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Eden Brae Homes Cremorne House Construction and Build Timeline

If you ever had a project in mind to work on over a long period of time – why not consider building a house?  This process took us nearly 2 1/2-years from start to finish – and to date, we’re still tinkering along with other new projects on the way.

We purchased land in May 2014, which was then only approved and registered by the council in June 2015. During this period, we could not commence any form of construction on the land, which gave us plenty of time to search and agree on the right builder.

Over a few months, we visited several display homes, read forums and blogs online on who we should consider, and knew that Eden Brae Homes was a reputable builder amongst the home building industry.  They may not be the cheapest, but it’s also long-term quality that you want to ensure you consider in the process.  There are also other reputable home builders, so do take the time researching this information when deciding who to choose.  I couldn’t find much information about personal house building experiences online, so I decided to blog about our Eden Brae Homes Cremorne build and review first hand.

We opted not to secure a commencement build month in advance as we’d been advised that council registration delays can occur and penalties apply from Eden Brae if your scheduled construction date is delayed.

The below outline gives you an idea of house construction / build time frames for an Eden Brae 30SQ Cremorne double-storey house.  The actual build of our house took about 11-months; this is in addition to all other approvals required before commencement of construction.

(Edit: Updated to include newer links)

Jul 22 Room Reveal: Our Kitchen >
Sep 9 Two year Minor Defects Warranty Period >
Mar 21 13-week Maintenance Defect Liability Period >
November Nov 12 Home Sweet Home  >
October Oct 20 Hello Carpet And Blinds  >
Oct 17 The Driveway Is In  >
Sep 30 Final Inspection Before Settlement  >
Sep 26 Served with Final Invoice and Practical Completion Inspection Scheduled  >
September Sep 10 Hallway Tiles Underway  >
Sep 9 Painting to be Completed This Week plus a Few Odd Ends  >
August Aug 20 Tiling Complete and the First Coat of Paint Commenced  >
Aug 14 Tiling Progress  >
Aug 6 Finalising of Internal Carpentry and Commencement of Tiling – Lock-Up Stage  >
July Jul 30 Left Over Bricks From The Build  >
Jul 29 Kitchen being Installed and the Interior Doors are Hung  >
Jul 24 Plastering Complete  >
Jul 14 Build Watch now Indoors and Insulation Complete  >
Jul 12 First Inspection  >
Jul 7 Exterior Complete  >
June Jun 1 The Bricks are Nearing Completion  >
May May 27 Two months on and a Third Layer of Bricks  >
April Apr 25 Scaffolding is Up, Ready for the Next Layer of Bricks  >
Apr 13 Build Watch Activated  >
Apr 11 Here come the Bricks  >
February Feb 27 Eden Brae Powering Through the Build, Frames are Up  >
Feb 15 The Frames have been Delivered  >
Feb 7 Next, the External Drainage  >
Feb 3 The Slab is Down  >
January Jan 25 Paul D., our Eden Brae Site Supervisor  >
Jan 23 Eden Brae Cremorne 30, Commencement of Build  >
Jan 19 Construction Notification  >
Jan 13 First Building Variation  >
December Dec 24 Authority to Commence Construction  >
Dec 9 Final Construction Drawings and Variation List for Approval   >
November Nov 4 Pre-Construction and DA Check Stage  >
October Oct 17 Major Expenses which Contributed to our Budget  >
September Sep 24 Council Submission >
 August Aug 30 Home Option Gallery Appointments, Day 2  >
Eden Brae Supplier: Home Smart Innovations  >
Eden Brae Supplier: Genneral Staircase  >
Eden Brae Supplier: Di Lorenzo Tiles  >
Aug 25 Home Option Gallery Appointments, Day 1  >
Eden Brae External and Internal Colour Selections  >
Eden Brae Supplier: Actron Air  >
Eden Brae Supplier: Outback Landscaping  >
Eden Brae Supplier: Abbey Blinds  >
Eden Brae Supplier: Kitchen Culture  >
Eden Brae Supplier: Cooks Plumbing  >
Aug 15 Eden Brae Supplier: PGH Bricks and Pavers  >
Aug 11 Eden Brae Supplier: Eco Design, landscape design  >
Aug 8 Eden Brae Contract Tender and Signing  >
 July Jul 6 Charles D., our Eden Brae Contract Tender and Presenter  >
 Jun Jun 13 Second Consultation  >
 May May 30 First Consultation, Post Deposit  >
May 27 Eden Brae Lifestyle Series, Standard Inclusions  >
Eden Brae Upgrades and Optional Extras Cost  >
May 26 AU$750 Deposit  >
May 25 Interiors, What to Consider  >
May 24 Exterior, What to Consider  >
May 13 Interpreting your Floor Plan and a Glossary of Terms  >
May 3 Kevin Huynh, our Eden Brae Consultant  >
 March May 21 Eden Brae Homes Free Information Session  >


  1. Mei Cabauatan says

    Thanks Jacqueline for the tips, mostly relying on your very structured posts to know at least what to expect. Extremely helpful!

    Yep agreed to spend on inspections now than more costly issues down the track

    • Jacqueline Langford says

      Thank you Mei for taking the time to read my house building blog. I myself couldn’t find much information when we started building, which is why I started this. So glad you find it useful. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. All the best when you get the keys to your new home!

  2. Did you get an independent inspection/certifier during build construction and/or practical completion inspection?

    • Jacqueline Langford says

      Hi Mei,

      We used Report Master Inspections based in Sydney however, looking back on correspondence, Colin from TEK Inspect Building & Pest Inspections met us on the day and was reporting on their behalf. I’d suggest to go direct instead. Cost was AU$350 (over two years ago) and to be honest, if you’re paying for a new house, this is such a small cost in comparison to your actual build.

      If you’re not a builder, I’d recommend to get a building defects/inspection report done independent of your builder for peace of mind. Of our 26-page report back (8- pages were T&Cs, introduction etc), we felt the report was beneficial. You can also reference this during your defect liability review period (issues that are not critical prior to settlement but need to be fixed after). You won’t spot everything on your final inspection and until you start living in your home, more things will be noticed. A few examples from the report which we didn’t acknowledge on the day: some of our window sill seals needed to be adjusted to be out and over the brick sills; our insulation in the roof was not distributed evenly and needed to be corrected (the report included a photo too); runners were missing on a sliding door to prevent tiles from being scratched and a handful of other minor issues. The report is not all negative, it also denotes if areas are deemed “acceptable” too.

      Congratulations on your soon to be new home – you must be getting excited.

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