All posts filed under: Renovation Projects

Room Reveal: Our Kitchen

It’s been over two years now since we moved in to our Eden Brae home. Recently, I was asked what the internals of our house looks like after the build was completed. I actually didn’t expect that this blog would be as responsive as it has been so firstly, thank you for reading my blog thus far and hopefully you’re finding it useful. What had we planned for our kitchen? Looking back, we briefed in a pencil sketch drawing with Kitchen Culture which turned out to be quite on-point with what we wanted in the end. Our aim was a modern, neutral coloured kitchen, hopefully appealing not just to us but future families if we choose to sell one day. I’d recommend to: Keep the sink, the fridge and stove within the ‘work triangle’ space. That is, an easy distance between these three main areas in the shape of a triangle. Maximise your cabinetry and bench areas. Fill the area above and around the stove, plus pantry areas with additional space. Think about areas that …

Two Year Minor Defects Warranty Period

Have you been living in your newly built home for just shy of two years?  Or wondering what type of warranty you have remaining after your house build?  Well, you’re still covered by the two year minor defects warranty (from settlement date). To your benefit, don’t ignore this opportunity to contact your Eden Brae Homes Maintenance Supervisor before you surpass the two-year mark.  Add this to your Google calendar or a phone reminder entry to ensure you make contact at least 22-months from your original settlement date.  Take note, Eden Brae Homes do not remind you of this – it’s up to you to contact them. This warranty covers you for the following: Cracking that opens at least 1mm wide Handles Bowing doors Damaged tiles And any other minor defects To make it simple for your Maintenance Supervisor, grab yourself an old credit card and take a weekend to look over all the nooks and crannies of your home and take photos.  You’ve paid quite a lot of money for your home, so if you …

Over a Year Later, the Council Footpaths are Finally In

In December 2017, we received a letter in the mail from our developers advising the “footpath installation works to the Council verge near your property are expected to take place” at the end of January 2018. “It is a requirement of [Council] that footpaths are installed by the developer following construction of 80% of the dwellings in a street.” Existing turf will be removed at a width of circa 2-metres and disposed of to allow adequate working space for the formwork to be installed and footpath to be laid; 1.5m wide concrete footpath will be poured; and Replacement of soil surrounding the footpath area, following removal of formwork If any of the street trees within the council verge at the front of your property are damaged or removed as a result of the footpath works they will be replaced by the developers upon completion of the works. Over a period of 4-days, this work took place.  It happened quite quickly actually, so for us, it had minimal disturbance overall. Tuesday The markings were outlined and …

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. During this time, we visited several display homes and knew Eden Brae Homes was a reputable builder amongst the home building industry.  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 decided 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 …

13-week Maintenance Defect Liability Period

Your house is finished and you’re singing it’s praise – we certainly are that’s for sure.  Our first free-standing home that we can finally call our own.  Despite commuting the distance that we travel each day to work, I wouldn’t trade moving back to our apartment.  The space is what we crave, affordability is also the other.  So if I had to choose apartment life closer to town or house life with longer commutes (and the price being comparable to each other), a house for us is the way to go. After moving in to your home, pop a notepad on your kitchen bench table. Continue to add any maintenance requirements you consider a ‘building defect’ to this list.  After your Practical Completion stage, when you start to live in your new home, you notice other things such as paint, items not finished to your satisfaction etc. Take a photo of each issue (as you’ll need to submit these in addition to your list) and this will help speed up the process when your 13-week review …