Aug 01, 2017 11:26 am
Hi, I am currently in the process of Building a house in SA. The Builder has designed my house to have the garage on my boundary. is there an issue with that? Also when reading the footings report am I looking for anything in particular in there that could cause my issues? SO far very happy with my builder
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Aug 01, 2017 11:51 am
'The Builder has designed my house to have the garage on my boundary. is there an issue with that?'
Only if the surface water drainage on the adjacent property has the water up against your garage.
Good to see you're happy with your builder but a little premature....he hasn't built anything yet
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Aug 01, 2017 12:06 pm
Yeah clearly premature, however communication has been great even if it is early in the process, which is helpful when you have never done it before. Clearly can go downhill, touch wood that doesn't happen...
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Aug 02, 2017 10:56 am
never assume anything is included and get written costs for everything and then add extra for more costs you haven't thought of
also walk through other houses they are currently building that have not yet reached lockup to see how they look and the work they are doing - if in same estate/location even better
i kept my build close to standard with a few upgraded items and floorplan changes and still added 25k to base price and from what understand i did well to keep it that low
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Aug 02, 2017 11:26 am
ok maybe not as many standard things as i thought when thinking about it but could have easily gone another 30-40k+ if i had the budget, focused on things far easier to do during construction than after
Have heard of people adding 60-80k at selections etc
Re-arrange kitchen and add a corner pantry, and plumbed to fridge space plus cupboard over fridge (small kitchen so need space)
Extended garage space to use what would have been a dead space behind garage
Wiring (electrical, nbn provision and data) added external lights and power, ceiling fan provisions and tv ports, hot water controllers
external and internal door upgrades plus deadbolts and patio bolts
bonus deal that upgraded a bunch of things including giving me overhead cupboards, stone benchtops, dishwasher and upgraded appliances
aircon above estimate
flooring above estimate
upgraded my ensuite with a rail shower etc but left main bathroom default - this way i dont have to worry about damaging tiles.
Upgraded gutters to colourbond and mortar to make the base range bricks i liked look better.
upgraded termite treatment to perimeter and not just wet areas
2 built in robes using nib walls and drawers/shelves in them and the WIR as well
a few other smaller things so very much a death by a thousand cuts type of thing but i like to think that what i did add/change all focused on the things that will make it more comfortable to live in and not overcapitalised on it and are hard or more expensive to do after handover
remember to think of the base house as more of a shell that you need to customise to suit you for extra costs
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Aug 02, 2017 11:56 am
Thanks for the info. I haven't changed anything on my plans as it suited my needs. My footings came in $1000 over the allowance and have added a cavity door which was $600. I have selections in a couple weeks, however will be going pretty standard everywhere then adding it later if I need to upgrade it. My spend a bit more on the kitchen bench ETC. Being it's my first house I just want to be a little careful and never doing this before you always think the worst haha
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Aug 02, 2017 11:59 am
adding a few extra power points is a good idea though, look at the uses of the rooms and probably layout to determine this
for example 1 in a hallway that then allows vacuum etc to get into all the rooms of that hallway rather than having to move the plug, nitelight for kids etc
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Aug 02, 2017 9:03 pm
we are building a carport on the boundary and are 1 metre off with the garage on the other side. We were told that there may be additional costs to build on the boundary with a garage - think it was around the grand mark. Also may depend on what is built on the other side. Your builder should be able to give you more info on that
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Aug 02, 2017 11:08 pm
Best to speak with one of their building consultants in a display home. footings are invariably more but exact amount depends on location - the how long is a piece of string comment applies. If its in an estate where they are building other homes they can normally estimate pretty good - mine was only a couple of hundred off the original estimate
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