Its all happening over at our place at the moment. Yesterday we paid a deposit to start putting together the plans for our new house and today I got offered and accepted a new job (a very important box to tick when you are going to be asking the bank for lots of money!).Yesterday we went for our walk through of the Hawthorn Attic and talked through the changes we wanted to make with the design consultant. The main ones were:
- All “weather board” facade.
- Timber flooring throughout the ground floor (bedroom area was carpet).
- Remove the 4th bedroom and increase the size of the 3rd bedroom and alfresco area.
- Remove the fire place and built in desk unit in the attic.
- Install our own heating system (we hope to salvage and re-use our 3 year old heating and air conditioning in this house).
- Provide our own exhaust fan for the kitchen (one of those silent ones).
|This will be our new home (Source: Premier Builder’s Group)|
Oscar is getting excited about the new house, we showed him “his bedroom” – he wants to paint it brown. And Teddy who accompanies us on all our display home visits (except one week off when Spot the dog came instead) was also very impressed!
This time around (read here for the previous attempt) the process feels a lot more comfortable and we are much happier with how the consultant is working with us. He didn’t find any of our requests too difficult and their process is quite easy to understand. At this stage our plan is to demolish in January and start the new build in February, but we have a lot to do between now and then…………..
Things on our to do list:
- Investigate salvaging and re-using our heating/air con system
- Talk to the bank (or banks)
- Contact the council about a planning permit to demolish
- Keep an eye on the prices for the exhaust fan we want to install
- Get quotes for the demolition, and investigate whether the house can be sold and removed
- Investigate carpets/floor coverings that are suitable for asthmatics (Oscar, and the carpet in the attic)