Building A New House
Aug 04, 2017 6:57 pm
Our Plantation build is due to start on 28th August, and will be sharing the progress here for anyone interested in building the Q1.
We've had a long and involved process over the past 10 months getting all the required permits to clear the trees, and a protected olive plant. 19k in permits and reports later (civil engineer, ecologist, bushfire, surveyor, the list goes on and on!), we are almost ready to build.
The earthmover has cleared the land as per our BCC permit, put in a bridge/culvert over the gully at the front of the land, built the driveway with road base on top, and done the pad ready for Plantation. We got our private earthmover to do the pad as Plantation wanted us to have retaining all around the house which was not what we wanted, we wanted a batter gently sloping down.
On the 18th August the plumber, electrician and earth mover will be there on the same day to bring water, electricity and phone up to the pad, install the power pole and dig the trenches and lay conduit for all the cables.
*The pad site prior to earthworks*
*Pad site after trees were taken down*
*Driveway area being cleared*
*Drainage pipes going down underneath driveway*
*Driveway finished - photo taken from top looking down towards road*
*Floor (to whole house except wet areas) and kitchen choices*
*Exterior choices - we went for as natural as possible to blend in with the surroundings*
*Outlook standing on the finished pad*
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba2
Sep 22, 2017 2:14 pm
Excited to see your build come together, I do love acreages!! But Ill have to work out how to use photobucket as I cant see any of your pictures. Congrats on starting though
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba3
Sep 22, 2017 8:15 pm
Congrats! We just had handover today of our acreage build. I also can't see your pics though.
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba4
Sep 23, 2017 1:09 pm
Thanks guys! Have fixed up the photos with another hosting site. Photobucket are useless!
Congratulations on your handover Tamara, that's extremely exciting Can't wait for that day haha!
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba5
Sep 23, 2017 1:19 pm
Boring photos, but including them anyway! Electricity and water brought up to the pad site now. Final version of the contract signed a few days ago, and countersigned by Plantation. We will get our dates for start/finish next week. They had better be soon, it's a whole year since we bought the land. I WANT MY HOUSE!!
*Electricity pole with electricity box installed*
*Electricity box that will eventually be attached to the house*
*Pad site all ready for construction*
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba6
Sep 23, 2017 1:31 pm
Floor plan Hardly had to change the original design, we just enclosed the office to have walls instead of open plan and moved the manhole cover from the garage to the laundry, as what would have been the garage is being made into a rumpus instead and we will be building a separate large garage later on.
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba7
Sep 23, 2017 1:37 pm
Looks awesome. We are also doing an acreage build a couple of hours north of Brissy. We are at frame stage and can't wait to see all our colours come together. Looking forward to following your build.
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Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba11
Sep 23, 2017 9:46 pm
What a great spot!! Where in Brisbane are you and how big is your block?
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba13
Sep 24, 2017 12:25 pm
It's absolutely gorgeous Saz.
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Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba14
Sep 26, 2017 8:00 am
What a beautiful spot!! I like how elevated you will be too.
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba15
Oct 08, 2017 2:43 pm
Plantation are starting next week! They are going to recompact the pad, put in the piering, set out the frame for the pad and put in the drains/pipes etc next week. The pad is booked in for the 18th/19th weather depending. We dropped past yesterday and they have put the sign up and delivered a portaloo. Much excitement, haha!
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba16
Oct 09, 2017 5:46 am
Oh how exciting to see the loo and have a start!! Hoping the weather is kind to you so you can get off to a flying start
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba17
Oct 09, 2017 10:56 am
Thanks! It's looking rainy this week, so we'll have to keep our fingers crossed. We're taking the kids to the display home next weekend to see how they react. That should be fun!
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba18
Oct 09, 2017 6:36 pm
Posting to follow love the retreat it's a great design. I do love a good plantation build too.
Holy smokes you had a battle with your block and all the reports required. The pad cut is massive but such a pretty spot up amongst the trees.
Great idea using your garage as a rumpus, we have turned ours into two bedrooms. We are on acreage too but south west of Brisbane in the Scenic Rim.
Looking forward to seeing your site start, it's a crazy long time when you own your land, I'm seriously sick of waiting too.
Very exciting you got your loo too the builders are actually coming
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba19
Oct 09, 2017 7:43 pm
Yes, it's a big pad cut! Plantation wanted us to have retaining at the front and the back, which we really didn't want, so we hired a private earthmover to do a batter instead. The pad does include room for a pool too at the far end, and an extension to the patio - but we won't be doing a pool for a few years yet as our kids as 2, 3 and 5 and it worries me too much with them being this young.
Yes, so glad we changed the garage into a rumpus! Hubby will be having a big shed built, so one side will be cars, deep freeze and storage and the other side will be workshop.
It was honestly the most ridiculous process EVER to get all the permits we needed for everything. So expensive, and so time consuming. Do you have land that you are waiting to build on? We've owned this land for 13 months now, so VERY ready for it to kick off!
Re: Plantation Retreat Nouveau Q1 build on acreage in Brisba20
Oct 09, 2017 10:00 pm
Could you imagine how difficult your block would be to deal with if you guys let plantation retain like that? Crazy, good on you both for getting all the earth works done privately. The pool will be great at the same level, yes I agree about being nervous though, our pool is going on the batter below the house pad and our kids are 2,3,5,9,11 I will have to watch them like a hawk.
It's a great use of the garage space, I'm so pleased to see someone else doing it too. Oh nice your shed sounds gigantic. We are going with a shed beside the house too. So much cheaper than adding garage space onto the house.
I hate to think how long it all took, my hubby is a scientist and engineer and when he worked in consultancies he dealt with issues like yours, his best mate is a ecologist (if you think they are hard to deal with try living it one ) you have done well to persevere and make it happen.
Yes we own our land, have done since April. I'm so sick of driving past it seeing nothing happening. We are currently waiting on the bank to approve our building contract so we can get cracking. 13 months is so long to wait, your finally on the home straight now
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