Home­work cru­cial be­fore em­bark­ing on build­ing project

Pilbara News - - Property - Kaitlin Shawcross, Cassie Gun­thorpe and Louise Alling­ham

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.

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