This is my friends experience with building/designing their home, alot of work but awesome tips in there they built with plantation homes from scratch xx
We're in the process of building right now with an independent builder (not metricon, plantation or the other big guys). So far the advice above is what I would have said. Other things I've learned:
a. get rid of as many P.S.s and P.Cs as you can. Go to the cabinet makers (and lighting guys, and wardrobe people and tile shops) with a design and pick everything right down to the handles. That way you know EXACTLY how much you are paying. No nasty surprises.
b. take your plans to the vacant lot with some star pickets and stake it out. Then walk through your "house" and get a feel for it. We ended up increasing a room size because we did this and it was well worth the effort. Once the slab is poured it's very hard to fix.
c. stay on top of your builder. Go and visit the house 2-3 times per week. If you need to make a standing appointment then do that. Don't be afraid to tell them something is wrong and they need to fix it.
d. Make HEAPS of copies of your plans and think about where you want lights, data points and powerpoints. When you meet with the electrician you won't be humming and haaing over what you want. He/She may have other suggestions for you too.
e. get everything in the contract/quote. It may seem expensive at the time but you're going to pay it out anyway. For example the cost of the driveway or turf/landscaping
f. don't be afraid to get an outside quote. I saved $6000 on my kitchen by getting another quote and I felt much more confident with the new cabinet maker.
Hope that helps.
Thank you - that's a fantastic blog! They did a great job, and so interesting to read
CDNinOZ - thank you - lots of really good advice there! Very good tip about doing the walkthrough.
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