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    Default Are you building, renovating or decorating?

    @GucciDahling I will respond tomorrow.

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    Thanks so far! This is good information.
    By leaving out the stone bench tops in the kitchen, we'll save $8000. I don't have stone now and it's perfectly fine! So I thought that's something I can forgo at this stage.
    Double hung windows will save us $4000 by removing them. I can get a similar looking window without being double hung.

    One thing I would like advice on is heating and cooling. There is no natural gas at our property so we were thinking electric ducted heating/cooling which doesn't cost much more to instal than split systems and Evap cooling. We were then going to add a decent solar system.

    But I don't know.

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    Hmmmm savings, that's hard.

    I think you need to think of things you can easily upgrade / change down the track. Don't put in built in robes in rooms (still have one or a WIR in the master though)

    Use floating laminate floors. There are some very authentic looking ones around, they aren't all cheap and nasty like they used to be.

    No landscaping

    Sliding windows, sliding/stacking doors instead of bifolds

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    By leaving out the stone bench tops in the kitchen, we'll save $8000. I don't have stone now and it's perfectly fine! So I thought that's something I can forgo at this stage.
    Double hung windows will save us $4000 by removing them. I can get a similar looking window without being double hung.
    Sorry for intruding but my 2 cents, I would personally opt for the bench tops you want if at all possible as its a PITA to change later.

    The double hung windows, my DH makes doors and windows for a living, everyone he knows who makes windows all HATE double hung windows. Only a small window opening, expensive and notorious for one of the straps breaking, and when they do you need to remove the whole window to replace.

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    I would also consider having the builder leave out the kitchen and doing it yourself. That's what we did and we saved money that way.

    If you like blinds but them from bunnings.

    Also with windows get standard sized as you can then get standard sized curtains and blinds (custom cost a mint!)

    Opt for expensive floor tiles in bathrooms and cheaper wall tiles.

    Go for semi frameless showers instead of frameless.

    Go for matt finish kitchen cupboards (gloss are very on trend and I can see them dating soon)

    Tiles splashback instead of glass splashback

    Acrylic built in bath instead of free standing

    Adding in extra power points is easy to do but I would still opt for more power points than fewer so you don't need to fart **** around with double adapters, power boards and extension cords

    What stage of the process are you up to @GucciDahling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    One thing I would like advice on is heating and cooling. There is no natural gas at our property so we were thinking electric ducted heating/cooling which doesn't cost much more to instal than split systems and Evap cooling. We were then going to add a decent solar system.

    But I don't know.
    We got ducted put in, 2 story house so much easier to put it in at build time then put in later. Other option if you don't want to get the actual system installed now is to just get the vents etc run through the house ready to hook up to a system later (our neighbors did this and got a really good deal on system during the sales). Love having the ducted system, we paid extra and got a good quality brand, the system runs a treat and is also really quiet and really easy to maintain, got the zones set up though out the house and also has a function where we can just set it to turn on and off (great for winter as I have it set to turn on about 30mins before its time to wake up so the house is already nice and warm) also with the solar panels we also had installed after the build, during summer we can run the air con all day and not paying a cent on electricity!!! (Obviously different story when the sun sets)

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    I have kitchen envy! Especially yours a squared. Ours is still a work in progress. As is most of the house! Only the 3 girls bedrooms are finished. 12 weeks until baby is due, we are on a strict dead line lol

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    Following, going to come back and read this later, looks like some awesome tips in here. We're planning a renovation, but probably 4-5 years before we can afford/ really need to do it.

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    Have any of you done a change of layout? We have a unit right in our price range and in a perfect location.

    however it doesn't have an open kitchen and that is a must have. do you reckon we can make it happen with that floor plan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    Have any of you done a change of layout? We have a unit right in our price range and in a perfect location.

    however it doesn't have an open kitchen and that is a must have. do you reckon we can make it happen with that floor plan?
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    Is it a single story unit or? You need to check if the roof trusses hold the ceiling etc (I'm having a brain fart). You could always switxh some rooms around


 

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