My wife and I have put in an offer on a block and signed the PPA with Ben Trager on a custom designed home. Found after looking around that I really appreciated the Ben Trager style and learning more about their construction techniques for upper floor, I always wanted Structural Insulated Panels and this is as close you can get to it without going full custom.
Saw many of their display homes and after realising that none of the base designs ever quite fit what we needed, we asked for our consultant (who we were so lucky to get) to bring us a design based around a few key guidelines and this is what he came up with.
Things we wanted:
- Activity Room for Minors
- Ample Backyard - this leaves about 6.5m backyard on 30m block with 4.5 metre front
- Open Layout
- Guest with Ensuite
- Master bed with ability for wall mount TV
- Ensuite as shown.
- No Balcony
- Upstairs Theatre which will accommodate our current Projector setup.
- Sitting Room which will be Study/Nursery
We are really happy with the overall design at this stage.This will be built generally to their Benchmark Specification.
First Contact with Ben Trager: March 2018
First Approved Contract for Land: April 2018
First Contract from Ben Trager: April 2018
First Prestart Consultancy: April 2018
Valuation Issues - June - August 2018
Final Signed Plans: September 21 2018
Land Settlement: September 28th 2018
Slab Down: October 19th 2018
First Bricks November 12th 2018
Plate High Completion: November 23rd 2018
Upper Floor Slab Poured: December 13th 2018
Upstairs Walls and Roof In Place: January 18th 2019
Upstairs Windows In, Scaffold Down and Downstairs Roof Frame In: February 8th 2019
Electrical WIring, Gas Piping, Water Piping and all services run. Downstairs Roof Completion March 9th 2019
Internal Wall Float March 20th 2019