Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Developer's Approval & Gift

We received our house plans, Basix report and landscape plan from the developers Bingara Gorge and they had the offical stamp of approval on them which is great news. My husband dropped in to see the Sales person and was given a gift for settling on our land. It was a lovely hamper with wine, olives and other bits in it, very nice of them. I had joked with the sales lady when she said we needed to pick up our gift that I hope it was $$$ as we are quickly running out.
Gift from Binagra Gorge
Slowly unwrapping

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Landscape Plan

The night we got home after signing off the building contract I finally sat down to do the landscape plan. I had started it about 10 times but just couldn't get my head around the size of the yard, sounds silly as we wanted 1/2 acre and then I couldn't for the life of me work out how to fill the bloody thing up! Anyway I put in Jacaranda trees at the front with a hedge of lilly pilly and agapanthus across the front on either side of the post and rail fence. I have a beautiful standard Azalea in a wine barrel that I will plant in the front of the bedroom windows and we will turf it with buffalo. We are having a chook shed for the 5 chickens and vegie garden down the back. My mum is giving me some trees from her house and one of them is a Mulberry Tree so that will definately go near the chook shed for shade. We just have to work out how to dig them up and transport them 3 hours without killing them. I can't wait to move into the house but we have a lot of work to do outside once we get there, but it will be fun starting from scratch. I have submitted my plan but haven't heard back if its suitable or not so fingers crossed x
Mulberry Tree - hopefully ours will look like that in a few years
Cherry Tree - 2 are going down the back in front of the Chook Shed


Our Building Contract was sent out and we made an appointment with our CLO for the next week for signing. The contract is pretty straight forward with no real surprises, I think we only had one question. The appointment took about 1 hour they go through the contract with you and stress that the final plans are what they go off not what is written in the colour selection or your consolidated tender. I had a bit of a panic then and double checked we weren't getting the bagged front as we paid extra for the upgraded bricks for the whole house. The CLO was very good and listened and explained anything you asked. We signed off on every page of the contract and then we got a list of things we need to do before it can be submitted to the Certifier like a BAL Certificate, which we need to get off Wollondilly Council for Bush Fire rating, a letter from the bank stating they are giving us the money and a landscape plan (which is required by our developer) and of course I haven't done it yet!

Final Plans

I think its time to catch up on whats been happening. Our plans went to the drafting department and they were hoping to have them finalised before they closed for the Christmas break but they didn't get them finished which wasn't a problem. We went away camping for 10 days over Christmas and had a very cold and wet day but it was still great. We didn't take any of the house stuff with us which was good to have a little break. Once MJH got back they sent us our plans to sign off, we had a few little changes like the position of taps and gas points and just the way the stacker doors opened, no big dramas. We finally got to see what the $3,500 paid for on the "Corner Facade", I really like it, there is a little pitch roof with 2 colums and a cement slab, I think it should look great.