Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What might we have done differently

Firstly, we love the house and not only because we have been in a shoe box for the past 13 months.

Right now the landscapers are working away on paving, decking and concrete including the driveway. But more on that next post...ok, maybe just a sneak peak.

Still there are things that we would recommend others do and do not do if building the Talise.

Changes we made we would recommend to others:

  • door between kitchen and living
  • fireplace in living
  • sliding door to ensuite
  • highlight windows in family rather than full length
  • sacrifice laundry walk in cupboard for powder outside bathroom (especially if you have a teenage daughter)
  • we added an extra metre to the house across the dining room, definitely worth it

Changes we wish we had made:

  • tiling the walls in the kids bathroom all the way around
  • switching the ensuite and the WIR
  • glass door on pantry
  • two wider windows rather than 3 skinny windows at front, so shutters would be more practical
  • tiling or boards to corridor connecting kids bedrooms. We have floor boards to carpet to tiles as you go from kitchen to laundry
  • 40mm rather than 20mm Caesar stone in kitchen

Things we would do differently next time we build:

  • do not have builder fit out wardrobes if you are going to fit them out yourself, we damaged a lot of plaster taking the builder's shelves off
  • ruthlessly ensure accuracy of electrical plan, especially non standard stuff like data, Henley's electrical process is poor
  • do not accept the builders dishwasher, the technika is flimsy and beeps repeatedly once it has finished a load until you turn it off. Just buy a Bosch.