So since talking to some people at a BBQ yesterday, I've got the bug to build a house. We love our house but if we plan to have another baby, we'll need a bigger house. Even if we don't have another baby, we'll need more space once our bub gets a bit older anyway. At this stage I'm just doing some research as we can't afford to do anything while I'm on parental leave, but it's something we might look at next year.
I've had a look at land online, but then what? How do you find a house that you want to build?
Also, any suggestions or thoughts from those who have built a house?
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01-04-2013 08:26 #1
Building a house
01-04-2013 08:32 #2
We built. We were 22 so it was the
Cheapest land and house package going in an estate the closest to town we could afford lol. Looking back we should have taken our time and spent more money on the things we wanted but dh was part time and I wasn't earning that much.
Go to display homes and find a house you just adore! Then find land anywhere you like and ask that company if they will build your dream house there! Don't let them talk you into buying land in the estate the display home is in etc unless that is where you want to build. And ask what "extras" are in the display because the basic house could be alot different!!
01-04-2013 09:48 #3
We've been watching Sarah Beenies ( sp?) double your house for have the cost.
We are still looking at buying and renovating next time around or building.
Can you extend your existing property? Go up or out the back?
01-04-2013 10:03 #4Senior Member
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Another option is to design your own, by using an architect.
We've had the designs drawn up, but not built it yet. We made appointments with several architects, and gave them details of what we wanted. For each appointment they came to our house and sat down for the best part of a day with us - which really helped in terms of seeing who we clicked with, and who we didn't.
For the one we decided to go with, he brought us heaps of designs he'd done for other people, and also showed us around a house (with the owner's permission) that he'd designed near us.
The designs took months, and we paid fees in several stages.
We did look at off-plan/ design home ones too, but there were quite a few 'different' things we wanted, and we would have gone too far off plan to make it worthwhile. Just another option to consider.
01-04-2013 21:11 #5
We will be building, me and DH bought land a year ago near Camden. Due to IVF we havnt been able to start yet but the plan is to have signed away mid year.you can buy as a package or just buy the land then build when ready.
01-04-2013 21:19 #6
Look at heaps of displays and get ideas and quoted so you know what your looking at. Then choose land based on the design to make sure it fits. Some company's do packages. Reserch the builders and choose carefully. It's a huge process but worth it. Good luck.
01-04-2013 21:35 #7
We are building at the moment. You can either find your land prior or go through a builder with a house and land package. We have found our builder has been really sneaky and from the quote we originally had to the quote we had to sign that they 'conveniently' left things off and added other stuff on. Once we signed the contract we started getting the calls saying 'oh we under charged for this and that' so the price has gone up by $30000 and yes they can do this otherwise we miss out on the stuff we want but the moment we want to change something they charge $500 per change.. So I recommend taking someone that has built before to help with the contract, perhaps go to a builder that does 'fixed priced' and if you don't want cr4ppy doors, handles, showers, taps, toliets etc then make sure they include the better range in the contract.
Other thing- always get everything in writing from the builder. The builder told us that what is in the display home we will get as the house we are building is classed as a prestige house hmmm yeah that's a big load of BS. Yes we got some nice stuff like kitchen and tiles/flooring but everything else was all at an extra cost.
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01-04-2013 22:16 #10
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