My Partner and I looked at buying a home, building a new one, renovating an older house, hell we thought all options at one point or another. But, it came down to the fact that we couldn't afford to build new home anymore, and buying a decent home that wasn't ten years old was out of our 'financially comfortable' budget. Renovating became too expensive when the real estate market went into outer space. So we decided to try and Owner Build.
Owner Building, a feat, that at times seems virtually impossible, but as we all know with house prices as they are there are not many options for young couples who don't want a half million dollar mortgage, but would still like a 'nice house.'
It's taken us a little over 3 years to get to this point.
2 years of arguments over the house plans
3 months of indecisiveness
1 set of double storey house plans
1 set of one storey house plans
Tape Measures and Spray paint
A forest worth of House Magazines
6 months of impatient toe-tapping whilst our plans were at the Council
and Banks... need I say more!!.
Sigh... But it is finally happening..
We decided on our Site Works Contractor, and for $5000 extra to dig our pool, we got things started. Yes, I said a Pool, not even an option we could have considered before this.
The Rock Breaker was delivered and Construction started on the 21st March 2011.
I am eager to get some pictures up for now, so in my next posts I will put more information about our quotes and budgets, etc.