Category Archives: design proposal


We got our revised design and price a few weeks ago – it was not what we were expecting.  We took out the attic and a lot of other stuff, swapped some items in and out and added a few other things in and the total price came down by less than $5,000!  We also changed from slab to stumps (with veranda balustrading, steps and base boards), which we were told would be about the same cost.

We’ve been back to the builder with our queries.  Turns out the cost of the oak staircase hadn’t been taken out, but that’s only another $4,000 – seems a bit cheap to us.  My Mum and Dad had an MDF book shelf /stoarage unit built along a wall of their house for $4,000 – surely a staircase costs more than some shelves and cupboards?  And it turns out that the stumps option was actually $8,000 more than the slab.  Even so, we can’t work out the difference.  Every builder says an attic is $20,000 – $30,000 extra to include.  If the price is a reasonable price it means we can’t afford to knock down and rebuild – we are about $40,000 over budget.

We haven’t given up on this one yet, but plan B is back on the table – Harkaway.  We have pulled out the floor plan from our last visit and rearranged it to our design.  We’re going back out to visit them this weekend.  We don’t want to be owner builders but we’re going to get a quote a try and find a builder to do it for us.


Oh, and hubby has come up with plan C – knock down, subdivide and build 2 units, sell them both and have enough money to buy what we want.  I can’t believe I actually agreed with him that it was a viable option.  I know if we sell this place it will most likely be a knock down – rebuild for the buyer, and I don’t want someone else to do that if we cant 🙁 .








The Attic?

We need to rethink the attic.  The builder came out this morning to discuss the design proposal and look at some of our options.  The attic is a problem.  At it’s highest point it is only going to be about 2m high, to get it any higher we’ll need to increase the roof pitch which is going to cost a lot more.  2m is OK for hubby and myself (we’re short), but if Oscar’s current height is anything to go by he’s going to tower over us, and it won’t be long before he does!  So if we keep it, the question is what will it be used for?  Mum’s retreat maybe?  Probably not :(.


Attic Section


There are a few more changes to investigate as well, including a red gum bench top in the kitchen and a period facade over the oven and cook top.  We are also looking at bamboo flooring, something we had previously investigated as part of the low VOC requirements.

We also had a walk around our site and keeping the trees at the back and the beautiful Jacaranda out front is no problem.  The sewerage line can come down between the trees and angle of to the sewer point.  The driveway needs to mostly go, but we knew that anyway.