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Engineering approval and model construction – July 18, 2017

After a couple of weeks wait we’ve now received engineering approval for our home design. Apparently the post placement in the kitchen took a little longer than anticipated to resolve. The posts will be spotted gum with final positioning decided after some Lego construction from Jill.




Not satisfied with the multi-colour version of our kitchen bench I joined forces with Riley and Darcy to create a more detailed model of our kitchen.





So where are things at now? We’re just waiting on a final variation (more $’s) from the builder before changes are sent to the guys responsible for updating the construction drawings. These drawings will be signed off and sent to local council to get approval for a building permit. Once this is received (2 weeks?) we’ll be able to start construction.

With July flying past it’s looking more like an August start.

Latest odds for construction start


Some changes in the betting this week.

  • July Start: 100-1
  • August Start: 5-1 fav
  • September Start: 50-1

Sorry for the punters who dropped their money on a July start. Everything takes longer than expected…


We’re back!

After some initial updates in January it’s been very quiet on the seachangediary.com website. A combination of work, family life and general laziness put a halt to the regular updates we’d envisaged. But, with the design process almost complete and enthusiasm returning you can expect more frequent updates to be posted – we promise.

So what’s happened since our last post around 9 months ago?

  • Finalised the design of our home, including the production of draft construction drawings.
Home Facade

A mock-up of our home, created ourselves using a generic graphics program provides a guide to the colour scheme we’ve selected.

  • Completed the colour selection process which includes paint (internal/external), roofing, guttering, downpipes, tapware, door handles, flooring, tiles and all of the finer details required to fit-out a home.
Colorbond Chart

We spent many hours staring at the Colorbond colour chart. Our eventual choices were a combination of Surfmist, Dune and Wallaby.

Colour selection was a challenging process, particularly since the range of colours, taps, tiles and carpets is so extensive. The standard inclusion list provided as part of our building contract allowed for specific products within a given price point. After visiting Carpet Court, National Tiles, Reece and other suppliers we selected a mix of included products and upgrade options. The upgrade options will cost a little more however we want our forever home to look just the way we want.

Final selection will be guided by costs for the selected upgrade products.

  • What do we really need?
  • What can we really afford?

Our next post will detail all of the selections we’ve made (once the builder has confirmed costs).

Our first draft designs

Things have moved forward a little since our last post on January 6.

  • We’ve had a couple of meetings with GJ Gardener and have started the design process for our new home. So far they’ve been very accommodating and we appreciate the flexibility they are offering over the big name volume builders.
  • We’ve received the Contract of Sale from the agent for purchase of our selected block. No real surprises here.
  • The agent has received word from the engineers that we can’t swap our crossover to the western side of the block (our preferred option). This means we’ll need to modify our original design which was based on the garage being locations on the western side of the block.
  • The name of the street we’ll be living in has changed. It’s now called Wagtail Avenue.

The design process has been enjoyable although it’s hard to ignore the feeling that you’ve forgotten something or whether the dimensions and orientation of fixtures is the best solution. We’ve read in many places that you don’t ‘get it right‘ until the 3rd home you build. Hopefully by doing plenty of research online and talking with people who’ve been through the process we can get the best possible outcome.

Our plan is to nail down the home design in the next month so we can confirm costs and get a handle on construction costs. There are still additional expenses that we’ll need to budget for, on top of the land and construction.

  • Window furnishings
  • Fencing
  • TV antenna
  • Clothes line
  • Security system
  • Fly screens
  • Gardens/landscaping
  • Letterbox

A few areas that also might cost more

  • Upgrading the heating/cooling system
  • Site costs (depending on whether additional soil needs to be removed)
  • Additional built in cabinetry for walk-in robes in all bedrooms

In the end we’ll be spending a lot of money but we’ll get the home we want, in the place we want to live. Even though we’ve got more than 12 months until we move in it’s fun to imagine how great it’s going to be when we have family and friends visiting our new home. Exciting times ahead!