- Jul 13, 2012
Might be late to ask now as we literally had our choices appointment today for all manner of inside/outside details. Electrical is next week. We added a little bit to the cost, but kept it under $10k and are pretty happy about that.It its an option, consider upgrading to epoxy grout for your showers. It wasn't an option for our build, but the grout started to fail after 18 months so the builder stripped our shower and had it redone in epoxy. Its waterproof, easier to clean and lasts much better than standard grout. I'm considering paying for our second shower to be done as the quality is much better (though obviously easier if you can have it done in the first place).
Have we discussed water tanks yet ?
Not sure if it was covered. We looked into it initially, but our builder wants a fortune for something we can get aftermarket at a better price. Our build takes up much of the block and we're not focusing too heavily on garden space/plants. We're actually even considering pavers and pebbles down one side of the house to reduce the amount of lawn, so water usage shouldn't be a huge concern, but I do completely understand that collecting rainwater for the garden is a smart idea.Agree and if I had my time again, I’d put a huge one under the driveway.
That will definitely be happening (them taking away their... fish – as you say ) but we will definitely be having some lawn. We actually have a subpod on the way that we will use in a raised bed in the garden, but nothing too ambitious.But it is important to ensure that the builders take away their carp and don’t leave it in your soil and around the house.
Not sure about all of NSW but I know in Dubbo, and Orange NSW, they are compulsory on new builds. Funniest part for me was our tenants in Dubbo are often disappointed the tank is not plumbed to tap water for drinking, as most of them grew up on tank water.Compulsory for new builds and some extensions in SA and must be plumbed to at least one sanitary fixture.
Yep, discovered that when I went to do some work in the back yard of the first house I built, the builder had dug a large hole and buried all the leftovers from building. Concrete, mortar, broken tiles (roof and wall), bricks, plasterboard, timber, plastic pipe off cuts - you name it, it was there.You could have a nice tiny garden with some plants and very small trees such as Japanese Maples and you don’t need to decide straightaway. There’s no need for any grass at all. You might eventually like to grow a few vegetables. So maybe don’t lay pavers and gravel straight away. But it is important to ensure that the builders take away their carp and don’t leave it in your soil and around the house.
Yep, discovered that when I went to do some work in the back yard of the first house I built, the builder had dug a large hole and buried all the leftovers from building. Concrete, mortar, broken tiles (roof and wall), bricks, plasterboard, timber, plastic pipe off cuts - you name it, it was there.