We have reviewed the proposal from our builder today. We’ve actually had it for 3 weeks but have all been so sick with flu, colds, tummy bugs (you name it!) that we hadn’t had a chance to do any more than a brief flick through, so we put aside some time this weekend to look it over. Overall it’s pretty good, although there are a few things we discussed that either haven’t been included or have but aren’t stated. I hope it’s more of the latter as the price is already too high and we need to find some places to cut costs. There are some things we will do ourselves after hand over, including fit out of the bar on the verandah and the attic, and there are some materials we will look into cheaper alternatives for.
We’ve taken our design to another builder, well my parents did actually. They built a new home about 2 years ago and have raved about their builder the whole time. We didn’t consider using them until recently as my parents are in the country and so is the builder. But apparently they have a Melbourne crew and do take Melbourne jobs. They were keen to talk to us so I sent my sketch and our requirements to my Dad and he passed them on. This is what they came back with:
We’re pretty happy with it. The stairs are a much nicer solution than the one we came up with and they have included everything else we wanted. Our next step is to go and talk to them ourselves, take a look at their new display home (which is a heritage style home) and get an estimate.