18 Jul 2010 7:59 AM
|Hi i am just in the process of finding a builder for my house and have narrowed it down to blueprint homes or content living and was wondering if anyone has had any experience of either of these.Thanks|
18 Jul 2010 11:00 AM
|There is a website called homeone.com.au which is focussed on building. Scroll to the bottom and go to the forums. You will find a bigger pool of experience!|
18 Jul 2010 2:44 PM
|we looked at the same builders but after intense ressearch went with Dale alcock and to be honest we have never looked back just about to plate height and fingers crossed no bad experiences to date but still have along way to go! our Neighbours are building with COntent and their son built with them too and speak highly of them!|
20 Jul 2010 12:57 AM
|We went through the same process of narrowing down builders. Depends on what you want and what your budget is. Do your research and you'll find that many builders have a range of companies that cover each market segment.
We nearly signed up with one of the co's mentioned. Fortunately we went to view revised plans in their new showhome in Wellard. At that point I spotted that some of their finishing, particularly for a new show home, was quite poor. Laminate edges had peeled in the kitchen, some of the tiling wasn't straight etc.
I would also strongly suggest that before signing up, you go around a number of their showhomes, some older, some newer and pay close attention to the fittings and finishing. Remember that the showhomes are supposedly top quality as that is their sales tool. Take note of what you do and don't get. Simple things like kitchen wall cupboards are often not included in lower-mid price homes. This can add $2-3K to the price. Don't worry about asking what you do and don't get, it seems quite routine. Also be prepared for big spends at the pre-start. Do your homework first and know what you want in. If there's something you don't want that is offered as standard some of the builders, but certainly not all, give you a credit back. We had our revised plans fully costed, including things like 31 course high brickwork, feature ceilings etc., but still spent towards 10K, mitred tiling and electrical changes can add up quite quickly.
Also have a look at some of the review sites...
Obviously there will be the usual whiners who didn't do their homework or thought they should get more than they did, but there will be a general trend. |
20 Jul 2010 7:42 AM
|I would echo thebadmans post.
We are building in Banksia Grove and have had a bit of a nightmare choosing a builder. We signed up with one company for a land and house package on the condition that we were not building next to a homeswest (council) block. After signing, we found out that the block next to ours was indeed homeswest and we had to wait for a block from the next release. There were restrictions on the new block which meant we could not use the original plan we had signed for, and none of this company's designs fitted our new block. So we have had to go with another company and have been refused a refund of the $2k deposit we paid.
Admittedly, some of the fault is our own in that we should not have signed anything until the land was finalised, and we would probably not have been able to get land at all without the sales person's help but we have paid $2k for our own lack of experience.
The house we are now going to build is a completely individual design, put together by Damien at Aveling - down at the Wellard showhome. He has spent a huge amount of time going through things with us and has given us loads of advice and ideas as to what will work and what will not. So far our variations have been costed at $40k on top of the basic build cost of the house and we have not been through prestart yet.
A friend of ours is also building with Aveling and we can see the build quality in the shell of the house which is up to roof height already. I would advise not to choose your builder completely on price, look at their finish and compare it to other builders.
21 Jul 2010 3:46 PM
This lady works for Blueprint and is very helpful as well as understanding being an expat she can point out the difficulties encountered when it is & House & Land Package.
Maybe just give her a call for a chat or email a few queries
Clare O'Donnell 0450181751