Early 2010 we decided our home of nine years no longer worked for our family as our son now aged four wants to play outside more. This means packing everything up, going downstairs and out into our small yard or pool area. We wanted a house where the living areas flowed out into the garden, with a pool and a lovely outdoor entertaining space, somewhere we can play and relax as a family.
Several months of house hunting (it was now August) and one business premises renovation/relocation later we finally admitted the perfect home did not exist! Tired of looking the idea of buying a block of land and building our own home seemed the only way to go, however, land around our suburb didn't come available that often and if it did would be way too expensive. Moving away was not an option as our business is in the area and Rachel refuses to commute more than 10 mins. (It's a hang up from growing up and working in England where rush hour traffic is awful.)
|That's the patch of dirt for sale|
After researching and lots of number crunching it didn't seem that difficult. Really how hard could it be?.......I guess we are just about to find out.
Visited display village at Springfield Lakes - really like the Metricon homes there and the guy at the desk was really helpful even though he was busy he made time to chat to us. Like the brochures too - wow those houses look perfect.
Next day visited display village at North Lakes - the Metricon homes still did it for us. Sadly the lady there could hardly give us the time of day and could well have put us off.
Spent the next week pouring over house designs to find "The One"
11th Sept - Back to see Greg at Springfield. He really is mister helpful going through plans and prices, house designs etc and even offering to help us decide which block of land would work best before we went to auction, simply email the lot plan and he'd email back how the house fits and where the sun comes from etc. He even suggested to going to the Metricon display at Underwood as they had just finished a double story house similar to the ones on our shortlist.
12th Sept - Underwood display. Mmmmm very nice I wonder how much it costs to have one with all those fancy finishes? Definitely worth the trip over, took heaps of photos and picked up ideas for layout and finishes.
Emailed potential blocks of land to Greg. Narrowed it down to about 4 and have 3 favourite house designs. Thanks to Greg we knew which lots would work for us and had a lot more confidence to attend and bid at our first ever auction.