Building A New House
Jun 15, 2017 2:49 pm
I have been following along on this forum since I joined back in February and now it has come time where myself and my partner are commencing the process of building our first home. We are going to take advantage of the increased FHOB grant for regional Victoria. This forum has been very helpful in helping us prepare for this journey. Very excited about the process.
We have on hold a block of land in new estate in Ballarat and will sign the land contracts in the first week in July 2017 so we don't have to pay stamp duty. Our block is 544 m2 16 wide x 34 length. We have to have the house set back 4 m as per estate covenants. We have been allowed access to the site to undertake a soil test. The land is likely to be registered in late July/August 2017. So hoping to actually start building in October.
We are looked at a lot of builders when deciding to pick one and decided to settle on a local Ballarat builder who has been very flexible at allowing us to alter one of there existing plans.
This is the new plan and the one currently being built. Starts about Page 8 of the thread. The rest of the pages prior are old plans and the journey about that.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat2
Jun 17, 2017 7:49 pm
Spent this morning visiting National Tiles as well as browsing various websites trying to put together a mood board for each area of the house. I have some ideas of what the colour scheme we would like to have in our house. We want to go for a wood, white and introducing some colour in the blues and teal range. We might have a couple of other different colour feature walls but realling the colours of the beach and ocean.
This is my thought process on my how I would like my Kitchen/Butlers Pantry area to look like.
Kitchen Mood Board
These kitchens have some elements that I am using for inspiration in my kitchen.
This one was the first picture I saw. I love the wine fridge so I'm having that in my kitchen but on the other side of the island bench. Not going to go for the blue splashback. I do love those stools too (who knew there was so many options for stools).
I'm going to go with the Laminex Oak on the top light this picture (above), with polar white on the bottom with Alpine White Quantum Quantz stone bench tops.
Are getting Smeg freestanding and range overhead similar to this picture above. Also getting undermount double sink in the island bench and single one in the pantry area.
For the kitchen area just going white gloss subway tiles. But going to get them laid in a vertical brick pattern
I love the rattan style birds nests lights. I'm thinking that three would be too many and so going with two. I also love this pendant light too. But its like $795 each pendant. Waaaa
This Rattan light which is in my mood board for the kitchen is much reasonable at $279 each
Another light I just love is this one too. I'm thinking I might use over the dining room table. Decisions, decisions.
Those are my thoughts so far on what I working towards in the kitchen/pantry areas. I haven't looked much at dining room tables but probably like a wooden one but would love some blue chairs. Maybe.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat3
Jun 18, 2017 3:00 pm
We popped down to our block at the estate and noticed that they had done the soil testing. It appears that they had drilled three holes on the block in various places. One at the back, middle and one near the front.
This is our block. It is in stage 3 of this release. Its only just released but should title late July/August. I think its waiting on its compliance certificate (or whatever its called) from the Council. The estate is in the new suburb of Bonshaw. Well Bonshaw is a old area in Ballarat but it was farmland until recently.
This is our block. You can see on the left hand side of the picture there is a drill hole for one of the soil tests.
Close up shot of the drill hole.
View looking South out of the front of our house.
The view again looking out the other way and you can see another drill hole up the front.
At the back of our block is cows at the moment. It is marked Urban Residential Growth so it probably get turned into an estate sometime in the future. There is a road which is two blocks down from us that has a side street that will join up to any new development but its not part of this estate.
This shows the width of our block between the two pink sticks.
Hoping the soil test doesn't throw up any problems.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Selkirk Bricks?4
Jun 19, 2017 10:43 am
Has anyone build using Selkirk Coastal Stone bricks. Its one of the bricks included in the builders range. I love to see what they look like without having to look at a small sample.
This is what they look like on their website. But I want to double check. We were planning on upgrading our bricks but if the coastal ones look okay then we can save 3K Selkirk BricksCoastal Stone
If anyone has any pictures from their house build where they used this stone I love to see them.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat5
Jun 20, 2017 11:50 am
Can some one give me some advice. On my plans in the kitchen island bench it says drainlines cut in bench. Now I'm getting stone top benchs and wondering if I should get this removed?
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Kitchen help?6
Jun 20, 2017 11:59 am
I've seen it done and think it looks good, great for draining pots and thinks if you hand wash.
that said we are not doing it as too lazy to hand wash, that's what the dish washer is for!
JG King Lexington 240 Acreage build https://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=87762
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Kitchen help?7
Jun 20, 2017 12:10 pm
Many thanks. That photo you provided puts my mind at rest.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Kitchen help?8
Jul 07, 2017 8:18 am
Big day for us today. We are meeting this morning with our conyancer to go through the land contracts and sign them if they are all in order and then following that meeting with the Mortgage Broker to talk about finance.
The tiles are at the stage for waiting for lodgement at Titles office so tiles maybe month or so away at a guess.
And then I would like to go back to National Tiles to go through the tiling options again now that I have the elevations.
We have gotten our soil tests back. The land estate agent let us soil test prior to signing contracts. It came back a H2 classification which is pretty normal for Ballarat area.
The builder is saying it looks good and doesn't think it site costs will increase, however, there is always a but haha, they have to wait for the engineering plans to make sure there doesn't need to be anything additional for the slab. Our land is fairly flat. So fingers cross, otherwise, I start tossing out some of my upgrades.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance9
Jul 11, 2017 11:17 am
icat2000 Are you using any site in particular for your mood board??
Carlisle Homes - 2013
Quantum Homes - 2016
and onto the THIRD with Quantum homes in 2018!!
Our Almost Forever Home!
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance10
Jul 11, 2017 11:24 am
Hi there - This is the site I used. I found it on google. It seems easy enough to use and you can edited it after its created. You just have to remember the links.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance11
Jul 11, 2017 11:57 am
Just got an update from our mortgage broker. Our land loan is in progress with Bank West. We doing a 2 part thing. Get the land first then couple of months role it up into a construction loan.
Fingers crossed. They have to send a valuer out to look at the site and then report back to the bank.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance12
Jul 11, 2017 7:34 pm
How have I never stumbled on your thread before????
I LOVE YOUR FLOORPLAN!! Love love love. That would be my dream house
Sounds like your build is going well so far, really like your mood boards. Definitely my sort of colours.
Can't wait to see your selections. Good luck on titles!! Hopefully no delays for you.
(AND... oooh we have the same name )
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance13
Jul 14, 2017 12:04 pm
Thank you. You made my day. I was having a little downer about my house plan as the corridor is quite looooong. However, the builder suggests I could add a couple of plaster hampers at each end and consider adding some wall niches to break it up a bit.
Also the other thing I was to revisit is the opening to the master suite. I don't care for the little door off the corridor. The builder put some suggestion to me but going to mark it up as I'm a visual person and makes it easier if I can see what they mean.
I had the thought of putting some double doors in where the WIR is and losing that small bit of the WIR. It was my partner bit and I'm sure he won't miss it hahaha. I haven't put that suggestion through to them yet as I want to see what they come up with first.
Regarding the titles. I'm tracking it online on the SPEAR site. Its been lodged at the titles office on 12 July. So hopefully not too far off. Still waiting on approval for the finance for the land. Settlement on the land is scheduled for 1 September.
My builder does it a little bit different. You don't do your selections until after 5% paid and contract. You do the plans and electical first. I've nearly sorted it out mostly in my mind and they have been very good at providing estimates of costs so far. I just don't hope it costs too much extra. Cause there I hate to give up some stuff.
The stone bench price is like 12K. My partner still hasn't got off the floor after telling him how much it would cost. If worst case scenario I could put laminate in the butlers area.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance14
Jul 14, 2017 1:33 pm
Just got a message from the broker. Looking good for the land loan just got to wait for the valuation on the land which is happening today at 4 pm. Fingers crossed.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance15
Jul 14, 2017 7:56 pm
Wow 12k is heaps!!! I think I was lucky to get stone benches to kitchen, bathroom and laundry included in base price. I would have died over 12k.
I would be annoyed about doing colours after, in case you couldn't get your loan to cover it I did selections first, then signed contracts.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance16
Jul 14, 2017 9:58 pm
Yeah it is a lot for stone benches. We have a few benches and the stone I like just happens to be Cat 2. I really like the new stone called Rugged Concrete. But its a Cat 4 or 5 I think. But I love love love it. I probably ditch the waterfall if I decided to go with it.
This is what I would like to do for Kitchen and Ensuite and Bathroom
We having oak timber floor boards.
Island bench no waterfall: Rugged Concrete (see video below)
Kitchen bench and butlers pantry benches: Fresh Concrete
This is the look I'm going for in kitchen with splashback tile
laid in this pattern
In the bathroom I was going to follow a similar theme, but changed my mind for the feature wall behind freestanding bath laid in same pattern above. Stone bench top would be raw concrete and I decided to go with a navy blue tile in mahattan grout and the natural oak floating vanity
Well thats my thoughts so far.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance18
Jul 15, 2017 4:59 pm
Thanks. Its slowly coming together. Trying to go for a coastal theme house. I would love to do the Hamptons style, but don't have the $$$ to pull it off. So going for coastal with maybe a shoutout to Hamptons somewhere in the house.
I love a big storey hamptons still house. Maybe if I win lotto haha.
I went looking at fridges and dryers and tvs today getting prices and finding out what the measurements were to make sure they will fit.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance19
Jul 15, 2017 9:57 pm
"This is what they look like on their website. But I want to double check. We were planning on upgrading our bricks but if the coastal ones look okay then we can save 3K"
I built my first house with Hotondo in Geelong in 2014 and used this bricks. I liked it.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6kOEg ... 3N1YXRfaEk
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6kOE ... nU0OHg3dXM
I am currently with Classic home as well but not 100% sure to go with them yet as though I have already paid my 2k to start the process. I am building a custom design in Clunes on a sloping block. Who is your sale consultant? Would love to hear how you go with them.
Re: Our First Home - Ballarat - Land Contracts & Finance20
Jul 17, 2017 11:02 am
Thanks for the images. Catherine is my sales consultant. She has been brilliant so far. We tried to find some land in Clunes as we love the area, but couldn't find anything. We still want to be out that way sometime in the future, so we keep looking. Sometime might pop up over time that suits.
What I like about them is they have allowed me to alter one of existing plans to what we want. Still mulling over a few areas in the plan that need tweaking.
We just waiting to hear back from the broker re the land component. The valuation has been done on the land. So hopefully it stacks up.
We were going to upgrade the bricks and then I saw the costal ones. We getting render on the front of the house so it be only down the sides. I can spend the 3K elsewhere.
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