So having viewed many blogs and websites, I've decided to startup my own build blog really to document the process and as a way to share with others what we've done. My sincere thanks to all the other home bloggers out there - you know who you are!
Well, having purchased our block of land over a year ago - mid 2015, we went through quite a journey to select our builder.
Our block being just under 600sqm has an unusually large frontage of 22m. That said then, it only has a depth of 27m. Add to that a fall of 4 m across the block but only 1.5m over the building envelope and it makes it quite a challenge to find a Project Home builder with a suitable design.
Ordinarily this type of block would have been unsuitable, but what made it attractive is the perfect north to rear aspect with stunning views unable to be built out as we are at the top of the hill. Also, when contemplating a home design with energy efficiency in mind, from what I have read, it makes sense to build a wide and shallow house where the north facing facade is maximised so that the winter sun captured is at its greatest. Thus, having a wide frontage with a north to rear aspect, works well in favour for this block.
Having spent many weekends at Homeworld visiting both Project Home Builders and Custom Home Builders, we finally decided to go with Metricon and one of their designs the Newhaven 36 Traditional Facade.
We chose the traditional facade and modified it in 4 key ways.
1) adding a front portico
2) changing the style of windows - not just for aesthetics but also for function to let in more light
3) adding 600mm eaves
4) building out of Hebel (free as part of the Love Luxury Promotion).
So we went from this ....
To this ......
Up next ... floor plans and modifications