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  1. #11
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    May 2017
    My vision for our family was to live in a well maintained suburb, within a short walking distance to a good public primary school, lots of open public space, a family orientated neighbourhood and walking distance to a supermarket. We couldn't find a house that we loved so decided to build. Our house and neighbourhood is everything we had hoped for our family.

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  3. #12
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    Jun 2014
    We are onto our third home now and so I have quite a lot to offer!

    Firstly, location really is everything. We recently bought and have made a mistake on location and I am really devastated. We are thinking about selling again to get the right location. Like rednik75 says above, think about what you want, is it a good public school, is it shops etc. Parks? I have found with our son who has special needs, we are too far from shops etc and I have to drive everywhere, which he hates. He much prefers to walk...

    Other things to consider if you build especially;
    • really think about the layout, look at lots of different houses with different layouts
    • large open spaces are great but you want to be able to have some privacy
    • flashy homes might look flash but often volume builders use cheap flashy materials - don't last
    • go for timeless and classic if you build as trends date so quickly
    • sometimes less is more, i.e. a smaller house in the right location
    • You can always renovate, usually you can extend or go up, but you can't move a home!

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    I'm not sure if this helps being so late to respond..

    My top priority would be location. Next would be the actual land itself. Third is house layout that has flexibility. I notice on a lot of house plans, the furniture can only fit a particular way.. It will get very old after a few years.

    We're hoping to build in the near future. Everything like light fixtures, bench top material, choice of tiles and flooring etc can all be low budget, so long as the house has good bones (location and layout). You can always upgrade as time goes on.

  5. #14
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    May 2011
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    Location is definitely top priority and then house layout. Our current house has bedrooms that open to our living room/kitchen. It's so distracting for the kids. DH can't make lunch before he goes to work because it will wake them. We are always tip toeing around and it drives me crazy! I would definitely like bedrooms down the hall away from the living areas. Also, id like two living spaces. I could work with run down kitchens and bathrooms so that would be my compromise.


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