Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Picking the facade (and build deposit paid)

Made an appointment to finalise things on the way over to Adelaide - that means that while I was over there I'd have plenty of time to read through glossy brochures for tiles, roofs, bricks, electrical plans, and a few other bits and pieces.

At this point the biggest part of it all was picking the façade.  This is where it gets a bit confusing though.
We had worked out a few options for an alternate façade based on some of the estate requirements - eg, that it needs to have a 4m^2 portico minimum for example.  That means that by going to some different façades, it would then only be a small amount more than if we put a complete one on a traditional façade.

What most people don't realise is that if you look at some of those screenshots they give you for certain facades, there might be anything up to 40 grand worth of extras on there, maybe even more.  Cladding, render, decorative brick - basically anything that isn't basic brick - that's all extra.  What you're actually paying for is the shape of the house and the window positioning, not the construction material.

With it explained this way it actually makes my job a lot easier - the master bedroom in the Delta 21 is already plenty huge, and doesn't need more space.  You might get an additional 50cm length by going to a different façade.

At this point another option was given, as it was currently available as a promotion - using Hebel instead of brick.  This would allow giving a rendered look to the entire front of the house (and the rest of the house - more on that later), at 1/4 the price.

So for now, that's what's been put in the budget.

On the way back through on Sunday I'd have to finalise any structural changes.

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