Building A New House
Mar 22, 2019 8:40 pm
Hey everyone! Long time lurker but have never posted before.
We started planning our build in November of 2017, saving to build what we wanted.
We almost went with a pre-set plan which was modified but we are super glad GJs were able to accommodate exactly what we wanted.
We wanted a pitch ceiling in the living room, open plan, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and we are off grid solar, all within a first home buyer budget.
First off - some photos of our block - we are on 9.5acres with a bit of an elevated position and forward facing views to the East.
We are going with PGH Driftwood Grey bricks and dark window frames/guttering etc. Very excited about the stone bench tone - Georgian Bluffs Dark floors, with off-white walls and full glass on one wall to keep things light enough.
The tile in the middle will be the kitchen splashback - laid in herringbone! We really liked it an were glad it get it almost entirely in budget.
In our ensuite we are doing the marble textured on the shower wall, and the same tile with no pattern on the other walls. The floor is a charcoal tile, which also came in a herringbone for the niche.
Earthwork started in March 2019 - Slab poured 4th March 2019.
We have signed off on frame (I think 15th March 2019) and windows have been put in as at 22 March 2019.
Bricks and tiles ready to go Contract is 24 weeks so hopefully done by August 2019!
After this I think things will slow down after this.
Will update as things go. Would love to hear from anyone who has built in the area - or with GJ Gardners.
Re: First Build - GJ Gardners Custom Rural 255 - Totally Off4
Mar 27, 2019 7:47 pm
Re: First Build - GJ Gardners Custom Rural 255 - Totally Off5
Mar 28, 2019 5:36 pm
That is one fast build....or maybe just ours is slow! We had our slab poured towards the end of January and we just had the roof installed. Walls were wrapped today. So you are doing well on timeframes for sure.
Interesting with the off grid setup, will be interested to hear more about your solar and battery configuration. We are on grid, but planning on a battery setup in the next year or two. Just a 6kw Solar setup for us initially.
Good luck with the rest of the build.
Check our Homeone build blog here
Re: First Build - GJ Gardners Custom Rural 255 - Totally Off6
Mar 29, 2019 7:15 pm
Hi Darb74 - feels very quick that is for sure! Our estimated hand over isn't until August.
Bricks to start next week which we are really excited about!
The solar is a pretty basic set up. As it is just the two of us we kept it somewhat small. We figure in 10 years (being 22 and 23yrs old not yet with children etc) when we may have a family, we can increase the size of the system when solar prices will likely be cheaper
We have 6kw of panels and 30kwh of lithium batteries. Plans to go up to 10kw panels and another 13.8kwh battery. We have no aircon, only fans and possibly a wall mounted unit down the track if need be.
Fairly high wind area and so we aren't too worried about heat and we have gas points, gas hot water and gas cooking.
I checked out your build thread! Looks great. Love the gutter/roof colour choices and the extra energy efficiencies you're doing. Made me think about tape on our house wrap where the nails go!
Re: First Build - GJ Gardners Custom Rural 255 - Totally Off7
Jun 16, 2019 10:41 am
More progress! Expected hand over July 19th!
Loving out tile choices. Next few weeks will be bath, toilet, taps etc going in, solar going up, wardrobes going in. Getting super close!
Walk through 5th July so only 2.5 weeks away.
The microwave hub we accidentally forgot to ask for a power point to go in!
Love our stone choice - Georgian Bluffs.
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