Monday, December 12, 2011

That lovely Pegs..:)

I drove by the land on Friday last week, not expecting that WH has done the pegs!!

Excellent, only small but at least a progress...:)

Only 1 peg was too close to my neighbour's boundary, G. So hopefully her builder doesn't knock out the peg.


Got my carpet quotes as well on Friday, prices as expected. But we're kind of run out of budget, but we don't want the standard carpet inclusion, so we'll go tomorrow again to Dlorenzo to choose other carpet in medium range around $40-45/m2.

Meanwhile, I have sent my kitchen drawing today. That's another progress too...:P

Monday, December 5, 2011


After that great news about council approval, WH organised a peg out with 5 days turn around last week. So hopefully this week, we'll see something happening on the land..
Meanwhile, hubby finally decided to mow the grass himself.
So we went to the land on Saturday, met our new neighbour accros the street who happened just finishing mowing too.
had a quick chat and I think our new neighbour is very nice!
It's going to be a great community there....:)

Here's a few photo during and after the mowing...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kitchen Design...

We have received our kitchen plan from Timpelle Kitchen.
Didn't realize just to choose the handles will be this hard...
Vertical or horizontal??

We like the look of slimline horizontal but Timpelle warned us that horizontal handles may damage adjacent cabinets and walls.
I still can't imagine how it will damage the other cabinets??

But well, I think I'll ask tomorrow.


25 Nov 2011 woken up by my future neighbour , G, she texted me that our plan has been approved by council!
I was shocked, excited, can't believe it!!
We are so lucky to get a good assessor, it's only approved in 15 working days only !

I emailed WH straightaway, they will advise me what to do next.

Today, Monday 28 Nov, WH sent me the final packs, contains the following documents :
Stamped plan, Home owners warranty, Builders license, Builders Insurance, DA Approval letter.

No call yet from WH. So will try to contact B tomorrow to check what's the next stage.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Sorry for being lazy to update this blog...

Don't know how or when, but the rocks that was dumped has now gone...:)
that's because we contacted our solicitor and they instructed the land's owner to clean them up before settlement....

Things have been moving along pretty quick the last 2 months, so I thought I need to update this blog.
Well, I got my drawing in May 2011, then finally the land settled last week on the 8 November 2011 (yeah, 2.5 years after we paid deposit...:()e

We signed building contract and paid 5% deposit to Wisdom on the 6th October 2011.
Since then, things were moving quickly, got a phone call for color appointment (with Anita), kitchen appointment (Timpelle Kitchen), then electrical appointment (with Clipsal now).

Anyway, I'm not too impressed with electrical appointment with Clipsal, just realised that I have to upgrade so much. can you imagine Wisdom only give me 22 lights for 50sq home! Unbelieveable..
So we ended up upgrading lots & lots of bayonet for future downlight and also double power point.
Also you need to check and recheck again, Clipsal did mistake and almost cost me $500for adding a fan light heater in one of the bathroom that supposed to be Wisdom's cost. Lucky, I checked it again all the cost on the way home...

With Timpelle Kitchen, was not too bad. The girl who looked after us was in a hurry and not too patieint (or maybe I'm too fussy??).
Anyway, we're still waiting for our kitchen design.

OK, here's my color choices :
Bricks ; Boral Grays Point
Roof ; Bristile Coal
Gutter : Monument
Garage door & fascia : Paper bark
Window : Gloss white
Door : Timber stain finish

Kitchen :
Doors : Formica Snow drift (upgrade)
Caesarstone : White Shimmer
Glass splashback : Latte

Walls : Bristol Canvas cloth (one of the hardest thing to choose...)

Bathroom :
Cabinet ; Laminated Burnished Wood
Caesarstone ; White Shimmer


There's a hiccup too when submitting our plan to council since at that time in October our land was not settled yet and there's a different between new land owner. so complicated...I ended up paying my own title search so that the Hills council will accept my DA.
Well, finally after being rejected twice, the council accepted our DA on the 7th November. Then we got a stop the clock letter from council due to :
- too many paving/concrete
- front setback that Wisdom drawn was only 5.2m, it should be 6m.

Wisdom will argue this set back thing with Council and let me know the result.
Hopefully they can resubmit the DA this Friday.

In the meantime, this Friday we are going to see Ultra Air, the company who supply Actron A/C for Wisdom and also to Di lorenzo , the tiles & carpet supplier this Saturday.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rocks dumped on our land...

My future neighbour told me the other day that someone dumped rocks on my land. I checked it yesterday and that's a whole lots of rocks!! Plus at the back also lots of old trees, rubbish, etc.
I emailed my solicitor straightaway and she contacted the developer. The developer will make sure all cleared by the time we settle.

The thing is, what's gonna happened after we settle and when we want to build? There's going to be 4-5 months waiting, and between that time, anyone can dumped anything....

Monday, April 11, 2011

The draft plan

By the way, here's the draft of my plan.

Second floor :

Ground floor :

The actual drawing will be around early May 2011.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Homeone forum

I love reading stories about building new house from homeone forum.
After almost 1 year I didn't touch this site, a few weeks ago, I tried to look for people building with Wisdom and their stories.
God works in mysterious way...I found my future nextdoor neighbour that time...:P What a coincidence, she's also just started a forum.

We've been in contact since then, and I'm happy to know her.
Hope we can maintain this good friendship along the way...

2010...then 2011 March ...

In 2010 March, my mom passed away suddenly because of heart attack. I was in New Zealand at that time. So we rushed back to Sydney and I have to go back to Indonesia to attend the cremation and see my dad. Very very sad time ....

I still miss her now...

The Land's registration has been delayed again and they said this time is November 2010. So I went to Wisdom and get a new tender and the base price has gone up again $8000. I understand, everything's going up too.

The land was still not registered...until now, March 23rd 2011, but at least all the services are there like Telstra, water, electricity etc...