Homework crucial before embarking on building project
We asked people who had recently built their own home, how their original vision matched or differed from the end result.
Building commenced on my granny flat in July 2015 and was ready for occupation late December and it definitely matched my expectations.
There were no hassles along the way, as everything was planned beforehand and it was designed to allow for a jarrah tree to remain.
There is less than 60sqm in total, but it incorporates a well-fitted kitchen, dining and lounge area opening into a bedroom and sewing room, with bathroom and laundry facilities to one side.
One of the things I like best are the lounge and bedroom windows facing north, which ensures I have lovely light and helps keep the place warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
I’ve felt completely at home here and it’s an excellent way for an older person to be independent but still have the security of family nearby.
Once our house was built, we were pleased it matched the ideas and plans we had from the very beginning.
This was partly because of thoroughly going over the building plans and looking at even the smallest details ourselves.
We found that walking around display homes and physically measuring distances, such as heights, gave us a clearer picture of what our house would look like and helped the planning process.
We enjoyed the progression to the physical completion of our home, and regular site visits ensured we were getting what we wanted. important for people to “do their homework” to gain a clear vision of what they want out of a build.
“If you’re going to build a house, it’s massive investment — in the Pilbara, it’s a half a million plus,” he said.
“You’re spending a lot of money (so) it’s worth … getting yourself up to speed with what’s available out there in terms of finishes and you know taps, basins, all those sorts of things — have a pretty clear idea of what you want.”
Mr Manuel said communication was essential in ensuring the end product was as close to their initial vision as possible.
“When we’re going through the process, I try and lead them through it,” he said.
“I email them pictures of things (asking) is that what you want — that sort of thing so we try and make sure that we meet their expectations.”
Although Exmouth Building Company does some commercial work, Mr Manuel said it was the residential projects that were the most rewarding.