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    i realise this is an old thread, and I haven't read it all, but my advice is to go with an independent builder that will let you customize plans, rather than a big company who charge you to make any alterations.

    Also STORAGE STORAGE STORAGE! Do not skimp on storage. I have a tiny linen cupboard and I curse it daily!


    Lots of power points, more than you think you'll need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AreWeThereYet View Post
    i realise this is an old thread, and I haven't read it all, but my advice is to go with an independent builder that will let you customize plans, rather than a big company who charge you to make any alterations.
    Don't rule out all project builders ... we went with a large Qld company and made ALOT of changes to a standard plan and was not charged for moving rooms/walls around, infact they gave us credits in some cases We were only charged where I added more space/walls etc.

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    Perfect thread to find right now awesome tips!

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    I'm also thinking this thread is spot on for the info I need right now yay

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    I think that display home is for sale ATM in Baldivis.

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    I haven't read through so apologies if I'm repeating anything.

    The best move we made was finding the right architect, we interviewed 5 before settling on ours and he's been amazing. I could never have conceived some of the design features he's developed for us, all from my wishy washy 'I want a thing with the you know and a whatsit on it' brief, everything has seemed to flow well from getting that deisgn stage right for us.

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    I think look at lots and lots of display homes and make a list of what you like in each of them... for example I like shower niches and I also want to be able to customise them to the hieght of my shampoo bottle, I like lots of storage walk in pantry, linen, wardrobe and I want solid shelving not wire baskets, think about layout and zones, I wanted a parent zone, a family zone and a kid zone. We were going to go with one large builder who had the layout we wanted but when it came to the nitty gritty - everything we wanted was additional... slab for alfresco, linen and pantries, internal door to garage - can you believe it was just a square set opening as standard placed next to the kitchen - can you imagine the car fumes coming into the house everyday!!!! It was also extra for shower niches, exhaust fans to bathroom and ensuite...

    I was starting to have second thoughts as costs were rising and rising and in my search for alternative house plans - I found another large company where all this plus more is standard!!! In our fixed price tender - we have shower niches, three in one exhaust fans for the ensuite and bathroom, the toilet is seperate from the bathroom - that's standard!! There is a bath in the ensuite as standard, triple stacker door to alfresco - standard!!! All my kitchen appliances, stone benchtops, sarking to the roof, standard!!! The base price of the house was $15000 more expensive but we are now getting a home that is 33squares with all those things we wanted... even the ducted air conditoning they put in is reverse cycled - other company was just cooling and we were paying for it!! The new builder is doing it as a promotion... I am feeling peace of mind now. Bring on December when the building process is guaranteed to start, at the moment we are dealing with paperwork and in the next few weeks I will be doing my colour process. Exciting times ahead!!!

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    So much good advice. Another question I had was about solar systems. What is the usual size for these? 2kw, 3kw etc? For a 260sqm home. Want to power house plus maybe sell some back into grid also how much do they normally cost to buy?

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    Most building company include it as standard now. But if u want to sell back to the grid go at least 3 kw also go higher if u can as the rate the government buys back lowers in about a week or two from 44c to 8c for new customers joining to this scheme


 

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