wouldn't cut into the kitchen as pictured and adding a sliding door to the ensuite ($450).
Other extras we chose as a part of the 'great Australian upgrades' promotion where we got $25000 worth of upgrades for free included a dishwasher, overhead and above fridge kitchen cupboards, laundry cupboard and sink instead of trough, wider vanity in ensuite, 20 downlights, bathroom heaters, shower niches, laminate flooring, carpet, upgraded ducted heating, split system, pop-up bathroom waste instead of plugs, drawers in WIR and the NBN pack.
We had our gallery appointment yesterday, I have lots of pictures to post later, but we're very excited for our journey, even if we have to wait until Jan/Feb for our land title