So we found the land and then the builder and after much deliberation the house design that ticked all our boxes.
I just love going around all the show homes. First few times wearing rose tinted glasses then the next time standing back and mentally stripping away all the upgrades to see what it is that you would actually get for your money. The two can be so very different, I now tend to assume everything is an upgrade and then it’s a bonus if it isn’t.
Our builder, Wisdom, is very open on this front and they will supply you, if you ask, with a listing for every show home of all the upgrades and their costs. Combine this with their ‘Prestige’ inclusions brochure and with a bit of time and effort you can drill down and get a mental picture of what you would have. Our sales consultant was so very patient and helpful during this stage, I’m sure he felt stalked by me. He took the time to answer loads of questions and help us understand the Aussie build process and have a laugh in the process.
I lost count of the number of client variations he costed out for us but eventually in December 2013 we paid our $1000 to have a tender drawn up. It’s all a bit different to what it was like buying a new home from Barratt in the 80’s back in the UK! For the benefit of those in the UK here you pay the builder to produce a tender which is how much it will cost to build your house. It details site costs and everything you want included in the house, if you proceed that $1K comes off your house cost.
So one tender for a Majestic 40 with lots of bells and whistles coming up .
We have chosen the older design for the master suite as it all boils down to wardrobes. The latest design has a floating bedhead with walk in robes (WIR) behind it. As so
Well those who know me well will recall my problems with wardrobes, two memorable incidents have left their mark on all concerned. First, was as a newly wed in our first home after hubby convinced me to go see Aliens (hey, back in its day it was scary!) our very cheap stand alone wardrobe spontaneously collapsed in the middle of the night. Good news was my heart survived the shock but I had to sleep with lights on for a looong time.
So the next incident involved our lovely new mirror wardrobe doors (yep stand alone was toast and replaced by these beauties). I eventually had managed to sleep with the light off. Well it was a dark and stormy night… and in my defence I was in a deep sleep – when there was a bright light through the curtains and aliens ( No, not the ones mentioned above – real ones this time…) were outside. Well not to put too fine a point on my behaviour but ‘fight or flight’ kicked in and I legged it. Unfortunately in my bid for freedom I became entangled in the bedding and down I went – straight into the soon to be ex – mirror wardrobe doors. Poor hubby woke to an almighty bang , cat (with the wonky leg) levitating off the bed and last seen heading for Norwich, wardrobe toast and me sitting dazed by the wreckage. At least the mirror door salesman thought it was funny and the insurance claim clerk probably had a laugh. Back to sleeping with the lights on….
So no way, no how am I going to have wardrobes behind me as I sleep. Goodness knows what my psyche could do with them let alone my psycho cat. So we are going with something based on this 2011 layout instead.
More plans to follow, less horror stories.