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!!