My First Home

My First Home
Santorini 26 by Metricon

Friday, May 28, 2010


It's been four months since I first signed on with my builder. I have been getting so frustrated with the lack of communication, the errors and the slow progress. I emailed my CSC yesterday to get an update on where we were at, if plans had gone to Council yet and if she could give ma a start date.

The answer I received today was not what I had hoped to hear.

Plans have not been put into Council yet, although she assures me this will only take 48 hours for approval once they have. Paperwork is with 'Quality Assurance', whatever that means and once this has all been approved (another week) they will have me into construction in a couple of weeks - this means more than likely building will not start until July!!!!!

What is eating me more is that so many people I have spoken to in the last couple of weeks who signed on with builders at the same time as me have already got their slabs laid and frames up. One of my friends who signed in February has been told she will be in her house by the end of August! I'm probably looking at Christmas at the earliest.

If I knew what I know now I would not have gone with the builder I chose. Too late now, just hope things get better.

The excitement of building my first home has now disappeared. I just hope it returns

Will keep you updated.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Things are starting to Happen

Well things are slowly starting to happen. Certificate of Title arrived just over a week ago, Developer Approval was given on 18th May (took almost a month as the builder forgot to send colour samples), loan documents arrived yesterday and today I had my final colour selection which was my tiles.

I am keeping the same floor tile throughout my wet areas which is a charcoal in 400mm x 400mm. I have chosen to go predominantly white on the walls, shower and bath with charcoal tiles framing the mirrors and a 100mm wide black pebble feature strip running vertically down one wall of each shower.

I wanted to keep the colours simple and something that is not going to date too quickly. I would prefer to add my colours by using towels and accessories so that when I get board I can change the look easily and with very little expense.

The only think I am waiting on now is council approval and a start date from the builder which I will expect to have in the next week.

Oh and I have already received my first water bill from Southern Water. A whole $11.00, if only they were all going to be that low.