Choos­ing your home de­sign

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Vis­it­ing a dis­play cen­tre can be a bit­ter­sweet ex­pe­ri­ence. While day­dream­ing about your ideal home can be fun, the process of set­tling on the right de­sign for you can feel a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing. State sales man­ager for Eden Brae Homes

(pic­tured) says you’re more likely to end up with the house of your dreams if you fol­low th­ese steps.

Off the block

The first thing a builder will want to know is if you al­ready have a block. This will in­flu­ence the kind of house you can build, which will help you make a short­list, along with your wish­list of bed­rooms, liv­ing ar­eas or a pref­er­ence for sin­gle or dou­ble storey. Bring any in­for­ma­tion you have about your block with you when you visit.

“Look at the dis­play homes and iden­tify the floor­plans that you would like to see your­self liv­ing in,” Bill says.

Stan­dard in­clu­sions

When you’ve found a de­sign you like, talk to the sales con­sul­tant about what’s in­cluded in the base price. Dis­play homes al­ways include op­tional ex­tras, such as ex­pen­sive tap­ware, tiles or blinds which may stretch your bud­get.

“Eden Brae has an Essen­tials pack­age price which will give you an idea of how much it will cost to move in which cov­ers things like floor­cov­er­ings, drive­ways and some site costs,” Bill says.

Made to mea­sure

Next, work out whether your pre­ferred de­sign will fit on your block. You may need to make some nec­es­sary vari­a­tions to make it fit, which will add to the cost.

“You may like to include other vari­a­tions such as chang­ing the pro­por­tions of rooms or tak­ing space from an­other room to cre­ate a smaller space off it,” Bill says. “There might also be coun­cil rules about floor-to-space ra­tios, set­backs and land­scap­ing that your house will need to com­ply with.

“We sug­gest that clients choose a de­sign that is clos­est to their re­quire­ments be­cause if you do cus­tomise a de­sign con­sid­er­ably then the cost will also in­crease con­sid­er­ably.”

Pre-sales quote

Once you’ve set­tled on a de­sign, in­clud­ing as much de­tail about things such as tap­ware, tiles and ap­pli­ances, as well as the changes you want to make, the builder can of­fer you a pre­sales quote.

“That will sum­marise all the changes that the client re­quires,” Bill says. “But one of the un­known costs is the site costs.”

Site read­ing

The next step is a site in­spec­tion for a sur­vey and soil test.

“Site costs will vary with ev­ery block,” says Bill. “A visit to the site will be re­quired to do a sur­vey and a soil test to de­ter­mine the type of slab that’s most ap­pro­pri­ate.”

Bill says it’s not un­usual for peo­ple to ap­proach two or three builders to do a site in­spec­tion. Ex­pect to pay be­tween $750 to $1500 to have this done.

The fi­nal quote

With the site in­spec­tion com­plete, there’s now enough in­for­ma­tion for a full quote.

“The client will re­ceive a fixed ten­der with the vari­a­tions they have re­quested and a com­pli­ance test to make sure the house fits their vi­sion and their site costs,” Bill says.

“Whether it’s a knock­down/re­build or a green­field site, the process is much the same.

“The quote con­tains all the in­for­ma­tion, any sketches, the sit­ing, the plan they chose, the pur­chase of the house on that land.”

While clients may want some time to think it over, Bill says you shouldn’t wait too long.

“You can’t take a ten­der away for six months and ex­pect it to be the same price when they get back, so you need to fol­low through to the next step,” he says.

On the dot­ted line

When you’re happy with the plans and the price, the last thing to do now is to sign the con­tract.

“The clients sign the con­tract and put down a five per cent de­posit which al­lows us to get started,” says Bill.

Now the build­ing ap­proval process be­gins.

As dis­played

If you fall in love with a par­tic­u­lar part of the house, like the kitchen, ask what is and isn’t in­cluded in the price.

Wear com­fort­able shoes and take a drink when you visit a dis­play cen­tre — you may want to take your time look­ing around.

The Kew 27 by Eden Brae Homes has proved a pop­u­lar choice with buy­ers.

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