It has been quite a journey, but we are well on our way to building our first and dream home this year, with Simonds.
We initially signed our Sales Advice back on 24/12/2018, and that began the entire process. We have had a lot of set backs including financial situations, as we are getting a grant from Simonds, but the bank didn't consider that as part of our deposit. We also made some changes and they have also set the build back. We have had a mix of high/low feelings, almost pulled out a few times and definitely reconsidered our options. But through persistence we have continued through the journey and are well on our way.
We finally signed the final contract on 30/03/2019, with a few post variation adjustments. Two long months later, with a lot of back and forth with the bank, we finally received unconditional approval on the 04/06/2019. Once this was through, there were yet again some more issues with the bank regarding documentation, after which we reached settlement on the 26/06/2019. We are now about to go to site as I post this.
In regards to the house, we are building Simonds Palisade, on a 420 square meter block!
We have gone with the Simonds Precinct TurnKey package, so we have selected the Oyster colour theme, but with the Mystique exterior brick colour.
We have made some upgrades, such as:
- 3.6m ceilings in the Kitchen/Dining/Living area.
- We have raised the standard ceiling height to 2.7m
- Adding a full reverse cycle system in the entire house
- We are extending the wall in the ensuite next to the toilet and adding a door, so the toilet can be closed off.
- We are adding a cluster of three pendants in the kitchen, and will have a little coffee nook near the hallway entrance.
- Both bathrooms will have niches.
- Adding a cold water tap point near the refrigerator.
We are upgrading our sliding doors/windows in the kitchen/dining/living area to a four panel sliding door, to create a similar effect to the Sierra in Blakes Crossing.
We have put our pendants on lay-by with Beacon Lighting, as they recently had a sale, and then another sale ontop of that sale. So we wanted to secure the prices. Our kitchen pendants are the glass diamonds with black pendant, but we are not having the brass deco ring. We also bought the large black pendant for our entryway as well, as we have a large round black mirror, and want to get a black/timber entryway buffet.
Once we move in, we plan on decking the area to the left side of the house to turn it into an alfresco area. It measures 3.66m from the house to fence, so we would like to deck the area, and have a timber pergola, similar to:
I will keep this updated and if I remember anything that I have forgotten, I will post it!
We're excited to share this journey!
The journey so far:
24/12/2018 - Sales Advice Signed
30/03/2019 - Contract Signing Date
04/06/2019 - Financial Unconditional Approval
26/06/2019 - Settlement Completion Date
18/07/2019 - Slab Poured
31/07/2019 - Frame Completed
07/08/2019 - Roof Tiling Completed
- -/ - - / - - - - Bricks Layed