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#1 bubskitkat

Posted 28 May 2018 - 05:54 PM

I’ve made the commitment.

Due to an inheritance I am now in the financial position to be able to knock down and rebuild on my existing block.

I have chosen a porter Davis Hoffman villa with a New England facade. Very hamptons style.

I hope to be out of the old house in January next year during the school holidays to make it easier on my son with ASD and be back in my new home by Christmas time.

It feels very exciting but also very daunting doing this as a single mum but I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that this inheritance has given me.

#2 cvbn

Posted 28 May 2018 - 05:58 PM

Congratulations!

#3 Little boys rock

Posted 28 May 2018 - 10:27 PM

How exciting! Congrats!

#4 SCG23

Posted 28 May 2018 - 10:33 PM

Have you found the Homeone Forum? It is invaluable for building help and things like what to look out for.

Building is one of the most stressful things we can do.

Good luck!

#5 **Xena**

Posted 28 May 2018 - 10:46 PM

Yay congratulations, that's awesome. Looking forward to pics if you are happy to share when it's done :D

#6 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 28 May 2018 - 11:20 PM

Woo hoo!!! That's fabulous!!

One piece of advice if your budget can stretch this far - engage an engineer to conduct inspections to make sure it's built correctly. To inspect the foundation, framework, etc. Once it's covered up, you're never going to know if it was done correctly.
Unfortunately you can't take a builder's word for it that it's been done correctly and up to code.

(I say this because my DH is a structural engineer and some of the things he has seen is just awful. And the clients would have no idea, they trusted their builder. )

#7 bubskitkat

Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:51 AM

I had intended on getting a building inspector to inspect at every major stage prior to cash handover.

My current house is falling down to the point it’s becoming unsafe.

I did look at my options but this seems to be the best one for myself and my son.

My ex husband is fuming but he doesn’t have to live there. Not his house.

#8 bubskitkat

Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:54 AM

I an extremely grateful that I have been given this opportunity

#9 BECZ

Posted 29 May 2018 - 09:56 AM

View Postbubskitkat, on 29 May 2018 - 07:51 AM, said:


My ex husband is fuming but he doesn’t have to live there. Not his house.

Why?  Is it a jealousy thing or some kind of attachment to the old house?

#10 BECZ

Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:05 AM

We 'hope' to be doing a KDRB in a few years time as BIL now owes us a few hundred grand, but I don't want to add to our mortgage.  I know it's probably going to be the only option, but seeing it go down so slowly is painful.
I laughed when the bank rang and tried to convince us to extend our mortgage.  She kept saying that with the equity we had, we could extend it by $800k +.
Ummmm....she couldn't get that we live off one low income plus FTB.  Mind you we now don't have to pay any money towards the house that we bought with BIL, but saving that difference is going to take forever to take a decent chunk off the cost of KDRB.

Hopefully it will all go smoothly for you.  You hear some good and some really stressful stories and it kind of puts me off the idea for a bit longer (not that we're in a position to do it yet anyway.

Edited by BECZ, 29 May 2018 - 10:20 AM.


#11 Beancat

Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:09 AM

Congratulations!!

We are currently building the Madison 40 with PD.

I would highly recommend engaging Darbecca to inspect at every single major inspection point.  Darbecca are known in the industry as the best and they do around 50% of PD houses.  Yes it will cost you about $3k for all of the inspections  but for us this was less than 1% of the build price

We have had a significant issue where the back frame is overhanging the slab by 20mm. This issue was as a result of our idiot site supervisor who has now been fired.  The error was picked up by Darbecca and we now have a competent supervisor on board.  The issue is being managed by the regional manger it is so bad but PD know its a huge issue and are throwing everything at it to get it fixed and get the house back on track.

I think your timelines are realistic.  Our site scrape was late January and even with these issues we are looking at a late October handover.

How far through the process are you? If you are early in the process I am happy to give you some ideas etc re the process and hidden costs

cheers
K

#12 Schmig

Posted 29 May 2018 - 10:31 AM

I wish you all the best. Hopefully yours goes quicker than ours. We moved out September last year and they only just started the site scrape this week. We will be lucky if we are in by Christmas.

I second getting a building inspector and going through everything with a fine tooth comb. I have spent more time than I feel comfortable with correcting mistakes on plans. The homeone forum was fantastic with giving me ideas on what to look out for.

#13 OscarAndTilly

Posted 29 May 2018 - 11:53 AM

Congratulations. How exciting!!

#14 chillipeppers

Posted 29 May 2018 - 01:49 PM

Congrats, sounds exciting

#15 bubskitkat

Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:17 PM

View PostBECZ, on 29 May 2018 - 09:56 AM, said:



Why?  Is it a jealousy thing or some kind of attachment to the old house?

We had a very nasty divorce and he still believes that I stole everything from him and left him high and dry. Not true as it went through lawyers but he’s convinced it is. He sees the house I brought from him as still his and that he was the one whom should have gotten everything.

For this reason bulldozing the house will give me a sense of closure.

#16 bubskitkat

Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:19 PM

I am just at the beginning of the journey. I’ve now chosen the house & are looking at paying the holding deposit.

I choose PD as they are well known for being good and I need to be able to trust them with the build

#17 Nobodyelse

Posted 29 May 2018 - 04:54 PM

View Postbubskitkat, on 29 May 2018 - 03:17 PM, said:

We had a very nasty divorce and he still believes that I stole everything from him and left him high and dry. Not true as it went through lawyers but he’s convinced it is. He sees the house I brought from him as still his and that he was the one whom should have gotten everything.

For this reason bulldozing the house will give me a sense of closure.

Oh Bubs... I am just filled with glee at the image of you bulldozing the ex right out of that space. Glee, I tells ya. Evil genius levels of glee at how perfect leveling that house is.

You should totally get a friend to help you recreate the famous 'disaster girl' photo!

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#18 bubskitkat

Posted 30 May 2018 - 07:23 PM

I’m evil and I like it!

#19 bubskitkat

Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:41 AM

Last night I went to see my accountant. Green lights are go!

#20 MamaNita

Posted 01 June 2018 - 09:58 AM

Can I recommend HomeOne Forums. It offers you lots of advice and there is one thread "questions I wish I had asked"" (or something similar). There is lots of little things we forget, so this one is great!

...and CONGRATULATIONS!

https://forum.homeon...php?f=31&t=5823

Edited by MamaNita, 01 June 2018 - 09:59 AM.


#21 bubskitkat

Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:00 PM

I took DS to see the display home yesterday. He seemed to like it but is not linking the connection to what we are doing.

I paid the initial deposit.

The base price really is the base price.

I have a budget and no matter how much I want the upgrades I am going to have to stick to the budget.



#22 WTFancie shmancie

Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:44 PM

My advice from our KDRB 11 years ago, to keep to your budget (as closely as possible) only upgrade those things that are not easily upgraded later.

For example, we upgraded the toilet suites, increased the number of power points and aerial points etc - structural kinds of stuff.

We did not upgrade from the standard kitchen appliances, internal doors or door hardware, nor did we upgrade from the standard taps in bathrooms, kitchen or laundry.

We have only just replaced the oven that came as standard after 10 solid years of use.  I managed to get a $2K pyrolytic oven for $1K - it was worth the wait haha.

Edited by fancie shmancie, 03 June 2018 - 08:41 PM.


#23 bubskitkat

Posted 04 June 2018 - 07:47 AM

The upgrades I’ve done are changing the theatre room on the ground level to being a “multi functional” room or a guest bedroom. This includes an ensuite off this room giving me a bathroom downstairs. I also went with the small alfresco area out the back of the lounge room.

Plus I am getting evaporated cooling.

A lot of extras I’ve read about people buying are included in the package that I purchased.

I’ve never owned a dishwasher. I am getting one. Yes a dishwasher makes me happy! I’m easily pleased

#24 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 09 June 2018 - 07:45 PM

View PostSchmig, on 29 May 2018 - 10:31 AM, said:

I wish you all the best. Hopefully yours goes quicker than ours. We moved out September last year and they only just started the site scrape this week. We will be lucky if we are in by Christmas.

I second getting a building inspector and going through everything with a fine tooth comb. I have spent more time than I feel comfortable with correcting mistakes on plans. The homeone forum was fantastic with giving me ideas on what to look out for.

Similar. We moved out in January with the idea building was to start March/April (and back for Christmas).... we still don’t have a start date. They are now saying still 4-6wks before they can start.

This is a partial knockdown (as front is heritage) and gutting/extending (including longer wider and 2nd storey). Doubling floor space.

Wishing you the best.

I have been nearly 3 years since we engaged draftsman (and that was with my hand drawn plans which they quickly did up and I approved).

#25 bubskitkat

Posted 25 June 2018 - 07:57 AM

Today I am getting my soil testing done.

Yes I am excited.......




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