We're both very excited (S more so than D) and are looking forward to creating our new home together. We are only a few weeks into this whole process but have already noticed that there isn't a whole lot of real life advice out there for new home builders and thought we would track our progress in the hopes that it might help someone else who decides to embark on this journey. So here is what has gone down so far:
19th April: After 2+ years of attending open houses and being outbid and outoffered D finds a great H&L package for a 500m2 block in a good location that fits within our budget - the block of land is a little smaller than we'd like but we think that if we build upwards we might be able to still have enough yard space for our furbabies. We were looking for a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, with a double garage and WIR to the main bedroom, but we also didn't want to go too big - our main reason for building up was to save as much backyard as possible, so we looked for a housetype that fit our requirements, while still giving us the most amount of yard space - the Benham 21 was the clear winner for us!
Our preconstruction administrator from Rawson Homes sent us an email requesting we book an appointment with her to sign the contracts within 14 days, and also attached 5 different external colour schemes, advising we would need to select 1 within the 14 day period.
We are big fans of Rawson Homes, however this is where we have to admit we have been pretty disappointed in this process - the colour schemes were simply squares of colour, with no examples of what it would look like on a completed house. If you've never had to do this before, let me tell you, it is near impossible to even imagine how an entire house will look based off a few squares of colour. Here is an example of the colour schemes sent to us:
The next step is that on Friday 27th we are meeting with our preconstruction administrator to sign the contracts and select our external colour scheme and then we will meet with our conveyencer to sign the land contracts.
We still have a long way to go, as our land doesn't register until February 2017, and our building doesn't commence until May 2017 (a whole 12 months away!!!) with handover/settlement expected by February 2018.
We will post again once we have signed the contracts and know what the next steps are for us.
We hope you are as excited about this journey as we are!