Archive for the ‘Set back’ Category


WE are almost through the pre-signing stage. Here’s where we’re at:

  1. Colour scheme: We’ve had our colour appointment. This was quite arduous and at times overwhelming. We did make it through with the help of our excellent colour consultant. She really kept us on track and had some good ideas. I think she got a sense of our taste and made suggestions accordingly. This was part of the whole reason we went with these builders as they have a good selection of choices at their fingertips. If there is anything else that we want they are open to seeking out prices. We are still refining our final choices and have targeted the end of this week to have our changes to them.
  2. Flooring: We actually found that hard wood floors are within our budget as we’ve had them quoted for the ground floor. We are going to ask them for a price for the entire house aprt from wet areas.
  3. Contract: We still have not had a meeting with the builder to go over the contract which is quite disconcerting. For reasons (I won’t go into in this forum) I expect that this will not affect the final price and hope to sign next week subject to the availability of all involved.
  4. Finance: We obtained finance approval about 6 weeks ago, and our current lender is dragging their feet about changing over. They are bloody hopeless and I am looking forward to leaving them behind. If they would just send the discharge paperwork over we can finalise the finance.
  5. Demolition: We’ve had second quote from a demolisher who’s sign I saw in the local neighbourhood. They were very professional and prompt in providing a written quote. So we probably go with them. I also want to get another quote, but so far both quotes have been “there-abouts” in our budget.
  6. Set backs: The builder has told us we need to apply to side set back on the south side. We also want to have the front set back as far forward as possible. Currently the house can be sited at 8.5m without need to apply for report and consent. We want to have 7.5m. I have spoken to both neighbours and gave in principle support so I hope they will sign a letter of support as well. I have also found other houses in the street at nearly 6m so hopefully that will add to our case. (I’m happy to privately talk with anyone needing advice on applying for set back so just send me an e-mail.)



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WE’VE gone to the next steps with the builder. We’ve had another consultation and refined the price estimate and have made a colour selection appointment. So now we need to go through all the brick and tile suppliers brochures and also (more importantly) go and see them and go through the colour selection. With the exterior we’re thinking clinker brick (no render) and dark tiles. They said that we could start building in 22 weeks, which would take us up to the first week of April for the start of construction (on a clear block).

 We have also spoken to a landscape gardener who has made some suggestions. I have to work on the exact pricing, and I don’t think we can do exactly what we want. He’s suggested lots of paving and retaining walls. Next door there is a huge river red gum tree. It’s beautiful… and… with the way the roots have grown and due to slope of the block, we’re going to need to have a retaining wall to ensure that we look after the root system otherwise the landscape gardener says that the tree could die! I know that once the landscaping is finished that it will look beautiful, however I wasn’t looking to cater for the needs of next door. We have been here for ten years, so the tree is no surprise to us. Once we have more information on the landscape gardening I’ll post the more info.

 Today (19-Nov) we had the soil testers come out and last Friday (16-Nov) the site survey people came out. 

 After out little chat with the builder I need to get clear on the set back. After my rough estimate I think that both our neighbours have eight metre set backs and ours is currently nine metres. All of these are my estimates. My priority is to get as much as possible and the builder suggested we apply for an consideration of an exemption (aka report and consent) with council. So I’d be interested in anyone else’s experienced with council report and consent, but I think we’ll put in an application for another metre, bringing us to seven metres. That would be two more metres from what we have now, which would be fantastic. Unfortunately our one of our neighbours have going away for a four weeks, so we won’t be able to get them to sign a letter supporting our application until they get back. The builder was really unclear as to when they needed the final set back, so I need to talk to them to determine that time frame.

 Tomorrow I’m off to the bank to arrange finance. I expect that everything should be ok, as we’ve had the bank valuation and was more than enough to secure finance.

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