Tuesday, 22 March 2016

OOT - Other house plans and similar house plans I like

We are still waiting news from Boutique -_-

So in the meantime, I'm doing window shopping for other house plans :)

Two storey houses

I grew up in two storey houses. Our block is rear facing North East, so it is actually best for plans with living room and big windows at the back - pretty much most two level houses. 

The plans I like are the ones that's not too big - I will never get why each bedroom need an ensuite. I also try to keep main bedroom on the ground floor when possible as we have a small dog.

Emporio ER428 - Mainvue

Base prices - looks like $2K increase every 2-3 months or so 

  1. 21 Mar 2016 $277,900
  2. 5 Mar 2016 $275,900
  3. 12 Mar 2015 $263,900

Dimension 18.48m x 11.75m
Floor size 34.86sq / 323.9m2

Fits our land perfectly, allows for bigger backyard and pool :)

I also like the small pillar to the alfresco, i.e. more open plan feeling.

Ground floor

First floor

Airlie 33 Master on Ground - Boutique Homes

Base price:

  • 21 Mar 2016 $284,900

Dimension 19.55m x 11.39m
Floor size  306.96m²/33.04sq

Similar floor plan to Emporio. I like the option to keep master bed on ground floor. Sliding door to alfresco has big pillar - this will be costly to remove.

note: Ground floor ensuite - that toilet need to be moved to the other side.
Ground floor - master on ground option
First floor

Caesar - Henley

Base price:

  • 21 Mar 2016 $229900

Dimension 17.7m x 10.67m
Floor size 29.63sq /275.3sqm

Smallest of the 3 - the most basic in terms of inclusions

One storey houses

Sienna 24 - Arden Homes

Base prices:

  • Mar 2016 $222,900 - they do have a better inclusions on some aspects

Dimension 24.60m x 11.3m
Floor size 24.2 squares 
Thinner and longer than St Tropez 25. I like the idea of sun court on the side. With the width, I can add a pool nicely right next to the sun court. The positioning makes the pool more accessible, and visible from the kitchen :)

Ivory IV432 - Mainvue

Base prices:

  • 23 Mar 2016 $212,900
  • 11 Mar 2015 $199,900

Dimension 24.88 x 12.59 
Floor size 28.86sq / 268.1m2

This ivory is a 3 bedroom house - though you can change that Theatre into another bed. Dimension is bigger than St Tropez 25 which means each room is bigger.

Friday, 11 March 2016

OOT - Do you customise your floorplans?

Some out of topic post :)

When I 'shop' for a builder and houseplan, I usually find that the smaller version of the floorplan is more efficient in design when compared to the larger size.

Larger size usually come with more luxuries - bigger room, bigger kitchen, bigger all. But sometimes it also come with larger hallway, some unused nook, walk in laundry (that not everyone need), etc. 

Below is some of the changes that I might make if I choose other (smaller) Boutique plans - Oslo 24, Marseille 26 and Barcelona 22. 

Note: I try to remove unused hallways and nooks doesn't mean it's a good/ better house plan ;)

Barcelona 22 - Standard come with 3 bed and no alfresco
Changes - I'd like to see the kitchen on the otherside with window splashback. Add e-zone and also add full size alfresco at the back.

Marseille 26 

Oslo 24 - rear bedroom version and standard version

Do you customise your floorplans? 

Just hanging around and doing this waiting game...

Really prefer not to redo all these :( 

We have our colour selection new pricing from our lovely pre-start consultant. From what I can see, the upgrades are at least 25% more expensive than the old price. Plus items that were standard were no longer standard. We need to think hard and make list of the items to compare old and new - hoping to get the full picture next week, when our sales consultant is back. It's just a waiting game now, but some notes:

  • Caoba and Cedar garage door - now $500 ish (was standard)
  • ILVE Dishwasher - $1000 (was standard)
  • Mail box - almost double the price
  • 1020mm wide glass sliding door - increase by 25% despite it's a lower door (2040 height instead of 2340)
  • Ensuite frame upgrade from Euro Crystaltec Range to Crystaltec range - $360
  • All full wall tiling to wet area - increase by about 40% in price, plus most Cat 3 tiles are now in Cat 4. 
  • Brick Cat 3 - increase by approx. 20%

Adding all the items back in plus a promo - we will end up with similar pricing, maybe cheaper depends on pricing from the sales agent. 

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Quick Update - Land Delay


The old land developer sold our estate to a bigger developer. Our land is now... at least 6 months late with title around November.

We're in predicament as Boutique will only hold the price until early November.

We can either risk the land going even later and pay $800 for every month it's late, or redo the PwC (We haven't signed building contract) and redo and reprice EVERYTHING. Our sales person is on holiday in Bali, and I'm waiting for latest colour pricing to weight things up.

Will keep you updated on how it goes.