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don't worry you didn't offend I didn't realise you were still in the uk !! Its so different here. You choose the house type to suit the size of your land and so many people put too bigger house on the land and leave not enough garden. We left a meter path up the side as to fit the rain water tank and good access out of the laundry. this then gave us more room on the left for the entertaining area !! ( which is so important over here ;)) I have also allowed for two nice shrub beds for the gardener and 70m2 of lawn for the kids if a young family were buying.
Trying to build a spec for someone who you don't know their tastes was harder than i had imagined !!!!
Some external pics are now online now that the paving and turf is finished ( although they don't do it justice , bloody weather !!!).The side fence is down so i can retain in the morning and will be up again for sundays open !!!
Last edited by guest569; 08-07-2011 at 09:50 AM.
Where's the link to it? Would like to have a look just out of curiosity. How hard is this process in getting your own home built? And what sort of costs are there as you see some for $350,000 which seems pretty reasonable or are there loads of hidden costs?
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Your right there are loads of hidden costs. Find the right size block of land and then find the right house to fit. all the finishing is the hidden extras plus any retaining, insulating and upgrades from basic !!!!
A lot of hidden cost the show houses have a lot of upgrades in them so when you sit down and add them all up you could be looking at another $50-60,000 on top of the basic house and then you have the garden paths driveways stormwater drains etc to put in at your cost so can add up. Easy to build your own home here.
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Seriously, I would never want a new build. Especially one that was done to rent out. That just means it will be cheaply finished and a b**ch to maintain (what with all that thin paint and thin walls!! etc)
Everyone is different and everyone wants different things, but I think just a realistic landlord makes a difference. Don't rent a home to people with small kids if you dont want to repaint all the time. Don't rent a home to busy working people if you want immaculate gardens etc etc. I think a grasp on reality is all tenants want xxx
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Just because a house has been rented doesn't mean it is all bad!
We built a house in Hahndorf which has been rented since new, but we built it for us when we finally get to Oz to live.
We installed double glazing, extra insulation (walls and ceiling) reverse cycle zone controlled aircon/heating, and other upgrades. Mainly the things that are best to do when building. Definitely helps with the bills both winter and summer our tenants have commented on this. In fact one who was renting whilst building has had DG installed after living in it - he had never even considered it before! Makes a difference up in the hills too.
We didn't go over the top on carpets and things that are easily replaced after tenants have gone and we move in though.
Bump, Bump !!! Only on the market for 2 more weeks then it becomes the most upgraded rental property in the south !!!!