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Some Progress

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:


House Design First Draft

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.


Starting Over

Not very much has happened since before Christmas.  We had another look at Highview homes, but when we got their ball park estimate they hadn’t included everything we wanted.  There have been some phone calls with the two previous builders, but I don’t have much hope of anything coming out of that.  We have come to realise that the kitchen in the Hawthorn Attic was far too small and there really isn’t the floor space to make it bigger.  I guess what has happened was a blessing in disguise and it would have been a mistake to go forward with it.

We have made some progress though.  We sat down and looked through all our floor pans, picked out the things we liked and didn’t like in each, and came up with our own.  This floor plan is very different to the ones we’ve been looking at building, so we’ve decide to go get our own plans drawn up, write up all our requirements, then get builders to quote on them.  We’ve had a couple of builders recommended to us, so we’ll see how we go.  But first we need to decide on a couple more things.  One is the facade – this is easy, we drive past heaps of old houses we like the style of and just need to pick one and photograph it.  The other major things is stumps or slab?  There are pros and cons for both, so we need to work through those.  And finally we need a drafts person, again we’ve had a few recommendations, so we’ll start with those.

We’re having a hard time getting motivated to start all over again; it’s 12 months since hubby convinced me that rebuilding was better than extending.  But we’ve learnt a lot over the 12 months and I think that will help with the next stage of this journey.

So for now, here are our pencil sketches of our floor plan:




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