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7 h7 hHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Neighbour “reno” knocked down - now a Newbuild?

I was told similar - keep the old house front wall as knocking it down means we’d have to go with new regs.

5 d5 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custome home design to build...experiences or advice?

Where are you building, I believe that makes a difference to the price. We are in Sydney, and prices seem to start at $2k/m2.

6 d6 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Building on Slope -right to left 1.25m- land - suggestions n

Split level house? What does the architect recommend?

7 d7 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat

*sigh* ...and everything’s come to a screeching halt again.
Utilities have been the bane of this build! First it was the 3 month debarcle with Sydney Water, now AGL is…

14 d14 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Natural light

Sure, but you want the windows facing the right way. So for example huge windows facing west would be a no no, as the rooms will get incredibly hot and…

14 d14 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Natural light

Architect or building designer is probably what you need. A draftsperson might advise on orientation, or they may just draw a bunch of rooms. You could also do some research…

14 d14 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Void and/or increased ceiling heights

What if you swapped the wardrobes and doors in BR1 and 2, then took the void all the way from the wall of BR1 to the wall of BR2, and…

14 d14 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Void and/or increased ceiling heights

I think the entry void is too small, and will have the opposite effect of spaciousness. It will be like a chimney (or tunnel as gogo said), and will draw…

19 d19 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat

We went to the old house to dig up some plants, turned into the street and saw this! That’s got to be the most beautiful Portaloo I’ve ever seen
After…

Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat
27 d27 dHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat

Facade. Paint colours haven’t been decided yet, although trims will be white. Any suggestions welcome! Roof and garage door are surfmist colorbond, all external walls weatherboard.

Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat
1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat

So as you can see from my OP, a fair bit of delay from submission to council to start date. We went through council rather than Certifier as our…

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat

Hi alexp79!
You’re right, there were lots of tweaks and adjustments in the design process to get the sun in at the right…

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat

We’ve finally been given a start date for our build so it seems a good time to start a thread!
We are building a KDR custom design in NW Sydney. …

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Knock Down Rebuild SE MELB with Hallbury homes

Just wondering why the gate to the park dictates the way the house faces? Did you want the shortest distance from the outdoor living to that gate?

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom KDR Canberra

Nice orientation, you’re lucky to have a rear to north block!
My only suggestion would be to reconsider the window to the pantry, as it’s west facing so may heat that…

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Knock Down Rebuild SE MELB with Hallbury homes

We’ve got a bit of an odd shaped block too, so also familiar with limitations !
It’s a shame your garage and utilities face north, as this would be the best…

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Knock Down Rebuild SE MELB with Hallbury homes

Have you considered orientation? Which way is north?

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Incorporate granny flat into new house

Lol, NO gogo65! We started the design process in dec 2016. Council approval early this year, hoping to start demo in the next couple of weeks, ie way before the…

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Incorporate granny flat into new house

gogo65 - ours is a KDRB, with attached GF. My parents built the original house 25 years ago with Allworth.
I’m hoping to…

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Incorporate granny flat into new house

gogo65 - how lovely to have such a large site! That might be why the issue of min outdoor space for GF didn’t…

1 month1 monthHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Incorporate granny flat into new house

gogo65 - We’re in the Hills Shire in Sydney. What about you?

2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Incorporate granny flat into new house

We are about to start a custom build with attached granny flat. Have you researched the rules and requirements relating to GF in your council? For example in our design…

2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Ventilation of butler’s pantry

If you’re concerned about opening the window, what about an externally ducted ventilation hood?

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Bathroom planning

Like this

Or this

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Bathroom planning

Do you have enough room for one of those walk in showers with tiled walls instead? Voila! No glass, no problem!

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Easements - thoughts?

Definitely costly. We potentially had to encase an easement that ran parallel to a boundary fence on our side, and the builder was predicting $30-40k. ( Our easement looks like…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Space Estimates

Our current space is about 12x5 with kitchen, meals and lounge in a line IYKWIM.
I think your 12m width as per drawing is a little short to include the laundry…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Too many windows?

Can you make the front upper windows two wider windows instead and have extra space in between for the tv? If the windows don’t line up with the lower ones…

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