The delays continue…
The second soil report was returned to Porter Davis and after a few weeks(!) they submitted the plans to council. Great, this usually takes around 5 weeks for approval. Then we can start building…
Way back in January I contacted the planning department of our local council to organise a planning permit. I was told we do not require one for our build. Fantastic, saved us $1300 and lots of hassle. Well as it turns out now they have decided we do need one and it can take up to 60 days to process. I make the application and submitted everything they needed straight away (last week). It should be assigned to a planner this week and we will get confirmation once this happens. As soon as it has been assigned to someone I will be calling them to tell them about the wrong information I was given in January and politely asking them to speed up the process as I don’t want to be delayed 60 days because of it.
I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that we may not be in before Christmas. It would be really nice to be in the house but if we are not then I will get over it and it just means more time for shopping for new decor and furniture.
Our electrical pit is due to be installed this week too, how exciting.. That was another nice unexpected expense. $5000 just to have power.. We had to get it and accepted that was the cost, the annoying part is the neighbours who are also building will probably now just feed of our one and not have to pay for their own one.
So far we have settled in well to our new little town, the drives to work are fine, Found a good local butcher which is always important! Rachels enjoying school and has made lots of new friends. She’s preparing for her big 11th Birthday on the 19th of June, followed by a movie day and sleepover with her friends a week later.
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!!