Firstly, please bear with me as I am a novice in the forum arena.....I will no doubt learn as I go along.
Our journey begins almost 12 months ago. My husband and I undertook the task of owner building the PAAL's design "Camden" which we had slightly modified. This is my husbands 3rd owner build so we went into it confident that we could pull it off......you might say we had stars in our eyes. These days we are much more educated and wise.
5 years ago we travelled to Emu Plains to look over the PAAL display homes and I (the wife) fell in love with the Camden.....fast forward to now and remember that a woman's determination knows no limits and here we are building it........We both wanted to owner build as we saw the benefits both in cost savings and control over the quality of work (plus the Camden was the design I had my heart set on). It has been a lot of hard work - we are currently at lock up stage - and I will endeavour to trace back through our journey.
We stumbled upon a block of land in the lower hunter valley. It was 1800sqm and had a 30m frontage - the estate covenants meant we had to modify the design to incorporate a double attached garage and also we were not able to build within 5 mtrs of each side boundary. On the advice from Doug Young at PAAL we set the house back 15mtrs off the front boundary and plonked it right in the middle of the block - advice in hindsight that was spot on.
The estate has a large project home display village and we are bucking the trend by owner building. It has been an eye-opening experience watching the project home being built around us, and it has reinforced our decision to owner build.
We poured our waffle pod slab in March 2011 and when our first delivery from PAAL arrived in April we began to stand the frame. We employed a fixer to mark out the slab and tack in the wall panels, all of which took him 2 days. After that we plugged along on our own. The framing system PAAL provided us with is targeted at the "handyman" and as long as you follow their very detailed instructions and put in the hours - are half handy with a drill, spanner, spirit level and can climb a ladder - eventually the frame will be built. I must stress that TIME and PATIENCE are virtues with this system......plus the helping hand of a good wife !!
I'll sign off now - will try to upload our plans and then carry on our story with photos as I can.