Update on the new house:

It has been a while since I have posted about what is happening with our new house. There was a lot of going back and forth with the builder and draftsman to get the floor plan right. The floor plan isย not perfect, but we are pretty damn happy with it. There have been compromises with some things and that has worked out ok. For example we didn’t get a study, only a study nook (I wanted both), the WIR is smaller than I would have liked as is the ensuite. But seriously, you don’t spend a lot of time in either of those rooms unless like me you hide in the WIR to eat some chocolate without the kids seeing!

But with those compromises came some additions that we love! I have a large kitchen with a great size WIP, we got a theatre and rumpus room, the kids bedrooms are all a excellent size and to make hubby happy we were able to get lots of under house storage. And there are lots of windows to ensure everything is light, bright and airy! Everything was going so well.

And then…

We got the quote.

Its more than we expected. A lot more. It is a lot to think about. On one hand I am disappointed because the builder told us from the start that everything we wanted would work with our budget and on the other hand I am not surprised because everyone we talked to said that they would be surprised if the quote came back within our budget. The builder himself said he was surprised by the final figure.

So where do we go from here? We are just going to sit on it a bit and enjoy our upcoming holiday. We will speak to our financial advisors and see what they say. You don’t need a crystal ball though to hear them say “nope its too much”! The only thing I am holding onto at the moment is the last psychic reading I had a few months back. She said to me not to worry about the cost of the build, we can afford it and it will work out.

But how much faith can I put into what a psychicย said?

Have you built a house? Was the quote more than you expected? What did you do?

Fleur x


  1. Leanne - Lime & Mortar

    November 4, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Yes ours came back quite a lot more than we expected. So we made the builders include high ceilings in living space, stone in kitchen including waterfall ends, upgraded solar, driveway crossover & few other small things for free.

    They agreed to it to get us to sign. We were very lucky we have a great sales guy helping us out ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck making decision xx

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      November 13, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Thats great you got all those extras Leanne. We are going with a custom builder so not sure how much flexibility he has. The quote already includes high ceilings throughout the house. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

  2. KL

    November 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Oh Bugger! As a builder’s wife, I hear the other side…my husband often spends weeks compiling a quotation and is also astounded by the cost. Building materials and labour are expensive and they are always increases that have to be factored in. One quote was $25K higher, 3 months later on review, due to increases in steel and concrete raw costs! He is often sad a delivering dream shattering news. That said, building your own home will always be a huge commitment so ‘getting it right’ is important; whilst remembering that NO home is worth being on financial struggle street for 20 years! Good luck with your decision making, I empathise greatly.

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      November 13, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Thanks KL. Its great to hear the other side as well. Our builder was very surprised at how much more it came in at. He was shocked also. We have already bought the block so we have to build something on it. Its not a flat block so the house is 2 levels, we have designed it to take in a view. My thinking is we build it, and if its all too much, we sell it!

  3. Krissy @ Pretty Wee Things

    November 6, 2014 at 11:31 am

    We don’t have our own home yet so I can’t share our story, but I do have a step dad who is a builder, and who has built/renovated several homes in the past few years. His advice has always been focus on the structural side, the stuff that is a pain to change in the future, and compromise on the stuff that can be improved as time (and money) goes on…like bench tops and finishings. We hope to buy/build our first home next year so I will follow along your journey! Thanks for sharing, even the tricky stuff, and I hope after your holiday you feel refreshed and ready to take it all on!

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      November 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Hi Krissy! We had always planned to get basics for tap fittings etc knowing we could replace them. I hope I end up with a Journey for you to follow haha! Time will tell x

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