Kevin knew we would be back. Over a period of two-weeks of thinking, we had changed our mind.
We had always been undecided about the swimming pool. More so due to the cost and space it would encroach on the backyard. As the shell of a fibreglass pool costed anywhere from AU$10,000+ (for the size we were considering to place in our backyard), there were other associated costs such as fencing, tiling and installation which would bring the price up to and above AU$20,000+ simply to have a pool – plus maintenance.
We also turned our current living arrangements into the proposed floor plans of the Cremorne 28 with masking tape and newspaper. Furniture was moved around to depict the room and window sizes we were committing to.
We made another visit to the display homes – armed with our trusted measuring tape and phone to take photos – so we knew how to interpret space and size. Don’t be afraid to do this when the time comes for you. You are about to pay quite a bit of money to build your dream home and sometimes paperwork just doesn’t cut it.
That said, we made the decision to increase the size of our house from an Eden Brae Cremorne 28 to 30, Lifestyle Series package and park the idea of a swimming pool for now. There’s still room for a pool in our backyard, but we just felt we could spend our budget elsewhere. When we started measuring the floor plans against our current rooms, we also realised they were of similar size, however our current living arrangements is an apartment vs a double-storey home.
The increase in house size from 28 to 30 was an additional AU$8,000+. We can also consider an Eden Brae Cremorne 32, however, we’re not too keen to build on the fence line and specifically wanted space down either side of the house (personal choice more than anything).
We revisited Kevin to discuss our floor plans again which he needed to then revise for the estimator. This appointment was for about 1-hour.
This was just the start of modifications for us. After this consultation, we had our tender appointment scheduled with Charles Dimarco.2