Monday, July 29, 2013

Our First Build

A few weeks ago I shared with you all my home, I opened the front doors to what we first lived in with the hideous wallpaper and curtains to what we now live in with lots of natural light and what I hope to be modern touches with a brand new kitchen and bathroom, please head over and have a look at what we did in our home by clicking this link.
 
After my husband and I had worked very hard renovating our house we thought it was time to move on to our next project, because well....I get bored very easily. The next project however was going to be a big one. We were lucky enough that when we bought our house the market had dropped so our house was a little bit cheaper than what we had expected to pay. We also chose our house specifically because it was on a large block of land and we knew it had subdivision potential. So as you can guess...our next project.....subdivide!
 
Now this sounds like it could be fun ...why not subdivide your block of land and build another house, how hard could it be right??  WRONG......on every level! If this is what you are thinking about doing, think long and hard and make sure you are ready, it is NOT easy, very time consuming and very expensive!!! Just to subdivide a block of land can set you back anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000 and that is without building anything or even putting it on the market. But if you can stick it out and finish it, it is worth every cent!
 
We had been planning this for quite some time so getting plans together which were exactly what we wanted took the most time. But...once we had those it went pretty quickly for us.
 
We sent out plans in to Council, had to make a few changes here and there, advertised our plans and notified all the neighbours, had a few complaints which we were expecting, got everything resolved and finally received our Planning Permit. We then decided to be very picky when it came to selecting our builder...after all we were going to spend a lot of money and effectively give them full access to our block for what we thought would be several months.
 
Most of our builders came through recommendations from friends and family, but we kept getting referred to one builder in particular. Figuring it would be worth meeting with him and getting a quote, we organised a time, discussed our options, received their quote, had a look at one of their display homes and were convinced that they were the right company, and well.....they were fantastic!
 
We gave them the go ahead on a Friday and organised to meet and sign the Contract on the following Tuesday. Much to our surprise they arrived bright and early Monday morning to get started! We hadn't signed or even paid our deposit...but this was definitely a sign of things to come. We had a complete home ready to move in with the Occupancy Certificate 10 weeks later. Yep you read that right, 10 WEEKS TO BUILD OUR HOME! And they did a brilliant job, see for yourself....
 
A beautiful entrance
 Entering into the lounge room
 Lounge looking into kitchen and meals
Storage and lots of it 
 Bedrooms 2 and 3
 Right near the main bathroom
 
 Master Bedroom with ensuite and walk in robe
 Backyard (excuse my hand and phone, I couldn't get a good photo without being in it)
 Dining looking out on the back decking, as shown above
Beautiful and big kitchen
Fully fitted with a walk in pantry!
We went to a lot of effort with this property when designing it, we had decided that spending a little bit extra now putting in the walk in pantry, the larger kitchen and the larger walk in wardrobe hoping it would be beneficial down the track. We put in the things that our current house was lacking, including a heap of storage!  There is not only a large storage cupboard as shown in a picture above (which by the way is the size of 3 sliding doors) but there is also another storage cupboard in the hallway (the size of 2 sliding doors). Considering my current home only has a single door storage cupboard it was a must in this new place.
 
In the first photo of the lounge room about you might have noticed that small windows.  There are 3 small windows in the lounge room that run across the front of the house. They face the driveway and are right next to the garage. This was another expert decision made specifically for this house. Our current lounge area has only 2 useable walls. We have a large open space/entry way taking up one wall, a large window taking up another wall, the left overs of an old fireplace which we covered with plaster to give us a wall to put our couch on and 1 other wall that we were lucky enough to be able to use. So think of that and think of where to put your furniture???
 
A pet hate of mine is when I walk into homes and the owners have decided that the best place for their couch or their bed or furniture is right in front of the window, blocking the natural light that would normally stream in and brighten the room.  In our house we have to do this and it frustrates me every time I walk into the room. We have a 3 seater couch sitting right in front of the window, unfortunately it was our only option with our furniture.  So in the new place I had to fix this, I had to give the occupants a few useable walls to make furniture placement easier and also help with the car head lights beaming in the lounge room every time someone drove down the driveway, so result.......half windows with block out blinds! Seemed logical to me and works extremely well.
 
Another very minor detail that we opted for in this home was several sliding doors. With the exception of bedroom doors and the main toilet and bathroom doors the rest of the doors in the home are sliding doors. This includes storage cupboards, ensuite, walk in robe, wardrobes, pantry etc. Whilst sliding doors are not the best looking doors that you can find on the market they are so practical that I don't know why more people aren't opting for them. The space that you lose with a normal hinge door is quite substantial when you consider it in a bedroom. If a wardrobe door is a hinge door you have to make sure there is enough room to open it completely and not knock into any furniture = lost space. Make it a sliding door and no space lost whatsoever. Now all they need to do is make them look much prettier!
 
We have now had tenants in the house for a few weeks who seem to be loving it. Hopefully those added extras are working well for them and will work well for us in the future. And sorry...I just realised how long this post is, hope you enjoyed sharing in our lives and will be very glad to share with you our next project.....our baby who is due in 14 days! Nursery decorating here we come!!

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