I was searching about Beechwood Homes Project Builder & ANESTI Excavation and Demolition Reviews & stumbled up on this forum.
I am new to this forum so please correct me if I am in the wrong section but really appreciate your feedback from fellow homeowners who are using Beechwood Homes to get their "Dream Home Constructed"
We are after some feedback from this forum or anyone who recently completed their build in Sydney or surrounding suburbs about any gotchas we need to be prepared for or any ideas we can adopt to avoid any pitfalls or avoid any major delays to the construction.
- Construction Contract Fine Print we need to be aware (Any legal companies that can review this for us?)
- Construction Timelines BWH Suggested in their contracts 38 weeks & delivered in?
- Quality of works & attention to detail delivered by their sub-contractors or BWH?
- Major Variations after construction starts?
- Major Defects or substandard works?
- Rock Excavations Variations
- Electrical Works
- Quality of support during construction
- Site Foreman level of interest in projects
- Quality of Products Supplied?
- Any gotchas we must be aware of?
- Colour & Interior Selection Sales Pitches?
- Payment Schedules & Potential problems for the progress payments? BWH CASH payment refers to additional advanced payments compared to bank process (Not 100% sure why)
- Following construction guidelines & adhering to council policies so we don’t get in to trouble or cause delays to build (Very difficult neighbor so they going to look for issues to dob us in)
- Finally, Maintenance Issues post completion?
Some background & stages we have gone through, so you know what to expect from a KDRB project in an established suburb......
We bought an old house which is BTW livable & very close to 3 types of PT & all schools & shops in a nice village sort of suburb back in April 2017 roughly 80+ years old solid double brick house with 3 BR’s living & high ceilings and an elevated deck in the back yard which was a garage at some point (Driveway is so narrow nothing bigger than a mini fits in it) house also had a gradient slope of 1.8 meters front to back as we are on a downhill ☹ but hey we always had a plan to KDRB.
After staying in the house for a year we did nothing to it to that stage & got some renovation plans done & to our surprise the 1 extra bedroom & modernizing the house with an additional floor & balcony we were meant to fork out 700K so there goes that plan as there were so many assumptions or unknown variations on top of $700K.
We started to wonder around the display homes & after 3 months we decided on a design from Rawson Homes but after the initial $1200 deposit, design, soil tests, contour surveys & all the way to tender stage then cost blew out to $175K over the initial $475K coming close to $650K so we dropped that plan too then we back on the market then decided on (See below) from Beechwood Homes in Kelly Ville.
Despite having a recent fall out, usual sales tricks got us to sign up @ BWH back in 2017 Oct/Nov (So much happened since we forgotten the actual timelines)
Basically, we have selected the Edgecliffe Vibe Thirty-Seven By Beechwood Homes which perfectly fits on our block width & we then modified the design to suite our area of block.
Initially it was meant to be a CDC then when we got the plans to be approved for CDC the builder decided it has to go to DA/CC (By this time we already got the CDC approved for demolition (Lucky we didn't demolish the house like shazaw)
Anyway we accepted that it has to be a DA/CC so we can keep the design we got & went ahead with the DA Submission & council website says average 61 days for the DA approval process so we started to pack boxes like most people do right. (Took us 374 days)
3 - 4 weeks gone by the end of 4 weeks gone we kept an eye on the DA & no objections so we thought there you go all going great then we had an objection after 4 weeks (One of my neighbor took an extension from council to get a very big objection in)
One complaint kind of slowed us all the way for 7 odd months as we have to adopt a split-level design to minimize the cut & fill which added another $30K cost blowout & facade change another $10K to match our neighbor Californian design and top of all this due to facade changes we now need to change the roof design to match the new facade forcing us to change the A/C models & sun lights.
In between all this our council liaison officer resigned then some one else came & took another month or so to get the pace & to our surprise he was good & getting things going well.
Everything going in circles as the objections started to rise due to a re neighbor notification due to change in design & in between all this our lovely neighbor put in a written compliant that he is not doing his job right to object on our application so there goes the council officer scared to approve anything so the DA got stalled for a month & half till we threatened the council that we will be involving our lawyers.
After another round of notifications (3 so far) and every time council notifies neighbors there is a $1350 charge plus 15 days of wait period roughly 3 weeks inc weekends.
Took us just over 20 months to get to where we are from Dec 2017 due to various reasons (To name few below bullet points) but there is a long list of complaints from neighbors for anything they could pick on or didn't like in our new home compared to theirs (Well that's my theory & I want to get it out our my chest)
· Someone forgot to pay council fees & council never followed up rather sat on it for weeks.
· Some our fault without knowing what exactly we are doing as we didn’t research too much.
· Some due to our modern design our neighbors didn’t like
· Some due to parking spots in front of our house (We must move the parking bays at our cost so all our neighbors & random guests around the street can park their cars) before we get our Occupational Certificate)
· Some heritage related (This one gets us every time, only that there are 4 modern designs in the same street but again different rules to different DA’s)
· Some due to having wrong elevations causing incorrect shadow diagrams
· Someone down the line forgot to take deposit at the builder & forgot to advise us & never lodged the DA in time.
BTW in between all this BWH advised us the price of initial tender gone up by $10K as its another year & new pricing came in to effect (To their credit they are throwing in a Solar Package)
We finally got our DA & as we thought we are ready we got advised there was a mistake in paper work & that we need to lodge another modification of DA for a fault of our own in documentation (Costed us another $2K & 8 weeks delay) we are now waiting for our Construction Certificate (BTW we already fulfilled our DA Consent Dependencies Conditions for CC Issuing by private certifier)
We are now waiting for the final CC (2 weeks ETA so end of Sep 2019 which will actually mark 2 years anniversary since we visited BWH display house) and we are about to get the demolition schedule ready this month.
We are in the final process of getting out construction contract drafted by BWH so we can go to stage 3 of our build process.
BTW based on a recent recommendation by one of our friends we are using #ANESTI Excavation and Demolition, anyone used these guys? If yes really appreciate the feedback. We have got 3 other quotes & they were all on par, but these guys seem good with their communication (Though there were no reviews at all online) and we paid $1K deposit.
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