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3 d3 dben888ben888 posted:
Layout planning

I think your new plan looks much more well laid out that the initial plan. But a few points to consider:
There isn't much pantry space in your kitchen of that…

8 d8 dben888ben888 posted:
Layout planning

As people have said, at the end of the day, it's what suits you personally. But if it was my house, I would consider:
1. Whether the laundry should be sandwiched…

26 d26 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Well spotted.
Our land is on a special building overlay (SBO) which means that the land can potentially flood in a 1 in 100 year storm.
The finished floor level of…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Just standard aluminium awning windows.
Black frames on white walls, and white frames on dark walls. Plus sliding stacker doors, and a window splashback for the kitchen.

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

And now the framing is complete, and the windows have been delivered. It's very much starting to look like an actual house!

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
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2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

And then the framing started in earnest. I didn't realise it would go up quicker than it takes me to build a house out of Lego.
Than halfway through the framing,…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

And then I had to go abroad for a couple of weeks, and missed them pouring the slab.
I kinda wanted to have a dance on the slab, but I was…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

The following week they had put the screw piles in, and connected the underground electrical, water and drainage.

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Well things have started happening on my plot. And I haven't had time to update anything on this thread either, since I was off on a business/ holiday for 2…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Arranging demolition in advance

It's never too early (unless of course you have people still living in there!) There is no advantage to having an empty house sitting around compared to an empty plot…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

I guess if you don't feel like you should go into specifics, then it's probably best not to.
But I always say - it's not usually that someone is doing something…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

So I found some of the specifications which needs to be looked when doing the tender (and hopefully this may be useful to anyone else building their house) included:-
Depth of…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Hi Lukaa,
Good to see someone else building with Como - well, at least I hope it's going to be good, if we all get out the other side unscathed and…

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3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Has anyone ever actually paid advertised price to build.

So basically you're asking if anyone's ever built a house with no upgrades at all?
I'm sure some have, especially landlords who build a basic house simply for the rental market.…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Should the free standing cooker be higher than the bench top

No, it should be the same height.
Your freestanding cooker should be on legs which are height adjustable. Just lower the cooktop by 2-3mm and your problem should be all sorted!

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

The $ per square is a way to estimate and compare cost of the overall build, and averages out all the areas in the house.
Obviously the wet areas and…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

I'm building with a custom builder (Como Homes) myself in VIC. All of the custom builders (except Latitude 37) quoted me in the region of $15-16k per square, all up.…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

The colour selection with Como Homes was interesting too, and if anyone is considering building with Como they should take note:
As Como was a subsidiary of Arden Homes (a reputable…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
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3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Thanks for your good wishes, Clareymoo. I'm glad that your build with Como is getting along well, and that gives me confidence that mine will turn out OK too in…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

The update:
So I put in the report and consent for the setback to the corner splay, as the building surveyor was convinced that the setback to the corner splay was…

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3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

I agree $800k - $900k seems expensive for a 40/45 sq home.
Whilst I'm sure it can be easy to spend that much, if you want to upgrade everything to luxury…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Custom build a new house, need some comment

Personally, I don't see a huge issue with the corridor. It's only around 8m long until your double doors, and it is punctuated on either side by a cabinet, a…

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5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

So in the end I went to the council to ask their duty planner about the issue. They agreed that the front setback is between the front of the house…

What's my setback?
5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Hi Melos,
Thanks for explaining. The processes seem to be very similar in Vic, although I'm not sure if they call it by those terms or not.
The first system is the…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Sorry Melos, not quite sure what DA or CDC is.
The build is based on a private building surveyor issuing a building permit. There is no planning permit needed for the…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Some of you may have seen my other thread about building a house- we've gone through the tender, chosen our colours, signed the contract, and now waiting to start.
But…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

So I'd start off doing the maths. Find out what your current home is worth, and what an existing 5-6 bedroom in your area will cost you. If the difference…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

I'd definitely think about selling your current house and buying another, larger house.
It's one thing to knock down an old weatherboard house, which may only have a valuation of $60k,…

6 months6 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Suggestion re entry foyer and study

Well my local cinema has two exits, one at each side, but then again it needs to cope with hundreds of people exiting at once! I think having two exits…

Suggestion re entry foyer and study
6 months6 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Freebies and Upgrades

Our builder (Inspired/ Como) gave us $15k off to spend on anything for the build.
Whether yours is a good deal depends on how much they are charging you already for…

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