Time to clear the block!!

We met with our demolition man yesterday.  The house on the block was knocked down years ago, but never taken away. 

There is some asbestos in the old house which is a bit of a pain but we knew this before we purchased the land. We are using a loca guy to do the job and he seems nice and genuine. Depending on how much asbestos there is buried the final cost will be around $7,000 – $10,000. Let’s hope it’s the lower end! 
We are getting rid of all the trees and everything on the block except for the 1 large Ash Tree in the back left corner as I really like it. One we cut back the lower branches it will look really nice and hopefully we can get a nice swing on there eventually. 


Our tender appointment is getting closer, 1st of Feb. we will finally get more of an idea of our site costs. 

World of Style Appointment

Yesterday we had our World of Style appointment day, It was a very exciting day and we had been there a few times before our appointment so we had some ideas of what we wanted. 
We arrived at 8.45am and started straight away, our first appointment of the day was Electrical. We had already decided that we would be doing all our down lights and theatre room post handover  as it is so much cheaper, so we knew this would be a pretty quick appointment. We added a lot of extra power points and outdoor lights and feature lights to the front of the house. I took note of all the prices and its listed below. 
They don’t list prices on the final document only the total (weird I know) but i kept a list of what everything cost as we went along. 
Feature light Outdoor x 3 $207
NBN & Elec Cabinet $1148   (I thought this was expensive just for a power box I thought would come standard)
Double PP        $55
Quad PP                 $107.70
TV Point                 $84.70
Moving the baton light location $18
Double PP to kitchen island $107.80
Noggin (for future pendant light)  $142.15
Double PP Outdoor         $115.50
Outdoor sensor light (chrome) $130
Outdoor double flood light $156.15
TV Arial                 $374.39
Projector pre wiring (theatre rm) $435 Incl PP in ceiling for projector
We ended up spending around $2,500 on electrical upgrades. 
Next up was tiles, this was something we hadn’t made to many decisions on. We have decided that we are only tiling the wet areas of the house, Master En suite, Main bathroom, WC and Laundry room. I had a list of around 8 different tiles that I wanted to look at as I like the look of them on the national tiles website. Straight away we fell in love with one of the tiles, its really impressive and come is a 600×600 size which I really wanted. This tile will be going floor to ceiling in the master en-suite except for the large back wall of the double shower which will have a different feature tile, the polished cool grey tile in the picture. The main bathroom floor will also be in the large grey tile and the walls will be the cool grey polished tile. the laundry and WC will also have the same floor tile. 
The smaller tile pictures is a very light grey subway tile which will go in the kitchen on the sides of the feature window splash back and behind the range hood. 
Next was our Birk blinds consult, We hadn’t planned to use birk for our window furnishings but decided we would get a quote anyway, went through the appointment, made our selections. She never followed up with us to provide an actual quote so that was a bit of a time waste, only 30 minutes though. 
Then it was time for lunch, we had been told initially that lunch would be provided, it wasn’t. That’s ok they have a little cafe there, very small selection to choose from. We stopped at 12.30 for lunch and there was nothing left, ended up in McDonalds down the road as we only had 30 mins. 
Next appointment was colour selections, interior and exterior, this is where I expected Ryan and I to clash as we both have very different tastes, well it turns out we don’t and we agreed on everything. Our consultant for this appointment was Shane and he was brilliant, very knowledgeable and helpful. He made it all very easy. I love the Rhode Island facade but instead of upgrading to that we stuck with the included facade and chose the whites and grey that go with that look. Turns out the pretty much the whole front render is included to that’s good. You won’t even see the bricks we chose except for above the garage. We opted for the Cat 3 roof tile (included in our promo) in a charcoal colour, Light grey render, white window frames and gutters and the front door in white. 
Next was the flooring, we had picked a floor we really like but it was a few categories up so we thought it would be very expensive to upgrade as we are having timber floors throughout the house except for the bedrooms. When we got to picking the floor the lovely Shane advised us that the floor we both loved was in fact included in our promotion!! Fantastic.  We then went on to choose the carpets, we went with Cat 2 carpet and Cat 2 underlay, the colour is dark grey, can’t remember the name. The cost for this was around $4,300 but he said we would receive a credit of around $2,200 for the original carpets that were included. This is something we need to keep an eye on at tender time to ensure we are credited for things that we should be credited for. 
The wall colour we have chosen is Wattyl Kitty Grey, we saw this on the walls at the Vancouver display in traralgon and its really nice (yes we did a 4 hour round trip drive all the way there just to see this display home, it was worth it). The ceilings will be white and the window frames will be white inside, same as outside. 

Shane also took us through our internal and external door options and door handles, then into the bathroom options, we upgraded the toilets and tap-ware also the showers to the en suite to include the ceiling dumper showers. Added toilet roll holders and towel rails etc, we spent around another $2,500 here. 
Next up was Kitchen Culture… In my opinion, the most important appointment of the day. I had done my research and was prepared for the extra costs. The kitchen I wanted was of course the most expensive upgrade. Initially Ryan wasn’t so keen on it but he came round (after a lot of me pestering about it and telling him how lovely it is). 
We decided on the colourtech cabinetry in colonial square. The bottom cabinetry will be pearl grey and the top cabinets will be white.  On the oven side of the kitchen we have change the configuration to have 8 x large pot drawers on the bottom. On top there is 8 cabinets, 2 on each end will have feature glass panels. The island will have cabinets, bin drawer and also house the 2 drawer dishwasher. We upgraded to category 3 stone, the colour is Lyra on the bench tops and on the island. 
The butlers pantry / galley cost a lot to upgrade as it doesn’t come with any cabinetry included (I know!!! Ridiculous) So we have added bottom cabinetry in pearl grey, Cat 1 stone in here and a round sink. It cost around $4,500 just for the Butlers pantry / Galley! The walk in pantry was fine as the standard 4 shelves so we left that as it is. Overall in kitchen culture we spent around $14,000.
Below pic is the flooring, Lyra stone sample, pearly grey colour for bottom cabinetry and polar white for top cabinetry along with the subway tile sample in a very light grey.  
The kitchen will look something like this…. 
The bathroom Vanities we went with Cat 1 stone and blackened elm. Shown below with the floor tile sample and stone sample. 
Overall it was a very good day, we are very very happy with the choices we made. Next step is our tender appointment on February 1st. We also have to get the site cleared, this will probably happen in February. 

Building our New Home – Porter Davis Vancouver

We are at the start of what I hope to be an exciting (and delay free) journey to building our new home with Porter Davis.

So here is my first attempt at a blog… Since starting to research the home building process and deciding on a builder I have found SOOOO much useful information from the blogs of other people building with Porter Davis, the good, the bad and the things the sales consultant won’t tell you.

I have also found it a great way of working out costs and pricing as this is something that most builders Porter Davis included, will not confirm until tender / contract appointments. This, for most people is not very helpful when you are trying to stick to a certain budget.

We finally found the perfect block of land and purchased it in December 2016. It’s a 1020 sqm block and requires a KDR as the house that was originally on the block was already knocked down and left there. We hope to have the clearance completed by the end of February 2017. The quotes for this have varied substantially from $6,000 – $20,000. We have decided to go with a local guy who seems to know his stuff and has plenty of experience and is also A grade registered for asbestos removal. We hope to end up paying approx $8,000 to $10,000. This will cover the removal of the old house, clearing of the block (tree, plants, old fencing and concrete etc).

We spent a lot of time looking at display home and focused mainly on Porter Davis and Carlisle. We then found the Vancouver and we knew it was perfect for us. It had everything we wanted including 4 separate living areas (rumpus becomes Ryan’s theatre room), a big kitchen with butlers pantry and walk in galley and nice big walk in his and hers robes in the master bedroom. 
Our sales consultant Tim was so incredibly helpful from the very beginning, always on hand to answer any questions no matter how trivial, quickly responds to emails and re-did our quote several time as we made changes. I really couldn’t fault him and hope that our Building Coordinator is just as helpful and pleasant to deal with. So far we haven’t had a lot of involvement with her other than a call to introduce herself and a handful of emails. 
I will update again after our World of Style selection day on the 10th of January. Very excited about the selection process, but not looking forward to what the costs may end up at!!