Okay, so! Re building!
We bought a 1900s about to fall down (major structural issues) villa that we have demolished and as I mentioned are in the process of having our slab poured.
We have built before, it was a knock down, subdivide and build 2 investment. We went with Weeks Macklin for that as we wanted cheap and as big as possible for the land size. We chose the basic package, let them do all the selections (we essentially chose a pre-set colour package).
To be honest I hate the houses. We actually live in 1 while,our house was demolished etc and it has steel frames, colourbond roof and no internal wall insulation - it makes for a very flimsy house which carries sound everywhere and gets hot and cold far too easily.
So we did what most people do, choose a builder, then a floor plan but by then you're tied in. We got screwed over by the footings so I you do this be sure to get the builder to do the engineering before paying a deposit so you can get a fixed price footing cost. Offer to pay for the engineering BEFORE you sign with the builder so you get no surprises.
I'll send this message before my phone dies, but I'll continue in a new post.....