Oct 30, 2018 10:39 pm
So not much info out there on builds by Hallbury so I wanted to document our time and build.
We are currently building with Hallbury, a revised Vogue scheme floorplan with adjusted floor plans for a split level (left to right) and an additional bedroom plus minor tweeks.
Hallbury were one of the few project builders that would alter the existing design of their plans to suit our block! A big plus.
The planning (floorplan) stage was great, all done in conjunction with their team. Responsive and super helpful throughout.
However the next part was soul draining. Trying to set up the minor details, doing the colours etc took many days of back and forward. There wasn't much transparency with pricing and in the end there were specific things we left our just cause it was too hard to organise. We ran over budget but our original designer stepped in to help us cut out 60k worth of 'additions'. The contract phase had to be the hardest part but we are happy we have stuck through it all now.
Moving on post contract signing. We have had a few post contract variations, all due to drafting oversights etc. However we seem to be on track now.
I've been assigned a super quick and thorough site supervisor and slab has been set and due to pour tomorrow. Independent inspectors have checked and found few errors and those that were present were rectified immediately. Looking good so far.
Moving on to Frame stage now. Fingers crossed all continues well!
Re: New build with Hallbury homes2
Nov 06, 2018 10:34 am
Slow this week has been a bit slower. Public holiday in Melbourne and downpours have slowed progress.
Nether the less, the slab is complete and allows us to get a better idea of space around the house.
Will need to organise some extra retaining walls post build though as it looks like they only did minimal to pass code I assume.
With all building I think it's important to plan out things. So we been out light shopping. Think we have sussed out a light pendant for the dining room and powder.
Re: New build with Hallbury homes3
Dec 06, 2018 12:28 am
Been a few weeks since last update and lots have happened.
Have had our slab poured and frames erected! Private inspectors have been on site and popped through some items that needed rectifying.
Slab stuff was only minor and rectified on the day.
The frame came back with a hefty 15 issues. 3 or so of which are slightly more complex.
The harder fixes will be getting the steel plumb as it isn't 100% straight and also leveling the floor as there are hills and valleys which also affect the 2nd storey frame.
Have sent it all through to the builders so let's see if they play ball.
Also had a water leak for a month or so which hasn't been fixed. So that's a bit annoying.
Further our contract will need another variation as our custom stairs weren't detailed properly so need to be priced again. Thank god the buildjnf supervisor caught on to it early before we ordered.
So far Hallbury have been good in fixing problems and being responsive.
Fingers crossed it continues.
Re: New build with Hallbury homes5
Dec 08, 2018 11:04 pm
Didn't get a colour board.
But from the rough idea.
White render throughout with black tiles and gutters.
Floorboards throughout with grey carpets in the living areas and upstairs.
Matt Black door handles and window frames as well as tapware and showers
Smokey grey mirror splashback as well as herringbone tiled splashback in butler's.
Calcutta look kitchen island and just white kitchen benches (quantum quartz).
And marble look tiles throughout all bathrooms!!
Re: New build with Hallbury homes7
Mar 17, 2019 9:25 pm
It is going surprisingly good.
Sorry for the lack of updates.
Frame is up walls upstairs rendered. Tiling is being done as we speak. Everything to a decent quality too.
Our inspector has been happy with everything as we moved forward. Had to keep an eye on things but all in all been pretty uneventful. Around 4 weeks from PCI!
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